SLL307 - Sociology: A Practical Approach

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Subject Title
Sociology: A Practical Approach

Subject Description
To understand the social determinants of thoughts, feelings, and actions it is necessary to explore the role of social forces, that is, the role of society, social relations, social institutions, and the process of socialization in shaping human psychology and conduct. Since every individual is born into a pre-existing society, it seems reasonable that an introduction to the social sciences begins with a presentation of basic sociological concepts, theories, and principles, and how these may be applied toward an understanding of the individual?s place in the social world.

Credit Status
One credit in the Social Service Worker Diploma Program.

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

1. Describe the sociological imagination and perspectives in relation to understanding people?s behaviour.
2. Understand the roles played by race, ethnicity, class, gender, industrialization and urbanization in the development of our sociological imaginations.
3. Explain how culture can be both a stabilizing force and a source of conflict in societies.
4. Recognize the major agents of socialization and describe their effects on ones development.
5. Explain how social structure and social interaction are important for individuals and society.
6. Understand the roles of groups and group norms in our social structure.
7. Outline the nature of social stratification, social mobility and the class system as they exist in Canada and have a general understanding of the existence of global stratification.
8. Illustrate how issues of race and ethnicity permeate all levels of interaction in Canada and describe the impact of racial and ethnic diversity in the twenty-first century.
9. Describe the different forms of marriage and family structure found in contemporary Canadian society.
10. Describe the essential characteristics of the major world religions and their impact on Canadian society.
11. Understand the interface between collective behaviour and social change.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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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 Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  1. Sociology - Definitions
  2. Social Research – methods
  3. Social Inequalities: gender relations, race and ethnic relations
  4. The effect on human behaviour by social groups, culture, socialization, marriage, family and religion
  5. The theory and  history of organizations
  6.  Social Movements/collectivism and their impact on society  (e.g. political and labour movements)
  7. Deviants – definitions

Mode of Instruction
This course will consist of assigned readings, lectures, small and large group discussions.

Prescribed Texts
John Steckley & Guy K. Letts, Elements of Sociology: A Critical Canadian Introduction, 4th edition, Oxford University Press, ISBN# 978019901963-2.

Reference Material
Valentino, E. (2013) Handle with Care: Communicating in the Human Services Field in Canada. Nelson Education: Toronto, ON, Publisher: Nelson College Indigenous; 5 edition (Feb. 23 2012) ISBN-13: 978-0176504397.

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
Term Work and Final Examination Requirements:

Students must attain a grade of at least 50% to pass the course.

If you are unable to complete the Final Exam/Assignment in this subject, you must provide documentation to support the absence to the instructor within one week.  If necessary, this information will be presented at the promotion meeting for consideration in determining and recommending the final grade.


All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the final examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

All assignments must be correctly documented using APA and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise noted.

If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class.  Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.


Test and Exam dates have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable.  If a test/exam is missed, the student must provide official documentation to support the reason for the absence within one week to the instructor.  Make-up tests or exams will be granted for extenuating circumstances only and at the discretion of the faculty.

For further information on evaluation and academic standing, please refer to the Seneca College Academic Policy

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Group Work 15%
Research Essay 25%
Short paper by Group 10%
Mid-Term Test 25%
Final Exam 25%

Due to the discursive nature of this subject, attendance is crucial. It is expected that students will make every reasonable effort to attend all classes. Failure to do so will inevitably compromise the quality of the student's learning experience and jeopardize his/her chances of success.

Student Success:
Please come prepared to participate in class.  Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time and attend each and every class.  Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.


Approved by: Sandra Noble