Spring 2019 - SA 150 D100

Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)

Class Number: 3073

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 3 – Apr 8, 2019: Thu, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2019
    Sun, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Instructor:

    Suzanna Crage
    Office: AQ 5081
    Office Hours: TBA



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.


Sociologists look at humans in a different way than people do in many other fields. How do we approach the study of social life, and what do we find? In this course we will start answering these questions. You will use this to develop your own perspective on social issues, and to explore how a sociological perspective can enrich your understanding of life as we experience it.
The sociological perspective allows us to perceive fundamental social processes that are often hidden. We will apply this perspective to everyday issues and phenomena. Here are some questions we’ll address: Why is inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians so persistent? Does "Black Lives Matter" matter in Canada? What’s up with gender reveal parties? Why did Tiffany & Co. support a lawsuit by Christian Louboutin, and why is that interesting? Oh, and what does it mean to be Canadian, anyway?


  • Participation 10%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Papers (2 x 15%) 30%
  • Final exam 30%


Grading: If you do not write the final 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.



Suzanna M. Crage and Julia Smithers. 2017. Introduction to Sociology: Canada and the World. Open Educational Resources.

This textbook will be available for free via Canvas. Print options may be available.

Other readings will be announced and disseminated through 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