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Course Description

Sociology Course Syllabus
Course Description:
An elective social science course designed to challenge and prepare for the rigors of collegiate
sociological study. This class emphasizes the study of people within the context of their social
structures from a decidedly Christian and Biblical perspective. As an introductory course,
students will study a wide breadth of social structures. In so doing, they will not only learn how
these social structures influence our behavior but will be asked to take a critical look at what they
observe and study in their local and global settings. An emphasis will be placed upon problem
solving; problems, directly applicable to what has been learned, will be presented which are both
hypothetical and real to their experience. This will empower them to be better citizens in their
community and in the world.

Curricular Mapping:
This course will draw upon the educational experience and social science classes the students
have taken to date ­ both in accrued knowledge and skills. After completing this course, students
will be prepared for further sociological or social science study in college.
Course Objectives:
                 ● Define sociology and other key terms that pertain to the subject
                 ● Identify the structure of American society and other societies
                 ● Explain how his or her understanding of the Biblical view of society compares, contrasts,
                    and integrates with modern society
                 ● Compare and contrast major sociological views and theories
                 ● Explain principles of human communication and interaction on personal and group levels
                 ● Address the class verbally and professionally showing communication skills learned
                    throughout the year
                 ● Learn skills in debating different sociological views and theories
Sociology and You 
Jon Shepard, McGraw Hill Publishers 

Course Outline:
Most of the following sections will be covered but not all. We will selectively choose some units
over others based on time and class interest.
I. The Foundations of Sociology
              A. The Sociological Perspective
The Sociology Perspective, The Importance of a Global Perspective, The Origins
of Sociology, Sociology Theory, Plausibility Structures
              B. Sociological Investigation
Basics of Sociological Investigation, Three Ways to Do Sociology, Research
Orientations and Theory, Gender and Research, Research Ethics, Methods of
Sociology Research, The Interplay of Theory and Method, Putting It All
Together: Ten Steps in Sociological Investigation

II. The Foundations of Society
             A. Culture
What is Culture?, The Elements of Culture, Cultural Diversity: Many Ways of
Life in One World, Theoretical Analysis of Culture, Culture and Human Freedom
             B. Society
Gerhard Lenski: Society and Technology, Karl Marx: Society and Conflict, Max
Weber: The Rationalization of Society, Emile Durkheim: Society and Function,
Critical Review: Four Visions of Society
            C. Socialization
Social Experience: The Key to Our Humanity, Understanding Socialization,
Agents of Socialization, Socialization and the Life Course, Resocialization: Total
            D. Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Social Structure: A Guide to Everyday Living, Status, Role, The Social
Construction of Reality, Dramaturgical Analysis: The “Presentation of Self”,
Interaction in Everyday Life: Three Applications
            E. Groups and Organizations
Social Groups, Formal Organizations, The Evolution of Formal Organizations,
The Future of Organizations: Opposing Trends
           F. Sexuality and Society
Understanding Sexuality, Sexual Attitudes in the United States, Sexual
Orientation, Sexual Issues and Controversies, Theoretical Analysis of Sexuality
          G. Deviance
What Is Deviance?, The Functions of Deviance: Structural­Functional Analysis,
Labeling Deviance: Symbolic­Interaction Analysis, Deviance and Inequality:
Social­Conflict Analysis, Deviance, Race, and Gender, Crime, The U.S. Criminal
Justice System

III. Social Inequality
           A. Social Stratification
What if Social Stratification?, Caste and Class Systems, The Functions of Social
Stratification, Stratification and Conflict, Stratification and Interaction,
Stratification and Technology: A Global Perspective, Social Stratification: Facts
and Values
           B. Global Stratification
Global Stratification: An Overview, Global Wealth and Poverty, Global
Stratification: Theoretical Analysis, Global Stratification: Looking Ahead
          C. Race and Ethnicity
The Social Meaning of Race and Ethnicity, Prejudice and Stereotypes,
Discrimination, Majority and Minority: Patterns of Interaction, Race and
Ethnicity in the United States, Race and Ethnicity: Looking Ahead
          D. Aging and the Elderly
The Graying of the Unites States, Growing Old: Biology and Culture, Transitions
and Challenges of Aging, Theoretical Analysis of Aging, Death and Dying,
Aging: Looking Ahead

IV. Social Institutions
          A. The Economy and Work
The Economy: Historical Overview, Economic Systems: Paths to Justice, Work in
the Postindustrial U.S. Economy, Corporations, The Economy: Looking Ahead
         B. Politics and Government
Power and Authority, Politics in Global perspective, Politics in the United States,
Theoretical Analysis of Power in Society, Power beyond the Rules, War and
Peace, Pursuing Peace, Politics: Looking Ahead
         C. Families
Basic Concepts, Families: Global Variations, Theoretical Analysis of Families,
Stages of Family Life, U.S. Families: Class, Race, and Gender, Transitions and
Problems in Family Life, Alternative Family Forms, New Reproductive
Technologies and Families, Families: Looking Ahead
         D. Religion
Basic Concepts, Theoretical Analysis of Religion, Religion and Social Change,
Types of Religious Organizations, Religion in History, World Religions, Religion
in the United States, Religion in a Changing Society, Religion: Looking Ahead
         E. Education
A Global Survey, The Functions of Schooling, Schooling and Social interaction,
Schooling and Social Inequality, Problems in the Schools, Current Issues in U.S.
Education, Schooling: Looking Ahead
         F. Health and Medicine
What Is Health?, Health: A Global Survey, Health in the United States, The
Medical Establishment, Theoretical Analysis of Health and Medicine, Health and
Medicine: Looking Ahead

V. Social Change
         A. Population, Urbanization, and Environment
Demography: The Study of Population, History and Theory of Population
Growth, Urbanization: The Growth of Cities, Urbanism as a Way of Life,
Urbanization in Poor Nations, Environment and Society, Looking Ahead: Toward
a Sustainable, Society and World
         B. Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Studying Collective Behavior, Localized Collectivities: Crowds, Dispersed
Collectivities: Mass Behavior, Social Movements, Social Movements: Looking
        C. Social Change: Traditional, Modern, and Postmodern Societies
What Is Social Change?, Causes of social Change, Modernity, Theoretical
Analysis of Modernity, Postmodernity , Looking Ahead: Modernization and Our
Global Future

Course Expectations:

 Students are responsible for being on time, coming prepared to class with their tablets fully charged  and a pen/pencil. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and activities. Students are also expected to behave in a respectful manner in this classroom.

Course Evaluation:

Students will be evaluated by organized notebooks with all work, class work, tests, quizzes, and participation in activities.

 Grading System:

My grading system is very simple—the total number of points you receive divided by the total possible points for those assignments. One grade will be Class Writing Work 20 % Homework is 20% and Test and Quiz grades 60%

The Research Paper is due in Feb. topics to be discussed

Extra Help is available on either Monday y after classes in Room   309 (I usually have detention duty so I am here for at least one hour)


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