Summer 2022 - SA 150 OL01

Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Class Number: 3860

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 22, 2022
    7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

    Aug 11, 2022
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Instructor:

    Dany Lacombe
    Office: AQ 5052
    Office Hours: Wed 11:30am - 12:30pm and Thurs 12:30pm - 1:30pm via Zoom link (posted on Canvas)



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.


In this course you’ll gain an understanding of foundational sociological concepts. Sociologists look at humans in a different way than people do in many other fields. SA 150 introduces you to how sociologists approach the study of social life, and what we find. You will learn about the sociological perspective, which focuses on how dynamics among groups and societies affect individual lives.


We will apply this perspective to processes that shape societies, and also to everyday issues and experiences – and we’ll explore how the two are related. You will study various aspects of social inequality in Canada and abroad, and examine the promises and pitfalls associated with social change. In addition to learning about the field of sociology, you will use course material to develop your own perspective on social issues and your own understanding of social life, by applying course concepts to construct critical sociological arguments.


You will become familiar with the sociological perspective; you will learn sociological concepts that you will be able to use to shed light on a variety of social issues.



  • Weekly Small Group Discussions (throughout) 15%
  • Essay 1: Sociology in a Social Setting (week6) 20%
  • Midterm Exam (week 7) 20%
  • Essay 2: Sociology in a Social Issue (week 13) 20%
  • Final Exam 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 Honesty and Student Conduct Policies: The Department of Sociology & Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading practices, grade appeals (Policy T20.01), and academic honesty and student conduct procedures (S10‐S10.05). 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.

The Sociology and Anthropology Student Union, SASU, is a governing body of students who are engaged with the department and want to build the SA community. Get involved!  Follow Facebook and Instagram pages or visit our website.



Material on Canvas pages and in course announcements.


Suzanna M. Crage and Julia Smithers. 2020. Introduction to Sociology: Canada and the World. Open Educational Resources.  This text is available on Canvas.

Readings announced and posted on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction.  Some courses may be offered through alternative methods (remote, online, blended), and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes. 

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote, online, or blended courses study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the summer 2022 term.