Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

  1. Module Title: Introduction to Sociology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 201
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: In this introductory course to sociology, you will be acquainted to a critical and pluralistic understanding of sociology and society. You will learn how a critical sociological interpretation of social life can make a unique contribution to the understanding of our individual lives. You will gain a working knowledge of the basic theoretical perspectives and concepts that characterize sociology as a distinctive discipline of inquiry. You will apply basic sociological concepts and principles to current social issues. The concepts and principles that you will learn in this course will serve as the necessary foundation for more advanced sociological courses.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of the course, the student will learn to examine and analyze how social structures and cultures are created, maintained, and how they affect social behavior and shape society. The student will be able to:
    • Develop an understanding of sociological perspectives and know the nature and scope of sociological inquiry
    • Develop an awareness of the importance of social class, gender, ethnicity etc in determining opportunities and goals in life
    • Understand different aspects of modern societies such as culture, social institutions, structure of power and social change
    • Apply basic sociological principles to analyze social events occurring in societies
    • Have a solid theoretical and factual background and demonstrate analytical abilities to relate and integrate different sociological theories, findings and their applications to the study of modern society
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

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