Introduction to Sociology

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Sociology is about people. Each individual is unique and idiosyncratic. Yet, when we come together for a common purpose, we try to conduct ourselves in a manner that will achieve mutually desired outcomes. Sometimes we manage to achieve this; sometimes we don’t. Sociology is about that process. By understanding sociology and how we interact with each other, you can yield more personal and professional success.

In this sociology course, you will learn about the social processes groups of all sizes follow to form, function and evolve over time. You will also learn about the ongoing dynamic individuals actively create in their social environment and how they are shaped by it. This course provides an understanding of how the formation and longevity of a society is possible when its members are diverse in their values, beliefs, preferences and agendas.

You will learn about group dynamics, skills for effective interaction in groups a...

Sociology is about people. Each individual is unique and idiosyncratic. Yet, when we come together for a common purpose, we try to conduct ourselves in a manner that will achieve mutually desired outcomes. Sometimes we manage to achieve this; sometimes we don’t. Sociology is about that process. By understanding sociology and how we interact with each other, you can yield more personal and professional success.

In this sociology course, you will learn about the social processes groups of all sizes follow to form, function and evolve over time. You will also learn about the ongoing dynamic individuals actively create in their social environment and how they are shaped by it. This course provides an understanding of how the formation and longevity of a society is possible when its members are diverse in their values, beliefs, preferences and agendas.

You will learn about group dynamics, skills for effective interaction in groups and organizations, and obtain a deeper understanding of how sociology applies to everyday life and current events.

Topics include:

  • Society
  • Culture
  • Socialization
  • Stratification and Inequality
  • Gender Roles
  • Major Social Institutions in the U.S. Including the Family, Government and Education System
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Social Problems and Social Change
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Sumithri Venketasubramanian

6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
The course was interesting, and exploring different sociological perspectives and approaches to concepts was cool! But, the course is rather US-centric - as well as the textbook - which could be looked into in the hope of diversifying the scope of the course. I do understand that there's a restriction due to time and resource constraints. Nonetheless, an interesting introductory course to sociology!
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Chuck Wang

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
I loved the content. The instructor is outstanding. This is great experience for me to go over the sociology course through the edx.
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Karime Rodriguez

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I really like the discussion boards and being able to converse with a variety of individuals across the world! awesome professor!!
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Ilona Drost

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Wonderfull course. It really made me look different at a lot of things I took for granted or that I had gotten used to over the years (i.e. gender inequality: I still need to prove a lot of times that I do have technical knowledge even though I'm a woman...). It also strengthened my belief in my own views on equality even if they are not always popular: I will stick to my own views not matter what others think. Now at least I know wich logical (and scientific :)) arguments support them.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Excellent course. The instructor was good. She has vast knowledge and diversity of thinking. The topics covered reflected the initial requirement to know about sociology as a primer. It will help me a lot in my profession as a social and development worker in a third world country like Bangladesh.
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Manuela Atehortua

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
i loved this course, i learnt a lot! i enjoyed learning from the readings, my peers and the professor. however is really dense, my god... to much to read, to much to do in so short time! the last week was excessive. i have time so I enjoyed every second, but for people with not so much leisure time, i think is not recommended.
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Galena 6

7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
The course is very reading heavy, lecture light and time consuming. It does not use the EdX platform very well. So far I have not gotten a final grade because my final project has not been graded. All that said the material is interesting. There is too much sociology as activist advocacy.
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Elvin Seudieu

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
The content was very informative and very dense; no surprise here because of the challenge to condense a semester class into 6 weeks. Although there was too much material to cover in a short amount of time, I love every bit of it. I draw my hat to all the staff. They have done an amazing job. Thanks once again for helping expand my horizon of knowledge.
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Ava Jobson

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
The content of the course was excellent and very very informative. The quizzes were challenging but well worth it. I will recommend this course to anyone. The instructor was very knowledgeable and clear in her presentation
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Very good introductory course. The instructor was great and fun to listen to. The last unit contained too much important material and the instructor was not as involved in this unit. The additional videos were interesting but not as effective as a discussion by her might have been. The paper is a great thing for students who are earning credit -- just too much for someone who loves learning just for the sake of learning, and is just very busy with family, Church, and the health issues of my 85 year-old spouse.
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Diana Hassett

