Contemporary Sociology

Course Code: SYG1010

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: 2022-23


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.


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:

  • Read all assigned material, including text and articles.
  • Study notes for lectures, presentations and videos.
  • Turn in all homework and writing assignments.
  • Identify and explain concepts in writing assignments.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations, and or classroom discussions.

Note: Online and Distance Learning courses will not contain the oral component.




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