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2022-2023 Catalog 
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SOCI 111 - Introduction to Sociology

PREREQUISITES: Demonstrated competency through appropriate assessment or earning a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 093 - Introduction to College Writing  and ENGL 083 - Reading Strategies for College  or ENGL 095 - Integrated Reading and Writing , or ENGL 075 - Co-Requisite Integrated Reading & Writing  
PROGRAM: Social Sciences

Introduces students to the major theoretical paradigms of the science of human society, including fundamental concepts, descriptions, and analyses of society, culture, socialization processes, social institutions, social change, social stratification and the application of this understanding to everyday living.

MAJOR COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Upon successful completion of this course the student will be expected to:

  1. Define sociology and explain the three major theoretical paradigms: structural- functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist.
  2. Identify and understand the contributions of theorists such as Comte, Marx, Durkheim, Spencer, Weber, Cooley, and Mead.
  3. Illustrate the relationships between theory and research, social science research methods, hypothesis testing, and concepts of validity and reliability.
  4. Describe the principal social research methods including the experiment, survey, and participant observation.
  5. Develop the skills necessary to read figures, such as tables, charts, graphs, and diagrams.
  6. Define and describe such sociological terms as society, culture, socialization, groups, deviance, institutions (e.g. religion, family, education, work, political), social movements, demographics (age, gender, race, ethnicity), social change and social stratification.
  7. Describe the processes of socialization, the formation of social structure, and assess the social construction of reality from a multicultural perspective.
  8. Describe sociological concepts and their application to everyday living–ways that these concepts facilitate meeting life’s daily challenges.
  9. Identify primary institutions and examine how interactions within and between institutions affect our daily lives.
  10. Examine and explore contemporary social issues such as diversity, racism, sexism, ageism, classism and the cultural impact of technology.
  11. Examine the impacts of social change on social institutions.

COURSE CONTENT: Topical areas of study include -  

  • Social change
  • Social institutions
  • Social movements
  • Demographics
  • Society
  • Structural-functionalist, conflict, and symbolic interactionist
  • Culture
  • Social stratification
  • Socialization
  • Sociological research and theory
  • Groups’
  • Contemporary sociological issues
  • Deviance
  • Theoretical paradigms
  • Globalization

Course Addendum - Syllabus (Click to expand)