COURSE TITLE: Introductory Sociology
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An examination of the theory, methods and substance of sociology. The course also gives an overview of the major systems of thought vis-a-vis questions about social order, social change and social institutions.
REQUIRED TEXTS: Carl, J. and M. Bélanger. (2015) THINK Sociology. 2nd Canadian Edition Toronto: Pearson.
Assignment 20%
Assignment (paper)25%
Final Exam30%
  • Sept. 5, 7 What is sociology and why did it emerge when/where it did?
    • Chap. 1  Early developments, functionalism, conflict, symbolic interactionism, feminism
  • Sept. 12, 14  What’s the benefit of sociology and how do sociologists do what we do? 
    • Chap. 2  Doing social science, approaches to gathering/filtering sociological data
  • Sept. 19 What is culture and why is it important for us individually and collectively?
    • Chaps. 2 & 3 Customs, rituals, traditions, mass/social media and hope
  • Sept. 20–21  IS Conference – a sociological field day!  
  • Sept. 26, 28  How do sociologists learn about the socialness of people’s lives?
    • Chap. 2  Shannon D’Agnone – Instructional Librarian
    • Laura Rogers – Community Engaged Research
  • Oct. 3, 5  How do we become social beings? (1st assignment due at 11:00 a.m.)
    • Chaps. 4, 5 Socialization, social roles, theories of development, groups and organizations Micro/macrosociology, social structure, globalization and social stratification
  • Oct. 10, 12  Why do rich people keep getting richer (and poor people buy lottery tickets)?
    • Chaps. 6, 7 Globalization, social stratification, social class, poverty/wealth in Canada
  • Oct. 17, 19 What difference does ethnic difference make? 
    • Chap. 9  Prejudice/discrimination, racialization, ethnic/minority relations and inequality
  • Oct. 24  Where are We and What Does That Mean? – Dr. Randy Haluza-Delay
    • Chap. 8  Human ecology, environmental degradation and stewardship
  • Oct. 26  Mid-Term Exam
  • Oct 31, Nov 2 What difference does it make if someone is male, female or “other’?
    • Chap. 10 Sex/gender, patriarchy, gender stratification, gender and work
  • Nov. 7   What happens when we get married and have children?
    • Chaps 11, 13 Mate selection, marriage, division of labour, parenting
  • Nov. 9  Fall Break – No Classes
  • Nov. 14, 16 What happens when parents, children and everyone else gets older?
    • Chaps 11, 13 Sandwich generation, aging and elders in our society
  • Nov. 21, 23  What’s right and wrong with making and/or breaking a few rules?
    • Chap. 12 Deviance/crime, labelling, understanding crime statistics
  • Nov. 28, 30 What do we see when we look behind our schooling and religion?
    • Chap. 14 Hidden curriculum, social construction of faith
  • Dec. 5, 7 Why does social change happen…or not?
    • Chap. 15 Technology and social change, collective behaviour, social movements

Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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