Sociology (SOCI) 287

Introduction to Sociology I (Revision 6)

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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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Sociology 287 introduces students to the critical study of society. In this course you will learn about socialization, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, and the family. The goals of this course are to increase your awareness of the realities that surround us, and to provide you with the tools you need to move forward with a sensible understanding of the world you live in. Sociology 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 and Social Rules
  • Unit 5: Deviance
  • Unit 6: The Family
  • Unit 7: Social Inequality and Stratification
  • Unit 8: Race and Ethnicity
  • Unit 9: Gender
  • Unit 10: 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:

Activity Weighting
5 Short Project Assignments 50%
Research Essay Proposal 15%
Final Exam 35%
Total 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. (2020). Elements of Sociology: A Critical Canadian Introduction (5th ed.). Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.

Sharp, Michael. (2018). The Rocket Scientists’ Guide to Money and the Economy: Accumulation and Debt. St. Albert, AB: Lightning Path Press. (PDF)

Hathaway, William T. (2015). Lila, The Revolutionary. St Albert, AB: Avatar Publications.

Online Video

Nibley, Lydia. (2010). Two Spirits. Cinema Guild.

Other Materials

The course materials include an online study guide.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 6, December 12, 2017.

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