Introductory Sociology Course Structure
Institutions are stable structures or mechanisms of social order. They govern the behavior of individuals within a given community. They are defined by their social purpose, which rises above individuals and their intentions to establish rules for behavior.
The study of the trends and behaviors of people within large
- Human ecology
- Rural/urban patterns
SOCIAL PROCESSES: 25%
Social processes are how individuals and groups interact, change, and establish patterns of behavior that may change through continued interactions.
- Collective behavior and social movements
- Deviance and social control
- Groups and organizations
- Social change
- Social interaction
SOCIAL STRATIFICATION (Process and Structure): 25%
Social stratification is a society’s categorization of people into socioeconomic strata, based upon their occupation and income, wealth and social status, or derived social or political power.
- Power and social inequality
- Professions and occupations
- Race and ethnic relations
- Sex and gender roles
- Social class
- Social mobility
THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE: 20%
- History of sociology
- Sociological theory