Sociology 1 Syllabus
California State University, Sacramento
Department of Sociology
College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Fall 2007












Required Texts

Course Description:

Introduction to the field of Sociology; its basic concepts and principles; the analysis and explanation of culture, personality, social institutions, social change, population, social processes and collective Behavior.



Course Objectives


A). To understand the basic concepts and principles of sociology

B). To learn and understand the unique sociological perspective, and how it furthers our understanding of human social behavior and of social issues.

C). To learn and understand both qualitative and quantitative research methods used in the social sciences.

D). To learn to focus on the larger societal context in which human behavior takes places, and to focus on and understand American society and the global community.

E). To develop an understanding and appreciation of human diversity, including ethnic, gender, age and socio-economic diversity.

F).To become acquainted with text produced by women, minorities, the lower class and other nations, or texts describing these groups’ experiences and perspectives.

G).The GE written requirement for this course is met as follows: Students will write a review of each of the 2 movies shown in this class. Each review should be at least two pages in length, and handed in after viewing the movie. The reviews must include synopses of the movies and not be mere "reaction" papers.

The outcomes will be measured by three exams and three essays: The exams contain several dozen objective questions measuring students’ progress towards understanding the issues

listed in #A through #F, above. The essays require that students demonstrate understanding of the issues documented in the two films shown - again, issues listed in #A through F, above.







1. Introduction: Landis 1 1
2. Culture: Landis 3; Finsterbusch Unit I 2
3. Socialization: Landis 2; Finsterbusch Unit II 3
4. Groups and Relationships: Landis 4; Finsterbusch Unit III 4
 Literature Review 5

First Midterm: Thursday October 4

5. Social Stratification: Landis 5;Finsterbusch IVA and IVB 6
6. Ethnicity, Gender and Age: Landis 6; Finsterbusch Units IVC and IVD 7
7. Social Institutions: The Family, Religion, Health and Education: Landis 7,8; Finsterbusch Unit VC 8
8. Social Institutions: Politics and Economics: Landis 9,10; Finsterbusch UnitsVA and VB 9
Literature Review 10
                                                 Second Midterm: Thursday November 8
9. Population and Ecology: Landis 11; Finsterbusch Unit VIA 11
10. Social Change and Social Disorganization: Landis 12; Finsterbusch Unit VIB 12
11. Collective Behavior: Landis 13 13
12. Deviance and  Morality: Landis 14; Finsterbusch Unit VIC 14
13. Sociology and the Future:  Landis 15; Finsterbusch Unit  VID        15
Literature Review                                16

Final: Tuesday December 18:  12:45 p.m.


Grades and Grading Policy

There are two midterms and a final. Each midterm counts for 25% of the grade, the final for 35%. The tests are objective, covering readings, movies and lectures in approximately equal measures, which means that regular class attendance is important. 10% of the grade is for attendance and class participation. Each absence costs one point. The remaining 5 % of the grade is for the movie reviews. Each of these must be at two pages long, and they should be handed after viewing the movies.

Make-up policy: Only under the most compelling circumstances will make-up tests be allowed, and only upon prior request. Medical emergencies must be documented. Under no circumstances will anyone be allowed to make up more than one of the exams.


Required Texts

Judson Landis -- Sociology: Concepts and Characteristics -- 11th ed.

Kurt Finsterbusch -- Sociology 2007-2008