District Syllabus
Introduction To Sociology

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
Sociology is the systematic study of human group dynamics. As such, 
this introductory course will cover the theoretical foundations of 
sociology and their application to modern society.  some topics 
covered include: race and ethnicity, gender and age inequalities, 
globalization, education, political structures, and economic 
systems.  The course invites students to view and analyze their 
social world from new and exciting perspectives.  Meets A.A. general 
education Category IV. A writing emphasis course.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Macionis. Society: Basics, 12th ed., Prentice Hall, 2012. ISBN: 9780205898916
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: There is a fee for distance learning classes.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes
I.  Critical Thinking: Students evaluate the validity of 
    own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
    synthesizing results into the learning process    
V.  Cultural Literacy: Students evaluate issues relevant to cultural 
diversity and culturally diverse populations.   
VI. Social Skills: Students demonstrate skills and behaviors that 
integrate the individual into society
Major Learning Outcomes:

1.  To become familiar with the discipline of sociology and its role
    in contributing to our understanding of social reality (including
    issues of stratification, inequality, globalization, and
2.  To recognize the role of theory, the importance of 
    based evidence, and the value of qualitative and quantitative 
    methods in sociology.
3.  To understand how culture and social structure operate, 
    reciprocal relationships between individuals and society.
Course Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to:

1.  Describe how sociology differs from and is similar to other
    social sciences.
2.  Explore issues of stratification, inequality and difference,
    detailing the influences and interconnections of social  
    structure, social structure, social forces, and technology.
3.  Define theory and its role in building sociological knowledge,
    comparing and contrasting basic theoretical orientations in
    sociology and applying this knowledge to historical and current
4.  Identify basic methodological approaches and apply the scientific
    method to sociological research.
5.  Apply the sociological imagination, sociological principles, and
    sociological concepts to their own life.
6.  Explain how the self develops sociologically, recognizing the
    impact of culture and society on values, thoughts, and behaviors.
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the polices of the college and the department. 
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed 
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.