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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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Goals

These topics will be covered:

1. Sociology Defined            

2. Sociology’s Role in Public Health

3. Quantitative Versus Qualitative Studies

4. Important Terms within Society

5. Varying Forms of Social Perspectives

6. Primary Methodologies for Gathering Research

7. Survey Creation

8. Validity

9. Reliability

10. Culture: Definition

11. Cultural Discussion

12. Three Theoretical Discussions

13. Social Development Theories

14. Development Debates

15. Socialization Process

16. Social Interaction and Class: Categories,

17. Types of Groups

18. Stratification

19. Patterns of Interaction Among Racial and Ethnic Groups

20.Formation of a Group

21. Government through History

22. Government and Political Structures

23. Process or Urbanization

24. Effects of Urbanization in Population and The Environment

25. Population Growth Urban Sprawl

26. High Growth Areas

27. Steps to Counteracting Globalization

28. Social Conformity Issues

29.  Deviances

30. Labeling Theory

31. Strain Theory

32.  Differential Association

33.  Functionalism

34.  Conflict Theory

35.  Crime Statistics and Racial Inequalities

36.  Rehabilitation Recidivism

37.  Social Classes

38.  Social Mobility

39.  Sexism

40.  Ageism

41.  Race and Ethnicity

42.  Minority Groups

43.  Marriage/Family Dynamic

44.  Money, Economy, and Social Relevance

45.  The New Millennium and Mass Media

46.  Censorship and freedom of Speech

47.  Religion versus Spirituality

48.  Environmental health

49.  Social Movements

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Course Outline

  1. Lesson 1: Introduction to Sociology
  2. Lesson 2: Developing a Sociological Perspective
  3. Lesson 3: Sociological Research
  4. Lesson 4: Culture
  5. Lesson 5: Socialization and the Life Cycle
  6. Lesson 6: Social Interaction
  7. Lesson 7: Groups and Organizations
  8. Lesson 8: Governments, Political Power, and War
  9. Lesson 9: Urbanization and Population
  10. Lesson 10: Deviance, Crime, and Social Conformity
  11. Lesson 11: Stratification, Class, and Inequality
  12. Lesson 12: Gender and Age Inequality: Sexism and Ageism
  13. Lesson 13: Race and Ethnic Inequality
  14. Lesson 14: Marriage and the Family
  15. Lesson 15: Work and Economic Life
  16. Lesson 16: Mass Media and Education
  17. Lesson 17: Religion and Education
  18. Lesson 18: Health and the Environment
  19. Lesson 19: Social Change and Social Movements

Book Recommendations

Although there are no Required books for this course, I do have a couple of Recommended books.
1.  Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings   Booklink: Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings
2.  A Dictionary of Sociology (Oxford Paperback Reference) (Paperback)   Booklink: A Dictionary of Sociology

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Exam6
Lesson 2 Exam9
Lesson 3 Exam8
Lesson 4 Exam5
Opinion: Early Life Experience vs. Later Life Experiences7
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Exam8
Lesson 7 Exam7
Examples of Governments and Political Structures7
Lesson 8 Exam7
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam8
Lesson 11 Exam8
Lesson 12 Exam10
Opinion: Types of Discrimination7
Lesson 13 Exam10
Lesson 14 Exam10
Opinion: Working Today7
Lesson 15 Exam8
Lesson 16 Exam4
Religion vs. Spirituality7
Lesson 17 Exam7
Lesson 18 Exam6
Lesson 19 Exam9
Final Exam75
Total Points:260

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