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Introduction to sociology (A)

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Thursday 10:30am – 12:20pm

Lecture venue

Course description

Sociology is a systematic and critical study of human social life, groups, and societies. This introductory course aims to provide you with the key sociological concepts and perspectives in order to examine the intricate interplay between individuals and society. For example, how to make sense of our behaviour, how to comprehend the relationship we have with others, and how to understand the social world we live in. Topics include culture and norms, socialization and social interactions, social order and social structure, sex and gender, family and intimate relationships, deviance and crime, social stratification and inequality, mass media and information society, and globalization. At the end of the course, you will have a basic understanding of what sociology is: its main theorists, problems, methods, concepts, and its relevance to the contemporary world.

This course will be divided into lectures and tutorials. Lectures will cover major themes in their broadest forms whilst tutorials will concentrate on concrete and specific issues. A learner-centred approach is adopted which underscores active interaction and participation. We will make use of everyday experience, role play, game and multi-media (such as news, movies, TV, YouTube drawn from local and international sources) to initiate discussion. Through these various activities, we hope to nurture you critical thinking and help you develop an appreciation of differences and learn how to integrate theory with practice.

This course is also offered in the second semester, under course code SOCI1001(B).

Course learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of what sociology is
  2. Identify key sociological questions and current social issues in understanding contemporary societies
  3. Apply sociological concepts and perspectives in analyzing your everyday lives and current issues
  4. Develop critical thinking in comprehending society


Tutorial presentation10%
Reflective memo10%
Term paper20%

Required reading

Any one of them:

Giddens, Anthony and Sutton, Philip W. 2013. Sociology, 7th edition. Cambridge: Polity.Schaefer, Richard T. 2012. Sociology, 13th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-earth Approach, 11th edition. Boston: Pearson.

Macionis, John J. 2010. Sociology, 12th edition. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

Recommended reading

Haralabmos, Michael and Martin, Holborn. 2008. Sociology: Themes and Perspectives, 7th edition. London: HarperCollins Publishers.

Course co-ordinator and teachers