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SOCO 101

I.  COURSE LOCATION

            X         ON CAMPUS            CCC    

II.  COURSE IDENTIFICATION

PREFIX: SOCO              NUMBER: 101            NAME: Sociology

  • 3 LECTURES HOURS                     1.1/451101      PCS-CIPS NUMBER
  • 0 LABORATORY HOURS              LIBA 04900    CURRICULUM  & NO.   
  • 3 SEMESTER HOURS                    N         VARIABLE (Y/N)
  • 0 CLINICAL HOURS                        N         REPEATABLE (Y/N)
  • 0 SOE HOURS                                   0          TIMES

  III.  DIVISION TO WHICH COURSE IS ASSIGNED

            X         BACCALAUREATE/TRANSFER

                        CAREER EDUCATION

                        CONTINUING COMMUNITY EDUCATION

                        ABE/ASE

                        HEALTH OCCUPATIONS

                        OTHER

   IV.  CATALOG DESCRIPTION OF COURSE

              An introductory examination of the Nature of Group Behavior, Social Institutions and Social Processes. Emphasis is placed on Social Change, Individualism and Group Pressures.

 

    V.  PREREQUISITES FOR THE COURSE

  

   VI.  METHODS OF INSTRUCTION

            X         DISCUSSION-LECTURE                            SEMINAR

                        LABORATORY                                              TELE-LECTURE (FILM-TV)

                 CORRESPONDENCE                                           LABORATORY-DISCUSSION

                        TELEVISION (TELECOURSE)                      LECTURE

                        RADIO                                                            LECTURE-LABORATORY

                        INDEPENDENT STUDY                               OTHER (IDENTIFY):

                        CO-OP          


  VII.  OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE (USE ADDITIONAL PAGES AS NECESSARY)

            A. To acquaint the student with the procedures and perspective of sociology.

            B. To examine the nature of group behavior.

            C. To examine the major social institutions.

            D. To acquaint the student with the interdependence of the world's cultures and societies.

            E. To examine the processes of social interaction.

            F. To demonstrate the complexity of the individual's character.

            G. To examine the changing nature of our society.

 VIII.  A.  REQUIRED TEXTBOOK(S)

            TITLE: Sociology

            AUTHOR(S): Jon M Shepard

            COPYRIGHT DATE: 2001                  EDITION: 8th.

            PUBLISHING COMPANY:  Wadsworth

            ISBN#: 0-534-57906-X

 

 

  IX.  SUPPLEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS IDENTIFY GENERAL SOURCES:

                  Periodicals, reserved readings, movies, and in class projects.

       

        IF EXTENSIVE COLLATERAL READINGS ARE REQUIRED FROM SPECIFIC

        BOOKS, PROVIDE INFORMATION.

 

    X.  METHODS OF EVALUATION OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE COURSE

           Objective questions such as:

                        1. Participation in discussion postings 100 pts.

                        2. Short essay to chapter questions will be worth 1700 pts.

                        3. Midterm 100 pts. Required

                        4. Final Exam 100 pts. - Required

 

            The Grading Scale Will Be:

                        90-100% =A         

                        80-89% =B

                        70-79% =C 

                        60-69% =D

                        59% and below =F


 

        

       

   XI.  COURSE OUTLINE

       

           I.   THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOLOGY

       

                A.  The Sociological Perspective

                        1.  Basic definitions

                        2.  The sociological perspective

                        3.  Sociological theory

       

                B.  Sociological Investigation

                        1.  The basics of sociological investigation

                        2.  The elements of science

                        3.  Some limitations of scientific sociology

                        4.  The methods of sociological research

5.      The interplay of theory and method. 

6.      The steps in sociological investigation.

       

           II.  THE FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIETY

       

                A.  Culture

                        1.  What is culture?

                        2.  The components of culture

                        3.  Theoretical analysis of culture

                        4.  Culture and human freedom

       

                B.  Society

                        1.  Gerhard and Jean Lenski and sociocultural evolution

                        2.  Karl Marx and social conflict

                        3.  Max Weber and the rationalization of society

                        4.  Talcott Parsons and the functions of society

                        5.  Four visions of society

        

