introduction to sociology
SOCI 1510 Section 009; 950
Helen Potts, Ph.D.
Office: Chilton Hall, 390H
On-line, as needed. Please use the email address above!
The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. That is its task and its promise. To recognize this task and this promise is the mark of the classic social analyst. ~~C. Wright Mills, 1959~~ Required Reading
The required reading for this course will be delivered in an e-book online in Blackboard: Anderson, M. L. & Taylor, H. F. (2011). Sociology: The Essentials, 6th edition. Wadsworth Publishing (Cengage Learning). In addition to your UNT EUID and password, you will need a code from the publisher in order to access the readings and other course materials. Access codes may be purchased from the UNT Bookstore. The UNT Bookstore also carries a bundle which includes the access code and a printed version of the textbook. You may also purchase the access code direct from Cengage at: http://www.cengagebrain.com/shop/micro/untsoci1510 . (You may need to cut and paste in browser) Because you will be required to complete readings and a quiz each week, students who are unable to purchase this code by the end of the first week of class should drop the course. Please note that the course design does not permit substitution of a used book. Course Overview
This course introduces students to the social and cultural basis of human behavior and examines the impact of social groups and organizations in shaping personal identity, attitudes, and action. It explores social inequality and exposes students to the fundamental ways that social class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality affect individual life chances and opportunities in the United States and throughout the world. Finally, this course acquaints students with major social institutions such as the family, religion, politics, the economy, and healthcare, and familiarizes them with how institutions shape and are shaped by individuals.
Having successfully completed the course, students will be able to: 1. define and apply the sociological imagination;
2. explain what constitutes social structure and how to study it; 3. demonstrate knowledge and critical reasoning;
4. describe the role of social inequality in society and explain its impact; 5. describe the major social institutions in society and the ways in which they influence and are influenced by the larger society; 6. recognize the ways in which society changes over time;
7. employ the appropriate methods, technologies and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition; 8. analyze social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures and cultures; 9. use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories; 10. develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues; 11. analyze the effects of a number of elements (i.e., historical, social, political, economic, cultural) on social institutions and specific aspects of social life; 12. identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures. Course Format
This is an online course intended to provide you with a unique and practical learning experience. The course material will be administered online. You will be introduced to new concepts and material online in Blackboard. You will have the ability to check your understanding and knowledge of the material through mastery quizzes administered online. It is a course expectation that you will complete the assigned online modules, quizzes, exams, and assignments in the time allocated on the course outline located at the end of this document.
This course will be divided into three sections. Chapters 1-4 will be covered in the first...
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