Sociology (SOCI) 287

Introduction to Sociology I (Revision 5)

SOCI 287

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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TELUQ equivalency: SHS 2100

SOCI 287 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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SOCI 287 introduces students to the critical study of society provided by Sociology. In this course you will learn about socialization, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, and the family. The goal of SOCI 287 is to increase your awareness of the realities that surround us and provide you with the tools you need to move forward with a sensible understanding of the world you live in. SOCI 287 is an excellent, entertaining, and exciting introduction to the fascinating and enlightening study of Sociology.


  • Unit 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • Unit 2: Research Methods
  • Unit 3: Culture
  • Unit 4: Socialization
  • Unit 5: Deviance
  • Unit 6: The Family
  • Unit 7: Social Inequality: Stratification
  • Unit 8: Race and Ethnicity
  • Unit 9: Gender
  • Unit 10: Final Essay and Conclusion


To receive credit for SOCI 287, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least "D" (50 percent) and a grade of 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Five short Essay Assignments Book Review, Pilger and Hathaway Final Examination Total
50% 15% 35% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

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

Course Materials


Steckley, John, and Letts, Guy Kirby. (2010). Elements of Sociology: A Critical Canadian Introduction, 2nd ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Pilger, John. (2007). Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire. New York: Nation Books.

Hathaway, William T. (2007-2010). Summer Snow. St Albert, AB: Avatar Publications.

Other Materials

The online course materials includes a study guide.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

For more information please contact the course coordinator.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

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 5, February 27, 2013.

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