SS-130 Introduction to Sociology

Course Description:  The course is a survey of the concepts, theories and research behind the study of human societies. It is the scientific study of human behavior in groups, and how social forces influence behavior.

  • This course also meets PLO #(s) 1, 2, & 3 of Liberal Arts program.
  • Prerequisite Courses: En 110 

A. PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES (PLOs):

The student will be able to:

  1. Enrich and deepen self-knowledge by exploring different academic experiences.
  2. Articulate and understand their experiences through effective writing, reading, speaking, and various modes of artistic expression.
  3. Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and basic skills appropriate to their personal and professional goals in their chosen area of specialization.
B. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO’s) - GENERAL:

The student will be able to:

  1. Outline the Sociological perspectives that explain the system of social interaction.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge in the relationship between culture, socialization, and social interactions.
  3. Demonstrate basic knowledge in indentifying the social stratification systems, formal and informal organizations and the relationship between social categories and life chances.
  4. Describe and understand the factors that cause social change and the consequences of those changes

SLO

PLO1

PLO2

PLO3

1

D

ID

D

2

ID

ID

 

3

ID

ID

ID

4

ID

ID

D

I = Introduced
D = Demonstrated
M = Mastered

C. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO’s)-SPECIFIC:

The student will be able to:
General SLO 1: Outline the Sociological perspectives that explain the system of social interactions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Identify the major sociological perspectives and theories used to explain social interactions

Class work

1.2 Identify what social factors influence how and why people interact at the institutional, societal, and global level

Quiz

1.3 Explain how the industrial revolution led to the emergence of Sociology and their applications to modern society

Class work

1.4 Describe the major research methods and the types of information that they provide

Quiz/test

General SLO 2: Demonstrate basic knowledge in the relationship between culture, socialization, social interactions.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Identify the components that make up culture and problems that people face in different cultures

Class work

2.2 Identify and explain the influences of nature-nurture on socialization

Quiz/test

2.3 Explain the importance of  the social structure on social interaction

Quiz /test

2.4 Explain how societies classify deviant behaviors and implement mechanisms  of social control

Class work

General SLO 3: Demonstrate basic knowledge in indentifying the social stratification systems, formal and informal organizations and the relationship between social categories and life chances.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Differentiate between class and caste systems and their consequences of determining people’s life chances.

Class work

3.2 Identify and explain how the concepts of sex and gender have shaped societies to create categories of inequality between men and women

Quiz/ test

3.3 Identify examples of racial-ethnic classification systems and how they led to racial-ethnic inequalities in society

Quiz/ test

3.5 Explain how the major revolutions (agriculture, industrial, and post-industrial) have shaped the world economy

Class work

3.6 Identify differences between political systems and forms of power

Quiz /test

General SLO 4: Be able to know the factors that cause social change and the consequences of change.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment strategies

4.1 Identify the agents of change (i.e., population, urbanization, globalization, mechanization, industrialization, rationalization, innovations)  and how they have contributed to order and/or disorder in society

Group presentation/ project-Two rubrics will be used. One for evaluating the group effort to put together project and one for the actual presentation.

4.2 Identify and explain how innovations are used to address the consequences of social change

Group presentation/project
Same as above

4.3 Identify and differentiate between social movements

Group presentation/project
Same as above

4.4 Identify and explain how social factors influence the rates at which people are born, die, and move into or out of a country

Group project

4.5 Explain how sociology is used to explain why social changes occur and how society deals with the changes

Group project

D.  COURSE CONTENT

  1. Introduction to Scientific Methods and perspectives in Sociology
  2. Culture
  3. Social structures
  4. Socialization
  5. Stratification Systems
  6. Formal and informal institutions
  7. Population and urbanization
  8. Factors of social change
  9. Social movements

E.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION
Lecture, group discussions/presentation, audiovisual

F.  REQURIED TEXT(S) AND COURSE MATERIALS
Joan, F. (2000). Sociology: A global perspective. 7th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing (or most recent edition).

G.  REFERENCE MATERIALS
None
H.  INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None
I.   EVALUATION
None
J.   CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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