SOC250-YMP Introduction to Sociology 0917(7.5W)

SOC250-YMP Introduction to Sociology 0917(7.5W)


Course Syllabus

Course Title

Introduction to Sociology

Course Number




Instructor Contact


Tricia Brown

Office Hours:

Available Monday - Friday 8 am to 5 pm and other times as needed.  I reserve Sunday for my family but I'm usually still available in an emergency.  The best way to reach me is via text, 801-358-2210

Phone Number:

801-546-7516 office, 801-358-2210 (text only)

Email Address:

Course Description

This course introduces students to the foundations of modern sociology. Students explore the concept of culture, the nature of socialization, the foundations of social order, control, power, race and ethnicity, religion, education, and the nature of social change.





Credit Hours

3 credits

Clock Hours

Lecture: 45 hours     Lab: 0 hours     Total Clock Hours: 45 hours

Out of Class: 90 hours

Delivery Method

Distance Learning

Course Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and have empathy for diversity in the workplace
  2. Identify foundations of modern sociology
  3. Define culture and the nature of socialization
  4. Describe social order, control, power and the nature of social change

Program Outcomes (PO)  of the Nursing Program can be found in the Program Descriptions section of Student Handbook.

Instructional Methods

The following methods may be utilized to facilitate learning:  Examinations, PowerPoint presentations, lectures notes, handouts, discussion questions, assignments, announcements, readings, and conferences. 

Instructional Materials and References

Benokratis. (2017). SOC 5th Ed. Cengage.

       ISBN: 9781337430906 Retail Price: $75.00

Library Resources

Reference sources and periodicals can be found in the College Library. The College online database,, is available on campus or off-site to students and faculty.   This resource tool provides current, scholarly and research articles and information in all academic subject areas.

Also available is OVID at (Links to an external site.)

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Links and passwords for the online library are available under the Pages tab.


IT Support

Canvas Support 1-877-469-0134

Eagle Gate/ Provo College Technical Support 1-801-333-7179 (9am to 8:30pm Mon-Fri MST; Saturday 10am-2pm MST; Hours outside of this are answered by voicemail and a technical support person will respond to emergencies.) Email support 24/7 at if you do not receive a response within 1-2 hours please call the phone number listed.

Out of Class Learning Activities & Assignments

At least two hours of outside reading and/or preparation are required for each classroom lecture period of not less than 50 minutes. At least one hour of outside reading and/or preparation is required for each classroom lab period of not less than 50 minutes. Specific learning activities and assignments are provided by the instruction.


General Course Policies:

  1. Ethical behavior: Students are required to follow the policies as outlined in the online student handbook related to ethical behavior. Cheating or dishonest behavior will not be tolerated.
  2. Plagiarism: Students are required to follow the plagiarism policy as outlined in online student handbook. All required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review through for the detection of plagiarism.
  3. Late work: You must make prior arrangements for submitting late assignments and receive faculty approval in advance. Even then, there will be a 10% deduction in total points for the assignment for each day. No assignment will be accepted if more than 3 days late. No extra credit assignments are permitted for any reason. Quizzes and examinations submitted after the due date will not be accepted and will result in a zero for the quiz or examination if not turned in by the due date. Discussion thread posts will not be accepted for credit after the due date for each graded discussion thread.
  4. Attendance and Participation: Attendance and participation is essential to academic success. Each weekly threaded discussion is worth up to 25 points. Students are expected to post a minimum of 3 times on 2 different days in each graded threaded topic. The student must provide an answer to each graded thread topic posted by the course faculty, by Wednesday, 11:59p.m. MT of each week. Subsequent posts, including substantive responses to peers or answers to follow up questions, must occur by the Sunday deadline, 11:59 p.m. MT each week. See the Discussion Grading Rubric for further details.
  5. To receive credit for a week’s threaded discussion; students may begin posting no earlier than the Sunday immediately before each week begins.
  6. Civility: Civility in nursing education is vital to creating a sustainable community of learning and caring.  Civility “requires tolerating, listening, and discussing differing viewpoints without acrimony, violence, or personal attacks (Clark, 2013, p. 9). “  Civility is the ability to treat others with dignity and honor, and to respect and discuss differences.  (Clark, 2013, p. 9)
  7. Incivility is defined as “rude or disruptive behaviors which often result in psychological or physiological distress for the people involved – and if left unaddressed, may progress into threatening situations. (Clark, 2013, p 12).  Some examples of incivil behaviors include, but are not limited to:  the use of belittling or derogatory communication in either written or spoken format, yelling, gossiping, intimidation, being rude, bullying, ignoring, eye-rolling, and non-supporting or any other disrespectful action towards another individual.

