Introduction to Sociology

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Sociology

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    Sociology as a social science. Presentation of theoretical and methodological foundations and discussion of various topics including social structure, culture, socialization, group relations, deviance and various forms of inequality.

    RATIONALE: 
    A course that introduces to the student major sociological approaches, basic methodologies and diverse fields in the discipline. It enables students to understand the complexity of social issues by showing how scholars, researchers and agents predict, interpret, and explain social and cultural phenomena at the local, national, regional and global levels. It has strong interdisciplinary links and is thus of interest to students from a wide range of disciplines.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, student should be able to:
    1.Demonstrate understanding of the difference between sociology and other social sciences through the sociological perspective.
    2. Explain societal phenomena using societal, not individual, explanations.
    3. Demonstrate understanding of the three major theoretical models in sociology.
    4. Identify the major methodological tools and orientations in sociology.
    5. Identify cultural diversity across and within societies.
    6. Explain the normative dimensions of society as well as deviant behavior and processes.
    7. Demonstrate understanding of social inequality within and across societies.
    8. Identify applications of theoretical models across sociology specialisms.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, discussions of selected issues, showing of video documentaries and in-class illustrations of various issues.
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their lecturer, where they can address issues and ask questions pertinent to the course material.
    - Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture 
    notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.