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This course introduces students to the academic discipline and principles of sociology. The systematic investigation of this course takes an in-depth look at culture, socialization, social institutions, social inequality, and social change. Specific topics include the current status of minorities, the role of religion in American society, comparisons of violent crime rates worldwide, and the global impact of the rise in immigration. The major goal of this course is to provide students with new lenses through which to view both society and one's self. To accomplish this, students must develop an understanding of the meaning of culture, social systems, social stratifications, social institutions, and societal change.
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