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SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

Through this introduction to Sociology, the student will develop an understanding of the basic concepts of Sociology including culture, socialization, social stratification and social change and be able to apply these concepts to social problems and everyday life experiences. Students will be exposed to sociological information and ideas which will help them understand and clarify their own norms, values, and attitudes.

PrerequisitesEligible to enroll in ENGL-101 or ENGL-111 (English Composition).
InstructorMari Wepprecht

Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the sociological perspective and relate it to his/her everyday life experiences and to contemporary social issues.
  2. Distinguish the basic ideas and focus of the following three major theoretical perspectives: the structural-functional paradigm, the conflict paradigm and the symbolic interaction paradigm
  3. Differentiate the major sociological research designs and correctly identify key components of the scientific model as it used by sociologists.
  4. Exam the essential co,ponents of the comcept "culture" and sociologically analyze the increasingly multi-cultural character of American society.
  5. Identify and analyze the process by which humans become socialized by the agents of socialization throughout the life cycle.
  6. Describe social interaction in everyday life especially in relationship to the concepts of status and role.
  7. Distinguish the major sociological perspectives on diviant behavior and apply these perspectives to crime and criminal justice system.
  8. Identify and/or describe the major components of social stratification and relate these concepts to the American social class structure including the issur of poverty.
  9. Identify the major sociological concepts used to describe the relationship between the different ethnic and racial groups and relate these concepts to the experiences of the various ethnic and racial groups that make up contemporary American society.
  10. Examine the various components of gender socialization and gender stratification as it relates to the contemporary American society.
  11. Identify the basic sociological concepts used in describing the family and examine the changing functions and forms of contemporary families.
  12. Identify and analyze basic social institutions using the three theoretical paradigms.
  13. Identify and analyze various contemporary social problems while examining a variety of solutions.
  14. Identify and/or dewcribe other aspects of the sociological analysis of society theat seem appropriate given current events as well as instructor and/or student interests or concerns.

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Major Course Topics

I.     The Sociological Perspective
II.     Theoretical Paradigms
III.    Sociological Research
IV.    Culture
V.      Socialization
VI.     Deviant Behavior
VII.    Criminal Justice System
VIII.   Social Stratification
IX.     American Class Structure 
X.      Race and Ethnicity
XI.     Sex and Gender
XII.    Basic Social Institutions
XIII.   Social Problems
XIV.    Other selected topics and issues

Course Format

  1. Is not self-paced.
  2. Does require on-campus meetings. On-campus meetings will include orientation, test review, and tests. Test reviews are optional.
  3. Does not require real-time chats.

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Course Requirements

  1. Review the "What you should know before you register" section of the eLearning Homepage.
  2. Ability to download various programs from the Internet (i.e., Adobe Acrobat Reader), OR a willingness to meet and work with a fellow student who has this expertise, OR an ability to utilize personal computers in the Computer Lab for online access to course materials and email, and computers in the Library for research.
  3. Quizzes, papers, exams
  4. This is an officially designated "Writing Intensive" course. Specific writing assignments will require at least 2500 words of formal writing. There will be two or more required papers. At least one paper will be based upon library research and be correctly documented. The papers will meet the minimum college standard of proficiency with correct grammar and spelling. Grades will be based primarily upon the quality of the sociological insights and the clarity of thought. Periodically students may be asked to use writing in or out of class as a means to learn, to integrate information, to review what they have learned, and to relate sociology to their everyday lives.

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Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  1. Internet Explorer
  2. PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  3. Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has a proctored final exam at the HCC Test Center for students in the local region or at a regional institution for remote students. The exam will have a flexible window of time during which it needs to be taken rather than a single date and time.

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to eLearning,

Last updated on 11-Dec-07
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