SOC600 - Introduction to Sociology

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Subject Title
Introduction to Sociology

Subject Description
An introduction to contemporary sociological thinking and to theories of social behaviour including deviance and social control. Using sociological concepts and perspectives, students will study and survey areas related to Canadian society and culture, including social inequalities, social interactions, and collective behaviour. The course introduces students to theories of social problems, research methodologies and issues that have influenced sociological thinking in the areas of deviance and social control. Using various perspectives and concepts, students will analyze and survey issues relating to acts of aggression and violence, poverty, the elderly, family and various other contemporary social issues. Analytical frameworks for social issues and problems will be investigated.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit in the Social Sciences & Sciences category.
Students who have taken SOC600 cannot take SOC216 or SCL100 as a general education credit.

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

1.explain the major schools of sociology
2.demonstrate an understanding of the social determination of thought, feeling, and action
3.define personal freedom and social conformity
4.explain deviance
5.provide examples of culture
6.explain role and identities gender and gender relations
8.define racism and ethnicity
9.provide examples of social stratification
10.describe psychological influence
11.explain media influence
12.list elements of social change

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.

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.

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

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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.