Introductory Sociology

From feminism to Marxism and functionalism, this course offers a fresh perspective on sociological topics like culture, gender, sexuality, race, class and more. This course will cover topics found on the CLEP Sociology exam.

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  • Course Type CLEP
  • Subject History and Social Sciences
  • Level Introductory
  • Length 6 Weeks
  • Effort 4 - 6 hours/Week
  • Institution UT Permian Basin

About this course

Very often we see, hear or experience things that seem “strange” and incomprehensible to us. We start to wonder about the world around us, asking questions like: “How do certain people become billionaires when others are homeless? Why do humans worship Gods or form families? What makes killing in war acceptable but not in any other situation?”

If you have ever wondered about these issues and/or others, you aren’t alone. Similar questions have been asked since the beginning of history, and searching for objective answers using scientific research is the goal of sociology.

This course is designed to look critically and analytically through different sociological perspectives, including the functionalist, interactionist, conflict and feminist, to help us realize the extent to which society guides our thoughts and actions. The course material provides a fresh, new look at societies and cultures—more objective, full of inquiry and analysis, striving towards social justice and change. Sociology urges us to draw connections between public issues and personal problems, to see the strange as familiar and the familiar as strange, and to examine biography in a historical and social context.

Issues of inequalities, social class, race, sexual orientation, disability, age and gender are critically examined within a global perspective in this course. You do not need any prior knowledge of sociological theories or methods to take this class.  Bring your life experiences and knowledge, and see how the Sociological Imagination will allow you to dispel cultural myths and reframe reality.

This course will cover topics found on the CLEP Sociology exam.

What you’ll learn

  • Sociological perspectives to critically assess commonly held assumptions
  • Global perspectives on cultural diversity and interconnectedness
  • Inequalities, including race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and class
  • Institutions within the local, national and international arena

CLEP Exam

This course is designed to prepare you for the CLEP Introductory Sociology exam and cover other related topics as well.

Instructors

  • Dr. Joanna Hadjicostandi

    Dr. Hadjicostandi was born in Alexandria, Egypt to Greek parents, and spent her first years in Egypt and her teens in Greece. She completed her undergraduate study at Greenwich University in London, England where she sought to understand the world, truth, peace and her self-identity. After earning her BA in Sociology, she moved to Boston, MA, USA where she received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at Northeastern University.

    Through her teaching, she encourages individuals to develop a critical world view of life in all its complexities. This philosophy and her unique cross-cultural background have created the foundation for award-winning teaching and service as well as research, which has been widely published and presented in numerous national and international conferences.

    Joanna knows Greek, Arabic, English, French, Italian, and Spanish.

“You can take your entire freshman year, tuition free!”

NBA star Jalen Rose

“I enrolled in the Chemistry class offered by Modern States. I felt confident after taking the course, and I passed the CLEP exam. The course definitely helped me a lot.”

William Rush, high school junior

“The information in the Sociology course felt like it was just the right amount. I liked that I could go through it at my own pace. I learned a lot. I passed the CLEP; the Sociology professor was really engaging.”

Glenn Grassi, adult learner

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