SLL307 - Sociology: A Practical Approach

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Subject Title
Sociology: A Practical Approach

Subject Description
To understand the social determinants of thoughts, feelings, and actions it is necessary to explore the role of social forces, that is, the role of society, social relations, social institutions, and the process of socialization in shaping human psychology and conduct. Since every individual is born into a pre-existing society, it seems reasonable that an introduction to the social sciences begins with a presentation of basic sociological concepts, theories, and principles, and how these may be applied toward an understanding of the individual?s place in the social world.

Credit Status
One credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program.

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

1. Describe the sociological imagination and perspectives in relation to understanding people's behaviour.
2. Understand the roles played by race, ethnicity, class, gender, industrialization and urbanization in the development of our sociological imaginations.
3. Explain how culture can be both a stabilizing force and a source of conflict in societies.
4. Recognize the major agents of socialization and describe their effects on ones development.
5. Explain how social structure and social interaction are important for individuals and society.
6. Understand the roles of groups and group norms in our social structure.
7. Outline the nature of social stratification, social mobility and the class system as they exist in Canada and have a general understanding of the existence of global stratification.
8. Illustrate how issues of race and ethnicity permeate all levels of interaction in Canada and describe the impact of racial and ethnic diversity in the twenty-first century.
9. Describe the different forms of marriage and family structure found in contemporary Canadian society.
10. Describe the essential characteristics of the major world religions and their impact on Canadian society.
11. Understand the interface between collective behaviour and social change.
12. Analyze the impact of colonialism on Indigenous communities
13. Analyze racism in relation to Indigenous peoples.

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