This course is an introduction to the set of perspectives on human life that allows us to understand how our personal lives are affected by our place in society. It explores ways of looking at the world that allow us to understand how the events and experiences of our lives are part of group dynamics, of social institutions, and of cultural meanings. It allows us to see personal events and meanings as affected by historical forces and to see how historical events may be shaped by personal choices.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Sociological Theory and Culture
- Describe the study of sociology.
- Identify theoretical perspectives in sociology.
- Describe the role of culture in sociology.
Socialization and Social Structure
- Describe the perspectives of socialization into the self.
- Explain the role of socialization in society.
- Identify milestones in socialization in different developmental periods throughout the life span.
- Identify the role of social structure in society.
Social Groups and Institutions
- Identify the different types of social groups.
- Describe factors that contribute to group dynamics.
- Describe the sociological view of marriage and family in society.
- Describe the sociological view of education and religion in society.
Deviance, Social Control, and Social Inequalities
- Apply the sociological perspectives to the concept of deviance.
- Examine different methods of social control.
- Describe elements that contribute to social inequalities.
- Identify influences of social change in society.
- Describe theories of social change.
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