SOCI110P Introduction to Sociology (Paired Section)

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology

I. Course Number and Title
SOCI110P Introduction to Sociology (Paired Section)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
Paired Section of READ110
V. Other Pertinent Information
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. Learning Goals:

    The students will be able to:

    1. develop an understanding of the sociological perspective.
    2. develop an understanding of key concepts in sociology and their application to sociological phenomena.
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the functioning of society and its institutions.
    4. develop 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.

    Core Learning Goals:
    Category I:
      Social Perspectives: The students will:
      1. be aware of and sensitive to the social, economic, political, and ideological diversity of society.

    Core Learning Objectives:
    Category I:
      Social Perspectives: The students will be able to:
      1. identify and explain the methods of analysis used to examine and evaluate group and individual attitudes and behavior in society.

    Category III:
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:
      The students will be able to:
      1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications (Interpretation).
      1. reason from what they know to form new knowledge or draw conclusions or solve problems or explain or decide, or predict (Inductive and/or Deductive Reasoning Skills).

      Information Literacy:
      The students will be able to:
      1. determine the nature and extent of information needed.
      2. determine the technologies and information formats appropriate for the information identified.
      3. access needed information effectively and efficiently.
      4. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system.
      5. develop an understanding of many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information legally and ethically.

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives:
      The students will be able to:
      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.

      Responsible Citizenship:
      The students will be able to:
      1. identify the effects of a person�s actions on the community.
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    Category I:
      Social Perspectives:

      Students will meet the Core Learning Goal of Social Perspectives by completing an analysis paper that critically examines how social factors influence people and their behavior.

    Category III:
      Critical Thinking/Problem Solving:

      Students will meet the Core Learning Goal of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving by completing an analysis paper that critically examines how social factors influence people and their behavior.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Text selected by individual instructors for each course section. Details are provided to the students by each instructor and included on the course format distributed to students.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lecture presentation, class discussion, film, computer aided material, and writing and critical thinking exercises.

Review/Approval Date - 10/06; Core Objectives/Goals added 5/04; Revised 4/06; Paired syllabus approved 8/14