Introduction to Sociology

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Course Number: SOC101
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This course provides a broad overview of sociology and how it applies to everyday life. Major theoretical perspectives and concepts are presented, including sociological imagination, culture, deviance, inequality, social change, and social structure. Students also explore the influence of social class and social institutions, such as churches, education, healthcare, government, economy, and environment. The family as a social structure is also examined.

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  • 12/8/14 by Tybball7
    It was great
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  • 11/8/14 by johnsonp
    It was a great learning experience!
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  • 10/7/14 by Piercel
    Reviews and Homework do not help with the quizzes because the quizzes ask about statistics from 2003 when the chapters give you 1000 statistics from 1999-2003. The "important" or main objectives are not tested.
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  • 10/6/14 by smonk8
    This course was very well structured. The book is great and the modules are easy! I am glad I did not try to CLEP the class.
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  • 9/17/14 by leonisagynn
    The course makes me a bookish. I have to read and understand everything but the open book policy made it helpful. I find the course a little bit hard.
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  • 9/17/14 by leonisagynn
    The course makes me a bookish. I have to read and understand everything but the open book policy made it helpful. I find the course a little bit hard.
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  • 9/10/14 by linda.m
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  • 8/26/14 by lindseyh
    Complete activities, quizzes, and review assignments for each chapter in the easy to read and access online textbook. You also will take a mid and final exam to complete your course work.
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  • 8/26/14 by lindseyh
    Complete activities, quizzes, and review assignments for each chapter in the easy to read and access online textbook. You also will take a mid and final exam to complete your course work.
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  • 8/21/14 by bjhelton86
    read, re read and take notes
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    read, re read and take notes
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    It was a great learning experience!
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  • 8/6/14 by carora
    It was an excellent course.
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  • 8/2/14 by talinaf
    I liked it a lot. You can move at your own speed. There were a few times that I wished I could speak with someone about a couple of the questions, but overall it was good.
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  • 8/2/14 by robin.k
    It's required, so I took it.
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  • 7/31/14 by xxbeccaboox13
    this class was a boring read, but it was worth the time.
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  • 7/31/14 by christy8215
    I was a great, move at your own pace and learn experience.
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  • 7/31/14 by xxbeccaboox13
    this class was a boring read, but it was worth the time.
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  • 7/31/14 by christy8215
    I was a great, move at your own pace and learn experience.
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  • 7/28/14 by jessa.c47
    I thought it was very interesting, it wasn't a tough course but not an easy one at all.
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  • 7/28/14 by jessa.c47
    I thought it was very interesting, it wasn't a tough course but not an easy one at all.
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  • 7/27/14 by briaswain
    I loved this course. I could do it at my own pace - I worked on it for entire days, but it only took me a few altogether. It was very manageable & I learned a lot.
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  • 7/27/14 by briaswain
    I loved this course. I could do it at my own pace - I worked on it for entire days, but it only took me a few altogether. It was very manageable & I learned a lot.
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  • 7/22/14 by wildebunch
    easy way to complete soc requirement
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  • 7/22/14 by wildebunch
    easy way to complete soc requirement
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  • 7/21/14 by snhauser23
    This course was extremely helpful in gaining a basic knowledge of the principles of sociology
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  • 7/21/14 by snhauser23
    This course was extremely helpful in gaining a basic knowledge of the principles of sociology
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  • 7/14/14 by Nanny527
    I enjoyed this course. It was fairly simple and things that are common knowledge or should be common knowledge.
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  • 7/14/14 by Nanny527
    I enjoyed this course. It was fairly simple and things that are common knowledge or should be common knowledge.
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  • 7/10/14 by Piercel
    Reviews and Homework do not help with the quizzes because the quizzes ask about statistics from 2003 when the chapters give you 1000 statistics from 1999-2003. The "important" or main objectives are not tested.
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  • 7/6/14 by jacqueline4000
    Very well organized and a complete introduction to sociology with good real world examples and good exercises. The quizzes are a fair representation of the material. Very good experience
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  • 7/2/14 by delvinlw
    Please let proctor u know that you can use your notes and book for test because they wont let you. I hate proctor u.
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  • 7/2/14 by bc.dgp2
    I enjoyed that was flexible, so didn't have to study for an extra semester.
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  • 6/20/14 by patrickjohn.d
    I enjoyed the course, however I found several errors in the tests. Sometimes there were words missing from the questions so I wouldn't know what it was asking, or sometimes the correct answer would just be wrong.
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  • 6/20/14 by patrickjohn.d
    I enjoyed the course, however I found several errors in the tests. Sometimes there were words missing from the questions so I wouldn't know what it was asking, or sometimes the correct answer would just be wrong.
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  • 6/19/14 by ptravers
    Very straight-forward. Interesting social problems type stuff. Race, culture, and gender were the main topics. High level reading required. All open note.
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  • 6/19/14 by ptravers
    Very straight-forward. Interesting social problems type stuff. Race, culture, and gender were the main topics. High level reading required. All open note.
