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Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology

Sophia's Introduction to Sociology course helps you gain mastery of the basic principles of sociology. In this course, you will learn a variety of topics, including sociological theory, cultural deviance, social interaction, diversity, stratification, education, technology, and health in modern society. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the application of these topics in sociology to everyday situations. Full Description

3 semester credits

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  • Category: Social Science

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This Sociology Course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Introduction to Sociology Course helps you gain mastery of the basic principles of sociology. In this Course, you will learn a variety of topics, including sociological theory, cultural deviance, social interaction, diversity, stratification, education, technology, and health in modern society. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the application of these topics in sociology to everyday situations.

In Sophia's Introduction to Sociology Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 15 Challenge assessments and 5 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Identify foundational philosophies, theories, and methods in the field of sociology.
  • Apply principles of culture and deviance to real life scenarios.
  • Analyze social interaction and collective behavior in a real world context.
  • Identify and apply elements of diversity, stratification, and inequality in real life.
  • Analyze perspectives on elements of modern society.


144 Student Reviews
by Tyler S. on April 16, 2018
good class easily completed!
by Kayode H. on April 11, 2018
Great platform! Love diversity of instructors/video/ teaching style. Wish I started using this sooner.
by Beverley N. on April 6, 2018
I found this course pretty easy to get through. Keep in mind I have taken a lot of psychology courses and an advanced sociology course on deviant behavior. If you have taken a ton of these types of courses this is an easy course to get through.
by Jason H. on April 4, 2018
Not a fun class
Sophia replied on April 5, 2018

Hi Jason— Congratulations on your successful course completion! We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the course; however, we are glad to see you completed it and earned the credit toward your degree. Congratulations again!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Gwendolyn G. on April 2, 2018
Thank you. I am happy that I decided to use Sophia learning to help me accomplish my goal.
by Rachel B. on March 31, 2018
I was able to complete in about a week. I did one milestone per night and it would take about 1.5-2 hours. Then did the test. Oddly enough there were 2 sections i didn't do so great on the challenges/tests. I think that attributed to the fact it was topics that just didn't interest me as much. So when I wen to take the ID verification test I made a 96 (only missing 1), but my grade was a 89 previous to that. Sort of bummed I didn't gain that A, but did on the final exam! The questions on the exam were much more obvious I felt like and straight forward. The challenges became lengthy at times for situations/stories that it almost would confuse me as to what they were actually looking for! It wasn't too bad though! This is my 3rd sophia class and I have one more to complete what is needed for my Capella BSN/MSN combo course!
Sophia replied on April 2, 2018

Hi Rachel— Congratulations on completing this course! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the course overall. In the future, if you ever need clarification on a question, you can reach out to our Learning Coach team for assistance. Congratulations again on earning these credits toward your degree!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Mahogany D. on March 4, 2018
This is my 3rd Sophia course and all have been great. I do have a small issue with the way some of the questions are worded but overall, a great experience! On to the next one!
by Kyle K. on February 10, 2018
Loved this Class


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