Introduction to Sociology

The American Business School Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Sociology

  • Host University

    The American Business School Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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).

    TEXT :
    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 Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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