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  • 6/10/14 by smonk8
    This course was very well structured. The book is great and the modules are easy! I am glad I did not try to CLEP the class.
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  • 6/8/14 by carora
    It was an excellent course.
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  • 6/7/14 by jacqueline4000
    Very well organized and a complete introduction to sociology with good real world examples and good exercises. The quizzes are a fair representation of the material. Very good experience
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  • 6/1/14 by clingan_05
    You read a book and take quizzes
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  • 2/8/14 by talinaf
    I liked it a lot. You can move at your own speed. There were a few times that I wished I could speak with someone about a couple of the questions, but overall it was good.
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  • 2/8/14 by robin.k
    It's required, so I took it.
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  • 2/7/14 by delvinlw
    Please let proctor u know that you can use your notes and book for test because they wont let you. I hate proctor u.
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  • 2/7/14 by bc.dgp2
    I enjoyed that was flexible, so didn't have to study for an extra semester.
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  • 1/6/14 by clingan_05
    You read a book and take quizzes
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  • 9/27/13 by Earny21
    This class is an intro course in which you will learn in depth about the basic sociological aspects of life.
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  • 9/10/13 by cmriordan18
    Make sure you purchase the book! Quiz questions are very detailed to examples in that specific book! Good overall presentation of information.
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  • 9/9/13 by anyasatze
    An excellent introductory overview of the sociology science. It was very interesting and as long as you read the textbook chapters you should do fine. The quizzes and exams are open book which I loved. I also find answering the optional questions at the end of the chapter helped with my retention of the material and made it easier to score well on the tests. Overall it was an interesting and relatively easy course to complete.
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  • 8/27/13 by leanne.ertle
    Introduction of Sociology. I was not impressed with this particular course. I would recommend taking it in a traditional class setting. It is a lot of reading
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  • 8/25/13 by donzl1979
    very convenient
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  • 8/23/13 by melennyw
    I really enjoyed the "work at your own pace"!
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  • 8/19/13 by zadjodha
    It was fast and easy. It was also very interesting. The gender chapter was... interesting as well.
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  • 8/18/13 by angelicab38
    This course was really helpful, gave me the information and sources necessary that were gonna be on the quizzes
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  • 8/16/13 by kyliew
    The information presented in the lessons was not the information asked in the exams. The lessons were very informative, but the exams had very little or nothing nothing to do with the lesson before it. This was confusing and frustrating, and led me to no longer want to pursue other courses.
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  • 8/14/13 by jeannettebouchard
    Very good course and very interesting
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    Excellent content, challenging quizes and tests.
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  • 7/19/13 by richardsw
    This course is very much designed specifically for privileged, white, middle-class students. That is who this curriculum is apparently intended for. If you don't have the right technology and other resources, it will be incredibly difficult to take the final exam.
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  • 7/17/13 by copelanda8641
    easily to follow and practice quizzes were very helpful
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    it is hard
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    Great course
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    I learned a lot, but it was very frustrating
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    I liked doing the assignments when i had time.
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    I love how I can do it on my own time!
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    Material text is very easy to understand, and review question were very helpful.
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    The actual course presentation are short and most of the test questions aren't covered. This is my first time not having textbook and somely relying on straighterline course presentation and I would say text book definitely required.
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    The online presentations were interesting and information was presented in an enjoyable manner.
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Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • View people’s behavior from a sociological perspective, discover your own sociological imagination, and apply it to a variety of social problems and situations.
  • Discuss the development of sociology as a science and differentiate it from the other social sciences.
  • List at least five sociologists and their major contributions to the field.
  • Describe the three major sociological perspectives—Functionalist, Conflict, and Interactionist—and analyze human behavior applying these perspectives appropriately.
  • Explain the elements of a culture and how culture is different from society.
  • Explain the seven steps of the scientific research process and recognize appropriate research procedures in an experiment or an article describing research.
  • Explain the relationships between social structure, social stratification, and the consequences of social status.
  • List at least four universal social institutions and describe the characteristics of each.
  • Describe how inequality and other social factors contribute to social change.
  • Summarize the relationship between socialization and the family.
Topic Lesson Topic Subtopics Objectives
1 The Sociological Perspective
  • What is Sociology?
  • Theoretical Frameworks of Sociology
  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Describe the sociological perspective and relate it to everyday life experiences and to contemporary social issues.
  • Explain the three major theoretical perspectives in sociology.
  • Define sociological imagination and apply it to social problems.
2 Development of Sociology
  • Sociological Timeline
  • Describe the historical development of the three major sociological perspectives and list the sociologists who contributed to each.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the history of sociology by naming at least six early sociological thinkers and listing their contributions to the field.

