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SOCI 1101

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Credit Hours3
Course TitleIntroduction To Sociology
Prerequisite(s)Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading and all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091
Corequisite(s)None Specified
Catalog Description
This course focuses on the study of organized social life, and is an introduction to the sociological analysis of society, its origins, structure, change and problems.
Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:

1. Describe the sociological perspective and distinguish it from individual-oriented explanations of social phenomena.
2. Identify the period and place in which sociology arose and describe the main features of that time and place which account for sociology’s emergence.
3. Identify the three main pioneers of sociology—Karl Marx, Emile Durheim, and Max Weber—and summarize their major contributions.
4. Distinguish among structure-functional, conflict, interactionist, and post-modern  approaches to the study of social life.
5. Distinguish between scientific and non-scientific approaches to social knowledge.
6. Identify and assess, noting pros and cons, the main methods of sociological research.
7. Evaluate the problem of objectivity in sociological research.
8. Define the central concepts of culture, social structure, and socialization.
9. Identify the main features of culture.
10. Describe the symbolic interactionist’s view of the self and how it arises.
11. Explain the Thomas Theorem.
12. Define deviance in a sociological manner.
13. Explain Durkheim’s thesis that deviance is normal in society.
14. Contrast functionalist with interactionist and conflict theories of crime.
15. Distinguish groups from categories and networks.
16. Recognize the main features of bureaucracy.
17. Define social stratification.
18. Contrast the Davis-Moore functionalist theory of stratification with conflict theories.
19. Describe the class structure in industrialized countries.
20. Explain how gender can be considered a system of stratification.
21. Distinguish race from ethnicity.
22. Identify the major ethnic minorities in the U.S. and summarize their histories.
23. Describe the extent of global inequality.
24. Contrast modernization and dependency theories’ accounts of global inequality.
25. Explain what is meant by a social institution.
26. Describe the main changes in U.S. family life over the last generation.
27. Compare the pluralist model, the power-elite model, and the Marxist model in their analysis of U.S. politics.
28. Contrast capitalism with socialism and describe mixed models.
29. Evaluate the role of modern corporations in the U.S. and global economy.
30. Summarize Max Weber’s thesis about the connections between Protestantism and capitalism.
31. Describe the views of Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx on religion.
32. Describe the central features of the major world religions.
33. Identify the major functions of schooling.
34. Explain the connections between education and social inequality.
35. Describe the pattern of global population growth.
36. Explain the demographic transition theory.
37. Discuss the history of urbanism and main evaluations of it.
38. Compare the major perspectives on sociology’s interpretation of social change.
General Education Outcomes
None Specified
Course Content
1. The sociological perspective
· The connections between the rise of sociology and industrial capitalism
· The main pioneers of sociology
· The three primary perspectives in sociology—functionalism, conflict, and interactionism
· Scientific methods in sociology
2. Central sociological concepts
· Culture
· Social structure
· Socialization
· Social interaction
· Deviance and social control
· Groups and organizations
3. Social stratification
· Class systems in the U.S. and other industrialized societies
· Gender stratification
· Racial and ethnic stratification
· Global stratification
4. Social Institutions
· Family
· Government
· Religion
· Economy
· Education
5. Other sociological topics and sub-fields
· Population and urbanization
· Social change
· Health care
· Arts
· Environment
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Tests and a final exam prepared by individual instructors will be used to determine a part of the course grade. Tests and exams will focus on the objectives above.
B. Writing assignments that emphasize higher order critical thinking skills and enable students to demonstrate abilities in analyzing and synthesizing information as well as presenting ideas in a logical and coherent fashion will be a component of the course.

The final exam of students in Sociology 1101 will consist, in part, of twenty-five multiple-choice questions incorporating fundamental concepts and developed by the Sociology faculty.

The results of the assessment questions will be analyzed by a committee of Sociology faculty. A summary of the committee’s findings will be sent to the Vice President for Academic affairs together with recommendations for changes and improvements, if any.

Revised May 26, 2005
Reviewed June 8, 2005
Last Revised: Aug. 12, 2011
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