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SOC101 - Introductory Sociology
Catalog Description: Studies social patterns affecting the structure and functioning of group life such as cultural values, deviance, class structure, and social change. Examines methods and perspectives sociologists employ, and the ways group forces influence the individual in society. Prerequisite or corequisite: Completion of the Genesee Community College reading proficiency.
Lecture: 3 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course, as documented by exams, papers, discussion, group projects, and application exercises, the student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the ability to analyze the link between individual circumstances and the broader social context by using the major concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology (functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interaction).*
2. Identify a minimum of four types of research methodologies (survey, experiment, content/secondary analysis, ethnography, etc.) as well as the basic elements contained within the scientific method.*
3. Analyze the impact of the following elements of culture on the daily lives of all members of society: material/non-material culture; social structure, values, norms, and laws; subcultures; cultural diversity; ethnocentrism and cultural relativism; culture change and culture lag.
4. Apply the key elements within the process of socialization (for example, agents of socialization, development of self-concept, nature/nurture, socialization across the lifespan, etc.) to their own lives, with particular emphasis on the theories of Mead and Cooley.
5. Apply the components of role theory to the ways people relate to each other within society (achieved/ascribed statuses, master status, role conflict, role strain, secondary versus primary group relationships, reference groups, and the relationship of roles to the social structure).
6. Compare and contrast a minimum of two theories of deviance to a current example of deviant behavior in society.
7. Identify a social movement, analyze the elements of collective behavior evident in that social movement, and describe the impact of the social movement on social change within society.
8. Identify a minimum of three ideal attributes of the American stratification system, and then compare and contrast those attributes in regard to the reality of the American stratification system, identifying five personal characteristics that are class-linked.
9. Contrast the nature of prejudice and discrimination, and apply theories of prejudice to individual-level and societal outcomes of discrimination against minorities (such as racial/ethnic groups, women, the elderly, differences in sexual orientation, etc.).
10. Analyze one of the following major societal institutions (family, education, religion, polity, media, technology, and health and medicine) in terms of its manifest and latent functions, and then describe how a major social force in society today will impact social interaction within this institution in the future.
* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Each instructor is required to cover the following content areas from the text. Other areas may be covered at the discretion of the instructor. It is expected that each instructor will integrate the three theoretical paradigms and the appropriate research methodologies into each content area: culture, socialization, social structure, collective behavior and social movements, deviance, social stratification, social inequality, and social institutions.
1) Sociological Perspective: historical views, the three major theoretical perspectives (functionalism, conflict, symbolic interaction), and the sociological imagination.
2) Research Methods: the major steps in the scientific method, positive and negative aspects of various research methodologies, and interpretation of data with identifications of limitations of the data for reliability and validity.
3) Culture: material/non-material culture, social structure, values, norms, beliefs, laws, subcultures, counterculture, cultural diversity, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism, cultural change, and cultural lag.
4) Socialization: nature/nurture debate, Cooley, Mead, and other developmental theorists based on instructor preference, socialization process and agents of socialization, and socialization through the life course.
5) Social Structure, Social Institutions, and Formal Organizations: status, roles, primary and secondary groups, reference groups, bureaucracy (ideal type), social institutions, and social solidarity from the micro and macro perspectives.
6) Deviance: nature of deviance and social control, a minimum of one theory from each of the three major theoretical perspectives, types of crime and crime statistics, and societal response to deviance.
7) Collective Behavior and Social Movements: nature and scope of collective behavior and social movements, conditions for and types of collective behavior and social movements, and a minimum of two major explanations for collective behavior and social movements.
8) Social Stratification: types of stratification systems, class structure and life chances, factors that influence social class, social mobility, and poverty in the United States.
9) Social Inequality and Diversity: nature of prejudice and discrimination, minority/majority status, types of prejudice and discrimination (racism, sexism, ageism, etc.), and consequences and explanations of discrimination.
10) Social Institutions: function and structure, interconnectedness of social institutions, and transitions and problems from a macro and micro perspective within one of the following institutions: (family, education, religion, economy, polity, media, technology, health and medicine).
Effective Term: Fall 2012