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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 111
Course Title: General Sociology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

Introductory study of small and large scale human social interaction and social organizations. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Sociology: Your Compass for a New World
By Brym, Robert J. and John Lie (Wadsworth)
By Lindsey, Linda and Stephen Beach (Prentice Hall)
Society: The Basics
By Macionis, John (Prentice Hall)
Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life
By Newman, David M. (Pine Forge Press)
Sociology: A Brief Introduction
By Thio, Alex (Pearson)
Taking It Big: Developing Sociological Consciousness in Postmodern Times
By Dandaneau, Stephen (Pine Forge Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Sociology in Action: Cases for Critical and Sociological Thinking
By Hachen, David S. (Pine Forge Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, Readings
By Newman, David M. and Jodi O’Brien (Pine Forge Press)
Category/Comments - Supplemental text
Introduction to Sociology
By Giddens, Duneier, Applebaum, Carr (Norton)
Seeing Sociology: An Introduction
By Ferrante (Cengage)
Course Objectives

• To understand the discipline of sociology. • To develop critical and analytical thinking skills through the analysis and sometimes the interrogation, of society. • To develop a sociological imagination; to be able to see the larger social forces at work and affecting our individual lives.

Measurable Learning

• Describe and explain the historical development of the discipline of sociology, including an understanding of the socio-historical conditions out of which it developed. • Describe the significant theoretical perspectives within sociology: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and feminist sociology. • Explain the significant research methodologies within the discipline. • Describe culture, social structure, and socialization. • Describe the sociological imagination, seeing the larger social forces at work and affecting our individual lives. • Explain crime and deviance, social inequalities along the lines of race, gender, class, and sexuality, social change, media and sports using the significant theoretical perspectives within sociology.

Topical Outline:

• Introduction to the discipline and its origins, major theoretical perspectives and classical social theorists • Research methods • Culture and social structure • Socialization • Social stratification - Race - Class - Gender - Sexuality - Age • Deviance, crime and social control • Family •  Education • Media and society • Social change and development • Social movements and collective behavior

Culminating Experience Statement:

Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Ahoo Tabatabai Date: January 17, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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