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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 06-Mar-24

Fall 2024 | SOC-1010-VO02 - Introduction to Sociology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 2 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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David Seager
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  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 catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is 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, biological sex, gender expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, and ability.

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 around the world.
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 in global societies.
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 based on biological sex, gender expression, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, age, and ability and discuss resulting inequalities including power differentials, prestige, and privilege.
7. Identify key social institutions such as the family, education, religion, politics, and economy and examine their composition and function in global societies.
8. Demonstrate and interpret how demographic and statistical research is used to understand and respond to social change and recognize critical questions and ethical issues related to quantitative claims.
9. Describe the applications of sociology locally and globally and the various roles that sociologists play in today's societies.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

SOC-1010-VO02 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

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


This is a discussion-based course where students and faculty will interact via written postings in Canvas several times during the week.

  • Readings in the current edition of the text by John J. Macionis, Sociology.
  • Reading or viewing other supplementary materials as assigned in the weekly modules.
  • Weekly participation in the course discussion.
  • Midterm and final essay exams.

Evaluation Criteria

Class Completion Requirements include:

1. Participation in weekly class discussions. Timely participation is recommended for the best grades. Students should post several times during the week-long class session, preferably starting early in the weekend at the latest.

2. Submission of reflective midterm and final essay examinations

3. Completion of all assigned readings

4. Development of skills in critical analysis, independent thought, and writing skills as demonstrated in class discussions and essay examinations

  • Discussion Board: 65%
  • Midterm Exam: 15%
  • Final Exam: 20%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


The Sociological Perspective


Text, chapter 1; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Sociological Investigation; Culture


Text, chapters 2 and 3; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Society; Socialization


Text, chapters 4 and 5; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Social Interaction; Mass Media & Social Media


Text, chapters 6 and 7; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Groups and Organizations; Sexuality and Society


Text, chapters 8 and 9; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Deviance; Social Stratification


Text, chapter 10 and 11; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Midterm Exam


Essays as assigned in module



Social Class; Global Stratification


Text, chapter 12 and 13; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Gender Stratification; Race and Ethnicity


Text, chapter 14 and 15; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Aging and the Elderly; The Economy and Work


Text, chapter 16 and 17; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Politics and Government; Families


Text, chapter 18 and 19; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Religion; Education


Text, chapter 20 and 21; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Health and Medicine: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment


Text, chapter 22 and 23; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Collective Behavior and Social Movements; Social Change


Text, chapter 24 and 25; supplementary materials as indicated in module


Online discussion; readings/videos



Final Exam


Essays as assigned in module


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Students should visit the class site several times during the week's class session and:

1) Post a response of about 200 words (more or less) to one of the instructor's discussion questions each week

2) Post a question about the week's reading assignment

3) Respond to some of your classmates' questions

4) Participate as much as possible in general class discussion throughout each weekly class session. Students who wait until the last days of the class session to post their initial responses will lose points; posting often and with substantive quality enhances the weekly discussion grade.

5) Submission of Midterm and Final Essay exams are required. The essays should follow standard essay format which includes an introductory paragraph, thesis statement, supporting evidence and conclusions. Any research material MUST be cited and sources should be listed at the conclusion of the paper. Proper spelling, grammar, format and other writing conventions will be considered within the grade.

Missing & Late Work Policy

This is a discussion class, requiring weekly participation in the discussion forum. Although the weekly class session gives students nearly an entire week to fully complete the requirements, students should try to enter the class discussion before the weekend and post in the discussion thread several times during the week, not at the virtual last minute.

Interacting with classmates is an essential part of our online discussions and this component of the class cannot be made up after the close of the class session. Late work is not accepted except in emergency situations, and full credit cannot be earned when the discussion element is lacking. In the case of an extenuating circumstance, please communicate as early as you can with your instructor about the need to miss class and/or assignments.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

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.