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2022-2023 Catalog 
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SOC& 101 - Introduction to Sociology

Credits: 5
Examines the structural forces that shape social experiences, including socialization processes, institutions, and social movements. Emphasizes the role of race, gender, class, and sexuality (amongst others) in shaping both structural inequalities and movements for social change. Contextualizes contemporary social phenomena in historical, cultural, economic, and political contexts.

Enrollment Requirement: Eligible for ENGL& 101  or instructor consent.

Satisfies Requirement: Social Science
Course Fee: $1.00

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Critically analyze the relationship between social structures and individual agency.  
  2. Explain how racial, gender, and class-based inequalities have been constructed over time. 
  3. Critically analyze the effects of social stratification in terms of privilege, inequality, and outcomes for diverse groups in American society.  

Program Outcomes
Demonstrate how inequality, privilege, and stratification are connected to course-specific content.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Critical Thinking - Critical thinking finds expression in all disciplines and everyday life. It is characterized by an ability to reflect upon thinking patterns, including the role of emotions on thoughts, and to rigorously assess the quality of thought through its work products. Critical thinkers routinely evaluate thinking processes and alter them, as necessary, to facilitate an improvement in their thinking and potentially foster certain dispositions or intellectual traits over time.
  • Diversity and Equity - In order to advance equity and social justice, students will be able to examine their own and others’ identities, behaviors, and/or cultural perspectives as they connect to power, privilege, and/or resistance.
  • Responsibility - Responsibility encompasses those behaviors and dispositions necessary for students to be effective members of a community. This outcome is designed to help students recognize the value of a commitment to those responsibilities which will enable them to work successfully individually and with others.
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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