Sociology is the science that studies human society and social behavior. Sociologists concentrate their attention on social interaction - the ways in which people relate to one another and influence each other's behavior. The study of sociology provides students with the basic tools they need to develop a sociological imagination. The sociological imagination is the ability to see the connection between the larger social world and our personal lives. This imagination enables students to examine how society shapes human actions and beliefs and how such actions and beliefs in turn shape society.
The basics of sociology will be looked at which include its origins and founders along with the sociological perspective and investigation. Three major sociological perspectives will be used to study the following issues in contemporary society; culture, groups and social institutions, race and ethnicity, the family, education, crime, socialization, communication, bias, self-image, and social behavior.
Students must design a research project as part of the requirements for the course. This research is centered upon the principles of Sociological data collection and processing of such data. This course would interest a person who wants to work with others, problem solve, and express their views on a wide range of topics.
Students are expected to come to class on time, prepared, as well as bring the appropriate materials needed to participate effectively in class. Failure to do so will be noted and dealt with on a timely basis. Due dates are to be respected. Material must be handed in no later than the end of the class on the stated date. Failure to do so will result in a loss of 20% of the final mark of the work each day it is late. Plagiarism of any kind WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Any student presenting plagiarized work will be penalized. If there are any questions about this, please ask for clarification before the work has been handed in.
The evaluation of student's progress will be continually monitored using the following:
Each term mark will be calculated as follows:
Independent Project 10%
Weekly Assignments 30%
Class Mark 25%