Catalog 2016-2017 
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Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SOC& 101 Introduction to Sociology

5 credits
This course is an introduction to the set of perspectives on human life that allows us to understand how the events and experiences of our personal lives are affected by social institutions, group dynamics, historic forces, and cultural meanings.

Prerequisites: ENGL 093  (or placement into ENGL 099  or higher)

Quarters Offered: All

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Explain basic sociological terminology, concepts, and theories
  • Identify the major socializing agents for children 
  • Critically analyze information about human behavior
  • Distinguish between scientific and non-scientific ways of knowing
  • Describe how culture, gender, and group identity can influence self-awareness and relationships between and among groups
  • Identify the ways in which culture and social institutions (such as education, the economy, the media, and the family) shape our everyday experiences
  • Distinguish between factual statements and value judgments
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the negative effects of ethnocentric reasoning
  • Apply sociological knowledge to real-life situations
  • Describe how life experiences and opportunities may differ according to race, class, and gender