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3 units transfer credit
James Henslin, Sociology A Down to Earth Approach 10th. Edition
Boston, Allyn and Bacon 2010
This course is an analysis of human relationships through a study of cultural origins, personality development, social interaction, community organization, collective behavior, institutional growth, social change, and social movements.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:
Course Objectives cont.
1. Acquire an overview of the scope and content of Sociology .
2. Define the meaning of culture and material culture.
3. Understand the functions and dysfunctions of deviance for the social order.
4. Understand the different types of interaction identified as cooperation, competition, and conflict.
5. Discuss the various aspects of group structure, including status, role,
primary and secondary groups, patterns of interaction, and decision making.
6. Describe and explain the dimension of stratification: property, prestige,
power, status consistency and the distinctions among upper class, the upper middle class, the lower middle class, the working class, and the lower class.
7. Understand the components of prejudice and discrimination, racial and ethnic groups in the United States in terms of family, housing, education, politics, employment and income.
8. Understand sexism and ageism as types of prejudice.
9. Understand the family in sociological terms including forms of marriage, parenting and divorce.
10. Understand the functions of education, the important issues of tenure, academic freedom, credentials in higher education and the future of education.
11. Understand religion sociologically, the role of religion and the recent changes in American religion.
Course Objectives: cont.
12. Understand the meaning of power, legitimacy and authority, and discuss the theoretical perspectives on the State.
13. Critically evaluate demographic processes in terms of fertility mortality, and migration and to understand population structure of the United States.
14. Understand the meaning and process of urban ecology, the central city, the suburbs and small towns as part of the modern metropolis.
15. Understand the various forms of collective behavior and distinguish between mob behavior, riots, social movements and crowd behavior.
1. Lecture (including guest speakers)
2. Group discussion (small and large)
3. Films with class discussion
4. Discuss and review unit examinations.
Methods of Evaluation:
1. Class participation (discussion and exercises).
2. Attendance in classroom.
3. Written Mid-terms and Final Exam (The Final Essay is comprehensive).
4. Written assignments focusing on information
gathering, analysis critique and critical thinking.
Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Students will be able to analytically critique and review the concept and scope of Sociology in our society.
2. Students will be able to define the Culture, the meaning and application of culture while distinguishing between material and non material aspect of culture.
3. Students will be able to understand and differentiate the various types of interaction between monad, dyads, triads and groups in society in the evaluation of cooperation, competition, and conflict.
4. Students will be able to understand and clearly indentify the functions and dysfunctions of deviance, and the application of deviance in the role of defining the social order versus civil disobedience.
Class Expectations and Procedures:
Attendance for all scheduled classes is paramount. After a student accumulates more than two absences you may be dropped from the class. You must attend class regularly. Please be on time! If you have personal business to conduct, be courteous enough to attend to it before or after class. Your fellow class members are relying on you.