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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Introduction to Sociology (SOC-201)


Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.
November 2010 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: outline the history of Sociology as a field; identify the manner in which sociological research is conducted; consider ethical and social ramifications of sociological research when conducting such research; compare and contrast culture and diversity; determine the interaction between human nature and socialization and the effect the former has on the latter in a variety of contexts; characterize societal institutions on the macro and micro levels; ascertain the role of technology on society and human interaction; detail the effects of mass media on socialization; identify roles of social groups and organizations on human society and interaction; and analyze the role of deviance from societal norms on society and discuss the social control of such behavior exercised by society.
This is an introductory course for students with no prior background in Sociology. Students are guided through the process of asking and answering important questions from a sociological perspective by exercising critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they're exposed to sociological theories and research that can be applied to important social issues. The course teaches how individuals are organized into social groups, ranging from intimate groups to bureaucracies and how these influence individual behavior and the nature and interrelationships of basic social institutions such as family, education, religion, and the economy. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).