SOCI110 Introduction to Sociology

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology

I. Course Number and Title
SOCI110 Introduction to Sociology
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course meets the General Education requirement for Social Science.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts in the field of sociology, with emphasis upon the application of these concepts to the understanding of American institutions: politics, economics, religion, education, marriage, and the family.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify key concepts in sociology and apply these concepts to sociological phenomena [Social Science];
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of society and its institutions;
    3. demonstrate the ability to recognize the impact of social issues on their lives and how that knowledge can provide them with tools to deal with the world around them;
    4. demonstrate an understanding of human behavior and/or the relationships of people within societies from a sociological perspective [Social Science];
    5. demonstrate the ability to read critically, analyze and interpret information and construct logical, well-supported positions on current social and political issues [Critical Thinking]; and
    6. demonstrate an understanding of diverse sociological perspectives in local, national, and global contexts [Diversity].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. The foundations of sociology: its origins, theoretical perspectives, and research methods.
    2. Society and the individual: to include a consideration of the concepts of culture, norms, values, socialization, and deviance.
    3. Social inequality: social class, race, gender, and age.
    4. Social institutions: family, education, religion, economy, and government.
    5. Global patterns: poverty, population, environment, the developing world. Topics to be selected by individual instructors.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Dte - 10/06; Core Objectives/Goals added 5/04; Revised 4/06; New Core 8/2015