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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 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)
You May Ask Yourself
By Conley, Dalton (Norton)
Sociology: The Basics
By Plummer, Ken (Routledge)
The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination
By Manza, Jeff, Richard Arum, and Lynne Haney (Pearson)
The Contexts Reader
By Hartmann, Douglas and Christopher Uggen (Norton)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe and explain the historical development of the discipline of sociology, including an understanding of the socio-historical conditions out of which it developed.
  2. Describe the significant theoretical perspectives within sociology: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and feminist sociology.
  3. Explain the significant research methodologies within the discipline.
  4. Describe culture, social structure, and socialization.
  5. Describe the sociological imagination, seeing the larger social forces at work and affecting our individual lives.
  6. 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.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Introduction to the discipline and its origins, the sociological imagination, major theoretical perspectives and classical social theorists.
  • Research methods.
  • Culture and socialization.
  • The economy and the state.
  • Groups, networks.
  • Social stratification: race, class, gender, sexuality, age.
  • Deviance, crime and social control.
  • Major social institutions: the family, education, religion, mass media, medicine.
  • Global issues: globalization, science, the environment.
  • Social change, social movements.
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: Yngve Digernes Date: April 8, 2015
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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