This introductory course in sociology will provide a broad survey of sociological research on social divisions and inequalities (including class, gender, and race) and social institutions (including family, education, capitalism, media, and religion), as well as the characteristics of social life, the processes of interaction, consequences of group membership, institutions of modern society, and social change and globalization. Students will also learn to think critically, thoughtfully, and sociologically about pressing social issues and current events.
In this class, students learn how to view society, especially American, using the sociological perspective, “ which encourages students to observe and think critically about their own and other societies and to become more sensitive to behavioral and value differences among people” (Wadsworth Sociology Module 2009). Socrates once observed that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Understanding society and your place in it, as well as the impact of society on you and you on society is central to your life, and students will examine and question their own opinions and positions in order to effectively evaluate them.
The documents listed below are for Sociology 1 at Long Beach City College: