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Introduction to Sociology: Embracing Diversity and Collaboration

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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.

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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.

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<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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