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Introduction to Sociology

University of Texas of the Permian Basin via edX

Overview

This course is part of Global Freshman Academy (GFA), which means you can earn transferable ASU credit toward your college degree.

Sociology is about people. Each individual is unique and idiosyncratic. Yet, when we come together for a common purpose, we try to conduct ourselves in a manner that will achieve mutually desired outcomes. Sometimes we manage to achieve this; sometimes we don’t. Sociology is about that process. By understanding sociology and how we interact with each other, you can yield more personal and professional success.

In this sociology course, you will learn about the social processes groups of all sizes follow to form, function and evolve over time. You will also learn about the ongoing dynamic individuals actively create in their social environment and how they are shaped by it. This course provides an understanding of how the formation and longevity of a society is possible when its members are diverse in their values, beliefs, preferences and agendas.

You will learn about group dynamics, skills for effective interaction in groups and organizations, and obtain a deeper understanding of how sociology applies to everyday life and current events.

Topics include:

  • Society
  • Culture
  • Socialization
  • Stratification and Inequality
  • Gender Roles
  • Major Social Institutions in the U.S. Including the Family, Government and Education System
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Social Problems and Social Change

Syllabus

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Taught by

Dr. Joanna Hadjicostandi

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  • Danielle Rene is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    It will help me to understand more of people-
    'S behaviour and how to go about.It will help me also in my Nursing field how unique is each individual and our culture .And in relations to these to deal with the social issues more and know how to cope with it.I can see that it is interesting and looking forward to learn more from that course
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