Introduction to Sociology

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Sociology is the study of human social life. Human social life is complex and encompasses many facets of the human experience. Because of its complexity, the discipline of sociology has been subdivided over time into specialty areas. The first section of this book covers the foundations of sociology, including an introduction to the discipline, the methods of study, and some of the dominant theoretical perspectives. The remaining chapters focus on the different areas of study in sociology.

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Course Materials

After substantially revising all of the chapters, I have also created new powerpoint presentations to accompany the completed chapters. You can view and download the updated presentations here.

Future Chapters[edit]

  1. Human Rights 0% developed  as of July 23, 2011 - Bruce Friesen, Chapter Editor
  2. Sexuality 50% developed  as of Nov 17, 2010
  3. Education 50% developed  as of April 9, 2005
  4. Organizational Behavior 25% developed  as of December 8, 2006
  5. Social psychology 50% developed  as of December 8, 2006 (belongs in Social Life section)
  6. Applied Sociology 0% developed  as of July 19, 2010
  7. Video Games and Virtual Worlds 0% developed  as of November 21, 2010
  8. Social change 0% developed  as of Oct 9, 2005
  9. Human Ecology and Urbanization 0% developed  as of Oct 4, 2005 (belongs in Social Change section)
  10. Media (belongs in Institutions section) 25% developed  as of April 1, 2008
  11. Everyday life (currently has only a short chapter on television) 0% developed  as of April 1, 2008 (belongs in Social Life section)
  12. Social Structure (belongs in Social Life section) 0% developed  as of August 11, 2009
  13. Organizations
  14. Sociology of Work
  15. Sociology of Sports 0% developed  as of January 29, 2011
  16. /Globalization
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