Fall 2023 - SA 150 D100
Introduction to Sociology (S) (4)
Class Number: 2797
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
This course will introduce students to the discipline of sociology. Students will be challenged to think critically about their everyday lives, and develop sociological imaginations for conceptualizing the relationship between individuals, groups, social structures, culture, and power. We will explore a wide range of macro, meso, and micro social forces that structure and mediate our lives, such as economy, law, class, colonialism, nation, race, gender, and sexuality. The course will introduce students to sociological theory, and social research methods, which help us to answer questions about the organization of social life, but also help us to understand how knowledge and evidence about society is produced. A goal of the course is for students to apply sociological theories to real life social issues, and look for explanation outside of ‘common sense’ understandings of the social world.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Develop a sociological imagination and understand its centrality to sociological thought.
- Describe, understand, and apply sociological theories to the social world.
- Develop an understanding of social processes and mechanisms that structure peoples’ lives.
- Begin to understand how sociological knowledge is produced and understand principles of social science research methods.
- Analyze how social institutions like law, politics, family, and economy are mediated by inequality, injustice, and power relations.
- Understand the relationship between social science research and Indigenous nations, and how it can be improved.
- Midterm One 25%
- Midterm Two 35%
- Media Analysis 20%
- Tutorial Participation and Activities 20%
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.
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Anabel Quan-Haase and Lorne Tepperman. 2021. Real Life Sociology: A Canadian Approach. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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