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Introduction to Sociology

Sociologists examine how social forces shape human behavior on individual, group, and global levels.


Instructor: Mediha Din                                                                 E-mail: MDin@elcamino.edu (be sure to      write Soc 101 pm in the subject of your e-mails)

Class Meetings: Thursdays 6:00pm-9:10pm                                                                     Class Location: ARTB 307

Office hours: Wednesdays 9:20am-10:20am                                                               Office Location: ARTB 328A

Class website: http://soc2011pm.weebly.com/

Be sure to visit the class website regularly for announcements and resources

Catalog Course Description

In this course students analyze the influence of the social environment on behavior and social life using sociological theoretical perspectives. Components of social structure and social culture are critically examined through sociological theories and concepts including socialization, deviance, social institutions, and social change.  Inequalities based on issues such as social class, race, ethnicity, gender, and age will also be analyzed.

Required Course Materials

Required Text: Essentials of Sociology 8th Edition Wadsworth Cenage Learning David B. Brinkerhoff Lynn K. White  Suzanne T.Ortega  Rose Weitz

Additional articles will be posted on the website by the instructor

Course Schedule

All assignments including reading must be completed before the day they are listed

Feb 17th Week 1: Introduction Class overview and expectations. What is sociology?

Feb 24th Week 2:  Major Theories and Sociologists to know Read Ch 1: pages 2-16 Read syllabus in detail and visit class website. Due Assignment #1 Go to the class website and submit a question or comment (required) and bring in completed Syllabus and Website Quiiz. 4 points. Due A#2: Bring in a small picture of yourself taped on an index card with your name on it and something you want the instructor to know about you. 4 points. (This won’t be seen by others, just to help the instructor learn student names.)

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