3 The Research Process
  • The Scientific Method 
  • Applying a Code of Ethics

  • Define and identify the basic steps of the scientific method.
  • Differentiate between validity and reliability and differentiate between quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Explain objectivity and evaluate the objectivity of a researcher in an article from a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Discuss the major research designs used by sociologists.
  • Discuss the role of technology in sociological research.
  • Explain the importance of ethics in sociological research, and give an example.


4 Culture and Societ
  • Defining Culture
  • Cultural Value
  • Culture in Flux
  • Cultural Values
  • Compare and contrast society versus culture.
  • Differentiate between the following elements of a culture: language, norms, sanctions, and values.
  • Give examples of cultural universals.
  • Explain how sociologists use the terms diffusion and innovation.
  • Examine and analyze questions of stereotypes, prejudice, and multicultural controversies.
  • Differentiate between subcultures and countercultures.
  • Describe what it means to be ethnocentric and give examples.
  • 5 Social Structure
    • Social Structure
    • Social Roles
    • Groups in Societies
    • Parts of Complex Societies
    • Understand how we define and reconstruct our social reality.
    • Give your own examples of ascribed, achieved, and master statuses.
    • Discuss the social roles we acquire throughout our lives.
    • Differentiate between role conflict, role strain, and role exit.
    • List the four stages of role exit.
    • Explain what is meant by the term social network.
    • Define groups.
    • Contrast the functionalist, conflict, and interactionist views of social institutions.
    • Describe the characteristics of the hunting-and-gathering society, the horticultural society, the industrial society, and the postindustrial and postmodern society.
    6 Socialization
    • What Is Socialization?
    • Agents of Socialization
    • Sociological Theory


