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Introduction to Sociology


Sociology is the study of human social life. Human social life is complex and encompasses many facets of the human experience. Because of its complexity, the discipline of sociology has been subdivided over time into specialty areas. The first section of this book covers the foundations of sociology, including an introduction to the discipline, the methods of study, and some of the dominant theoretical perspectives. The remaining chapters focus on the different areas of study in sociology.

Table of ContentsEdit

Instructor ResourcesEdit

Course Materials

After substantially revising all of the chapters, I have also created new powerpoint presentations to accompany the completed chapters. You can view and download the updated presentations here.

Future ChaptersEdit

  1. Human Rights 0% developed  as of July 23, 2011 - Bruce Friesen, Chapter Editor
  2. Sexuality 50% developed  as of Nov 17, 2010 - J. Edward Sumerau, Chapter Editor
  3. Education 50% developed  as of April 9, 2005
  4. Organizational Behavior 25% developed  as of December 8, 2006
  5. Technology, the Internet, and Virtual Worlds 0% developed  as of November 21, 2010
  6. Human Ecology and the Environment 0% developed  as of Oct 4, 2005 (belongs in Social Change section)
  7. Military 0% developed  as of June 20, 2014
  8. Sociology of Sports 0% developed  as of January 29, 2011
  9. Social psychology 50% developed  as of December 8, 2006 (belongs in Social Life section)


  • Media (merge with Technology, the Internet, and Virtual Worlds chapter)
  • Social Structure (merge with Society chapter)
  • Organizations (merge with Organizational Behavior chapter)