Introduction to sociology provides the essential basis for further study in the subject and also provides the knowledge and critical skills which are necessary for the degrees in Management and Business. This course is also one of the most popular options among law, economics, and political science students as it helps them to be critical of the information they receive and encourages them to think logically and consistently. We have designed this course to provide the necessary grounding in sociological theory and methods of social research. Students will then be required to apply this knowledge to substantive areas of sociology, such as culture and society, socialization and social groups, stratification, social inequality, family and the life course, or social change. No formal prerequisites are required to study this course, but students need to have an enquiring mind and be prepared to read and think. There is a health warning though – if you take this subject you will never see things in the same way again!
Basic Sociological Perspectives. Sociological Research. Culture and Society. Socialization and Social Groups. Stratification. Forms of Social Inequality. Family and the Life Course. Social Change.
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