Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Sociology

Introduction to Sociology (SOC105)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

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Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE), Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Synopsis

As social beings, we are part of a larger society governed by institutions, structures, norms, and rules. This reflects in our day-to-day lives; how we present ourselves, make decisions, or interact with others. In SOC105 Introduction to Sociology, we will explore the different dimensions of society and our place in it, in a systematic manner. Using relevant concepts, theories and scientific methods, you will learn about the “Sociological Imagination”, and different approaches to develop the sociological way of seeing. We encourage you to read, observe, participate in class discussions and engage in group activities to reflect on various topics we cover in the course. Our goal is to make you more aware as individuals and better equipped to question accepted/common sense assumptions about the world around you.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester

Topics

  • The Sociological Imagination
  • Three major schools of thought – Functionalist, Conflict, and Symbolic Interactionism
  • Classical theorists – Marx, Weber, Durkheim
  • Social research methods
  • Culture
  • Family and community
  • Stratification and Social Inequality
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Social networks
  • Globalisation
  • Social change

Learning Outcome

  • Explain major concepts and theoretical perspectives in Sociology
  • Develop a “sociological” lens with which to see the world
  • Discuss different research strategies and methods used by sociologists
  • Apply sociological perspectives to understand personal experiences and the social
  • Deconstruct social and cultural stereotypes and taken-for-granted social norms and
  • Demonstrate a sociological argument effectively in written or oral forms
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