Introduction to sociology (B)

Offer semester
1st semester

Lecture time
Thursday 16:30 – 18:20

Lecture venue

Course description

SOCI1001(B) Introduction to sociology aims to provide students with key sociological concepts in order to ask critical questions at society. Students will be provided with a survey of the discipline and explore major topics that speak to everyday life experiences. Both global and local perspectives will be used to illustrate different ways of understanding society and social structures.

By the end of the course, students will gain a better understanding of how our everyday lives are affected by social factors such as family, class, gender, religion, education, race and ethnicity. Furthermore, studying sociology offers us different ways to understand changing developments in the world around us.

One example can be how talking on mobile phones triggers sociological questions that address new communication technologies, migrant labour, global warming, intimacy issues and cultural etiquette.

Key topics for this introductory course include global stratification, culture, deviance and crime, sex and gender, marriage and families, cities and urbanization.

This course is also offered in the first semester, under course code SOCI1001(A).

Course learning outcomes

  • To gain a basic understanding of sociology.
  • To become skilled at asking sociological questions.
  • To apply sociological concepts on everyday life.
  • To develop critical thinking in understanding society.
  • To develop presentation skills for group projects and reports.



Required reading

Schaefer, Richard T. 2011. Sociology (Thirteenth Edition). McGraw-Hill.

*A list of required readings for tutorial discussion will be distributed along with the tutorial guidelines.

Recommended reading

Berger, Peter L. 1986. Invitation to Sociology. London: Penguin.

Connell, Raewyn. 2007. Southern Theory: Social Science and the Global Dynamics OfKnowledge. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Giddens, Anthony. 1982. Sociology: a Brief but Critical Introduction. London: Macmillan.

Henslin, James. 2011. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach (Eleventh Edition). Pearson Higher Education.

Johnson, Allan G. 2008. The Forest and the Trees. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. Lui, Tai-Lok, & Chiu, Stephen W.K. (Eds.). 2007. Ten Years after 1997 : the Lost Decade of Hong Kong. Hong Kong : Chinese University Press.

Mathews, Gordon, & Lui, Tai-Lok (Eds.). Consuming Hong Kong. Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press.

Matson, Ron. (Ed.). 2011. The Spirit of Sociology: A Reader. Boston : Allyn & Bacon.

Smith, Dorothy E. 1987. The Everyday World as Problematic : a Feminist Sociology. Boston : Northeastern University Press.
*Additional recommended readings for each lecture topic will be distributed in tutorials.

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