Fall 2016 - SA 150 D900

Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Class Number: 3428

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2016: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2016
    Sat, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Jakub Burkowicz



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.


Sociology is defined as the systematic study of society. Its focus is as broad as the social world it seeks to understand. Sociologists examine everything from social institutions (e.g. religion, family, and economy) and social processes (e.g. socialization, social mobility, and globalization) to social inequality (e.g. racism, homophobia, sexism, and classism). Sociologists ask such questions as: How does socialization happen? Who is most likely to be poor or incarcerated? Why does social inequality exist, and how do various social institutions contribute to its existence? What factors cause societies to change? This course will strive to ask these and other critical questions as we examine various social institutions, processes, and issues. The 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.


  • Tutorial Participation & Attendance 15%
  • Mid-Term Exam 20%
  • Article Review 35%
  • Final Exam 30%


If you do not write the final exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, you will be assigned an N grade. All 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.



Jakub Burkowicz. 2016. Pearson Custom Sociology. Toronto: Pearson.
ISBN: 978-1323361948

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