Overview of Sociology Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is sociology and what types of social concepts are of interest within the field? This lesson plan summarizes the study and practice of sociology using a video lesson. An activity allows students to take a closer look at the study of sociology at the college level.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define sociology
  • list and explain the facets of society that are of interest to sociologists
  • discuss career opportunities within the field of sociology


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.


  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson
  • Course lists of the required classes for sociology majors from several colleges and universities


  • Begin by writing the term 'sociology' on the board.
    • What is sociology?
    • What types of things do sociologists do?
  • Play the video lesson What Is Sociology? - Definition, Themes & Careers in Sociology for the class, pausing it at 1:38.
    • How did we do in our discussion of sociology?
    • What is the formal definition of sociology as presented in the video lesson?
    • How is sociology different from social psychology?
    • How does sociology compare to anthropology?
  • Play the video lesson again, pausing it this time at 3:43.
    • What types of things might sociologists investigate in regard to society?
    • How does culture guide the work of sociologists?
    • What characteristics of people may be of interest to sociologists?
    • Why are social institutions important to sociologists?
  • Play the video lesson again, pausing it this time at 5:01.
    • What types of careers are possible with a degree in sociology?
  • Play the reminder of the video lesson for the class before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet to the class.
  • Work together, as a class, to complete the worksheet.

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