SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
The study of human interaction, groups and society. Topics included are culture, socialization, organizations, deviance, inequality, institutions, health, population, ecology, social change and research methods.
- Distinguish key concepts, principles, and major sociological perspectives.
- Apply the major sociological perspectives.
- Explain the history and development of sociological thought and key aspects that make it a social science.
- Describe and give examples of the sociological imagination.
- Apply scientific methods of inquiry to examine sociological phenomena.
- Explain the importance of empirical evidence when using the scientific method.
- Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of major methods of sociological research while applying ethical standards.
- Outline the relationship between culture, institutions, and society.
- Describe the significance of the components of culture, including language, norms and values, and analyze how culture influences our behaviors and worldviews.
- Examine how social institutions and cultures change by analyzing social change, collective behavior and social movements, including movements advocating changes in education, work and environmental quality.
- Examine how social institutions, such as family, education, religion, economy, government, and political systems, respond to social needs and are experienced differently by individuals and groups due to social location.
- Examine social stratification and inequality.
- Identify the concepts of power, privilege, race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, health, and age.
- Identify prejudice and discrimination at both an individual and structural level within social institutions.
- Explain the relationship between social institutions and inequality, and the potential of institutions to construct, reinforce, or challenge inequality.
- Relate social relationships to the self, groups, and socialization.
- Describe the process of socialization, including the social construction of the self, across the life course by agents of socialization, including family, peers, media, schools, and religion.
- Discuss the history, construction, and management of deviance and deviant identities.
- Develop competence in writing and/or verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrate ideas in written formats that reflect basic sociological concepts and principles.
- Use sociological concepts and critical thinking to explain human behavior and experiences.
- Construct questions about sociological content
Competencies Revised Date: 2020
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