Introduction to Sociology

SOCY 122/6.0

An introduction to the concepts, theories and methods of sociological enquiry, and their application to the analysis of Canadian society.

Description

SOCY 122/6.0 is designed to introduce students to the sociological perspective and the way sociologists approach and study the social world. It also introduces students to a number of substantive areas of study undertaken by sociologists. In the first half of the course, students will be introduced to what most sociologists refer to as “the classical tradition”—the foundation upon which all later approaches to sociological analysis developed. Students will explore C. Wright Mills’s notion of “the sociological imagination” and then consider their own collective biography as members of the so-called Millennial Generation and how it intersects with the contemporary university system. The course then turns to three of the most important, macro-sociological frameworks that shaped the classical tradition—the work of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. Weber's work leads into a discussion of modernism and modernity and an examination of the extent to which the contemporary world is one of high modernity or a postmodern world. The first part ends with an examination of culture, popular culture and the work of Bob Dylan. In the second half of the course, students will begin by overviewing some contemporary theoretical perspectives used by sociologists and then focus upon a number of substantive areas of sociological analysis: the sociology of work, social inequality, deviant behaviour, and what is identified as “the long shadow of the twentieth century” where selected social issues are examined: War and the holocaust, the welfare state and consumer society in the post-WWII period, the Vietnam War, the Student Movement, the Second Wave Women’s Movement, the rise of neo-liberalism, the social and political significance and impact of the first and second Gulf wars and the war in Afghanistan.

Evaluation

Encyclopedia Assignment5%
Library Assignment5%
Anatomy of a Term Paper15%
Tutorial Work (First Half)10%
Proctored Mid-Term Exam15%
Research Essay25%
Turtorial Work (Second Half) 10%
Proctored Final Exam20%

Mid-Term Exams

Mid-term exams will take place during the fall exam period.

Final Exams

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Topics

Learning Outcomes

Student will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate a variety of social phenomena from a sociological frame to demonstrate a sociological perspective of the world;
  • Apply key foundational principles from the various classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives to analyze the contemporary world;
  • Develop and employ what C. Wright Mills termed “a vocabulary adequate for clear social reflection” to critically assess various classical and contemporary social issues; and
  • Demonstrate their ability to generate written arguments supported with quality academic materials from appropriate databases.

Topics

Topics covered in this course include:

  • The Millennials, Knowledge and Culture
  • C. Wright and the Sociologial Imagination
  • The Dialectic of Dynamic, Unstable Social Formations
  • Marx and the Dynamics of Social Change
  • Emilie Durkheim & the Classical Tradition
  • Max Weber and & the Classical Tradition
  • High Culture & the Fear of Mass Culture
  • The Dialectics of Popular Culture
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Sociology of Work
  • Social Inequality
  • Gender Inequality
  • Gender Inequality and Feminist Sociology
  • Sociology of Deviant Behaviour
  • The Long Shadow of the 20th Century
    • Part I - World War II and Genocide
    • Part II - From Total War to Total Living
    • Part III - The Neo-Liberal World and 9/11

Instructor

Welcome to Sociology 122SInstructor Photo. This course is designed to introduce students to the “sociological perspective” and the way sociologists approach and study the social world. It also introduces students to a number of substantive areas of study undertaken by sociologists.In the first half of the course, students will be introduced to what most sociologists refer to as “the classical tradition”—the foundation upon which all later approaches to sociological analysis developed. Students will begin by exploring themselves as part of a particular “generation” – the so-called “Millennials.” The discussion will focus on the extent to which their biographies, to this point in time, have prepared them for what constitutes and is expected for them to gain a liberal education within the contemporary, university system. The section also addresses the manner in which universities may have to adjust to the backgrounds and learning modalities of the Millennial generation. The course then turns to three of the most important, macro-sociological frameworks that shaped the classical tradition—the work of Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim and Max Weber. Weber's work leads into a discussion of modernism and modernity and an examination of the extent to which the contemporary world is one of high modernity or a postmodern world. The first part ends with an examination of culture, popular culture and the work of Bob Dylan.

In the second half of the course, students will begin by overviewing some contemporary theoretical perspectives used by sociologists and then focus upon a number of substantive areas of sociological analysis: the sociology of work, social inequality, deviant behaviour, and what is identified as “the long shadow of the twentieth century” where selected social issues are examined: War and the holocaust, the welfare state and consumer society in the post-WWII period, the Vietnam War, the Student Movement, the Second Wave Women’s Movement, the rise of neo-liberalism, the social and political significance and impact of the first and second Gulf wars and the war in Afghanistan.

SOCY 122 is designed for students who intend to take further sociology courses and for those in other concentrations who wish to acquaint themselves with the essentials of the discipline.

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 - 12 hours per week on the course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About MOODLE

Moodle is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the Moodle site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.