This course is designed to give students the tools necessary to concentrate on the systematic study of human society and human interaction. Students will develop a sociological imagination in which they will observe the connections between their personal lives within society, as well as public policy issues. Using observation, the scientific method, and cross-cultural examination, students will discover how patterns of behavior develop, culture is learned, and social predictions are made.

Strands: Critical Thinking, Cultures and Diversity, Social Problems and Issues, Social Processes, Anthropology, Geographic Relationships, Technological Influences and Society, Individual Identity and Development, Economic Development

Competency Goal 1 The learner will develop a sociological point of view.


1.01 Discuss the origins of sociology.

1.02 Describe similarities and differences between sociology and the other social sciences.

1.03 Identify the relationship between the study of sociology, society, and culture.

1.04 Define and apply key concepts used in sociology to understand human society and interaction.

1.05 Differentiate among the various sociological perspectives or theories on social life and formulate a personal perspective.

1.06 Differentiate among the various sociological research methods.

Competency Goal 2 The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of culture and the role it plays for the individual and for society.


2.01 Identify and apply the elements of culture.

2.02 Compare and contrast various cultures of the world.

2.03 Explain how the elements of culture form a whole culture.

2.04 Explore the relationship between language and the transmission of culture.

2.05 Analyze the role that culture plays in determining personality.

Competency Goal 3 The learner will develop an understanding of social interaction and social structure.


3.01 Define and evaluate the theoretical perspectives of social interaction.

3.02 Explain the types of social interaction.

3.03 Distinguish status from role and pose solutions to role conflicts.

3.04 Discuss how the social structure of a culture affects social interaction.

Competency Goal 4

The learner will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of groups and organizations in society.



4.01 Distinguish between social groups and formal organizations.

4.02 Classify types of social groups that exist in society.

4.03 Analyze group dynamics and assess its effects on group behavior.

4.04 Evaluate the nature of bureaucracies.

Competency Goal 5

The learner will analyze the process of socialization.



5.01 Define socialization.

5.02 List the agents of socialization.

5.03 Describe how the process of socialization is culturally determined.

5.04 Explain the various theoretical perspectives on socialization.

5.05 Trace how socialization is a life long process.

5.06 Evaluate the functions and roles of socializing agents.

Competency Goal 6

The learner will discuss deviance as a social construct relative to time, place, and social circumstances.



6.01 Distinguish between conformity with and deviation from cultural norms.

6.02 Differentiate between various explanations or theories for deviant behavior.

6.03 Analyze various social control techniques.

6.04 Classify types of crime.

6.05 Evaluate the American criminal justice system's response to deviant behavior.

Competency Goal 7 The learner will analyze the functions and social structure of social institutions.


7.01 Determine how social institutions evolve.

7.02 Identify and evaluate the functions of social institutions.

7.03 Evaluate the role and effectiveness of social institutions.

7.04 Assess the social integration of social institutions.

Competency Goal 8

The learner will examine major social problems.



8.01 Describe major social problems and social issues.

8.02 Analyze causes and effects of social problems and issues.

8.03 Construct possible solutions to given social problems.

Competency Goal 9

The learner will demonstrate an understanding of how society changes.



9.01 Discuss the theoretical approaches used to study social change.

9.02 Evaluate the causes and effects of social change.

9.03 Describe ways groups resist and accommodate change.


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