Educational Resource

Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

Brief Course Description

Introduction to Sociology is a social science course designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of the intercultural discipline of sociology. Emphasis will be given to the following special areas: culture, socialization, social stratification and the five institutions, including family, politics, economics, religion, and education. Examples of other topics include: demography, deviance, technology, environment social issues, social change and social organization.

Content Objectives

  • Include experiences that provide for the study of culture and cultural diversity.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of the ways human beings view themselves in and over time.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of individual development and identity.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of interactions among individuals, groups, and institutions.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of how people create and change structures of power, authority, and governance.

  • Include experiences that provide for the study of how people organize for the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of relationships among science, technology, and society.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of global connections and interdependence.
  • Include experiences that provide for the study of the ideals, principles, and practices of citizenship in a democratic republic.

Methods of Assessment

1. Assessment tools include the following but are not limited to:
2. Periodic review of work by independent study teacher (IST)
3. Writing/publications
4. Parent facilitator and education specialist observation
5. Student demonstrations
6. Student grades
7. Written examinations
8. Research projects and interviews
9. Oral communication