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2016-2017 Catalog Year
SOC-101: Principles of Sociology

General Information

  • Name: Principles of Sociology
  • Discipline: Sociology
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: (Courses with numbers 100 to 299) This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Sociology 101 (SOC 101), Principles of Sociology, explains sociological principles underlying the development, structure, and function of culture, society, human groups, personality formation and social change.

II. Course Objectives and Linkage to General Education Program

The information in the parentheses after a course objective refers to the specific general education (GE) learning outcome that the objective meets. Objectives without this information are not linked to WNC’s general education program.

Students who pass this course must demonstrate they can:

  1. Identify important terminology, concepts, principles, themes, and major content areas in sociology. (GenEd 1)
  2. Write quality essays and assignments. (GenEd 2)
  3. Locate, evaluate, and appropriately use information from multiple resources to complete assignments and papers. (GenEd 4)
  4. Describe explain, or apply selected concepts and principles from approaches and perspectives in sociology. (GenEd 6)

III. Topics

  1. Sociology: Perspective, Theory, and Method.
  2. Culture.
  3. Socialization: From Infancy to Old Age.
  4. Social Interaction in Everyday Life.
  5. Groups and Organization.
  6. Sexuality and Society.
  7. Deviance.
  8. Social Stratification.
  9. Global Stratification.
  10. Gender Stratification.
  11. Race and Ethnicity.
  12. Economic and Politics.
  13. Family and Religion.
  14. Education, Health, and Medicine.
  15. Population, Urbanization, and Environment.
  16. Social Change: Modern and Postmodern Societies.

Scheduled SOC-101 classes:

Fall 2016