Online Class: Sociology 101


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  • 29
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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.
 

Can you define "culture"?
 
Do you know how socialization occurs?
 
Do you understand how conformity and deviance interact?
 
Do you know the mechanisms driving sexism, ageism, racial and ethnic discrimination?
 
Have you strong feelings on censorship and freedom of speech? Or on religion and spirituality? Or on various environmental issues?
 
If any (or all) of these questions interest you, then Instructor Eric Mackerson’s "Sociology 101" provides a perfect, comprehensive overview for you, regardless of age or academic background. In the course of nineteen interactive lessons, this course: 
  • Surveys various sociological perspectives, types of research, and cultural debates
  • Examines the process of socialization
  • Looks at various kinds of groups and organizations
  • Delves into crime and deviance, stratification, inequality and discrimination (including ageism, gender, race, and ethnicity)
  • Pores over the economy, forms of government, marriage, religion, health and environment safety, urbanization, and various social movements
By the time you complete the course, you will have developed a true "sociological imagination," having examined yourself, your society, and various others. This course requires no previous experience in any particular area, but you should read at a high school level. All course material is provided in the lessons and through numerous netlinks. No books are required.
 
Because enrollment is open 24/7, there's no reason to put off starting. Register today.
How do you feel when you hear or read unfamiliar "big words" about government, the environment, the economy, and various social movements?
 
Would you like to have something informed to say about sexism, ageism, race, ethnicity, minorities, and marriage and the family?
 
Do you shy away from discussing money, the economy, and social relevance? How about censorship and freedom of speech?
 
This comprehensive course will bring you up-to-date on all the essentials and let you dig into whatever specific areas most interest you. At the top level, you will find yourself --
  • Comfortable discussing a wide range of classical and contemporary perspectives
  • Seeing links between various theories and current research
  • Developing a “sociological imagination,” capable of examining yourself, your own society, and those of others
  • Appreciating various perspectives and cultural debates
  • Understanding the process of socialization.

By looking at various groups and organizations, you will find many areas of life that you want to understand better: 

  • Crime, conformity, and deviance
  • Stratification, inequality and discrimination
  • The economy
  • Various forms of government
  • Marriage
  • Religion
  • Health and environment safety
  • Urbanization
  • Social movements
This course is an excellent resource for students of any age, including non-academic hobbyists and life-long learners.
The course consists of nineteen lessons: 

Lesson 1: Introduction to Sociology

Lesson 2: Developing a Sociological Perspective

Lesson 3: Sociological Research

Lesson 4: Culture

Lesson 5: Socialization and the Life Cycle

Lesson 6: Social Interaction

Lesson 7: Groups and Organizations

Lesson 8: Governments, Political Power, and War

Lesson 9: Urbanization and Population

Lesson 10: Deviance, Crime, and Social Conformity

Lesson 11: Stratification, Class, and Inequality

Lesson 12: Gender and Age Inequality: Sexism and Ageism

Lesson 13: Race and Ethnic Inequality

Lesson 14: Marriage and the Family

Lesson 15: Work and Economic Life

Lesson 16: Mass Media and Education

Lesson 17: Religion and Education

Lesson 18: Health and the Environment

Lesson 19: Social Change and Social Movements

Each lesson must be completed sequentially. In order to progress to Lesson 2, you must first fully complete Lesson 1, and so on. Each lesson includes a review quiz and an assignment. Students successfully complete this course by obtaining a score of 70% or better.
 
The course does not require previous experience in any particular area, but you should read at the high school level. All course material is provided in the lessons and through netlinks. No books are required, but several supplementary paperback titles are recommended: 
  • Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings
  • A Dictionary of Sociology (Oxford Paperback Reference)
If you encounter questions or areas that leave you confused, you can contact your instructor directly at any time by using the Class Email Forum under the Communications tab in the main classroom area.
 
Best of all, this class gives you the freedom to work at your own pace. There are no set days or times for lectures and there are many ways to get in touch with the instructor and your fellow classmates.
 
Enrollment is open 24/7, so register today.
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider
 
 

Course Lessons

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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
281
Total Course Points
 

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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Course Title: Sociology 101
Course Number: 33335
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: College Level (Self-Paced, Online Class)
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $90.00

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