LSO120 - Introduction to Sociology

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Subject Title
Introduction to Sociology

Subject Description
Sociology is the scientific study of society. This course is a general introduction to the concepts, theories, and major perspectives of sociology. An examination of research studies drawn from Canada and beyond our borders will highlight the significance of using a sociological imagination. Students in this subject will also be involved in the science of sociology by developing their own sociological research proposal.

Credit Status
This is a required course for the following degree programs, and will not count towards a Liberal Studies Option credit: Honours Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation - DTR

It may also serve as one lower level Liberal Studies Option credit in the Social Sciences category for other degree programs

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify the different theoretical perspectives in the field of sociology.
2. Evaluate the major theoretical perspectives which describe and analyze social phenomena.
3. Differentiate among sociological concepts, theories and research findings.
4. Apply sociological concepts and theories to selected topics in Canadian society.
5. Explain the key concepts of culture, social structure, social institutions, socialization, deviance and stratification.
6. Analyze the impact of social class, ethnicity, gender and race in Canadian society
7. Develop a sociological research proposal that integrates theory and method.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.