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Diploma in Sociology

  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • The free online course Diploma in Sociology introduces you to societies and their structure, how cultures evolve and what social processes cause them to change. 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 free 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.

  • 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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Diploma in Sociology
  • Free

  • 10-15 Hours

  • OpenStax College

  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • 250 Pts

Modules List( 24 )
  • DIPLOMA IN SOCIOLOGY
  • Diploma in Sociology - Course Resource Documents View Resource
  • SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL LIFE...
  • Module
    1
    An Introduction to Sociology
    • This module introduces you to sociology by giving an overview of what culture is and how it develops and changes over time. It looks at are areas such as population and diversity with reference to the three main theories - Structural-Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What Is Sociology?
    • The History of Sociology
    • Theoretical Perspectives
    • Why Study Sociology?
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 2: Introducing Culture
    • This module introduces expands on what culture is by examining popular culture and sub culture, how the norms are maintained and the effect of language and symbols on a culture. The different perspectives each theory has on culture are also outlined.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What Is Culture?
    • Elements of Culture
    • Pop Culture, Subculture, and Cultural Change
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Culture
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 3: Sociology and Social Interaction
    • This model reviews the evolution of societies, particularly industrial and post-industrial, and the emergence of conflict theory. It also looks at the reality of social interactions or habitualisation and ‘roles and status’ affect society along with our own view of our selves.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Types of Societies
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Society
    • Social Constructions of Reality
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 4: Understanding Socialization
    • Socialisation, or is how we learn the norms and beliefs of our society, from childhood through education and into the workplace is covered here. It reviews why it is important and what problems people can have if they are not socialised into the society in which the live.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Theories of Self Development
    • Why Socialization Matters
    • Agents of Socialisation
    • Socialization Across the Life Course
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 5: Introducing Groups and Organizations
    • Within all societies the are various groups and subgroups the people belong to. This module looks at the different types of groups, such as family or political, how they are formed, what type of structures they have and how they compete with each other.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Types of Groups
    • Group Size and Structure
    • Formal Organizations
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 6: Population, Urbanization and the Environment
    • Societies and the environment have a symbiotic relationship. As we impact on the environment we diminish what we can take from nature. We see the challenges in addressing climate change given the increase in urbanisation and different stages of industrialisation throughout the world.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Demography and Population
    • Urbanization
    • The Environment and Society
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 7: Social Stratification in the United States
    • This module explores the different layers in society, such as class or caste. It also explores what affect this has on the individual: either enabling them through privilege and wealth to access a good education and job opportunities, or limiting them through poverty or social restriction to a poorer education and less skilled jobs.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • What Is Social Stratification?
    • Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States
    • Global Stratification and Inequality
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Social Stratification
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 8: Global Inequality
    • This module looks at the way countries are classified in terms of wealth and development and how the difference in wealth and resources leads to dependencies between countries that contribute to poverty. It also looks at the different types of poverty experienced in different places.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Global Stratification and Classification
    • Global Wealth and Poverty
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Global Stratification
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 9: Inequality in Race and Ethnicity
    • Race and ethnicity are among the most common causes of inequality globally. This module looks at the roles and behaviours of both dominant and subordinate groups, how stereotyping perpetuates discrimination, what the different types of discrimination are, and the nature of intergroup relationships.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups
    • Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination
    • Theories of Race and Ethnicity
    • Intergroup Relationships
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 10: Inequality in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
    • This module explores the effect of gender and gender identity on the individual in society. It looks at the differences between socialising and educating males and females and how this can restrict or enable them in life. It also looks at the role of both homophobia and heterosexism in society.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Difference Between Sex and Gender
    • Gender
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Gender
    • Sex and Sexuality
    • Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Sexuality
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 11: Inequality in Education
    • This module looks at the differences in educational resources around the world and the resulting impact on individuals. It also considers the role played by both the formal education and informal education within schools.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Education Around the World
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Education
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 12: Diploma in Sociology - First Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Diploma in Sociology - First Assessment
  • SECTION 2: SOCIOLOGY - SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND SO...
  • Module 13: Sociology, 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.
    • 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 14: 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.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Sociological Approach to Religion
    • World Religions
    • Religion and Social Change
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 15: 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.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Power and Authority
    • Forms of Government
    • Voter Participation
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Government and Power
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 16: 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.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Economic Systems
    • Capitalism and Socialism
    • Theoretical Perspectives on the Economy
    • Globalization and the Economy
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 17: 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.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • The Social Construction of Health
    • Global Health
    • Comparative Health and Medicine
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Medicine
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 18: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
    • This module looks how sociology defines deviance or non-conformity and how it differs from crime, and how deviant behaviour, such as Rosa Parks violated social norms when she refused to move to the "black section" can advance civil rights for all. You will look and how crime is categorised and the different areas of criminal justice systems.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Deviance and Control
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Deviance
    • Crime and the Law
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 19: Media and Technology
    • This module explores how new technologies, particularly in the area of media, impact society globally, particularly the divide between those who have early access to new technology. We see the effect of new media, television and advertising on social homogenization and social fragmentation.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Technology Today
    • Media and Technology in Society
    • Global Implications
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Media and Technology
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 20: Aging and the Elderly
    • In this module you will see how the role of the elderly in society is changing and how this impacts on the on their lives though the need to work longer, being disenfranchised and sometimes abused, while society will need to plan for and fund more resources of elder care in the future.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Who Are the Elderly? Aging in Society
    • The Process of Aging
    • Challenges Facing the Elderly
    • Theoretical Perspectives on Aging
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 21: Social Movements and Social Change
    • In this module you will explore the role of social movements in changing society, why and how these movements form and evolve over time. You will also learn about crowds and collective behaviour along with the emerging norms in a society.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Collective Behavior
    • Social Movements
    • Social Change
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 22: Sociological Research
    • This module studies how sociology research is carried out using the scientific method and understood in an interpretive framework. You will learn about the different methods used, such as surveys and field research as well as ethical considerations that need to be considered when doing research.
    • Learning Outcomes
    • Approaches to Sociological Research
    • Research Methods - Part 1
    • Research Methods - Part 2
    • Ethical Concerns
    • Lesson Summary
  • Module 23: Diploma in Sociology - Second Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Diploma in Sociology - Second Assessment
  • END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
  • Module 24: Diploma in Sociology - Final Assessment
    • You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
    • Diploma in Sociology - Final Assessment
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