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Course Description

A group of people socializing at a small event

An introductory course dealing with the basic concepts and methods of sociology applied to societies, groups and individuals. Students will gain an understanding of basic social processes such as socialization, social exchange, deviance and conformity, social change and basic social institutions such as the economy, the polity, the family, religion, education.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Define and describe perspectives, theories, methods, and core concepts from a sociological perspective;
  2. Apply key sociological theories to current news events and everyday life;
  3. Explain the development of the discipline and its place in contemporary society;
  4. Analyze personal perspectives of the social world according to one of the main sociological theorists;
  5. Describe how perspectives around sexuality, social and gender stratification, education, race and ethnicity, economy and work are intertwined with current perspectives of everyday life; and
  6. Identify and think critically about social issues.

Course Topics

  • Sociological Perspective
  • Sociological Investigation
  • Society
  • Socialization
  • Social Interaction
  • Gender Stratification
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Class
  • Sexuality
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Education
  • Religion


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Short Papers (2) 15% 1, 2, 4, 5
Discussions (5) 20% 2, 4, 5, 6
Quizzes (5) 15% 1, 2, 5
Case Studies (13) 20% 2, 4, 5, 6
Midterm 15% 1, 3, 4, 5
Online Final Exam 15% 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Total 100%  


Technical Requirements

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May 11, 2023 to August 04, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Domestic Tuition Fee - Non-Ontario (0.5 units) $713.81 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $3,106.72 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook

Important note: No standalone printed textbook will be available. Instead, you are required to purchase Top Hat – One Semester Subscription and Revel for Sociology to complete the course activities and/or assessments.


Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.




Section Materials
  • e-book (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Revel for Sociology (Instant Access) by John J. Macionis; Linda M. Gerber; Sandra Colavecchia © 2021 Pearson Canada Inc. 10th Canadian edition ISBN 9780135461563
  • e-book (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Introduction to Sociology: Canadian Case Studies by D. Behnke-Cook, University of Guelph © 2019 Top Hat 1st edition ISBN 9781774120668
  • Subscription (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Top Hat – One Semester Subscription Note: Registered students will be sent an email invitation to access Case Studies online ISBN 9780986615108
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