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SOC-1010-VO01Y - Introduction to Sociology

Synonym: 179303
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 10-30-2018 to 12-17-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-08-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-27-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Gretchen Dehart | View Faculty Credentials
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This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Behavior
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

A survey of the basic issues, concepts, theories and methods of sociology. Students learn to think critically about the nature of society and social institutions, and the relationship among individuals and groups. Topics will include social organization, socialization and social change, social stratification, class and class conflict, gender, race, and ethnicity.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the origin and development of sociology as a social science and give examples of how sociological concepts, theories, and methods can be used to explain cultural and social phenomena.
2. Discuss how the interrelationships of heredity, environment, and social agents contribute to the development and socialization of the self.
3. Discuss the influence of social, cultural, and institutional contexts on behavior norms.
4. Compare the structure and function of various social groups and identify the factors which affect group dynamics.
5. Differentiate between functionalist, conflict, and interactionist explanations of deviance and social control.
6. Compare theories of social stratification and discuss resulting inequalities such as class, power, prestige, gender, ethnicity, age, and ability.
7. Identify key social institutions such as the family, education, religion, politics, and economy, and examine their composition and function in society.
8. Demonstrate and interpret how demographic and statistical research is used to understand and respond to social change and recognize critical questions about quantitative claims.
9. Describe the applications of sociology locally and globally and the various roles that sociologists play in today's society.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

The text for this course is an Open Educational Resource (meaning free) and exists as a PDF in the first module in Moodle (Week 0).  You will not be reading all 500+ pages, but you will be responsible for reading a large portion of it.  Trying to stay ahead in the reading is an important strategy in an online class because staying one week ahead in the reading allows you to get a jumpstart on each week’s discussion posting.


To help orient you to the subject matter, let me offer a few general remarks about the course:

First, this course is a survey course.  This means that it is designed to be broad instead of deep.  Some students can find this frustrating because they will not get to spend as much time on a topic as they wish.  I am always happy to make some suggestions for further reading you could do or other courses you could take that might touch on the issues of interest.

Secondly, the discipline of sociology has close connection to students' experiences because it is all about the study of humans and their interaction with the social world around them. As a result, sociology courses can often be considered “common sense”.  Some things might come as no surprise because you have heard about the phenomena already through networks or media or have experienced it yourself. On the same important note of personal experience, however, it is important that you understand that personal experiences do not constitute the definitive test of an idea's validity. In other words, because you have not personally experienced something does not mean that the idea is necessarily false, especially since so many factors affect how and what we experience.

The goal of sociology is to try to forge a balance between examining the unique circumstances that affect us as individuals and exploring the patterns that underlie the behavior and perceptions of groups of individuals. This is why sociologists focus on trends and averages, not to lose sight of the forest for the trees. So, I encourage you to be critical of any information presented to you. Don't accept everything you read blindly, but also keep in mind the goal of sociology. This might all seem obvious to you, but I think it's important to reiterate before the course begins. If you have any questions or concerns in this regard as we move through the material please share them with me.

I hope that you will find our time together personally enlightening, as well as intellectually stimulating. As I mentioned earlier, a goal I have for the course is that it opens up how you experience the world around you. Studying sociology has given me a whole new set of analytic tools at my disposal. I notice things I never have in the past and certain situations I am a spectator to, as well as those everyday activities I am deeply involved in, begin to take on new meaning. I encourage you to share with me any instances where your new analytic tools illuminate your life.  I am also here for you to discuss with me confirmations of what you read and contradictions. I will also be asking your opinions a lot throughout the assignments. Not everyone thinks the same so voice an opinion that is genuine. You will be graded on the quality of the argument, not the content. This course should be challenging but also very fun and very rewarding.

This course is a seven-week accelerated format.  That means it will be moving fast and you should anticipate putting twice as much time in each week as you would for a full-semester course.  Falling behind is a recipe for disaster.  My advice to you is to READ, READ, and READ. Read the chapters before we discuss it in class. If you have questions from the readings, let me know, otherwise my assumption will be that you have been able to read and understand the assignments. I will do everything that I can do to help you succeed in this course, so if you need help ask me!!!

I look forward to getting to know each of you this semester!

Evaluation Criteria:

Grading and Evaluating ~ The final grade for the course will be determined as follows:

Course Work

Percent of Final Grade

Participation in Discussion Forums


Glossary contributions


Current Event Journal


Final Exam


Grading Criteria:






























A qualitative evaluation of work performed breaks down as follows:

A: Outstanding, excellent and original work; well-reasoned, well-organized, without error or omission. Work for an A must consistently go above and beyond minimal requirements.

B: Good work, reasonably argued positions, clearly organized and with only an occasional error or omission. Work for a B is clearly above average. All minimal requirements must be met and be met on time.

C: Average work of a satisfactory nature, clear evidence of engagement and comprehension, but with some organization, factual or interpretive errors or omissions.

D: Below average work, evidence of lack of engagement or comprehension and with multiple organization, factual or interpretive errors or omissions. Requirements are not met on time, or occasionally not met at all.

F: Clear deficiencies in engagement and/or comprehension, incomplete work, work consistently turned in late, or the majority of requirements not met at all.           


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Gretchen Dehart
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Samantha Boymer

Attendance Policy:

As an accelerated course, we are covering 15 weeks of material in 7 weeks.  This means that you are missing 15% of the material, each week you miss.  For that reason, if you are absent for 2 weeks, you will not be able to pass the course.  Attendance is determined by whether or not you active in the discussion forum between Tuesday and Monday of a particular week.



Course Schedule—this course is a seven-week accelerated format.





Submitted Assignments

(11:55 pm Pacific time unless otherwise noted )



Introduction and Sociological Research

Chapters 1 & 2

and “The Promise”

"Introductions" forum

Discussion forum

Original posts: Thursday
Responses: Saturday
Closes: Monday



Culture and Society & interaction

Chapters 3 & 4

Discussion forum

Mini-Research Project 1

Original post: Thursday
Responses: Saturday
Closes: Monday



Socialization and Groups & Organization

Chapters 5 & 6

Discussion forum
Roundtable forum-MP1

Original post: Thursday
Responses: Saturday
Closes: Monday



Deviance, Crime & Social Control and Media & Technology

Chapters 7 & 8

Discussion forum

Mini-Research Project 2

Original post: Thursday
Responses: Saturday
Closes: Monday



Social Stratification in the United States & Global Inequality

Chapters 9 & 10

Discussion forum
Roundtable forum-MP2

Original post: Thursday
Responses: Saturday
Closes: Monday



Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sex, and Sexuality & Aging and the Elderly

Chapters 11, 12 & 13

Discussion forum

Mini-Research Project 3

Original post: Thursday
Responses: Saturday
Closes: Monday



Institution of choice & Social Movements and Social Change

Chapter 21 and choice of Chapters 14-20

Discussion forum
Roundtable forum-MP3

Original post: Thursday
Responses: Saturday
Closes: Monday


Final Exam

Due by Monday, Dec. 17th

By Midnight 

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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