SCL191 - Introduction to Sociology I: Social Inequality

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Subject Title
Introduction to Sociology I: Social Inequality

Subject Description

This course examines selected theories, research and applied forms of sociology as well as the development of the discipline. It is designed for students in the Liberal Arts Program, and, in combination with Introduction to Sociology II: Social Institutions, will provide an introduction to the discipline of sociology, preparing students for ongoing study in the field. Students will also gain an understanding of sociology?s diversity, the history and nature of the discipline, and its relevance to some of the more interesting contemporary issues in our world. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments, this course will introduce students to some of the research methods, theories, major figures, and perspectives found in sociology. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills, facilitates the practical application of student learning, and promotes the integration of course materials into students? understanding of themselves and their world.

Credit Status
This course is required for all students in the Liberal Arts Program and Arts and Science University Program.

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of Sociology as a social science and of some of the research methods used by sociologists.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of sociological concepts, sub-disciplines, and their application to a variety of practices, discourses and contexts.

3. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of Sociology's historical development as a scientific discipline including a knowledge of some of the major figures who have contributed to the field.

4. Demonstrate an ability to apply some sociological concepts, theories, and research findings, to current social issues and the observation of contemporary society.

5. Utilize selected sociological concepts, and research, in their development as students and in their self-understanding as members of diverse human communities.

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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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