SOCI16039G
Sociology, Introduction to
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
 
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2017
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A

Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Community and Justice Services, General Education, Paralegal
Program Coordinator(s): Netta Romano, Cathy Marion, Sarah Sinclair
Course Leader or Contact: Daniele Cerri
Version:
20170508_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

 
 
Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course is designed to provide students with an introductory overview of sociology in the context of Canadian society. This includes an examination of the complex nature of the social dynamics within our society. Topics include the sociological imagination, sociological perspectives, analysis of culture, interaction in social groups and institutions, race and gender, and economic and social differences related to access of opportunity. Through interactive lecture, videos, in-class activities, role play, discussion, and small group work, students will develop their understanding of the social world in which they live.

Program Context

 
Community and Justice Services Program Coordinator(s): Cathy Marion
This is a required course of the Community & Justice Services Program. Please refer to the General Education description for more details.

General Education Program Coordinator(s): Sarah Sinclair
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.

Paralegal Program Coordinator(s): Netta Romano
This course is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. This course will strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.


Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability to explain ways in which social forces affect the lives of individuals through an examination of historical and contemporary models.
 
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine the importance of the definition of sociology as it relates to the sociological imagination.
  2. Critically evaluate the contributions made by the early and modern sociologists to the development of the discipline of sociology.
  3. Compare, contrast and critically evaluate the main sociological theories.
  4. Analyze the concept of culture and how the major theoretical models view it, identifying the various components involved.
  5. Explore definitions of socialization and major sociological theories as they apply in the twenty-first century.
  6. Explain how socialization applies to the stages of human development, including concepts such as race, age, gender.
  7. Analyze definitions and theories of stratification with examples of types of stratification and their application to Canadian society.
  8. Identify sociological perspectives on gender, ethnic relations and race.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Tests (4 x 15%)60.0%
 Assignments (2 x 15%)30.0%
 In class Activities10.0%
Total100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. 3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:

 

Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

  • Social and Cultural Understanding

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
    Notes:  
  • Portfolio
    Notes:  
  • Interview
    Notes:  

 
 
Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s):
 TypeDescription
OptionalOther"Introduction to Sociology, SOCI16039G, Sheridan College"; This is a custom text prepared by McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

Applicable student group(s): Cross College General Education Elective, Paralegal, Community & Justice Services Program
Course Details:
WEEK 1

- introduction to the Course
- what is Sociology?
- the sociological imagination

Reading: Chapter 1
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WEEK 2

- sociological theorists
- introduction to five sociological perspectives

Reading: Chapter 1
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WEEK 3

- introduction to sociological research methods
- ethical issues in research

Reading: Chapter 2
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WEEK 4

TEST ONE (15%) - Chapters One and Two
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WEEK 5

- culture and society
- theoretical perspectives on culture

Reading: Chapter 3
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WEEK 6

- introduction to socialization
- sociological theories of socialization
- agents of socialization
- socialization through the life course

Reading: Chapter 4

Assignment 1 Due (15%)
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WEEK 7

TEST TWO (15%) - Chapters Three and Four
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WEEK 8

- social structure and human agency
- famous social-psychological experiments that demonstrate social structure and human agency

Reading: Chapter 5
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WEEK 9

- race and ethnic inequality
- definitions of race and ethnicity
- prejudice, discrimination and privilege
- racial and ethnic difference and social policy

Reading: Chapter 8

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WEEK 10

TEST THREE (15%) - Chapters Five and Eight
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WEEK 11
 
- gender relations
- social construction of gender
- gender and social policy

Reading: Chapter 9
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WEEK 12

- selected topics in sociology (Mass Media or Deviance or Families)

Reading: Chapter Ten or Eleven or Twelve
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WEEK 13

- review of sociological concepts and sociological perspectives and their application to selected topics
 
Assignment 2 Due (15%) 
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WEEK 14

TEST FOUR (15%) - Chapters 9 and 10 or 11 or 12
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Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.


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