Fall 2019 - SA 150 D900

Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Class Number: 3885

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2019
    Wed, 8:30–11:30 a.m.



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 through critical examination of social institutions and processes. 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 & participation 10%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Article review paper 15%
  • Final essay 15%
  • Final exam 30%


Grading: 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.




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