Ch 12: Introduction to Sociology - The Basics: Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Introduction to Sociology - The Basics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach sociology in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Introduction to Sociology - The Basics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Sociology defined Major themes in the study of sociology, such as the examination of social institutions; sample careers in the field
Tuesday Applications of sociology The uses of sociology to inform public policy, contribute to personal growth and study social, demographic and political change
Wednesday The work of Auguste Comte Theological, metaphysical and scientific stages of society; the positivism perspective
Thursday Structural-functional and social conflict theory Theoretical approaches used to explain interactions between different social groups
Friday Feminism and symbolic interactionism Theoretical perspectives focusing on gender inequalities in society or the social contributions of individuals and small groups

4 Lessons in Chapter 12: Introduction to Sociology - The Basics: Lesson Plans
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Comte's 3 Stages of Society & Theory of Positivism

1. Comte's 3 Stages of Society & Theory of Positivism

This lesson focuses on the theories of Auguste Comte. Specifically, Comte suggested that global society has gone through three stages, called the theological stage, the metaphysical stage, and the scientific stage. It also covers Comte's theory of 'positivism' and how science and society interact.

Sociology's Four Theoretical Perspectives: Structural-Functional, Social Conflict, Feminism & Symbolic Interactionism

2. Sociology's Four Theoretical Perspectives: Structural-Functional, Social Conflict, Feminism & Symbolic Interactionism

Theories are an essential part of the framework used to organize specific social phenomena within the social sciences. This lesson introduces the four major theoretical perspectives in sociology, including structural-functional, social conflict, feminism, and symbolic interactionism.

What Is Sociology? - Definition, Themes & Careers in Sociology

3. What Is Sociology? - Definition, Themes & Careers in Sociology

What is sociology? This lesson covers a basic definition of the field, identifies major themes or questions studied by sociologists, and identifies possible careers in sociology. Learn about the main ideas within this popular and fascinating field!

Why Is Sociology Important? - Applications in Public Policy, Social Change & Personal Growth

4. Why Is Sociology Important? - Applications in Public Policy, Social Change & Personal Growth

How can theoretical and abstract ideas from sociology be used in the 'real world?' This lesson covers three applications of sociology. First, we'll discuss public policy, such as welfare. Second, we'll cover social change, including change in the economy, cities, and politics. Finally, sociology is applied to personal growth, including motivation and citizenship.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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