SOC 200 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                              Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts, Science, Business Administration


Course Number and Title:                          SOC 200, Principles of Sociology


Credit Hours:           3          Hours/Wk Lecture:    3       Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Introduces fundamentals of social life. Presents significant research and theory in areas such as culture, social structure, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and social institutions.  Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


Emphasizes theories and research in socialization, culture, social stratification, gender roles, aging, family, population and social change, enabling the student to be more effective in living and working within our society and the world community.


III.           Required background: 


Non developmental placement in Reading and Writing is preferred.  ENF 1 is a prerequisite.  ENF 2 is a corequisite.


IV.          Course Content:


1.    Introduction

2.    Culture

3.    Socialization

4.    Social Structure and Social Interaction

5.    Social Groups and Social Control

6.    U. S. and Global Social Stratification

7.    Inequalities of Race, Ethnicity, Age and Gender

8.    The Family and other Social Institutions

9.    Population

10. Social Change


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Define sociology and distinguish it form other social sciences; differentiate varying perspectives.

B.   Distinguish between the components of culture; define cultural diversity and cite examples.

C.   Discuss theories of human personality development; define socialization, its agents and their effect.

D.   Define role, status, role strain and role conflict.

E.   Define and distinguish between various kinds of groups; discuss group influence and conformity; discuss bureaucracies; define deviance and discuss major theories of causation; discuss crime and the criminal justice system.

F.    Define social stratification; discuss social classes in the United States; discuss stratification from a global perspective.

G.   Define race and ethnicity; discuss patterns, causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination; discuss traditional sex roles; define sexism; discuss issues and problems associated with aging, define ageism, discuss death and dying.

H.   Define family; compare types of families; discuss recent trends in U.S. families; discuss problems associated with family life; identify other social institutions and their influence.

I.      Define demographic terms; compare theories of population growth and consequences of same; discuss population trends and patterns, including urbanization.

J.    Define social change and identify sources.

K.   Demonstrate oral and written grammatical competence and an appropriate reading level.

Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, essays, written assignments, tests or special projects as determined by faculty.


All students are required to complete a research project defined by the faculty member.  All written materials and oral presentations will be assessed for grammar and logical coherence.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Scientific Reasoning