SOCI 1111: Introduction to Sociology I

Together with SOCI 1211 this course is an introduction to the discipline of sociology. Because humans are social by nature, all of us are members of various social groupings and are located in a social system; we can only achieve an adequate understanding of ourselves after we have acquired the tools to understand that social system. In this course, students learn to understand that social system and how it shapes and influences us all as individuals. Students learn the concepts basic to the sociological perspective, understand the importance of the transformation of Western society, examine the concepts that have been developed to describe capitalist society, and explore the sociology of Canada.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use the sociological imagination to see how features of your personal, everyday life are linked to ongoing processes of social organization and coordination.
  • Articulate basic concepts, theories, and modes of explanation from the discipline of sociology and apply them to features of Canadian society and your own life.
  • Identify the main methods of collecting data in sociological research and determine which is most appropriate for specific kinds of research questions.
  • Describe the central ideas of the founders of sociology.
  • Describe how individuals are shaped through basic social processes of culture, socialization, micro-level social interaction, and organizational life.
  • Explain what is meant by the social construction of crime and deviance and why this is key to understanding current issues concerning criminality, crime rates, prisons, and policing strategies.
  • Analyze the life of the body (gender, sexuality, aging, disability, health) in terms of social processes and structures.
  • Explain why developing a systematic knowledge of society matters.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and formulate your ideas clearly in writing.

Course topics

Sociology 1111 comprises the four following units of studies:

Unit 1: Introduction to Sociology--The Sociological Imagination

  1. Topic 1.1: Introduction to Sociological Perspectives and Theories
  2. Topic 1.2: Introduction to Sociological Research

Unit 2: The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Human Experience

  1. Topic 2.1: Culture
  2. Topic 2.2: Socialization
  3. Topic 2.3: The Mass Media

Unit 3: Micro and Macro Approaches to the Organization of Social Life

  1. Topic 3.1: Social Interaction
  2. Topic 3.2: Groups and Organizations
  3. Topic 3.3: Families

Unit 4: Deviance, Gender, and the Human Body

  1. Topic 4.1: Deviance and Crime
  2. Topic 4.2: Genders and Sexualities
  3. Topic 4.3: The Body--Disabilities, Aging, and Death

Required text and materials

Students will receive the following:

  1. Little, W. (Ed.). Introduction to Sociology . 2nd Canadian Edition. Vancouver, BC: BC Campus, 2015.
    Type: Textbook:

Note: This textbook is available for free download on the Home Page of your course.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.

To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Exam. The following chart shows how your final grade is determined for this course. You should be aware that the best way to achieve the learning outcomes of the course and to prepare for the final exam is by completing all your assignments and unit activities.

Unit 1 Assignment 15%
Unit 2 Assignment 15%
Unit 3 Assignment 15%
Unit 4 Assignment 15%
Final exam (mandatory)* 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member

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

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