Dec 08, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 471 - Sociology

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The goal of this course is to develop students’ awareness of the relationship between larger social forces and personal experience. Specific areas of focus include social organization, culture, socialization, family, stratification of societies, deviance, social movements, and social issues. Through this course, the student should gain an increased understanding of the field of sociology, an enhanced ability to think critically, and the ability to apply sociological principles to everyday life. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify the key concepts of sociology and the critical changes taking place in the culture
  • Demonstrate a motivation to work toward greater sociological understanding through application of sociological principles
  • Demonstrate an increasing objectivity and openness toward the needs of society as a whole, understanding the determinants of social behavior and development of individual ability to make more appropriate decisions consistent with his/her changing roles in society

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Developing a sociological consciousness
  • Culture and social structure
  • Socialization
  • Social groups and formal organization
  • Religion and education
  • The family
  • Male and female roles
  • Social stratification
  • Deviance

Dr. Jan Fertig

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