Introduction to Sociology
This course is designed to look critically and analytically through different sociological perspectives, including the functionalist, interactionist, conflict and feminist, to help us realize the extent to which society guides our thoughts and actions. The course material provides a fresh, new look at societies and cultures more objective, full of inquiry and analysis, striving towards social justice and change. Sociology urges us to draw connections between public issues and personal problems, to see the strange as familiar and the familiar as strange, and to examine biography in a historical and social context.
Issues of inequalities, social class, race, sexual orientation, disability, age and gender are critically examined within a global perspective in this course. You do not need any prior knowledge of sociological theories or methods to take this class. Bring your life experiences and knowledge, and see how the Sociological Imagination will allow you to dispel cultural myths and reframe reality.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Course delivery details
This course is offered through The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a partner institute of EdX.
4-6 hours per week
- Verified Track -$139
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Sociological perspectives to critically assess commonly held assumptions
- Global perspectives on cultural diversity and interconnectedness
- Inequalities, including race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and class
- Institutions within the local, national and international arena
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