Contemporary Sociology

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Course Description:
This course is intended to provide the student with an insight into some of the major social issues and problems confronting American society. The course will have the flexibility to shift the focus on issues and problem areas as they move in and out of the social arena. It will provide students with a multi-cultured, unisex course capable of dealing with any social problem subject area deemed appropriate for study. This course has been designated as an international/diversity course.


Course Details


Travis Bradshaw, Ph.D.


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Giddens, Anthony, Essentials of Sociology-W/ACCESS. 8th Ed. New York: Norton, 2022.

ISBN: 9780393537925 (print) OR ISBN: 9780393537840 (eBook)


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


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-2, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2

SS-1, SS-2


Tests, Quizzes, Reports, Skills Demonstration, Projects


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

The course instructor will be delivering course content through class discussions on the material using visual aids or through the learning management system in online classes.

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.

Faculty will avail themselves for office appointments for students to explore their progress in the course, as needed.

Faculty will advise students to use the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab) for academic help when needed.


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