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Sociology Studies - Social Institutions

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  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • Sociology Studies - Social Institutions is the third in a series of four free online courses and this course will give you an understanding of social institutions and how they establish patterns of rule-governed behaviours. You will learn how sociology defines family, the variation in family structures and what the social impact of changing family structures is along with the challenges faced by families through divorce and abuse. Next you will look at religion from a sociological perspective and get an understanding of the different types of religion, and how religion has brought about social change. You will also study power and authority and its use in government and politics. The course describes different types of authority and the various forms of government from dictatorships and oligarchy to democracy. You will also learn what affect race, gender and class have on voter participation and electoral outcomes. The world of work and the economy are explored next with a focus on capitalism and socialism, both in theory and practice. You will also review the pros and cons globalisation in modern society. Finally, the course covers healthcare from the social construction of health and medical sociology to global health and social epidemiology. You will also explore the differences between low and high income nations. Using the United States as an example you will explore healthcare issues such as access for different socio-economic groups, mental health and disability issues and the correlation between medicalisation and stigmatisation. This free online 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.

  • Having completed this course you will be able to:

    - Describe society’s current understanding of family;
    - Discuss the social impact of changing family structures;
    - Describe the social and interpersonal impact of family abuse;
    - Discuss historical view of religion from a sociological perspective;
    - Explain the differences between various types of religious organizations ;
    - Identify and describe the three types of authority;
    - Explore the influence of race, gender, and class issues on the voting process;
    - Describe different types of economic systems and their historical development;
    - Describe capitalism and socialism both in theory and in practice;
    - Define globalisation and describe its manifestation in modern society;
    - Explain the difference between the cultural meaning of illness, the social construction of illness, and the social construction of medical knowledge;
    - Explain the differences between high-income and low-income nations;
    - Explain disparities of health based on gender, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

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Modules List( 6 )
  • SOCIOLOGY STUDIES - SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
  • Sociology Studies - Social Institutions Course Resource Documents
  • Module 1: How Sociology Defines Marriage and Family
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What Is Marriage? What Is a Family?
    • Variations in Family Life
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Marriage and Family
    • Divorce and Remarriage
    • Violence and Abuse
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Exploring Religion from a Sociological Perspective
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Sociological Approach to Religion
    • World Religions
    • Religion and Social Change
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Impact of Government and Politics on Society
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Power and Authority
    • Forms of Government
    • Voter Participation
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Government and Power
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 4: The Role of Work and the Economy in Shaping Society
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Economic Systems
    • Capitalism and Socialism
    • Theoretical Perspectives on the Economy
    • Globalization and the Economy
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 5: The Changing Role of Healthcare in Society
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Social Construction of Health
    • Global Health
    • Comparative Health and Medicine
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Medicine
    • Lesson Summary
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 6: Sociology Studies - Social Institutions Assessment
    • Social Institutions Assessment
Topics List ( 7 )
Module 1: How Sociology Defines Marriage and Family
This module looks at how sociology defines family, lines of decent and residency. It also explores how families vary from single parents to same-sex couples, and what the social impact of changing family structures is along with the challenges faced by families through divorce and family abuse.
Topics List ( 5 )
Module 2: Exploring Religion from a Sociological Perspective
This module explores religion from a sociological perspective and will give you an insight into the different types of religious organisations and classifications of religion, before looking at major world religions in more detail and how religion has brought about social change.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 3: Impact of Government and Politics on Society
In this module you will explore power and authority and its use in government and politics by looking at types or authority and the various forms for government from dictatorships and oligarchy to democracy including constitutional monarchies. You will look at the roles of race, gender and class in voter participation.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 4: The Role of Work and the Economy in Shaping Society
This module explores world of work and the economy with a focus on capitalism and socialism, both practice and from the view of the three main theories. You will also look at globalisation and how it manifests itself, in modern society along with the pros and cons from an economic point of view.
Topics List ( 6 )
Module 5: The Changing Role of Healthcare in Society
This module studies healthcare from the social construction of health and medical sociology to global health and social epidemiology and the differences between low and high income nations. Using the United States as an example you will explore the issues such access for different socio-economic groups, mental health and disability issues and the correlation between medicalisation and stigmatisation.
Topics List ( 1 )
Module 6: Sociology Studies - Social Institutions Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
Course Features
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours

  • Publisher

    OpenStax College

  • Video

    No

  • Audio

    No

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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