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Sociology (SOCI) 288

Introduction to Sociology II (Revision 3)

SOCI 288

Revision 3 closed, replaced by current version.

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Delivery Mode:Individualized study or grouped study.


Area of Study:Social Science

Prerequisite:None. SOCI 287 is strongly recommended.

Precluded Course:SOCI 208 (SOCI 288 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for SOCI 208.)

Centre:Centre for Global and Social Analysis

SOCI 288 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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SOCI 288 will introduce you to some of the major institutions of Canadian society, which are analysed from different sociological perspectives. SOCI 288 forms the second part of our Introduction to Sociology. Whereas the first course introduced you to major theories and key concepts of modern sociology, this course applies many of these theoretical concepts to the analysis of some central social institutions in Canada. This is your opportunity, therefore, to learn not only more about sociological analysis, but also more about Canadian society.


Unit 1: Introduction/Review

Unit 2: Inequality in Canada

Unit 3: Political Sociology

Unit 4: Sociology of Work

Unit 5: Sociology of Education

Unit 6: Family Life in Modern Society

Unit 7: Crime and Deviance


To receive credit for SOCI 288, you must achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the final examination and a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Assign. 3 Assign. 4 Final Exam Total
15% 15% 15% 15% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Note: These texts are used for both Sociology 287 and Sociology 288.

Brym, Robert J. 1996. Society in Question: Sociological Readings for the 21st Century. Toronto: Harcourt Brace.

Parkinson, Gary and Robert Drislane. 1996. Exploring Society: Pathways in Sociology. Toronto: Harcourt Brace.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a course manual.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 3, Dec 19, 1999.

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Last updated by SAS  05/28/2015 11:08:30