Spring 2020 - SA 150 D900

Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Class Number: 3009

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SRYC 3310, Surrey



Explores how sociologists study, describe, and explain social life. Introduces the sociological perspective and applies it to fundamental social process and everyday issues. As we consider phenomena ranging from interactions among individuals to societal and global inequalities, students critically examine social issues to build their understanding of the world. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Sociology is defined as the systematic study of society. It seeks to understand the social world by examining society in its entirety. In this respect, sociologists examine everything: from social institutions (such as family, religion, the media, politics and the economy), to social processes (e.g. socialization, social mobility and globalization), to social inequality (e.g. racism, homophobia; classism; sexism; ableism and others). This course invites students to think critically about Canadian society and its institutions, and by extension the global world, and to question taken-for-granted assumptions about how society works. We will grapple with sociological questions such as: Who is most likely to be poor or incarcerated? How does socialization happen? Why does social inequality exist, and how might social institutions and processes contribute to its existence? What factors cause societies to change? In asking these questions and critically evaluating ‘common-sense’ understandings of society, the course strives to introduce students to a ‘sociological imagination,’ and to illustrate the connection between personal experience and broader social-politico issues. Overall, this course aims to provide students with a broad overview of the discipline of Sociology by exploring its major schools of thought, central concepts, theories and methods.


  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Article review 25%
  • In-class quizzes (2 x 5%) 10%
  • Final exam (non-cumulative) 25%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01‐S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style.  It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website.

Centre for Accessible Learning: Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.



Brym, Roberts, Lance W. Roberts and Lisa Strohschein. (2019). Sociology: Compass for a New Social World, 6th Ed. Toronto: Nelson.
ISBN: 978-0-176849696

Additional readings will be available through the SFU Library or on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html