SOC600 - Introduction to Sociology

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Subject Title
Introduction to Sociology

Subject Description
An introduction to contemporary sociological thinking and to theories of social behaviour including deviance and social control. Using sociological concepts and perspectives, students will study and survey areas related to Canadian society and culture, including social inequalities, social interactions, and collective behaviour. The course introduces students to theories of social problems, research methodologies and issues that have influenced sociological thinking in the areas of deviance and social control. Using various perspectives and concepts, students will analyze and survey issues relating to acts of aggression and violence, poverty, the elderly, family and various other contemporary social issues. Analytical frameworks for social issues and problems will be investigated.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

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

1.explain the major schools of sociology
2.demonstrate an understanding of the social determination of thought, feeling, and action
3.define personal freedom and social conformity
4.explain deviance
5.provide examples of culture
6.explain role and identities gender and gender relations
8.define racism and ethnicity
9.provide examples of social stratification
10.describe psychological influence
11.explain media influence
12.list elements of social change

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.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

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.

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

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.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

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.

Corequisite: EAC149 or equivalent.

Topic Outline

  • Sociology - definitions
  • The effect on human behaviour by social groups, culture, socialization, marriage, family and religion
  • The theory and history of organizations
  • Social Inequalities: gender relations, race and ethnic relations
  • Social Movements/collectivism and their impact on society  (e.g. political and labour movements)
  • Deviants – definitions
    • How the definitions of “deviants” have changed in different historical periods and how they are subject to change by history 

Mode of Instruction
There are two modes of delivery for this course:

1. In-class: Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.

2. Online: All class work is completed in a fully online environment. Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre.

Teaching and Learning Methods:
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor

Prescribed Texts
Traditional Classroom
Henslin, Glenday, Duffy, Pupo, Sociology: A down to Earth Approach Plus My SocLab with Pearson eText - Access Card Package, 6/E, 6th Canadian Edition Published by Pearson. ISBN# 978-02-05914616

Carl and Belanger, Effective W16 - THINK Sociology, Pearson. 2nd Canadian edition 9780205929931
To be as of January 2016 forward.

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style):

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

To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at Seneca registration offices.

Term work:
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 the assignment due date to discuss the possibility of an extension.  Late assignments may be subject to the awarding of a penalty resulting in a lower grade assigned. 
Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date.  If an assignment is missed due to class absence, official documentation must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities may not apply to all graded assignments.

Traditional Classroom

Observational Analysis 20%
1 Major Term Paper 35%
1 Term Test 20%
1 Final Exam 25%


Scavenger Hunt 5%
Tests (3) 30%
Academic Blogs (4) 35%
Final Exam (in person 
at registering college)

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.

Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in online discussions and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.
Students should keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade.
Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College. It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing. For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood