SCL291 - Introduction to Sociology II: Social Inequality

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Subject Title
Introduction to Sociology II: Social Inequality

Subject Description
This course examines selected theories, research and applied forms of Sociology as well as the development of the discipline, continuing from the foundation provided by the previous course, Introduction to Sociology 1. It is designed for students in the Liberal Arts Program, completing their introduction to the discipline of Sociology and preparing students for ongoing study in the field. Students will learn to understand pressing social issues by analyzing the way the human world is organized and by understanding how powerful forces shape social inequality via social institutions. Topics examined will include the globalization of culture, emerging patterns of class and gender inequality, the redefinition of sexuality, changes in the organization of family, the social dimension of environmental problems and criminal and deviant behavior. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments, this course will continue to familiarize students with 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. Describe the research methods used by sociologists.

2. Explain the views of some of the major historical sociologists.

3. Apply sociological concepts, theories, and research findings to current social issues and social institutions.

4. Analyze Canadian society and social institutions using the theoretical perspectives of sociology.

5. Evaluate the theoretical perspectives of sociology as they apply to a variety of social contexts.

Essential Employability Skills
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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