Course Descriptions

Introduction to Sociology - SOCI 1101


A survey of the discipline of sociology. Topics will include sociological theory, methods and selected substantive area.

Name Office Phone Email
Stephanie Alexander Savannah State University
Rebecca Amin University of North Georgia
Jeremy Bennett University of North Georgia
Mikhail Beznosov Georgia Gwinnett College
Kelley Christopher University of West Georgia
Emmie Cochran-Jackson Middle Georgia State University
Thomas Dailey Columbus State University
Donald Davis Dalton State College
Kevin Demmitt Clayton State University
Kathy Dolan Georgia State University
Hassan El-Najjar Dalton State College
Caroline Fielding Albany State University
Christy Flatt Gordon State College
Fred Gillespie Georgia Gwinnett College
Jason Goodner Albany State University
Ashley Gossage University of West Georgia
Vicki Griffin University of West Georgia
Bobbi Hancock South Georgia State College
Timothy Hayes University of North Georgia
Abby Johnson Middle Georgia State University
Natalie Johnson Dalton State College
Pam Hunt Kirk University of West Georgia
Jody Klann University of North Georgia
Koye Wayne Korbl University of West Georgia
Brett Larson East Georgia State College
Eric Larson Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Naomi Latini-Wolfe University of North Georgia
Meggie Miller University of West Georgia
Jennifer Miller University of North Georgia
Laurie Morton College of Coastal Georgia
Sanjna Naqvi University of North Georgia
Richard Newtson Columbus State University
Nirmal Niroula South Georgia State College
Neema Noori University of West Georgia
Romney Norwood Georgia State University
Tiffany Parsons University of West Georgia
Brent Paterline University of North Georgia
Pamela Pitman Brown Albany State University
Angela Presley University of West Georgia
Latrice Richardson University of North Georgia
Jewrell Rivers Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
David Schjott University of North Georgia
Michael Stewart University of North Georgia
Josh Stovall Georgia Highlands College
Anita Thompson University of North Georgia
Jennifer Beggs Weber University of West Georgia
Marla Wilks University of West Georgia
Viviene Wood University of West Georgia
James Wright Dalton State College

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Compare, contrast, and apply the basic theoretical paradigms of sociology (Structural-Functional, Social-Conflict, and Symbolic-Interaction) and analyze two or more phenomena in society using the three perspectives.
  • Identify and define the steps of the research process and evaluate claims (made in the research literature or by the media) in terms of validity, reliability, appropriate research methodology, and practical application.
  • Define, identify, and explain culture, socialization, social interaction, groups, and social organization as basic building blocks of society and social experience and to apply this knowledge to explain why people conform to or deviate from societal expectations.
  • Explain social stratification using theoretical perspectives to analyze economic, racial/ethnic, and gender inequality in a societal context.
  • Explain social structure, provide examples of social structure (both at the macro and micro level), and to be able to express how important social institutions (such as family, religion, education, medicine, and others) shape society and social experience.
  • Identify and interpret the impact of basic demographic trends in society and discuss mechanisms of social change.
  • Lesson 1: Sociology and Sociological Research
  • Lesson 2: Culture and Socialization
  • Lesson 3: Groups & Organization
  • Lesson 4: Inequality, Race & Gender
  • Lesson 5: Deviance
  • Lesson 6: Class & Stratification
  • Lesson 7: Social institutions

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Discussions - 19%
  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Writing Assignments (2 essays) - 30%
  • Major Project (Video assignment) - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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