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This course is an introduction to a set of sociological perspectives on human life that allow us to understand how our personal lives are affected by interpersonal relationships, by group affiliations, and by groups in interaction and conflict with one another. It provides the scientific tools to develop an objective, sociological imagination that allows us to interpret the objects, events, and experiences of our lives as a part of interactive symbolic meanings, group dynamics, and collective societal forces enmeshed in 21st-century global trends.
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Schaefer, R. T. (2011). Sociology: A brief introduction (9th ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill.
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Week One: Sociology and Social Groups|
| Details| Due| Points|
Objectives| 1.1 Discuss the social construction of reality. 1.2 Distinguish between sociological perspectives. 1.3 Develop a sociological imagination. 1.4 Identify components of social groups and organizations.| | | Readings| Read Ch. 1, 3, 5, & 12 of Sociology: A Brief Introduction.Review this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.| | | Participation| Participate in class discussion.| 4 Days /7| 40| Discussion Questions| Respond to weekly discussion questions.| Thursday& Saturday| 10| Learning Team Instructions| Resources: Learning Team ToolkitComplete the Learning Team Charter.Review the Week One objectives and discuss insights and questions you may have.Review the Global Social Issues and Change Paper and Presentation assignment, due in Week Five.| | | IndividualSocial Group Matrix| Complete the University of Phoenix Material: Social Group Matrix.The Social Group Matrix must clearly identify one social group and describe the function of the social group. The following components must be addressed: * Group hierarchical and social patterns * Social significance of the patterns * Conflicts within the group * Role of language, components of nonverbal communication, and symbols meaningful to the group * Group norms, sanctions, and values Additionally, you must include the following information in the worksheet: * A description of their own status and social roles performed within the group * One sociological perspective suggested for future study of the identified group and an explanation of why the perspective would be most appropriate for the study You must follow the rules of spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and the readability of sentences and paragraphs must follow APA writing guidelines. Citations of original works within the body of the worksheet must follow APA guidelines.| Monday| 100|
Week Two: Science of Sociology|
| Details| Due| Points|
Objectives| 1 2.5 Apply the steps of the scientific method. 2.6 Compare major research designs. 2.7 Explain ethical issues in sociological research. | | | Readings| Read Ch. 2 of Sociology: A Brief Introduction.Review this week’s Electronic Reserve...