Sociology of Modern Life

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociology of Modern Life

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • 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

    Discussion of various social institutions across societies, such as economy, political organization, family, religion, education and medicine, with emphasis on modern society. Presentation of social change in its different forms, both locally and globally.

    Discussion of social institutions enables the student to understand how larger societal forces enable but also constrain human behavior and people’s choices. In addition, an emphasis on social change enables the student to understand her/his position in an increasingly complex world. Because of the emphasis on various social institutions and social processes, the course is relevant to many disciplines, primarily in the social sciences and the humanities.

    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1.Identify the structure of core social institutions.
    2.Demonstrate understanding of the interdependence of social institutions in modernity
    3.Explain the constantly changing nature of society.
    4.Explain the transition from traditional to modern society.
    5.Identify social processes and their collective dimension.
    6.Demonstrate understanding of the complexity and impact of globalization.

    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, discussions of selected issues, showing of video documentaries and in-class illustrations of various issues.
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their lecturer, where they can address issues and ask questions pertinent to the course material.
    - Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.


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