Fundamentals of Sociology



COURSE CODE: SOCIO 1
COURSE TITLE: FUNDAMENTALS OF SOCIOLOGY
COURSE CREDIT: 3 UNITS
CLASS SCHEDULE: Saturday, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Room 104

COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is an introduction to sociology as a way of understanding the worldTopics include sociology as a branch of social science, culture, socialization, social groups, social organization, deviance, crime, race and ethnicity, gender, family, social change, and population studies.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
1. Understand the main sociological perspectives and theories and how to apply these perspectives and theories to contemporary social problems;
2. Gain insight into the critical link between social structures, social forces and individual circumstances; and
3.  Understand how you shape the society as a member and how society shapes you.

COURSE OUTLINE

I. Sociological foundation
1.1 Definition, history, nature and scope of sociology
1.2 Sociological imagination and perspectives
1.3 Culture and group behavior
1.4 Socialization, conformity and deviance  
1.5 Social processes
1.6 Philippine values
1.7 Communication, social movements and collective behavior

II. Social Stratification
2.1 Social class
2.2 Age, sex, gender and ethnicity

III. Institutional behavior
3.1 Institutions
3.2 The family and responsible parenthood
3.3 Religion and society

IV.  Communities and population growth
4.1 The rural and urban community
4.2 Demography and population stiudies
4.2.1 Population growth
4.2.2 Population distribution
4.3 Family planning
4.3.1 Social, economic, health and human rights rationale for family planning
4.3.2 Identifying and measuring populations in need of family planning services
4.3.3 Social, cultural, political, religious and ethical barriers
4.3.4 Contraceptive methods and their programmatic requirements
4.3.5 Information, education and communication strategies

V.  Social change and globalization
5.1   Social change as a multi-causal process 
5.2   Theoretical perspectives, key sources, factors, causal patterns and consequences of social change
5.3   Formations of modernity: social processes, political, economic, social and cultural
5.4   Emergent social forces radically re-shaping modern society
5.5  Globalization
5.5.1 What is globalization?
5.5.2 Advocates and critics of globalization
5.5.3 Geographic perspective
5.5.4 Human-environment interaction
5.5.5 Environment
5.5.6 Population and settlement
5.5.7 Cultural coherence and biodiversity
5.5.8 Geographical fragmentation and unity

 6. Synthesis 

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