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Division of Gen Ed: Behavioral Sciences: SO 100 Intro to Sociology

Research and Resource Connections for Behavioral Science Courses

Course Description

This course centers on the development, structure, and functioning of human groups; social and cultural patterns; and the principal social processes. It provides participants with scientific tools to analyze the social world and their place in it. Students study social facts, and they learn to apply, question and challenge these facts, often debunking commonly held myths about society.

Key Topic Research Connection

I. Define social institution and identify the five major social institutions in contemporary societies (family, state, economy, religion, education).

II. Recognize the main ideas of three of the following theoretical paradigms: functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, postmodernism.

III. Give an example of how systems of social stratification (e.g. class, race, gender, sexuality, age) organize the distribution of social advantages and disadvantages.

IV. Describe the relationship between social structure and individual behavior.

V. Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative approaches to conducting sociological research.

VI. Define the major components of culture, including the role of socialization, social norms, and deviance.

Give an example of the social causes and consequences of a major social change (e.g. globalization, environment, technology, population shifts).

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