                C.  Socialization

                        1.  The importance of social experience

                        2.  Understanding the socialization process

                        3.  Spheres of socialization

                        4.  Socialization and the life cycle

                        5.  Socialization within total institutions

       

                D.  Social Interaction in Everyday Life

                        1.  The structure of social interaction

                        2.  Interaction in everyday life:  two illustrations

       

 

    E.  Groups and Organizations

                        1.  Social groups

                        2.  Formal organizations

       

                F.  Deviance

                        1.  What is deviance?

                        2.  Biological explanations of deviance

                        3.  Psychological explanations of deviance

                        4.  Theoretical analysis of deviance

       

        III. SOCIAL INEQUALITY

       

                A.  Social Stratification

                        1.  What is social stratification?

                        2.  Theoretical analysis of social stratification

       

                B.  Social Class in America

                        1.  Dimensions of inequality

                        2.  Social classes in the United States

                        3.  Correlates of American social stratification

                        4.  Social mobility in America

                        5.  Poverty

       

                C.  Race and Ethnicity

                        1.  Basic definitions

                        2.  Majority and minority:  patterns of interaction

                        3.  Racial and ethnic variations in the United States

       

               D.  Sex and Gender

                        1.  Basic definitions

                        2.  Gender and socialization

                        3.  Gender and social stratification

                        4.  Theoretical analysis of gender

                        5.  Feminism

                        6.  Gender in the twenty-first century

       

                E.  Aging and the Elderly

                        1.  Growing old:  biology and culture

                        2.  Transition and problems in growing old

                        3.  Theoretical analysis of aging

                        4.  Ageism

                        5.  Death and dying

       

          

 

 

IV.  SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS

       

                A.  Family

                        1.  The family in cross-cultural perspective

                        2.  Theoretical analysis of the family

                        3.  The life course of the typical American family

                        4.  The variety of American families

                        5.  Transition and problems in family life

                        6.  Alternative family forms

                        7.  New reproductive technology and the family

                        8.  The family in the twenty-first century

       

                B.  Education

                        1.  Education in cross-cultural perspective

                        2.  The functions of formal education

                        3.  Formal education and social inequality

                        4.  Problems in American education

                        5.  Recent issues in American education

           

                C.  Religion

                        1.  Basic concepts

                        2.  Theoretical analysis of religion

                        3.  Types of religious organization

                        4.  Religion in history

                        5.  World religions

                        6.  Religion in the United States

                        7.  Religion in a changing society

       

                D.  Politics and Government

                        1.  Power and authority

                        2.  Politics in historical and modern perspective

                        3.  The American political system

                        4.  Theoretical analysis of power in society

                        5.  Power beyond the rules

       

                E.  The Economy and Work

                        1.  What is the economy?

                        2.  Comparative economic systems

                        3.  The American economic system

                        4.  Corporations and the world economy

       

               


F.  Health and Medicine

                        1.  What is health?

                        2.  Health in the United States

                        3.  Health care

                        4.  Theoretical analysis of health and medicine

       

           V.   SOCIAL CHANGE

                A.  Population and Urbanization

                        1.  Demography:  the study of population

                        2.  History and theory of population growth

                        3.  Urbanization:  the growth of cities

       

                B.  Collective Behavior and Social Movements

                        1.  Collective behavior

                        2.  Social movements

       

                C.  Social Change and Modernity

                        1.  What is social change?

                        2.  Modernity

3.      Modernization in world perspective

       

 

 

 

 

            PREPARED BY: Loyce Ray

 

            REVIEW/REVISION DATE: 12-16-03

 

REVIEWED BY: Bruce L. Conners                

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: SOCIOLOGY 101

 

 

         1.  Should be able to describe the three basic sociological theories and their weaknesses.

 

         2.  Should be able to describe the basic sociological research techniques.

 

         3.  Should be able to describe the socialization process.

 

         4.  Should be able to describe the basic institutions with emphasis on the manifest and latent functions.           

        

         5.  Should be able to describe basic school processes.

        

         6.  Should be able to use a basic sociological vocabulary in describing everyday life.

 

 

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