Sociology 1100: Introduction to Sociology
(IAI S7 900)
Students explore the concepts and theories necessary to a systematic
understanding of our social worlds. Topics may include considering sociology
as science; the nature of large and small-scale groups; social institutions;
ideologies, conformity and social deviance; social stratification and
historical eras; social change; and race, ethnic and gender relations. (3
General Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of the course the student should be able to
do the following:
- Identify the specificity of the sociological perspective
- Demonstrate an ability to classify and analyze given sociological data
- Compare and contrast the major sociological concepts and theories
- Identify the different components of society and their interrelations
- Analyze the social construction of deviance in society
- Review the different theories of deviant behavior
- Recognize the different forms of social stratification, by class,
race/ethnicity, and gender within the United States and on a global scale
- Differentiate between the different institutions of society and their
- Evaluate the changing structures and functions of the major traditional
institutions: marriage and family, education, polity, economy, health, and
- Assess the impact on society of the emergence of new institutional
forms, e.g., the mass media
- Review the societal impact of current trends in population and
- Compare and contrast the different forms of collective behavior and
- Analyze the different models of social change
- Sociological perspective, methodology, and tools of the discipline.
- Emergence of the discipline (historical approach).
- Socialization: its processes and structure.
- Culture: the normative system and social deviation.
- Social organization, primary groups, secondary groups, formal
organization, and bureaucracy.
- Community: folk and urban.
- Status, role, and stratification
- Social institutions (theoretical framework)
- Religion: belief system
- Collective behavior.
- Urban perspective.
- Social change: planned and unplanned.
The Online format
This class is not a self-paced class. There are strict deadlines
that you will be required to observe. The course is divided into 5 units of
work and you will have approximately three weeks to complete each unit and
submit your homework to the instructors.
There are different types of assignments:
- Tests to be taken online in Blackboard
- Active learning assignments requiring some online research
- A science-fiction project
- A final paper
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