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Course Description

This comprehensive course provides an up-to-date presentation of the essentials of sociological study. Students will learn a wide range of classical and contemporary perspectives which will encourage links between theories and current research. With the addition of numerous net links, thoughtful exercises and examples, and review quizzes--this course will help students develop a sociological imagination.  This is an ideal environment in which to examine ourselves, study our own society, as well as study our neighbors.
Topics covered will examine the sociological perspectives, sociological research, cultural debates, the process of socialization, groups and organizations, crime and deviance, stratification, inequality and discrimination that effects ageism and gender, race and ethnicity, issues involving the economy, different forms of government, marriage, religion, health and environment safety, urbanization, and social movements. This course is an excellent resource for any age student pursuing aspects of this study or the non-academic hobbyists and life-long learners.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Sociology

    Topics will include an introduction, terminology, and the importance of sociology in public health.
  • Lesson 2: Developing a Sociological Perspective

    Topics will include the different sociological perspectives, how each is defined, and how they interact.
  • Lesson 3: Sociological Research

    Topics will include methodologies, reliability, and validity of research to achieve results.
  • Lesson 4: Culture

    Topics will focus on the importance of culture and debates in research.
  • Lesson 5: Socialization and the Life Cycle

    Topics will focus on the environmental, genetics, and social experiences in socialization.
  • Lesson 6: Social Interaction

    Topics will focus on the day-to-day contact with other individuals, including physical, verbal, and observational interactions.
  • Lesson 7: Groups and Organizations

    Topics will focus on the elements of interaction among individuals with similar characteristics.
  • Lesson 8: Governments, Political Power, and War

    Topics will focus on the importance of politics in societies.
  • Lesson 9: Urbanization and Population

    Topics will focus on the effects of environment on lifestyles and development.
  • Lesson 10: Deviance, Crime, and Social Conformity

    Topics will focus on societies' "norm" in acceptable behavior.
  • Lesson 11: Stratification, Class, and Inequality

    Topics will focus on how disparities in wealth and education divide individuals into social classes.
  • Lesson 12: Gender and Age Inequality: Sexism and Ageism

    Topics will focus on the effect of gender and age in determining social and cultural roles and opportunities.
  • Lesson 13: Race and Ethnic Inequality

    Topics will focus on discriminatory behavior against racial and ethnic groups.
  • Lesson 14: Marriage and the Family

    Topics will include the changing definition of marriage and the Healthy Marriage Initiative.
  • Lesson 15: Work and Economic Life

    This lesson will explore economic life during the industrial age, during the information age, and during the period when economic growth seeks globalization.
  • Lesson 16: Mass Media and Education

    This lesson will focus on freedom of speech or censorship and how the mass media is a concern for parents safeguarding children's viewing.
  • Lesson 17: Religion and Education

    Topics will focus on the role of religion in public education.
  • Lesson 18: Health and the Environment

    Topics will focus on how public health and the environment are intertwined.
  • Lesson 19: Social Change and Social Movements

    Topics will focus on cultural changes in attitudes and behaviors caused by different social movements.
  • Final Exam

    Final exam
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Course Title: Sociology 101
Course Number: 33335
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: College Level
CEU Value: 1.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define sociology.
  • Describe developing a sociological perspective, sociological research, and culture.
  • Describe socialization and the life cycle.
  • Describe social interaction.
  • Describe groups and organizations.
  • Describe governments, political power, and war.
  • Describe urbanization and population.
  • Describe deviance, crime, and social conformity.
  • Describe stratification, class, and inequality.
  • Describe gender, age, race, and ethnic inequality.
  • Describe marriage and the family.
  • Describe work and economic life.
  • Describe mass media and education.
  • Describe religion and education.
  • Describe health and the environment.
  • Describe social change and social movements, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 ExamExam6
Sociological PerspectiveAssignment50
Lesson 2 ExamExam9
Lesson 3 ExamExam8
Current Discussions involving Cultural IssuesAssignment50
Lesson 4 ExamExam5
Opinion: Early Life Experience vs. Later Life ExperiencesAssignment50
Lesson 5 ExamExam9
Who is this guy?Assignment50
Lesson 6 ExamExam8
Lesson 7 ExamExam7
Examples of Governments and Political StructuresAssignment50
Lesson 8 ExamExam7
Lesson 9 ExamExam10
Lesson 10 ExamExam8
Barriers to Social MobilityAssignment50
Lesson 11 ExamExam8
Lesson 12 ExamExam10
Opinion: Types of DiscriminationAssignment50
Lesson 13 ExamExam10
What is HMI?Assignment50
Lesson 14 ExamExam10
Opinion: Working TodayAssignment50
Lesson 15 ExamExam8
Mass MediaAssignment50
Lesson 16 ExamExam4
Religion vs. SpiritualityAssignment50
Lesson 17 ExamExam7
Lesson 18 ExamExam6
Social Movement ExamplesAssignment50
Lesson 19 ExamExam9
Final ExamExam29
Total Points:833
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