Maricopa Community Colleges  SOC101

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 6-27-1995

SOC101  1999 Fall – 2011 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 load  Acad

Introduction to Sociology

Fundamental concepts of social organization, culture, socialization, social institutions and social change.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Social and Behavioral Sciences - [SB]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


SOC101  1995 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Introduction to Sociology



Define sociology and explain how it differs from other social sciences. (I)


Explain the sociological imagination and how it operates in everyday life. (I)


Describe the basic theoretical perspectives sociologists use to analyze social phenomena. (II)


Name and briefly describe the importance of selected major theorists to the field of sociology. (II)


List and explain the stages in a basic research design. (III)


Describe and differentiate between qualitative and quantitative research methods. (III)


Define the basic sociological concepts: culture, society, socialization, social structure, groups, and institutions. (IV)


Describe values and norms, including mores, folkways, and laws. (IV)


Describe societal and structural factors that can influence individual behavior. (V)


Describe sociological/psychological theories as they relate to the development of the self. (V)


Describe the influence of selected institutions on society and the individual. (VI)


Describe the effect of race/ethnicity, sex/gender, and age on social inequality. (VII)


Explain major sociological perspectives on social class. (VII)


Explain how conflict, functionalist, and symbolic interactionist theoretical perspectives view deviance and conformity. (VIII)


Describe and explain social change, including the influence of collective behavior, social movements, and demographic factors. (IX)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


SOC101  1995 Fall – 2011 Summer II

Introduction to Sociology


I. Sociology as a discipline

A. Definition

B. Relationship to other disciplines

C. Application of the sociological imagination

D. Application to everyday life

II. Theoretical perspectives

A. Definitions

B. Theoretical perspectives

1. Structural/functional

2. Conflict

3. Symbolic interaction

C. Major theorists

III. Methodology

A. Research design

B. Qualitative methods

C. Quantitative methods

D. Terminology

IV. Basic concepts

A. Culture

B. Society

C. Socialization

D. Groups

E. Social structure

F. Social institutions

V. Development of self/socialization

A. Role theory

B. Psychological foundations

VI. Culture/social structures

A. Definitions

B. Macro-sociology

C. Micro-sociology

VII. Stratification

A. Social class and caste

B. Other means of stratifying

1. Gender

2. Race/ethnicity

3. Age

VIII. Deviance and conformity

A. Definitions

B. Theories

IX. Social change

A. Collective behavior

B. Social movements

C. Demography

D. Global perspective


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