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Introduction to Sociology
Course: SOC101

First Term: 2011 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Fundamental concepts of social organization, culture, socialization, social institutions and social change

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Define sociology and explain how it differs from other social sciences. (I)
2. Explain the sociological imagination and how it operates in everyday life. (I)
3. Describe the basic theoretical perspectives sociologists use to analyze social phenomena. (II)
4. Name and briefly describe the importance of selected major theorists to the field of sociology. (II)
5. List and explain the stages in a basic research design. (III)
6. Describe and differentiate between qualitative and quantitative research methods. (III)
7. Define the basic sociological concepts: culture, society, socialization, social structure, groups, and institutions. (IV)
8. Describe values and norms, including mores, folkways, and laws. (IV)
9. Describe societal and structural factors that can influence individual behavior. (V)
10. Describe sociological/psychological theories as they relate to the development of the self. (V)
11. Describe the influence of selected institutions on society and the individual. (VI)
12. Describe the effect of race/ethnicity, sex/gender, and age on social inequality. (VII)
13. Explain major sociological perspectives on social class. (VII)
14. Explain how conflict, functionalist, and symbolic interactionist theoretical perspectives view deviance and conformity. (VIII)
15. Describe and explain social change, including the influence of collective behavior, social movements, and demographic factors. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Sociology as a discipline
   A. Definition
   B. Relationship to other disciplines
   C. Application of the sociological imagination
   D. Application to everyday life
II. Theoretical perspectives
   A. Definitions
   B. Theoretical perspectives
      1. Structural/functional
      2. Conflict
      3. Symbolic interaction
   C. Major theorists
III. Methodology
   A. Research design
   B. Qualitative methods
   C. Quantitative methods
   D. Terminology
IV. Basic concepts
   A. Culture
   B. Society
   C. Socialization
   D. Groups
   E. Social structure
   F. Social institutions
V. Development of self/socialization
   A. Role theory
   B. Psychological foundations
VI. Culture/social structures
   A. Definitions
   B. Macro-sociology
   C. Micro-sociology
VII. Stratification
   A. Social class and caste
   B. Other means of stratifying
      1. Gender
      2. Race/ethnicity
      3. Age
VIII. Deviance and conformity
   A. Definitions
   B. Theories
IX. Social change
   A. Collective behavior
   B. Social movements
   C. Demography
   D. Global perspective
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/27/1995

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