8/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
Really enjoyed and appreciated the course. Like others, I felt there was a great deal of content and would strongly suggest that the length of the course be extended to at least 8 weeks. Also had some technical problems which couldn't be resolved/
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3 years, 6 months ago
Although the course content was very demanding I really enjoyed the part I read and participated in. I plan to continue reading the material. The instructor seems to be very friendly and knolegable on sociology and international issues. I enjoyed using edx and plan on taking more courses. Thank you all for the wonderful course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Content is very good it seems and the instructor is outstanding! The provider needs to address relatively minor software shortcomings like a WYSIWYG editor for discussion submissions and final project submissions - also with superscript/subscript capabilities for the final project. Text editor formatting does not always transfer as expected.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
This course required a great deal of time to complete and I had to ship some of the video's because there wasn't enough time. Also I have yet to find the link to grade the two essay's which is a required for the last assignment
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4/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I have completed over 30 EdX classes and really appreciate the opportunity to learn online and the EdX platform. Of the courses I've completed (and yes I completed this one), it was by far the most disappointing. I felt the instructor is very biased and that her videos were just about promoting her own point of view. The online textbook was instructional and all the quiz questions are based on the book not the videos. The online discussions were of very poor quality, due I think to lack of appropriate prompts from the instructor. Finally, the idea of writing a 4-5 page paper and peer grading other students' long papers is not an appropriate assignment for a class where you learn next to nothing. I don't take online classes to just read a textbook online, but am looking for a more complete and satisfying learning experience with instructor videos, discussion board interaction, and well-designed learning activities. I look forw... I have completed over 30 EdX classes and really appreciate the opportunity to learn online and the EdX platform. Of the courses I've completed (and yes I completed this one), it was by far the most disappointing. I felt the instructor is very biased and that her videos were just about promoting her own point of view. The online textbook was instructional and all the quiz questions are based on the book not the videos. The online discussions were of very poor quality, due I think to lack of appropriate prompts from the instructor. Finally, the idea of writing a 4-5 page paper and peer grading other students' long papers is not an appropriate assignment for a class where you learn next to nothing. I don't take online classes to just read a textbook online, but am looking for a more complete and satisfying learning experience with instructor videos, discussion board interaction, and well-designed learning activities. I look forward to another offering on EdX in the area of Sociology to get a good, well-balanced introduction to this area of study.
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Petra Elias

6/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
Thanks for a really interesting course, Joanna. I have enjoyed it, though haven't quite completed yet because I found it rather dense and heavy going in comparison with other edx courses I've done/am doing. It's a bit disappointing that such a high level of engagement doesn't result in some kind of formal recognition at tertiary level. It was also a little frustrating that so many topics were covered in a somewhat superficial way - though I do appreciate that we were being introduced to Sociology and as such, you were probably trying to whet our appetites across the discipline as a whole - and it does cover a lot of territory. One small thing which I think affects presentation is that there were quite a lot of typos and grammatical errors in the materials presented. Overall though, I enjoyed it. Thank you.
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Dianita Caballero

8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I think the instructor was too biased in her findings and studies and didn't focus on teaching at all. All her videos weren't about the readings or quizzes but more about whatever she wanted to say. I didn't like that so at week two I stopped looking at her videos.
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George Morgiannis

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I was very pleased with this course. I learnt a lot about society that I did not have the chance to learn in my entire long life of three score years and fifteen. Thank you all very much.
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7/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 6 months ago
The course content consisted of reading an introductory sociology textbook cover to cover (21 Chapters)in 6 weeks plus some additional readings and videos, so it was quite concentrated as it was the equivalent of a full semester course. There were a few minutes of commentary by the instructor which were mostly biased comments and her views. She was more interested in getting to buy into her politics and social positions than in educating you. The book wasn't the best, but it wasn't bad and it was a lot better than she was. I've taken way worse courses, but I hate it when someone is trying to manipulate me. Especially when that person is suppose to be an unbiased and fair presenter of information.
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John Walter Ruiz Castro

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
Well, I can't deny the knowledge gained with this course. As I stated somewhere, I think the readings are too demanding, that is too long for short time, also taking into account that I have really spent considerable time to read everything that is compulsory. As the rest of the course is concerned, it is all perfect. Bad thing is I have just noticed that there is work pending I haven't done, so I am feeling quite bad. I lack time :(
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mario mantel

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
i enjoyed the course a lot, i would prefer that tests answers were not allowed to be changed by the student.
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Robert Volkmann

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 6 months ago
Excellent course! This course covers a wide range of topics with which every educated person needs to be well acquainted. The text book is very interesting. The instructor gives good feedback. I love the videos with the transcript juxtaposed. It makes it easy to find and check for material missed or to clarify anything that is unclear. My personal preference is for a face-to-face course. I like to see my instructor and fellow students in person. If you want or need Sociology on line, this is the course to take!
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6/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 6 months ago
I am disappointed that 30% of the grading is based on random student grading. You can spend hours perfecting an essay only to get a random trash mark. What a waste of time. Course itself is fine so far.
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