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SOCI111 - Introduction to Sociology

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI111 Course ID: 3733 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Introduction to Sociology introduces students to the sociological investigation of human interaction and behavior in society. Students will become familiar with the sociological perspective and develop a ‘sociological imagination’ – the ability to see the general in the particular, the new in the familiar, and to observe the impact social forces have on our lives. The course explores environmental, historical, cultural, and organizational influences on our interpersonal relationships and life-patterns within the context of contemporary society. Students will learn how to use sociological concepts, theory and research to think critically about individuals, groups, institutions, and societies in any given situation.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Students completing this course will:
CO1: Apply a sociological perspective to the social world
CO2: Describe culture and socialization
CO3: Recognize and define social structure and social interaction
CO4: Describe the major research methods used in sociological research
CO5: Explain the differences between societies and social networks
CO6: Identify and describe bureaucracies and formal organizations
CO7: Describe deviance and social control from a sociological perspective
CO8: Describe global stratification
CO9: Explain social class in the United States
CO10: Describe sex and gender, race and ethnicity, and the elderly in the United States as well as how prejudice and discrimination impacts certain groups of people in society
CO11: Interpret the United States economy and politics
CO12: Describe the family, education, and religion from a sociological perspective
CO13: Discuss the sociological study of health and medicine in society
CO14: Explain collective behavior, social movements, and social change


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 Forum 4.00 %
Week 2 Forum 4.00 %
Week 4 Forum 4.00 %
Week 5 Forum 4.00 %
Week 6 Forum 20.00 %
Week 8 Forum 4.00 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1: Socialization 20.00 %
Assignment 2: Current Event 20.00 %
Assignment 3: Field Analysis 20.00 %
Book Title: Introduction to Sociology, 2nd ed. - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: OpenStax
Publication Info:
ISBN: 9781938168413
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Introduction to Sociology, 2nd ed. - e-book available online, please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Unit Cost:$27.96

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.