SOC 202 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


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


Course Number and Title:           SOC 202, Intro to Sociology II


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: 


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


III.           Required background: 

Sociology 201 or permission of instructor.  ENF 1 is a prerequisite.  ENF 2 is a corequisite.

IV.          Course Content:


1.    Sex and Gender

2.    Aging and the Elderly

3.    Family

4.    Population

5.    Urbanization

6.    Collective Behavior

7.    Social Movements

8.    Social Change


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Distinguish between traditional male and female sex roles; define and cite examples of sexism; analyze the consequences of sex role differentiation

B.   Discuss biological, psychological, and social changes associated with growing old, identify problems of aging; define and cite examples of ageism; discuss death and dying.

C.   Define family; contrast the types of families, marriage patterns, residential patterns and patterns of descent and authority; identify problems of family life; discuss and cite examples of alternative family forms.

D.   Define demographic terms; compare theories of population growth and the consequences of same.

E.   Define terms related to urbanism; identify and compare patterns of urban growth; analyze problems of urban areas.

F.    Distinguish between the various forms of collective behavior; discuss theories of crowd dynamics

G.   Distinguish between the various types of social movements and cite examples; discuss emergence theories; identify stages of social movements

H.   Define social change and identify sources; distinguish between processes of social change; compare and contrast past and present aspects of social institutions in the U.S.

I.      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