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Rio Hondo College Social Science Department- Whittier, California

CRN 70288 and 70289 (online) (8/19/2017- 12/9/2017)

Last day to drop class with a refund: 9/1/17 Last day to drop without a " W": 9/15/17 Last day to drop with a "W": 11/9/17

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Roddick


This is the primary contact for the course and students can expect prompt reply any day or evening of the week. Specific issues may also include contact via phone or Skype, if necessary.


This course is an introduction to the subject matter and the activity of sociology. The course will emphasize the learned nature of human behavior as a collective product of the ongoing interaction of individuals and groups in the context of a dynamic social structure. To develop our perspectives on these processes, we will study the development and impact of culture, societal definitions of deviant behavior, social class and inequality, and the process of social change.


C. Wright Mills, in The Sociological Imagination (pp. 3-6), has suggested that individuals should strive to develop...a quality of mind that will help them to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves. He writes further that ... it is this quality that may be called the sociological imagination. The sociological imagination enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. That is its task and its promise.

The objective of this course is to assist the student in the development of his or her own sociological imagination. In the process of that development, we will examine the history of social thought from a wide range of theorists and evaluate the relevance of each approach in the context of modern society. We will also study the process of sociological research. Included will be observational, survey, and quasi-experimental methodologies.

There are five specific educational goals for the students in this class:

1. To achieve an understanding of social theory as not only an abstract interpretation of social processes, but as a useful tool for collective and individual decision-making.

2. To achieve an understanding of the sociological perspective which will be a useful tool in the interpretation of each student's own social experiences.

3. To achieve an understanding of modern social science research including theory, methods and ethics.

4. To achieve an understanding of current social problems through the use of the sociological perspective.

5. To achieve an understanding of social change and its impact on us as individual participants in a changing society.

Throughout the semester, student performance on multiple student learning outcomes will be evaluated. These are skills for which all students who successfully complete this course should be able to demonstrate proficiency. The specific outcomes which will be assessed include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

- Students should be able to communicate in writing how sociology contributes to an understanding of social reality.
- Students should understand the nature of culture and social structure.

Other learning objectives for this course include:

- Students should comprehend the reciprocal relationship between the individual and society.
- Students should be able to have a comprehension of the diversity of the social experience and perspectives especially as they relate to race, class, gender age and sexual orientation, religion and nationality.
- Students should be able to explain how sociology views the development of the self.
- Student learners will be able to identify and define (a) the three major theoretical perspectives in social research and (b) identify a major sociological theorist associated with each perspective.


Preparation and Participation:

Students are expected to fulfill and submit all course assignments as scheduled. This entails taking part in class discussions and completing each week's work as it is assigned, just as one would in an on-campus class.

Academic Integrity:

It is expected that all work submitted for grading is original and that the student receiving the grade has indeed done the work being graded. Deviation from these standards will result in a failing grade and may result in expulsion from the class or the college.


Rio Hondo College is committed to providing access to education for students with disabilities. Any student with a disability who believes that he/she may need accommodations in this class is encouraged to contact the Disabled Students Program and Services Office as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely manner.  The office is located in room SS330 and the telephone number is (562) 908-3420.


1. Participation in class discussion and activities- This includes keeping on pace with the course. (225 points)

2. Midterm Essay- Tests for chapters 1-8 must be completed (200 points*)

3. Chapters 1-15 Tests- Multiple Choice and T/F (25 points each, 375 total points*)

4. Final Essay- All chapter tests must be completed. (200 points*)

5. Total points available are 1000 with final grade based on total points earned by each student during the course.

* Make-up work or other submissions after due dates will be possible only in exceptional situations, and must be arranged with the instructor. Point deductions will be made for all late work.



Henslin, James M. (2017). Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach

12th edition, Allyn and Bacon.

Additional Resources:

If you need to improve your study skills, communications skills, or test taking skills for this course, you are advised to seek a tutor’s assistance in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) located in LR 114.

Other study aides, information on careers in sociology, a sociology Jeopardy game and links to other sociology sites are available at: