Syllabus for 101

Sociology 101 HUM-222J

Introduction to Sociology Office Hours
Monday/Wednesday 2–3:20 1–2 p.m.,  Also by appointment

Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA


Office Phone: (714)484-7000, ext. 48220

3 units transfer credit


James Henslin, Sociology A Down to Earth Approach 10th. Edition

Boston, Allyn and Bacon 2010

Course Description:

This course is an analysis of human relationships through a study of cultural origins, personality development, social interaction, community organization, collective behavior, institutional growth, social change, and social movements.

Instructional Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Acquire an overview of the scope and content of Sociology.

2. Define the meaning of culture and material culture.

3. Understand the functions and dysfunctions of deviance for the social order.

4. Understand the different types of interaction identified as cooperation, competition, and conflict.

5. Discuss the various aspects of group structure, including status, role,

primary and secondary groups, patterns of interaction, and decision making.

6. Describe and explain the dimension of stratification: property, prestige, power, status consistency and the distinctions among upper class, the upper middle class, the lower middle class, the working class, and the lower class.

7. Understand the components of prejudice and discrimination, racial and ethnic groups in the United States in terms of family, housing, education, politics, employment and income.

8. Understand sexism and ageism as types of prejudice.

9. Understand the family in sociological terms including forms of marriage, parenting and divorce.

10. Understand the functions of education, the important issues of tenure, academic freedom, credentials in higher education and the future of education.

11. Understand religion sociologically, the role of religion and the recent changes in American religion.

12. Understand the meaning of power, legitimacy and authority, and discuss the theoretical perspectives on the State.

13. Critically evaluate demographic processes in terms of fertility mortality, and migration and to understand population structure of the United States.

14. Understand the meaning and process of urban ecology, the central city, the suburbs and small towns as part of the modern metropolis.

15. Understand the various forms of collective behavior and distinguish between mob behavior, riots, social movements and crowd behavior.

Instructional Methodologies:

1. Lecture (including guest speakers)

2. Group discussion (small and large)

3. Films with class discussion

4. Discuss and review unit examinations.

Methods of Evaluation:

1. Class participation (discussion and exercises).

2. Attendance in classroom.

3. Written Mid-terms and Final Exam (The Final Essay is comprehensive).

4. Written assignments focusing on information

gathering, analysis critique and critical thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Students will be able to analytically critique and review the concept and scope of Sociology in our society.

2. Students will be able to define the Culture, the meaning and application of culture while distinguishing between material and non material aspect of culture.

3. Students will be able to understand and differentiate the various types of interaction between monad, dyads, triads and groups in society in the evaluation of cooperation, competition, and conflict.

4. Students will be able to understand and clearly identify the functions and dysfunctions of deviance, and the application of deviance in the role of defining the social order versus civil disobedience.

Class Expectations and Procedures:

1. Attendance:

Attendance for all scheduled classes is paramount. After a student accumulates more than two absences you may be dropped from the class. You must attend class regularly. Please be on time! If you have personal business to conduct, be courteous enough to attend to it before or after class. Your fellow class members are relying on you.

2. ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY: The college standards of academic honesty will be applied in this class. Academic dishonesty may result in an “F” on all or part of an assignment and referral to the dean. The complete policy may be found in the college catalog, the official publication addressing and guiding academic and student services policies. An electronic copy of the College Catalog is on the college website.

The instructor reserves the right to submit student assignments to to check for textural similarities between those assignments, internet sources and the assignment database. Students will be required to electronically submit their written work for plagiarism checking. Assignments submitted to will become part of their database and will be used only for plagiarism prevention and detection.

3. Student Services: Disability Support Services (DSS)

A student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disability Support Services at (714) 484-7104 or visit DSS on the first floor of the Cypress College Complex, Room 100. For students who have already been determined eligible for DSS services please provide the instructor with the proper form from DSS in a timely manner, at the beginning of the semester and at least one week prior to the verified and identified need.

4. Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Policy: The North Orange County Community College District Non-Discrimination Statement is found in College Catalog.

Weekly Assignments:

Date Topics to be covered Test Readings

1-19 Course Introduction Syllabus

1-24 The Sociological Approach Chapter 1


1-31 Culture Chapter 2


2-7/9 Socialization Chapter 3

2-14 Exam # 1 Chap. 1-3

2-16/23 Social Structure and Chapter 4

Social Interaction

2-21 Holiday (No School)

2-28 Societies to Social Networks Chapter 5


3-7/ 9 Bureaucracy and Formal Chapter 6


3-14/16 Deviance and Social Control Chapter 7

3-21 Exam # 2 Chap. 4-7

3-23/28 Social Class in the United Chapter 10


3-30 Sex and Gender Chapter 11


4-6/11 Race and Ethnicity Chapter 12

4-13 Exam # 3 Chap. 10-12

4-18/21 Spring Break (No School)

4-25/27 Economy Chapter 14

5-2/4 The Family Chapter 16

5-9/11 Religion Chapter 18

5-16/18 Collective Behavior Chapter 21

And Social Movements

5-18 Review for Final Exam All lectures

5-23 Final Exam 3:30-5:30 P.M. Chap. 14, 16,18, 21

Essays All chapters lectured on

during the semester.