Sociology examines individuals in their social contexts and provides insights into factors such as class, gender and age shape societies at the individual and institutional levels. This introductory course introduces you to key concepts and theories used in examination of and for understanding social action, social institutions, social structure and social change. This course seeks to introduce you to some of sociology’s central concepts, that describe and analyse critically the social forces shaping human behavior and attitude in contemporary social life. This includes examining the ways in which the social, economic and cultural creation of social groups influence their local, national and global environment. This course provides a systematic and critical understanding of the essential components in the structure of society, and examines the main conflicting social processes that create social instability and promote social change.
What will I learn?
What is the sociological imagination
How to connect your biography with society
What is social inequality
How inequality impacts on both the individual and the society
The institutions of our society and how they impact the individual
The social changes that are happening around us
Where could this lead me?
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MODULE 1: THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION
MODULE 2: INEQUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: LOCAL AND GLOBAL STRATIFICATION
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Mdcompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I would have liked it to be fully subtitled as some terms and names were mentioned that I hadn't heard of before and still couldn't understand because of the lecturers accent. But overall enjoyed studying this course.