  • Explain what is meant by the socialization process.
  • Summarize the impact of isolation on both children and primates.
  • Name the agents of socialization and rank their importance.
  • Discuss what research tells us about the influence of heredity on social development (nature vs. nurture).
  • Compare and contrast the development of self-identify as described by Charles Horton Cooley, by George Herbert Mead, and by Jean Piaget.
  • Explain the significance of gender roles and how those roles relate to rites of passage. Differentiate between anticipatory socialization and resocialization.
  • 7 Deviance
    • Deviance
    • Facets of Deviance
    • Deviance and Sociological Theory
    • Deviance and Crime
  • Explain the concept of social control.
  • Provide examples of formal and informal social control.
  • Explain how sociologists use the term deviance.
  • List and describe Merton’s five adaptations people make according to the anomie theory of deviance.
  • Summarize the various theories of deviant behavior.
  • Describe what sociologists mean when they talk about cultural transmission.
  • Give examples of types of crime. Discover and analyze patterns found in crime statistics.
  • 8 Social Stratification
    • Defining Social Stratification
    • Social Stratification
    • Stratification Theory
    • Aspects of Stratification
  • Identify characteristics of the following systems of stratification: slavery, castes, estates, and social classes.
  • Examine stratification from the functionalist and conflict perspectives.
  • Differentiate between open and closed stratification systems.
  • Define the problems associated with the culture of poverty.
  • Define the threshold of poverty.
  • Discuss social mobility in the United States.
  • 9 Social Inequality
    • Defining Social Inequality
    • Terms Associated with Inequality
    • Responses to Inequality
    • Social Inequality Theory
  • Identify the five basic properties of a minority group.
  • Differentiate between the biological significance of race and the social construction of race.
  • Distinguish between prejudice and discrimination.
  • Explain what the term institutional discrimination means.
  • Differentiate between sexism, sex discrimination, and sexual harassment.
  • Describe the effects of ageism.
  • 10 Social Institutions: The Family
    • Defining Family
    • Family Structure
    • Challenges to Families

  • Explain the functions of the family as a social institution.
  • Explain the challenges to family life in America today.
  • Compare and contrast traditional, blended, and extended families.
  • List at least four factors that contribute to divorce.
  • Explain how family violence violates the protection function of a family.

  • 11 Social Institutions: Government, Economy, and the Environment
    • Defining Government and Economy
    • Economic Systems
    • Political Systems
    • The Environment

  • Identify basic social institutions and how they contribute to the transmission of society’s values
  • Compare and contrast democracy, socialism, and communism.
  • Explain the relationship between the global economy and multinational corporations.
  • Explain the concept of deindustrialization and its impact on the American economy.
  • Identify the three basic sources of power within any political system.
  • Discuss models of power structure in the United States.
  • Discuss sociological approaches to war.
  • Compare and contrast the conflict and functionalist views of environmental issues.
  • Explain the connection between population growth and the environment.
  • 12 Social Institutions: Religion, Education, and Health Care
    • Defining Social Institutions
    • Religion
    • Education
    • Health Care
  • Identify basic social institutions and how they contribute to the transmission of society’s values
  • Develop a chart that illustrates the four functions of religion.
  • Compare and contrast the views on religion of Marx, Durkheim, and Weber.
  • Discuss why education can be seen as a transmitter of culture.
  • Explain how education is used as a tool to maintain social control.
  • Discuss the idea of the hidden curriculum.
  • Contrast the Interactionist view of education with that of the Functionalist and Conflict views.
  • Compare and contrast the Functionalist and Conflict approaches to health and illness in our society.
  • Explain how health profiles of many racial and ethnic minorities reflect the social inequality that is evident in the United States.
  • 13 Social Change
    • Collective Behavior
    • Social Movements
    • Theories of Social Change
  • Define collective behavior and identify its six determinants.
  • Explain how sociologists use the terms traditional social movements and
  • Compare and contrast the three theoretical approaches to change: evolutionary, functionalist, and conflict theory.
  • List and discuss the four processes of social change according to Parsons. Discuss the factors involved in resistance to social change and technology.
  • 14 Course Review
    • Review
    • Review of the course topics

    There are no prerequisites to take Introduction to Sociology.

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