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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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Lesson 1: Introduction to Sociology

Topics will include an introduction, terminology, and the importance of sociology in public health. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Introductions
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Developing a Sociological Perspective

Topics will include the different sociological perspectives, how each is defined, and how they interact. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Three Major Perspectives in Sociology; Sociological Perspectives; Symbolic Interaction Theory
  • Complete Assignment: Sociological Perspective
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Sociological Research

Topics will include methodologies, reliability, and validity of research to achieve results. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Methods of Sociological Research
  • Take Poll: Survey Participation
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Culture

Topics will focus on the importance of culture and debates in research. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Global Sociology
  • Complete Assignment: Current Discussions involving Cultural Issues
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Socialization and the Life Cycle

Topics will focus on the environmental, genetics, and social experiences in socialization. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Nature VS. Nurture
  • Review Video: Social Development Theory Video
  • Complete Assignment: Opinion: Early Life Experience vs. Later Life Experiences
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Social Interaction

Topics will focus on the day-to-day contact with other individuals, including physical, verbal, and observational interactions. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Social Interaction and Social Processes; Proxemics Research; Non-Verbal Behavior
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Groups and Organizations

Topics will focus on the elements of interaction among individuals with similar characteristics. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Stratification
  • Review Video: Sociological Theory: Emile Durkhiem and Social Solidarity
  • Take Survey: Group Affiliation
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Governments, Political Power, and War

Topics will focus on the importance of politics in societies. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Sociology/Politics and Government
  • Complete Assignment: Examples of Governments and Political Structures
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Urbanization and Population

Topics will focus on the effects of environment on lifestyles and development. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Deviance, Crime, and Social Conformity

Topics will focus on societies' "norm" in acceptable behavior. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Interpersonal Relationships and Deviant Behavior; How Friends Ruin Memory: The Social Conformity Effect
  • Take Poll: Writing Etiquette
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Stratification, Class, and Inequality

Topics will focus on how disparities in wealth and education divide individuals into social classes. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Improving Social Mobility; Social Stratification and Inequality
  • Complete Assignment: Barriers to Social Mobility
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

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. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Gender and Society; The New Ageism
  • Take Poll: Ageism?
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: Race and Ethnic Inequality

Topics will focus on discriminatory behavior against racial and ethnic groups. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Article: The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Complete Assignment: Opinion: Types of Discrimination
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Marriage and the Family

Topics will include the changing definition of marriage and the Healthy Marriage Initiative. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review Article: Sociology of the Family
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

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. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Economic Sociology; The Social Meaning of Money
  • Complete Assignment: Opinion: Working Today
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

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. 4 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review Article: The Important Role of Mass Media in Education
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17: Religion and Education

Topics will focus on the role of religion in public education. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review Article: Teaching About Religion: OK and Not OK - Teaching Values
  • Complete Assignment: Religion vs. Spirituality
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18: Health and the Environment

Topics will focus on how public health and the environment are intertwined. 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Environmental Health PSR; National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program
  • Take Poll: Do you feel protected?
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19: Social Change and Social Movements

Topics will focus on cultural changes in attitudes and behaviors caused by different social movements. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Types of Social Movements; Making Sense of Social Movements
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

Final Exam

Final exam 75 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts
  • Take Survey: Final Survey
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Sociology 101
Course Number: 33335
Languages: English - United States, Canada 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).
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
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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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.

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