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Gives an understanding of theories and research on social structures, processes, and problems.

Subject Matter Experts:
Mellisa Holtzman, PhD

Chadwick Menning, PhD
Melinda Messineo, PhD

Lesson 1

Overview of Sociology

  • Connections to other Social Sciences
  • Thinking like a Sociologist
  • Applying Sociology to your World

Lesson 2

Developing a Sociological Imagination

  • Individual-Level Thinking
  • Sociological Imagination
  • Sociological Thinking

Lesson 3

Methodology

  • Research Methods
  • Validity, Reliability, and Causality
  • Research Literacy

Lesson 4

The Power of a Social Structure

  • Statuses
  • Roles
  • Groups
  • Institutions

Lesson 5

Socialization

  • Family, School, Peer, and Media Influences
  • Resocialization
  • Total Institutions

Lesson 6

The Power of Culture

  • Material Culture
  • Nonmaterial Culture
  • Ethnocentrism
  • Values, Norms, and Social Sanctions

Lesson 7

Race – Construction and Effects

  • Construction of Social Categories through Interaction
  • Sociohistorical Forces
  • Persistent Inequalities

Lesson 8

Gender – Construction and Effects

  • Gender as Social Construction
  • Sociohistorical Forces
  • Persistent Inequalities

Lesson 9

Social Class – Clarity, Conflicts, and Consequences

  • Class: Definitions, Ideology, and Scope
  • Social Mobility
  • Poverty
  • Critiquing Class Systems