• SOC100: Introduction to Sociology

    MASTER COURSE SYLLABUS

     

    Credits: Lecture: 3, Lab: 0

     

    Pre-requisite(s): None

     

    Co-requisite(s): None

     

    1. Course Description: This is an introductory course that will familiarize the student with the basic principles and theories associated with sociology. This course will prepare students to look critically at a variety of social issues. Critical thinking is emphasized as students are provided thought provoking opportunities in challenging them to examine their diverse world. 

     

    1. Course Methodology The objective of this course is for the student to be able to understand and apply basic theories and perspectives of an entry level course. This course is designed to enable students to do so through classroom lectures, critical thinking exercises that require application, an entry-level research paper, utilization of study guides, videos, worldwide web assignments, outside reading and writing assignments. Ample opportunity will be given for students to focus on areas of individual interest.

     

    Required Text, including ISBN:

     

    Macionis, John (2017). Society: The Basics 14th ed. Pearson Education      ISBN: 9780134206325

     

    Required Course Material: None

     

    Supplementary Materials: Instructor handouts

     

    Course Topics:

    • Identifying and defining basic sociological concepts and theories

    • Analyzing contributions and theoretical perspectives of the founders of sociology

    • Exploring sociological perspectives and theories as they relate to societal norms and various social issues

     

     

     

     

    Expected Learning Outcomes:

     

    After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

      1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and define basic sociological concepts and theories, as evidenced by

        1. Given scenarios on an exam and through class participation, the student will be able to relate aspects of sociological theories, concepts and contributions to the field at a success rate of 70% or better

        2. Submitting completed chapter assignments as directed by instructor at a success rate of 70% or better.

          To satisfy this learning outcome, students will be able to:

    ·         Apply sociological concepts to human development.

    ·         Define culture.

    ·         Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of cultural patterns

    ·         List the five major components of culture.

    ·         Present ideas about the impact of technology upon the development of society.

    ·         Describe the importance of social experience as the foundation of socialization.

    ·         Explain the role of verbal language in socialization.

    ·         Interpret the differences between normative, coercive and utilitarian organizations.

    ·         Explain the effects of class and diversity on deviance in society.

    ·         Define social stratification.

    ·         Describe the dimensions of social inequality in the United States.

    ·         Discuss the implications of global economic development upon the changing culture.

    ·         Describe the negative features of gender and its role in socialization in America.

    ·         Explain the functions of the family as a societal institution.

    ·         Discuss the three major functions of religion in the operation of society.

    ·         Discuss sexual attitudes in United States

    ·         Explore sexual issues and controversies such as teen pregnancy, pornography

    ·         Explain three causes of social change.

     

      1. Demonstrate the ability to identify sociological perspectives and theories as they relate to societal norms and various social issues, as evidenced by

        1. Submitting annotated bibliographies from periodicals specified and following measurable objectives approved by the instructor at a success rate of 70% or better

        2. Submitting a 10-12 page final paper, following the APA format, on a specific social problem with a theory based analysis of the etiology, prevalence and incidence of the problem at a success rate of 70% or better.

           

          To satisfy this learning outcome, students will be able to:

    ·         Describe four major visions of society: Lenski, Marx, Weber, and Durkheim.

    ·         Analyze social interactions and institutions from the structural-functional or consensus theory.

    ·         Analyze social interactions and institutions from the social conflict perspective or consensus theory

    ·         Analyze social interactions and institutions from the systems theory.

    ·         Analyze social interactions and institutions from the symbolic-interactionist perspective or consensus theory

    • Discuss research approaches in sociology

       

    Student Evaluation:

     

    Each student’s final grade will be some combination of exams, homework and project deliverables. Assignments will be expected when due. If a student misses an exam, the grade will be zero unless the absence was a result of extenuating circumstances that are verifiable by the instructor, in which case a make-up examination will be scheduled. There will be no make-ups given for the final exam. The student’s final grade will be determined by the following:

    3 exams (100 pts. each includes final exam)                           40%

    Chapter Assignments                                                              10%

    Annotated Bibliography                                                        10%

    Final Paper (includes class presentation)                                30%

    Attendance & Participation                                                    10%

                                        Total Points                                         100%

     

    The student’s final grade will be determined using the following grading policy:

    90%-100% = “A,”

    80%-89% = “B,”

    70%-79% = “C,”

    60%-69% = “D,”

    and below 60% = “F.”

    Faculty across sections will be expected to follow the established syllabus learning outcomes, instructional objectives, and all other essential elements, including common course assessments. 

     

    Course Outline:

     

    All learning outcomes will be covered. However, your instructor may deviate from timeline suggested. Advance notice will be provided by your instructor if changes are made to this schedule.

               

    Week#

    Topic

    Readings

    1

    Course Organization

    Perspectives, Theories & Methods

    Ch. 1

    2

    Culture

    Ch. 2

    3

    Socialization

    Ch. 3

    4

    Exam – Chapters 1, 2, 3

     

    5

    Social Interactions

    Ch. 4

    6

    Groups & Organizations

    Ch. 5

    7

    Sexuality & Society

    Ch. 6

    8

    Deviance

    Ch. 7

    9

    Exam – Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7

     

    10

    Social Stratification

    Ch. 8

    11

    Gender Stratification

    Ch. 10

    12

    Race & Ethnicity

    Ch. 11

    13

    Family & Religion

    Ch. 13

    14

    Class Presentations

     

    15

    Final Exam – Chapters 8, 10, 11, 13