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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

SOC 111 - Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
This course meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Requirement. This course meets the Diversity Requirement.

Learn sociological principles and perspectives as a way of understanding everyday social life. Study meanings and functions of various roles in historical and contemporary societies. Evaluate causes, consequences and comparisons of social hierarchies. Also offered as an honors course, SOC 111H.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .

Crosslisted: Also offered as SOC 111H ; credit is not given for both SOC 111 and SOC 111H .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply a sociological scientific approach to understanding human social behavior
    • Distinguish between sociological and other social and natural science perspectives
    • Identify the fundamental theoretical perspectives in sociology
    • Apply the fundamental sociological perspectives to daily social life
  • Evaluate the methodology, results and conclusions of social research
    • Describe quantitative and qualitative research designs and strategies
    • Evaluate the quantitative and qualitative research designs in the analysis of daily social life
    • Demonstrate the fundamental quantitative and qualitative analysis strategies
  • Explain the organization of society, and the interrelationship of its institutions and social groups
    • Determine the nature of social organization and groups at all levels
    • Compare similarities and differences among human social institutions
    • Apply social organization and groups to the understanding of human interaction
    • Characterize social policy issues related to social interactions
  • Recognize the issues of diversity arising in a complex society
    • Recognize the sociological approach to diversity in human societies
    • Identify similarities and differences among diverse human cultures and subculture
    • Utilize the recognition of social diversity in the understanding of human interaction
  • Apply sociological principles and skills to one’s own experience for logical, rational problem solving
    • Employ the sociological perspective to investigate daily life
    • Integrate and apply sociological perspectives and skills into daily life
    • Comprehend the added value of using the sociological perspective in conjunction with other life views for solving problems
  • Apply sociological principles to understanding how society changes
    • Employ the sociological theoretical perspectives to understand social change
    • Use the sociological perspective to conceive future societies
    • Explore self-generated possible future societies and social situations by using sociological tools
    • Compare human society in the past, present, and future
    • Recognize the differences between individual change and social change
    • Indicate the impact of social change to human interaction
  • Explain the nature of culture and society
    • Describe the process by which individuals become social
    • Ascertain the nature of socialization processes
    • Assess the impact of the socialization process on human social outcomes
    • Distinguish the nature and interplay of culture and of society
    • Appraise the components of culture and society
    • Apply the recognition of the components of culture and society to understand human interaction
  • Interpret the nature of deviant behavior in society and culture
    • Explain the sociological perspective to deviance
    • Summarize the functions of deviance in social life
    • Demonstrate the sociological perspective to deviance
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 6 Scientific Reasoning Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking