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Revision Date: 05-Jun-22

Fall 2022 | SOC-1010-VO04X - 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: 09-06-2022 to 10-24-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-15-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-04-2022 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Gretchen DeHart,
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos and Candace Lewis

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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 no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


  • large and small group discussions depending on the size of the class
  • projects and/or activities
  • multimedia resources
  • readings, writing, and inquiry-based research
  • exam

Evaluation Criteria



Participation in Discussion Forums




Final Exam


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


Introduction and Sociological Research


Text chapters 1, 2 and “The Promise” plus additional resources in Canvas module


Introductions forum, Week 1 discussion forum and applications participation



Culture and Society & Interaction


Textbook Chapters 3 & 4 plus additional resources in Canvas module


Discussion forum and application participation



Socialization and Organization


Textbook Chapters 5 & 6 plus additional resources in Canvas module


Discussion forum and applications participation



Deviance, Crime & Social Control and Media & Technology


Textbook Chapters 7 & 8 plus additional resources in Canvas module


Discussion forum and applications participation



Social Stratification in the United States, Global Inequality, Race & Ethnicity


Textbook Chapters 9, 10 and 11 plus additional resources in Canvas module


Discussion forum and applications participation



Gender, Sex and Sexuality & Aging and the elderly


Textbook Chapters 12 & 13 plus additional resources in Canvas module


Discussion forum and applications participation



Sociological Institutions, Social Movements and Social Change, Wrap Up & Reflection


One Chapter between 14-20 will be assigned, Chapter 21 and additional resources in Canvas module


Discussion forum, applications participation and final exam


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 are expected to fully participate in the course by performing all or most of these tasks on a weekly basis, which will likely lead to greater academic success.

Each week, you are expected to engage in the course in the following ways:

· A response to the discussion prompt

· Back and forth conversation with those who respond to you in discussion forums

· Some responses to the posts started by your peers

Your participation will be graded with a rubric available in the course space. The rubric takes the following into consideration.

· Engage in your online course multiple times from beginning to end of the week

· Practice good time management and don’t wait until the end of the week to complete learning activities

· Complete all required readings and review content materials prior to completing assignments and discussions

· Show respect for others in all communications

· Contribute comments based on thoughtful consideration

· Raise relevant points that add to the conversation and show your independent thinking

· Respond both to faculty and fellow students’ questions and comments

· Reference assigned readings to support comments or differing opinions

· Ask relevant questions

· Contribute at multiple points in the week to contribute to a back-and-forth conversation

· Illustrate strong mechanics and grammar

Missing & Late Work Policy

Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances and if the student has been in good standing up to that point. Because the course content is delivered in weekly modules, short-term conditions such as illness or technical problems will not be considered to be extenuating. Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements with me in advance to complete assignments and participation requirements prior to the absence. Making up discussion participation after a week has wrapped up will not be possible. The applications will be accepted late and docked 3% for each day past the deadline.

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.