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Social ScienceIntroduction to Sociology: Embracing Diversity and Collaboration


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Course description

Sociology is a scientific approach to understanding why people behave the way they do, how relationships function, where commonly held values and beliefs come from, and what it means to live in a society. In this course, you will explore a wide variety of human experiences and how sociologists interpret these experiences. Through growing your understanding of the diversity of human experience and through how the parts of society fit together, you will expand your problem solving, relationship building, and self and social awareness skills.

Assessments and grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenges (formative assessments), 4 Milestones (summative assessments), and 2 Touchstones (project-based or written assessments) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning outcomes

<p>By the end of this course, you will be able to:<br></p> <ul><li>Apply steps of the scientific method to sociological questions.</li><li>Describe various methods used to research and study society.</li><li>Identify benefits of studying society.</li><li>Describe the elements that contribute to the development of culture.</li><li>Explain how one’s bias can impact how we study society, the conclusions we draw, and the decisions we make. </li><li>Describe how social structures shape individuals' lives.</li><li>Explain how our statuses and roles affect how we interact with others.</li><li>Interpret the effects of the social construction of race, ethnicity, and gender.</li><li>Explain how people interpret the world around them and their roles.</li><li>Compare/contrast systems of stratification.</li><li>Identify how power (and perceptions of power) influence problem solving and decision-making.</li><li>Explain how people conform to and deviate from societal norms.</li><li>Compare the conflict, functionalist and symbolic interactionist perspectives on foundational sociological concepts.</li><li>Compare/contrast different types of economies and understand how the economy affects the work and labor of a society.</li></ul>

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