LSO120 - Introduction to Sociology

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Subject Title
Introduction to Sociology

Subject Description
Sociology is the scientific study of society. This course is a general introduction to the concepts, theories, and major perspectives of sociology. An examination of research studies drawn from Canada and beyond our borders will highlight the significance of using a sociological imagination. Students in this subject will also be involved in the science of sociology by developing their own sociological research proposal.

Credit Status
One lower level Liberal Studies option for degree students

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Identify the different theoretical perspectives in the field of sociology.
2. Evaluate the major theoretical perspectives which describe and analyze social phenomena.
3. Differentiate among sociological concepts, theories and research findings.
4. Apply sociological concepts and theories to selected topics in Canadian society.
5. Explain the key concepts of culture, social structure, social institutions, socialization, deviance and stratification.
6. Analyze the impact of social class, ethnicity, gender and race in Canadian society
7. Develop a sociological research proposal that integrates theory and method.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

English 106 or its equivalent.

Topic Outline

  1.     Introduction to Sociology
  2.     Culture
  3.     Social Structure
  4.     Social Institutions
  5.     Socialization
  6.     Deviance and Social Control
  7.     Stratification and Inequality
  8.     Social Class
  9.     Race, Ethnicity and Gender
  10.     Social Research

Mode of Instruction

  • Students attend classes on campus each week 
  • All instruction is delivered in a face-to-face environment.
  • Modes of instruction include lectures, assignments, discussion groups, and films.
  • The reading requirement for students is a minimum of 250 pages.

On Line: 
  • All class work is completed in a fully online environment.
  • Modes of instruction include posted material, chats (synchronous & asynchronous), discussion boards, wikis and blogs
  • Students write the final exam in-person at a Test Centre.
* Students interested in pursuing online courses must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access.

Prescribed Texts
In Class:

Symbaluk, Diane G. and Bereska, Tami M.  Sociology in Action: A Canadian Perspective, Latest Edition. Nelson Higher Education


Henslin, James M., Dan Glenday, Norene Pupo, and Ann Duffy. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, Sixth Canadian Edition Plus MySocLab, 6/E. Toronto: Pearson, 2014. ISBN 978-0-205-91461-6

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final exam or last class.  Students must contact faculty in advance of an assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments will be subject to a late penalty resulting in a lower grade.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be arranged in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

In-Class Online
Quizzes(2) 10% Reflection 10%
Mid-Term  25% Quizzes (2) 20%
Assignment 15% Online Discussions  10%
Research Proposal 25% Research Proposal 15%
    Term Paper 15%
Final Exam 25% Final Exam 30%

Students are graded on form as well as content. Marks (up to 5% of the final grade) may be lost for poor organization of ideas and errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation. 

Students are not permitted to use instructional aids during tests or exams. 

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood