SOC 201 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


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


Course Number and Title:           SOC 201, Intro to Sociology I


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



I.              Catalog Description:         Introduces basic concepts and methods of sociology. Presents significant research and theory in areas such as socialization, group dynamics, gender roles, minority group relations, stratification, deviance, culture, community studies. Includes population, social change, and social institutions (family, education, religion, political system, economic system). Lecture 3 hours per week.


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


The basic concepts used in sociology will be introduced. Methods of sociological investigation will enable students to understand research conducted in their respective fields. Theories of group interaction, personality development, socialization, deviance, social stratification, and minority relations will enable students to be more effective in living and working within our society.


III.           Required background: 


Non developmental placement is preferred.  ENF 1 is a prerequisite.  ENF 2 is a corequisite.


IV.          Course Content:


1.    Introduction

2.    Sociological Investigation

3.    Culture

4.    Socialization

5.    Social Interaction

6.    Groups and Organizations

7.    Deviance

8.    Social Stratification

9.    Social Class in America

10. Race and Ethnicity


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Define sociology and distinguish it from other social sciences, discuss the historical background of sociology; differentiate varying perspectives.

B.   Distinguish between methods of sociological investigation.

C.   Distinguish between the components of culture; analyze the use of non-verbal communication; define cultural diversity and cite examples; distinguish the various paradigms used to analyze culture.

D.   Discuss theories of human personality development; define socialization and identify its agencies and how each affects the individual.

E.   Define role and status; distinguish between various categories of statuses, define role strain and conflict and explain methods of solving.

F.    Define groups and the various kinds; distinguish between primary and secondary groups, discuss implications of styles of leadership, define group conformity; distinguish between the types of formal organizations; discuss bureaucracies.

G.   Define deviance; distinguish the theories of causation; discuss crime and the criminal justice system.

H.   Define social stratification, compare systems of stratification; distinguish between the explanations stratification; discuss the various social classes in the US; discuss stratification from a global perspective.

I.      Define race, ethnicity, and minority group; define and discuss racist patterns and egalitarian patterns discuss causes of prejudice; define discrimination and discuss its consequences; discuss methods to resolve conflict.

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

Some combination of quizzes, essays, written assignments, tests, or special projects as determined by faculty will be administered.


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. 



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


  Critical Thinking

  Cultural and Social Understanding

  Information Literacy

  Scientific Reasoning