Sociology examines the origins, organizations, institutions, and development of human society. It consists of a body of factual knowledge as well as perspectives that offer insights on the impact that social forces have on individual behavior. These perspectives will be explored in this class.
Course goals and objectives will be achieved through a series of readings, videos, written papers, quizzes, and exams. Upon completion of this course students should be able to:
Understand sociology’s history, theorists (their contributions), and better appreciate what sociologists do.
Apply the sociological imagination to a variety of social issues.
Identify and apply fundamental assumptions associated with the 3 major sociological paradigms.
Understand how social institutions are created and interdependent.
Identify the benefits and drawbacks of various research methods used by sociologists in the investigation of social behavior.
Understand how individuals are socialized into a larger culture.
Recognize how deviance is socially constructed and maintained.
Critically examine the role that family, education, mass media, and other social institutions play in the socialization process.
Required Textbooks & Materials
OpenStax, Introduction to Sociology 2e, OpenStax CNX. May 18, 2016
You can download the pdf of the book, or you can work from it online.
Lessons & Exams
You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete: