2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

3 hours 

This course provides an overview of the theoretical frameworks and data-collection methods that sociologists use to analyze political trends, economic developments, and cultural changes in society. It investigates the many ways that a society may influence the attitudes and actions of individuals and entire groups. In particular, this course examines social institutions like families and school systems; social stratification in the form of racial and ethnic groups, privileged groups, and social classes; cultural norms such as gender roles; organizations like bureaucracies and corporations; and social processes such as discrimination, de-industrialization, globalization and militarization. Divisive issues and social problems (such as poverty and crime) that spark social conflicts, generate movements, and raise questions of social justice will be explored.




This course satisfies the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area of the Gen Ed Program.