District Syllabus
Introduction To Sociology

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3 (NOTE: )
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:
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: There is a fee for distance learning classes.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes
I.  Critical Thinking: : Students will evaluate the validity of 
    own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
    synthesizing results into the creative process    
    A.  Collect, organize, classify, correlate, analyze, and present 
        materials and data from a variety of academic disciplines and
        sources, distinguishing between facts and opinion, judgments 
        and inferences, and the objective and subjective.
    C.  Consciously raise questions, suspending judgment and 
        remaining open to new information, methocs, cultural systems,
        values, and beliefs.

V.  Cultural Literacy: Students will develop an appreciation of 
    culture and its diversity and the role of the creative arts in 
    A.  Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, national, ethnic, 
        religious, and gender difference among people of the world.
    B.  Assess mass media messages, derive important news and other 
        essential information from a variety of sources, and 
        thoughtfully use this knowledge as a responsible citizen.

VI. Social Skills: Students will develop and use skills and   
    attitudes that integrate individuals into society.
    A.  Demonstrate appropriate social skills, language, and emotions
        in different situations, showing respect for others' 
    D.  Work both alone and with others, understanding the roles of 
        leadership and teamwork, to achieve goals.

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.