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SOCI 1211: Introduction to Sociology II

SOCI 1211 is the second part of a two-part introduction to the discipline of sociology, the study of society. This course continues in its aim to familiarize you with the central ideas of the discipline, with a focus on the organization of the major aspects of present-day Canadian society―the economy, urban life, environment, ethnicity, race, gender, state, and religion―and outcomes such as social inequality and social change.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate what it means to think sociologically.
  • Approach the study of society from a systematic critical and historical perspective.
  • Determine which research methodologies are appropriate for different research topics.
  • Describe the transformation of society from foraging, agrarian, and feudal societies to modern capitalist societies.
  • Outline the relationship between population growth, urbanization, industrial development, and the environmental carrying capacity of the earth.
  • Analyze wealth, and racial and gender inequality in Canadian society.
  • Analyze the role of the state in modern capitalist society.
  • Describe the changing role and experience of religion in Canada.

Course topics

Unit 1: Introduction to Sociology and the Critical Tradition

Unit 2: Capitalism and Modern Society

Unit 3: Social Inequity in Canada

Unit 4: Politics and Religion in Contemporary Life

Required text and materials

The following Open Education Resources (OER) textbook, free of charge, is required for this course:

  1. Little, W. (Ed.) (2016). Introduction to Sociology (2nd Canadian ed.). BC Campus.
    Type: E-Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-77420-021-6


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment1 - Unit 1: Introduction to Sociology and the Critical Tradition 15%
Assignment2 - Unit 2: Capitalism and Modern Society 15%
Assignment 3 - Unit 3: Social Inequality in Canada 15%
Assignment 4 - Unit 4: Politics and Religion in Contemporary Life 15%
Final exam (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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