Course Description

Course Name

Introduction to Sociology

Session: VPRS3121

Hours & Credits

3 US Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of sociology. It surveys the main theoretical approaches and a number of key problems in the study of society and social life. Topics include: culture & socialisation, social interaction, groups, organisation & leadership, social stratification & global inequalities, racism & ethnicity, and gender & sexuality.

The class is a weekly three-hour lecture/seminar where students are expected to contribute to class discussions based on the required readings for each session.

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand and be able to explain key sociological concepts studied during the semester.
- Understand the three main sociological theories in terms of their differences and similarities.
- Understand how the sociological theories apply to broader issues in society today.
- Understand how the sociological theories connect/complement material studied in other courses (marketing, advertising and psychology etc).

Society : A Global Introduction, Macionis, Pearson, 5th ed. Pearson Education, 2012.

The final grade will be based on a mid-term test (30%), a class presentation (30%), and a final examination (40%).

*Course content subject to change