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Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Sociology is the study of our society, human social behavior, and the forces that shape them. Students will examine these concepts through a study of the various perspectives within the science of sociology. From the historical and philosophical origins of the science to the forces and challenges that shape our social institutions, this course will provide students with a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define sociology.
  • Explain why sociology is a social science.
  • Explain the basic principles of the functionalist perspective, conflict perspective, and symbolic interactionist perspective.
  • Describe Charles Coole’s “looking glass self.”
  • Discuss George H. Mead's development of the self.
  • List the developmental stages of the self.
  • Show how status and role are related.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define culture.
  • Differentiate between material and non-material culture.
  • Identify the characteristics and functions of symbols in society.
  • Define ethnocentrism.
  • Define values and norms, and the relationship between them.
  • Recognize the differences among conflict, functional, and symbolic interactionist approaches to the study of culture.
  • Define and provide examples of the major components of social structure: status, role, social institution, and group.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define social control.
  • Differentiate between deviance and crime.
  • Define social stratification.
  • Distinguish between prejudice and discrimination.
  • Explain the difference between assimilation and multiculturalism.
  • Compare and contrast between gender identity and gender roles.
  • Explain the relationships among the following concepts: pink-collar jobs, glass ceiling, and the feminization of poverty.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Define social institutions.
  • Identify why social institutions are significant to the functioning of complex industrial and postindustrial societies.
  • Differentiate between population growth and population density.
  • Explain the causes and effects of population growth.
  • Explain and critique various theories of population growth.
  • Explain the issues of social cohesion and disorganization in an urban setting.

Course Materials

  • Holt Sociology: The Study of Human Relationships (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved