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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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SO 201 - Principles of Sociology

Credits: (4 credits)

Examines the concepts and methods of research used to understand human life within the social groups that make up society. A study of culture, socialization and social organization is undertaken to understand the social institutions (family, religion, education, economic and political order). Examines issues which surface in medicine and health care, war and peace, gender, ethnicity, race and age as well as a variety of social processes that facilitate social change.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:

  1.  Describe and apply the major sociological paradigms/theoretical frameworks, sociological imagination and the social construction of reality;
  2.  Describe  and apply basic sociological concepts and processes contained in social relations at the micro, meso and macro level;
  3.  Learn and describe the methods used to understand that sociology is a social science;
  4.  Learn and apply the complex social relationships which form the social institutions of family, political order, economic order, religion, healthcare, education religion   and mass media;
  5.  Recognize and analyze social inequalities which exist in contemporary society in areas such as gender, race and ethnic relations, and social class;
  6.  Describe American society in a Global perspective thereby being influenced by international political, and economic realities and circumstances;
  7.  Expose students to the variety of processes which are used to produce or inhibit social change;
  8.  Encourage students to critically think articulate ideas and apply the material presented in this course through class discussion and major class project.

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