soc100 | undergraduate

Introduction To Sociology

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This course is an introduction to the set of perspectives on human life that allows us to understand how our personal lives are affected by our place in society. It explores ways of looking at the world that allow us to understand how the events and experiences of our lives are part of group dynamics, of social institutions, and of cultural meanings. It allows us to see personal events and meanings as affected by historical forces and to see how historical events may be shaped by personal choices.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    Science of Sociology

    • Compare major research designs.
    • Explain ethical issues in sociological research.
    • Apply the steps of the scientific method.

    Sociology and Social Groups

    • Distinguish between sociological perspectives.
    • Identify components of social groups and organizations.
    • Discuss the social construction of reality.
    • Develop a sociological imagination.

    Socialization and Deviance

    • Describe the role of online social networks as a new agent of socialization.
    • Identify the roles of traditional agents of socialization.
    • Define theories of self.
    • Describe life course changes.
    • Define theories of deviance.

    Social Change

    • Describe theories of social change.
    • Identify global political, economic, cultural, structural, ecological, demographic, and technological influences on social change and social issues. 
    • Explain resistance to social change.

    Social Stratification and Inequality

    • Discuss social inequality or social class themes.
    • Compare and contrast sociological perspectives on social inequality in the United States.
    • Explain the global influence of neocolonialism, globalization, and multinational corporations.
    • Explain the feminization of poverty.
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