Introduction to Sociology

Course is recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT)



Introduction to Sociology
Course is recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education's Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT)

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This class will introduce you to the study of human society. You’ll learn about classic theory, see how sociology is already part of your everyday life, and come to understand how this subject touches contemporary topics like crime, racial inequality, the media, and government.

Before we go any further, let’s define the topic we’ll be covering. What is sociology?

Sociology is defined as the scientific and systematic analysis of society and human behavior. Sociology strives to understand how and why people do what they do. While sociologists often look at the larger picture, the study of individuals in small groups is also within the scope of sociology. More specifically, the science of sociology seeks to understand how people are molded by society while at the same time they help produce society. This happens in at least two ways.

First, sociologists study how large social groups, forces, and institutions affect individuals. They examine how social structures such as religion, the economy, schooling, politics, fashion, fads, and family impact people’s lives. They also study the reverse effects—how individuals shape, define, and help change large social institutions—which are just as important.

The study of sociology is important because it takes us into areas of society we often do not understand or have not yet experienced. It encourages us to uncover links between societal behaviors and our own actions. The way we see and interpret our world is largely shaped by personal experience. Naturally, people with different social backgrounds and experiences have different understandings of social reality. Sociology allows us to appreciate others’ perspectives and to understand how those perspectives developed.

Introduction to Sociology
Sample Syllabus Sections 1 & 2


1.1 What is Sociology? - Define sociology and indicate ways that sociology determines to everyday life

1.2 Sociology as a Science - Define science and recognize the significance of the scientific method in the study of psychology

1.3 Micro versus Macro Study - Learn the basic differences of sociology through a broad perspective as well as digging deep into culture.

1.4 Origins of Sociology - Study the origins of why people study sociology as well as the importance.

1.5 Introduction to Central Concepts - Identify core, known elements of sociology. Recognize the scope of sociology as a field of study


2.1 The Scientific Method - Learn how sociologist put the study to the test as well as basic theories.

2.2 Essentials of Sociological Research - Define and compare approaches of structuralism and functionalism in the context of early sociology thought.

2.3 Variables and Measurements - Learn how research is measured and noted.

2.4 Qualitative versus Quantitative Research - Learn the difference between qualitative (deep research) and quatitative research (study of masses).

2.5 Types of Research - Define and distinguish the different styles of studying society.

Sample Questions
Test Your Current Knowledge of Sociology

CLEP Intro Sociology Exam Study Guide with Sample Questions

The following sample questions do not appear on an actual CLEP examination. These questions are intended to give test-takers an indication of the format and idea of what to study!

  1. Resocialization
  2. Groupthink
  3. Institutionalization
  4. Mass hysteria
  5. Resource mobilization

  1. American Indians and Whites
  2. Latinos and Whites
  3. Asian Americans and Whites
  4. African Americans and Whites
  5. Jewish Whites and Protestant Whites

  1. Forced migration
  2. Internal migration
  3. Step migration
  4. Selective immigration
  5. Voluntary migration

  1. Fathers only
  2. Mothers only
  3. Both fathers and mothers
  4. Children
  5. Grandparents

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