Introductory Sociology

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Course Description:
A general study of institutional development, social determinants, social process, and cultural growth. The aim of the course is to help the student understand how our present society evolved, how it functions, and how it is developing. Considerable time is devoted to the study of social problems of today and to the application of the sociological principles involved. The course is designed to serve as an introduction to other courses in the field.


Course Details


Travis Bradshaw



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Benokraitis, Nijole V. SOC6 Introduction to Sociology (Student Ed.-Text). 6th Ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2019. Print. ISBN: 9781337405218 (paperback)


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issue.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Show how contemporary sociology involves developing a sociological imagination, a global perspective, and social change.
  • Identify the steps of the research process in social science.
  • Apply basic concepts and theories sociologist use to understand contemporary sociology.
  • Formulate a well-developed oral presentation

SS-1 - SS-4

SS-1, SS-2

SS-1, SS-2


Tests, Quizzes, Report/Presentation, Skills Demonstration, Projects, Cumulative Final


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Students are expected to read and are encouraged to ask questions.
  • In-class and online teaching strategies may include: participation, lecture, presentations, and examinations. Student attendance and participation is expected. Students are expected to read all assigned material and complete assigned projects in a timely manner.
  • Office appointments will be made to discuss progress, as needed.
  • Tutoring will be available through the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab).
  • On occasion experiential learning may be made available to augment the learning process.


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