Introduction to Sociology

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Coursera's online classes are designed to help students achieve mastery over course material. Some of the best professors in the world - like neurobiology professor and author Peggy Mason from the University of Chicago, and computer science professor and Folding@Home director Vijay Pande - will supplement your knowledge through video lectures. They will also provide challenging assessments, interactive exercises during each lesson, and the opportunity to use a mobile app to keep up with your coursework. Coursera also partners with the US State Department to create “learning hubs” around the world. Students can get internet access, take courses, and participate in weekly in-person study groups to make learning even more collaborative. Begin your journey into the mysteries of the human brain by taking courses in neuroscience. Learn how to navigate the data infrastructures that multinational corporations use when you discover the world of data analysis. Follow one of Coursera’s “Skill Tracks”. Or try any one of its more than 560 available courses to help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

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In this class we will cover the essentials of sociology, to help you better understand your own life and situations far from your experience.
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10/10 starsCompleted
  • 5 reviews
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6 years, 7 months ago
This was one of my first courses on Coursera and it kind of spoiled me. The forums were constantly updated with new discussions. People were incredibly active on both G+ and Facebook study groups. It was great. I mention this course in other courses a lot because I think it did a lot of things right. There were weekly live seminars where the professor gathered 8 students from around the world and a couple of his student from Princeton and they discussed that week's coursework. I WISH other classes would do this. It makes it feel like it's a real class to have people interacting with it in real time. There were usually threads responding to the Google Hangout (which they used for the live seminar) in real time. I also liked that this course had reading that was substantial and felt representative of a real college course. Some courses on here just do the video lectures and I feel like they lack some depth. I honestly felt very intelle... This was one of my first courses on Coursera and it kind of spoiled me. The forums were constantly updated with new discussions. People were incredibly active on both G+ and Facebook study groups. It was great. I mention this course in other courses a lot because I think it did a lot of things right. There were weekly live seminars where the professor gathered 8 students from around the world and a couple of his student from Princeton and they discussed that week's coursework. I WISH other classes would do this. It makes it feel like it's a real class to have people interacting with it in real time. There were usually threads responding to the Google Hangout (which they used for the live seminar) in real time. I also liked that this course had reading that was substantial and felt representative of a real college course. Some courses on here just do the video lectures and I feel like they lack some depth. I honestly felt very intellectually challenged by this class. I think I'm going to take it again in February.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years ago
The course provides an overview of the topics which the modern sociology considers interesting. It also clarifies what can be considered as scientific approach in the sociological research. The readings which were required for this course were on the serious level, and the students had to write essays based on what they have read. (This was one of the first experiments with the peer grading, I think; I took the very first version of this course). Also, there were regular "live sessions" which included not only the Princeton students, but some of the MOOC learners. In other words, the course looked very much like "the real one". The professor was friendly and with a good sense of humor, combined with a substantial knowledge of his subject. As a result, the lectures were engaging and informative. Various aspects and problems of the social life were touched. Many of them were related to the American society in particular, but on the for... The course provides an overview of the topics which the modern sociology considers interesting. It also clarifies what can be considered as scientific approach in the sociological research. The readings which were required for this course were on the serious level, and the students had to write essays based on what they have read. (This was one of the first experiments with the peer grading, I think; I took the very first version of this course). Also, there were regular "live sessions" which included not only the Princeton students, but some of the MOOC learners. In other words, the course looked very much like "the real one". The professor was friendly and with a good sense of humor, combined with a substantial knowledge of his subject. As a result, the lectures were engaging and informative. Various aspects and problems of the social life were touched. Many of them were related to the American society in particular, but on the forums people were discussing how the ideas from the course could apply to their own communities. The interest and the level of participation was high, and I think this course was a big success. Would definitely recommend this course as an introduction to the subject.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 4 months ago
This is the first course I took in Coursera. And it is also one of the most inspirational lessons I have been taught. I thoroughly enjoy the course, particularly the online seminars, in which a group of six to eight students from around the world ( from Siberia in Russia, to Tehran in Iran, from Sri Lanka, to Serbia, from Georgia, to the United States ). Professor Mitchell Duneier is passionate in teaching the subject. I will recommend anyone who is interested in social science and gaining a deeper understanding of our modern society to take this course!
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Angela Moore profile image
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6 years, 8 months ago
This was the first course I took with Coursera. I didn't exactly know what to expect as this kind of course has never been an interest, yet, I'm interested in Psychology and this course has opened up a whole lot of opportunities. I enjoyed the way the professor directly communicated to the student, just like being in a classroom. It was rather welcoming and interesting. Thank you, I learned a lot and I plan to do the next one too.
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6 years, 6 months ago
I can't add much that the other reviewers didn't include already, but I wanted to add my support that this was executed very well, and the peer graded assessment methods were interesting as well as accurate. Thanks!
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  • 7 completed
6 years, 7 months ago
My first Coursera course, and it was a great introduction. Professor Duneier provided a great learning experience - his lectures were very accessable and engaging. Weekly google hangout seminars with students from around the globe discussing with the professor made this an interactive experience. The exams were very topical, and the readings educational. Even though I didn't know anything about sociology, I was able to follow along and learn. Highly recommended.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 6 months ago
Good content, but pretty slow. The group discussions are a waste. I'd recommend watching the lectures at 1.5x speed. Read the material before watching the lectures to get the most out of it. I've referred to this content a lot since taking it. Very worth while.
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