SOCL 105 - Introductory Sociology (GEKS)
Basic sociological concepts are used to analyze social systems, socialization, social inequality, deviance and conformity, and the process of social change with focus on family, educational, religious, governmental and economic institutions.
Credit Hours: 3 hrs
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This course provides a critical introduction to key concepts and ideas common to all sociological endeavor, as well as the methods by which sociologists advance social scientific knowledge. Students will be introduced to major theoretical perspectives, as well as key concepts, such as culture, socialization and social interaction, all of which guide the practice of sociology. Students will also come to understand the nature of major societal institutions, including family , education, economy and government, along with the formal and informal dimensions of race, social class and gender within the field. For each segment of the course, students will examine the challenges associated with conducting social research. Introduction to Sociology focuses on comparing and contrasting the potential for using various research methods to generate knowledge, with a special emphasis on comparing quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will also come to explore the benefits of employing a sociological perspective to the analysis of contemporary events and, in the process, will be socialized into becoming critical consumers of reporting in the mass media, much of which is increasingly based on social science research.
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