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Course Description

The Sociology course is designed to introduce students to the sociological study of society. Sociology focuses on the systematic understanding of culture, social organization, social inequalities, social institutions, and social change. Major themes in sociological thinking include the interplay between the individual and society, how society is both stable and changing, the causes and consequences of social inequality, and the social construction of human life. Understanding sociology helps discover and explain social patterns and see how such patterns change over time and in different settings. By making vivid the social basis of everyday life, sociology also develops critical thinking by revealing the social structures and processes that shape diverse forms of human life.

Instructional Schedule


Unit 1 Introduction and Culture 4 weeks
Unit 2 Socialization and Social Organization 3 weeks
Unit 3 Social Inequalities 4 weeks
Unit 4 Social Institutions 4 weeks
Unit 5 Social Change 3 weeks



  • Students will maintain a portfolio for this class.  We will also be focusing on writing an effective argument and developing critical thinking skills.
  • Formative assessments will include quizzes, reaction papers, and in-class discussions.
  • We will be relating course topics to current events whenever possible.