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Introduction to sociology (A)

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Thursday 13:30 – 15:20

Lecture venue

Course description

Sociology is a systematic study of the relationship between individuals and society. It is a way of looking at the world we live in. This introductory course aims to provide students with the key sociological concepts and approaches to draw connections and ask critical questions about individuals and the broader social contexts. This course will first equip students with the basic understanding of our social life and the social self, and then explore the way our lives are affected by factors like class, gender, sexuality, family, education and the media. Other key issues to be addressed include deviance and crime, globalisation, the environment and social change.

Sociology is a rather challenging discipline as it questions our taken-for-granted assumptions of social lives – the social realities we ‘know’ are usually not what they seem. This also makes studying sociology a transforming journey because it makes us see the world we have lived all our lives anew. To guide students in this journey, we make use of everyday experience and multi-media to nurture students’ critical thinking and the ability to apply theories in understanding everyday practices. We hope to make sociology relevant to students’ lives in this fast changing world.

Course learning outcomes

On completing the course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of sociology.
  2. Identify the key sociological questions.
  3. Apply sociological concepts in everyday lives and social issues.
  4. Develop critical thinking in understanding society.

*PLO: Programme Learning Outcome – UG (Sociology)


Tutorial presentation and discussion10%
Reflective memo10%
Term essay20%

Required reading

Croteau, D. & Hoynes, W. 2020. Experience Sociology (4/e). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Giddens, A. & Sutton, P.W. 2017. Sociology (8/e). Cambridge: Polity.

Haralambos, M. & Holborn, M. 2013. Sociology: Themes and Perspectives (8/e). London: Harper Collins.

Course co-ordinator and teachers

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