Fall 2016 - SA 150 D100

Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Class Number: 3434

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2016
    Mon, 3:30–6:30 p.m.

    Dec 12, 2016
    Mon, 3:30–6:30 p.m.



The study of basic concerns of sociology, such as social order, social change, social conflict and social inequality. Breadth-Social Sciences. Equivalent Courses: PSA.101 Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course is designed to introduce students to the discipline of sociology and the sociological imagination. Throughout the semester, we will employ sociological perspectives to consider a broad expanse of the social world from the smallest social gestures to huge bureaucratic institutions. We will think together about power and resistance; work and leisure; racism and sexism; first impressions and lasting histories; and a wide variety of cultural and social practices.    

Through active engagement with texts and through discussions and writing assignments, students will develop their own sociological imaginations. Students will gain working knowledge of sociological theories and concepts, and to be able to employ them analytically and creatively. The course is made up of many components including readings, lectures, tutorials, class discussions, in-class exercises, and audio-visual materials. The tutorials will function as an important site where students can try out their sociological imaginations on topics drawn from current social issues, political concerns, and everyday life. 


  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Media Analysis Paper 20%
  • Final Essay 30%
  • Final Exam 20%
  • Participation 10%


  • Please note: Make-up midterms are available for documented medical reasons only. 
  • Please note: Late papers will be accepted, but no more than one week after they are due. Late papers should be handed into your TA during your regularly scheduled  tutorial session.  There will be a deduction of 10% for late papers. The highest grade a late paper can receive is a “B.”   
  • Please note: If you feel that you have been graded unfairly, make an appointment with Professor Freeman, and not your TA, to discuss your work.


Where a final exam is scheduled and you do not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. Unless otherwise specified on the course outline, all other graded assignments in this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned.

Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy  
The Department of Sociology and 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: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.   



John Steckley and Guy Kirby Letts, Elements of Sociology: A Critical Canadian Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2013, 3rd Edition.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/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