Course Outlines

Introduction to Sociology — SOCY 1110

  1. Course Description
    • Credits: 3.00
    • Lecture Hours/Week: 3.00
    • Lab Hours/Week: 0.00
    • OJT Hours/Week: 0
    • Prerequisites: None
    • Corequisites: None
    • MnTC Goals:
      • 05 – Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
      • 09 – Ethical/Civic Resp
    This course covers the basic concepts and terminology used in sociological studies. Sociology is broadly defined as the study of human social organization and social behavior including its forms and consequences. It will focus on the characteristics of human group life as they relate to the structure of the social environment and its influence on the individual. This course is designed to introduce students to the theories, concepts and areas of inquiry that typically characterize sociological analyses. Students will have the opportunity to examine the ethical/dimensions and issues facing political, social, and personal life as it relates to the topics in Sociology. Students will explore their own citizenship and find ways to apply their ideas and goals to civic learning and service learning through embracing facets of human society and the human condition. Meets MnTC Goal 5 and MnTC Goal 9
  2. Course Effective Dates: 4/5/99 – Present
  3. Outline of Major Content Areas
      As noted on course syllabus
  4. Learning Outcomes
    1. differentiate between nature and nurture
    2. apply contemporary theory as it relates to all areas of our pluralistic society
    3. assess the impact of technology on culture
    4. assess the theoretical perspectives of politics
    5. categorize the functions of social stratification
    6. compare power and politics
    7. compare sex and gender
    8. compare social groups within environment
    9. compare socialization theorists
    10. contrast formal and informal organizations
    11. contrast race and ethnicity
    12. contrast the paradigms within sociology
    13. correlate gender and socialization
    14. correlate religion and social change
    15. critique research practices in sociology
    16. critique the functions of education
    17. critique theories of gender and feminism
    18. define and apply standards related to civic engagement and service learning
    19. define and apply the American Democracy Project as it relates to course objectives and assignments while satisfying civic engagement and service learning initiatives
    20. define change
    21. define culture
    22. define demography
    23. define deviance
    24. define education
    25. define family
    26. define perspectives on current social trends/problems and be able to defend ethical view point and analysis
    27. define religion
    28. define social groups
    29. define social stratification
    30. define status
    31. describe cultural diversity
    32. describe the criminal justice system and deviance
    33. describe the theory of class society
    34. describe urbanization
    35. differentiate between ascribed and achieved status
    36. differentiate between majority and minority
    37. differentiate the stages of family life
    38. discuss poverty
    39. discuss the contemporary issues with education
    40. distinguish among alternative family forms
    41. distinguish among the functions of deviance
    42. examine current issues in society and apply core concepts in sociology to these issues in order to offer solutions
    43. examine the ethical dimensions that exist in our society as they relate to understanding human behavior and social institutions-politics, economics, government, churches, healthcare, etc.
    44. outline causes of social change
    45. outline the history and theory of population growth
    46. outline the inequalities in the United States
    47. predict modernity
    48. research global development and poverty
    49. structure the components of culture
    50. understand change and sociology
    51. understand economy and politics of people
    52. understand social mobility
    53. understand social significance of race and ethnicity
  5. Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Goal Area(s) and Competencies
      Goal 05 — Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
      1. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
      2. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
      3. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
      4. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
      Goal 09 — Ethical/Civic Resp
      1. Examine, articulate, and apply their own ethical views.
      2. Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
      3. Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and scientific issues.
      4. Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
      5. Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  6. Learner Outcomes Assessment
      As noted on course syllabus
  7. Special Information
      None noted