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OER Course Conversion Projects


               SOC 101

     Introduction to Sociology


                              OER for SOC 101



This course provides an overview of the theoretical frameworks and data-collection methods that sociologists use to analyze political trends, economic developments, and cultural changes in society. It investigates the many ways that a society may influence the attitudes and actions of individuals and entire groups. In particular, this course examines social institutions like families and school systems; social stratification in the form of racial and ethnic groups, privileged groups, and social classes; cultural norms such as gender roles; organizations like bureaucracies and corporations; and social processes such as discrimination, de-industrialization, globalization and militarization. Divisive issues and social problems (such as poverty and crime) that spark social conflicts, generate movements, and raise questions of social justice will be explored.  (3 credits) This course satisfies the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area of the Gen Ed Program.


Based on critical readings, classroom participation, completion of written assignments, collaboration in student engagement, and attendance at educational forums, at the end of the semester, you will be equipped with the tools, skills and knowledge to:

  • Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of sociology as well as interdisciplinary fields exploring the relationship between the individual and society, including, but not limited to, anthropology, communications, cultural studies, history, journalism, philosophy, political science, psychology, public affairs, religion, and sociology.
  • Examine how an individual’s place in society affects experiences, values, or choices.
  • Articulate and assess ethical views and their underlying premises related to sociology.
  • Articulate ethical uses of data and other information resources to respond to problems and questions in the field of sociology.
  • Identify and engage with local, national, or global trends or ideologies, and analyze their impact on individual or collective decision-making.


  • Critically reading, comprehending and comparing the Selected Readings.
  • Gathering, interpreting and assessing the key terms, theoretical concepts and legal definitions related to sociology;
  • Identifying, evaluating and clearly articulating (individually and collaboratively in groups) the key sociological events, principles, core concepts and experiences related to the individual and society;
  • Developing clear, concise and defined thesis statements, constructing well-supported and effective arguments, and making viable group presentations using multimedia sources and/or developing formative contemporary ideology related to the individual and society;
  • Displaying the ability to conduct systematic research using a variety of resources that include but are not limited to scholarly sources, points of view, print and electronic journals, databases and social media;
  • Critically evaluating information, preparing a summary of well written conclusions and using proper citation format to cite sources of information; and
  • Actively participating in educational forums, applying acquired knowledge, and communicating effectively as an emerging scholar in the field of sociology.