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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 18-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | SOC-1010-VO04S - Introduction to Sociology

Synchronous Class

Synchronous courses are delivered through a combination of online and regularly-scheduled Zoom sessions. In synchronous classes, students must attend Zoom sessions and actively engage with each other and faculty in course activities and discussions.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Synchronous Section: This course has schedule meeting dates and times online via Zoom. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
In-Person Meeting Day/Times via Zoom: Monday, 06:00P - 08:00P
Semester Dates: 09-09-2024 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: 13 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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David Warren
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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 is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

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-VO04S 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.


1. Weekly Zoom Meetings.

2. Assigned readings.

3. Research.

4. Writing.

5. Video presentations.

6. Videos.

Evaluation Criteria

1. Class participation and completion of modules (25 percent). Policy is as follows: Any student failing to complete more than two modules will have their final grade lowered by one letter grade. Any student missing more than three modules, a failing grade will result. Instructor should be notified of absence when possible. Emergencies happen, all I ask is that you contact me if you are having trouble completing weekly modules/assignments.

2. Two exams (25 percent). Format will be announced the week before.

3. One research project (25 percent). Students will select a topic relating to Sociology and report their findings in a video presentation. Topic will need to be approved by the instructor. You could for example do the cultural differences of Tattoos.

4. Five reflection paper essays (25 percent). The instructor will provide essay topics.

Note: Research project topics will be given on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no duplication of topics for the research project.

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


Welcome and introduction to course.

Introduction to Sociology.


Chapter 1: Introduction to Sociology.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module and Reflection Paper #1.



Sociological Research and the exploration of Culture.


Chapter 2: Sociological Research.

Chapter 3: Culture.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module and Reflection Paper #2.



Exploration of Society and Social Interactions.

Looking at the Socialization Process.


Chapter 4: Society and Social Interaction.

Chapter 5: Socialization.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module.



What are Groups and Organizations?

Exploring Deviance and Crime.

Answering the question, what is Social Control?


Chapter 6: Groups and Organizations.

Chapter 7: Deviance, Crime and Social Control.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module and Reflection Paper #3.



How the Media and Technology impacts societies.


Chapter 8: Media and Technology.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module.



Exploring Social Stratification.


Chapter 9: Social Stratification in the United States.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module.



Understanding Global Inequality.


Chapter 10: Global Inequality.


Zoom Meeting, completion Module.

Mid-term exam on chapters 1 through 9.



Understanding Race and Ethnicity.


Chapter 11: Race and Ethnicity.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module and Reflection Paper #4.



Sex, Gender, Identity and Expression.

Gender and Gender Inequality.


Chapter 12: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module.



Exploration of Aging and the Elderly.


Chapter 13: Aging and the Elderly.


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module and Reflection Paper #5.



What is Marriage? What is Family?

Variations and Challenges to Family Life.


Chapter 14:Marriage and Family


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module and Reflection Paper #5.



Demography and Urbanization.

TheEnvironmentand Society.

Social Movement and Social Change.


Chapter 20: Population, Urbanization, and the Environment

Chapter 21: Social Movements and Social Change


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module.



Post Research Presentation.


Research Presentation.


Research Presentation.



Student choice!


Chapter ??: Students to choose one of remaining chapters that interest them and post their insights, questions, etc. (Choice of 15, 16, 17, 18 or 19)


Zoom Meeting, completion of Module.



Course wrap-up.


Final exam on chapters since mid-term.


Final Zoom meeting Final exam on chapters since mid-term.


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

SeeEvaluation Criteria.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late work will be accepted but will be docked 10 points for each late day. No late work will be accepted after one week.

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.