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Sociology 101: Introduction to Sociology
28 hours (6 weeks).
December 2013 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: review the definition of sociology, types of research methods, some basic theories and perspectives, including the work of Mark, Weber, Durkheim and DuBois; interpret what culture is and identify social roles in a culture; summarize theories of how individuals develop socially through perspectives from Freud, Piaget, Kohlberg, Gilligan, Mead and Erikson; distinguish how social groups form and the characteristics of these groups; identify why diversity is important to a society, and explore how it may sometimes be harmful to a society; outline the role gender, race, and ethnicity plays in individuals and society and learn about the role of sex in society; define the effects that aging has on society and individuals; relate the links between the economy, politics and society through studying topics that include the evolution of the economy, political parties, labor unions and social power; examine a range of social institutions, such as family units, religious groups, schooling and healthcare systems, to see how these groups play a role in society; and show how a society changes over time including the role of collective behavior, social movements and population growth.
Major topics include: introduction to sociology; the basics; key sociology theorists; sociology research methods; foundations of society; theories of individual social development; social groups and organizations; diversity in society; sex and gender in society; race and ethnicity in society; aging in society; economics and politics; and social institutions.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology (12/16).