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College Catalog 2021-2022 
College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SOCY 1010 - Principles of Sociology

Credit Hours: 4.00

Prerequisites: None

The student will study the origin, development, organization and function of human societies. Emphasis will be on culture, socialization, group behavior, social stratification, and social change.

Billable Contact Hours: 4

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Outcome 1:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the four sociological paradigms of how society operates and the theoretical approaches.


  1. Describe the structural functional paradigm.
  2. Describe the social conflict paradigm.
  3. Describe the symbolic interactionist paradigm.
  4. Describe the feminist paradigm.

Outcome 2:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an application of the use of the scientific method to gain knowledge about behavior.


  1. List the differences between sociology and assumptions and myths about societal issues.
  2. Define the scientific method.
  3. List the steps of the research model.

Outcome 3:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe the social structures of society.


  1. Identify systems of social structure.
  2. Explain social class and lifestyle choices.
  3. Explain racial and ethnic inequality.
  4. Explain forms of gender inequality.
  5. Explain implications of aging around the world.
  6. Explain groups and organizations on a micro and macro level.

Outcome 4:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe sociologically concepts such as culture, social structure and socialization.


  1. Define culture.
  2. Describe the relationship between culture and societal behavior.
  3. List the components of social structure.
  4. Explain the nature vs. nurture debate.
  5. Identify premodern and postmodern societies.
  6. Explain socialization through the life course.
  7. Explain social interaction in time and space.
  8. Identify types of groups and their characteristics.
  9. Identify types of leadership.

Outcome 5:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to describe an overall knowledge of how agents of socialization direct behavior.


  1. Explain systems of healthcare.
  2. Explain the functions of education.
  3. Explain the significance of the mass media.
  4. Explain the various family systems.
  5. Explain globalization.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES


  1. Sociological Perspective
  2. Race and Ethnicity
  3. Research Methods
  4. Social Stratification
  5. Culture and Social Interaction
  6. Gender
  7. Organizations
  8. Aging
  9. Socialization
  10. Marriage and Family
  11. Deviance
  12. Education
  13. Sexuality
  14. Health and Medicine

Primary Faculty
Gerus, Kathleen
Secondary Faculty
Dyer, Brigit
Associate Dean
Williams-Chehmani, Angie
Pritchett, Marie

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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