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Diploma in Sociology

This online Alison course introduces you to the structures within society, how cultures evolve, and what social processes cause cultures to change.

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This online Alison course introduces you to the structures within society, how cultures evolve, and what social processes cause cultures to change.





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Learn about societies and their structure, how cultures evolve and what social processes cause them to change by studying the course Diploma in Sociology. 

The course begins with an explanation of what sociology is and gives an overview of the three main theories in sociology. You will learn how culture is defined, what differentiates one culture from another and what is common to all cultures. You will then be introduced to inequalities in society and how these inequalities have come to cause social stratification in countries across the world.

Next, you will explore sociological factors that affect race, ethnicity and minorities as well as gender and gender identity, and the range of prejudices and discrimination that occur in these areas and why they persist. You will learn how sociology defines family, the variation in family structures and you will explore the social impact of changing family structures.

The course then reviews the role of religion in society and how it has brought about social change. The world of work and the economy are explored with a focus on capitalism and socialism, both in theory and practice. You will get an understanding of how society changes through social movements and how sociology defines deviance or non-conformity.

You will explore how new technologies impact society globally, particularly the divide between those who have early access to new technology and those who don't. You will look at the changing role of the elderly in society and the impact it has on their lives.

You will also learn about crowds and collective behaviour along with the emerging norms in a society.

Finally, you will look at how sociological research is carried out using different research methods and techniques.

This Diploma course will be of great interest to professionals working in areas as diverse as medicine, politics, law, urban organization and marketing. It will also be of great interest to all learners who would like to know more about how cultures and societies evolve and change.

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Module 1: An Introduction to Sociology

Module 2: Introducing Culture

Module 3: Sociology and Social Interaction

Module 4: Understanding Socialization

Module 5: Introducing Groups and Organizations

Module 6: Population, Urbanization and the Environment

Module 7: Social Stratification in the United States

Module 8: Global Inequality

Module 9: Inequality in Race and Ethnicity

Module 10: Inequality in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

Module 11: Inequality in Education

Module 12: Diploma in Sociology - First Assessment

Module 13: Sociology, Marriage and Family

Module 14: Exploring Religion from a Sociological Perspective

Module 15: Impact of Government and Politics on Society

Module 16: The Role of Work and the Economy in Shaping Society

Module 17: The Changing Role of Healthcare in Society

Module 18: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control

Module 19: Media and Technology

Module 20: Aging and the Elderly

Module 21: Social Movements and Social Change

Module 22: Sociological Research

Module 23: Diploma in Sociology - Second Assessment

Module 24: Diploma in Sociology - Final Assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain concepts central to sociology and describe the three main theories;
  • Discuss the role of social control within culture;
  • Define race, ethnicity and minority groups;
  • Define and discuss what is meant by gender identity;
  • Discuss the social impact of changing family structures;
  • Discuss types of economic systems and their historical development;
  • Define globalisation and describe its manifestation in modern society;
  • Explain disparities of health based on gender, socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity;
  • Define deviance and explain the nature of deviant behaviour;
  • Explain technological inequality and issues related to unequal access to technology;
  • Identify the biological, social, and psychological changes in aging;
  • Explain how technology, social institutions, population, and the environment can bring about social change;
  • Define and describe the scientific method to sociology research.


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