The following are guiding principles to create and sustain an environment of civility. Each member will:

  • Support and maintain a safe and caring environment in which all members can engage in respectful and caring communication, including social media.
  • Foster an environment of kindness, courtesy, and inclusiveness through words, tone and conduct.
  • Be responsible and accountable for his/her own behavior and communication.
  • Consciously appreciate and honor the diversity of everyone in the learning community.
  • Maintain an attitude of approachability and value all dialogue that is constructive and conducive to learning.

Subscribe to the generally acceptable use of netiquette. *

*Rules of etiquette that applies when communicating over computer networks, especially the internet. 

Expectations:  In order to achieve the expected course outcomes, students are required to know and understand the following: 1) Students may vary in their competency levels on course outcomes, and 2) students can expect to achieve these outcomes only if they honor all course policies, attend class regularly, complete all assigned work in good faith and on time, and meet all other course expectations of you as students.

Reference: Nilson, L. B. (2010). Teaching at its best: A research-based resource for college instructors. 3rd. ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


Grading Criteria

Students must receive a minimum of 74% or better in all general education courses. Please see the Academic Catalog for general graduation requirements.

Letter Grade

Grading Scale








































Evaluation Methods and Point Distribution

The maximum score in this class is 1000 points. The categories, which contribute to your final grade, are weighted as follows:





Discussion Posts

Researching current events, etc.




Written assignments



Mid-term Exam

Mid-term examination



Final Exam

Final examination







Changes to the Course:  The schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances, by mutual agreement, and/or to ensure better student learning.


COURSE OUTLINE           This course outline may be changed at any time at the discretion of the instructor.







  • Relate to the origins of sociological theory.
  • Describe the scientific method and how it is used.
  • Relate ethical and political dilemmas to sociological research.
  • Distinguish between material and non-material culture.
  • Determine culture building blocks.

Reading Assignment:

  • Chapters 1, 2 and 3

Discussions and Assignments:

  • Lecture on chapter content
  • Module 1 Checklist and Objectives
  • Module 1 Discussion 1
  • Module 1 Discussion 2
  • Module 1-1 Assignment: Major Research Designs



  • Define the purpose of socialization.
  • Distinguish between ascribed and achieved status.
  • Define what constitutes a social group.
  • Distinguish between deviance and crime.
  • Differentiate between informal and formal control.

Reading Assignment:

  • Chapters 4 - 6

Discussions and Assignments:

  • Lecture on chapter content
  • Module 2 Checklist and Objectives
  • Module 2 Discussion 1
  • Module 2 Discussion 2
  • Module 2-1 Assignment: Socialization



  • Define what social stratification means to society.
  • Relate to gender stratification and inequality.
  • Differentiate between racial and ethnic diversity in America.



Reading Assignment:

  • Chapters 7 - 9

Discussions and Assignments:

  • Lecture on chapter content
  • Module 3 Checklist and Objectives
  • Module 3 Discussion 1
  • Module 3 Discussion 2
  • Module 3-1 Assignment: Social Stratification



  • Identify sociological explanations of work and the economy.
  • Relate to diversity in American families.
  • Distinguish between government, power and authority
  • Differentiate between the types of political systems
  • Determine who votes, who doesn't and why

Reading Assignment:

  • Chapters 10 - 11

Discussions and Assignments:

  • Lecture on chapter content
  • Module 4 Checklist and Objectives
  • Module 4 Discussion 1
  • Module 4 Discussion 2
  • Midterm Exam


  • Understand how U.S. families are changing in America.
  • Relate to the sociological perspectives on education.
  • Understand the trends in religion in the United States.

Reading Assignment:

  • Chapters 12 - 13

Discussions and Assignments:

  • Lecture on chapter content
  • Module 5 Checklist and Objectives
  • Module 5 Discussion 1
  • Module 5 Discussion 2
  • Module 5-1 Assignment: Family Functions



  • Appreciate the state of physical, mental and social well-being in the United States
  • Understand population change and composition and structure.

Reading Assignment:

  • Chapters 14 - 15

Discussions and Assignments:

  • Lecture on chapter content
  • Module 6 Checklist and Objectives
  • Module 6 Discussion 1
  • Module 6 Discussion 2
  • Module 6-1 Assignment: Health Care in the U.S.



  • Distinguish between the varieties of collective behavior
  • Relate to the different types of social movements
  • Identify the various stages of social movements and why they matter
  • Describe how technology impacts social change

Reading Assignment:

  • Chapter 16

Discussions and Assignments:

  • Lecture on chapter content
  • Module 7 Checklist and Objectives
  • Module 7 Discussion 1
  • Module 7 Discussion 2
  • Module 7 Assignment: Collective Behavior




  • Final Exam


Date Syllabus Was Last Reviewed

August 28, 2017

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