SOCY-101 : Sociology

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: SOCY-101 Sociology

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): (or Co-requisite:) Students must complete any developmental requirements in English (see Proficiency in Math and English) prior to taking this course or enroll in ENGL-101 and BE-102 at the same time as this course

Course Description in college catalog:

Introductory analysis and description of structure and dynamics of human society; special emphasis on application of scientific methods of observation and analysis of social groups, intergroup relations, social change, social stratification, and social institutions.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Medical Assistant

A.A.S. Nursing  

Dual/Joint A.A./B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences and Education

Dual/Joint A.S./B.A. in Criminal Justice

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.S. Psychology 

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Use historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processes

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Students will compare, contrast and evaluate different explanations of social processes using sources such as textbooks, readers, ancillary articles, primary documents, and/or visuals.

2. Students will critically evaluate theories and research in sociology.

Students will construct oral responses, written essays, and/or papers demonstrating the use of evidence-based information in drawing conclusions about sociological questions.

3. a. Students will demonstrate that they are able to define sociological concepts and theories.

    b. Students will demonstrate how sociological concepts and theories interpret the relationship between the individual and society.

4. a. Students will examine inequalities of race, class, and gender.

    b. Students will understand the dynamics of power in society.

    c. Students will apply sociology to everyday life.

5. a. Students will identify historical and/or contemporary social trends.

    b. Students will assess sociological debates about the impact of social trends on the individual and society. 

Program-specific outcomes

Provide a foundation in general education in the humanities, and biological and social sciences.

Provide an understanding of the core curriculum of Liberal Arts and Sciences classes.

Students will use historical and social sciences perspectives to analyze and make judgments about issues in the field of criminal justice.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

variety of assessment methods are employed in individual sections, including but not limited to the following: objective tests, essay examinations, essay assignments, term papers,  reflection papers, oral presentations, and/or group projects.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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