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Introduction to Sociology

This collection contains the Affordable Learning Solution for the Southern University System (AL$4SUS) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Introduction to Sociology (common course-id SOCI 110), a top 50 college course identified for inclusion in the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOLforEd).  

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General Course Description: SOCI 110

An introductory study of the basic concepts, theoretical approaches, and methods of sociology. Topics typically include the analysis and explanation of social structure, group dynamics, socialization and the self, social stratification, culture and diversity, social change, and global dynamics. Course objectives include the ability to apply sociological ideas to everyday life.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: Eligibility for or concurrent enrollment in College Level English (C-ID ENGL 100)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply the sociological imagination to a variety of contemporary social phenomena.
  • Understand the historical development of Sociology as a separate discipline.
  • Distinguish between the use of various research methods.
  • Identify, compare and apply the primary sociological perspectives.
  • Explain and apply key sociological concepts.
  • Describe and explain the basic dimensions of social inequality and social change in historical and contemporary society.
  • Assess what social forces and organizational structures are most prominent in shaping, guiding and influencing individual and group behavior in contemporary society.


May include: 

  • Objective exams 
  • Written assignments 
  • Application exercises 
  • Research project 
  • Field Journal 
  • Oral Presentations 
  • Reflection and discussion 
  • Small group activities 
  • Out-of-class activities

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Introduction to Sociology
    Introduction to Sociology (Open (Access) Textbook)
    The OpenStax College Introduction to Sociology textbook is intended for a one-semester introductory sociology course.... More
  • Introduction to Sociology
    Introduction to Sociology (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Sociology is the study of human social life. Human social life is complex and encompasses many facets of the human... More
  • Introduction to Sociology
    Introduction to Sociology (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This open textbook originally written by Ron Hammand and Paul Cheney of Utah Valley University was adopted by the... More
  • Introduction to Sociology
    Introduction to Sociology (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This is an update to the Hammond and Cheney textbook published in 2010. Governments, corporations, religions, families,... More