Introduction to Sociology - Online sociology courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

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.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall and/or winter term 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe the difference between ‘taken-for-granted thinking’ and ‘critical sociological thinking’.
  2. Examine the ‘western’ tradition of classical sociological theorists (such as Marx, Weber, and Durkheim) and critically evaluate why non-western thinkers (such as Khaldūn) are usually excluded from the mainstream sociology canon.
  3. Describe a sociological understanding of the contemporary world using a range of theoretical perspectives to locate people’s lived experiences in historical context.
  4. Examine a range of sociological perspectives such as the sociological imagination, the social construction of reality, science as a way of knowing, and society as the product of human social interactions.
  5. Use an intersectional approach to describe oppressions of class, race, gender, religion, and sexuality.
  6. Evaluate how ‘digital sociology’ helps explain the social impact of the internet, ‘big data’ and surveillance.
  7. Engage in a dialogue with peers to explain social phenomena from a sociological frame of reference.
  8. Use a scaffolded approach to write a sociological research essay. 

Description

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

Terms

Fall-Winter 2020-2021
Course Dates: 
Sept. 8, 20120 - April 9, 2021
Exam Dates: 
April 14 - 30, 2021

Evaluation

0% - Self-Assessnent Quizzes
5% - Thesis Statement I
5% - Library Research Tutorial
5% - Encyclopedia Assignment
10% - Annotated Bibliography
10% - Online Forum Discussions (x2)
20% - Mid-Term Exam
5% - Thesis Statement II
20% - Research Essay
20% - Final Proctored Exam

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Live Sessions

This course has required and optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Final Examination

Students must write their exams 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.

Instructor

Professor Sachil Singh (singh.sachil@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (240 hours total) 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 OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ 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 onQ 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 or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version

Dates/Deadlines

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

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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.