Sociology I: Introduction to Sociology

Enrollment Message:

This course provides an overview of sociological theories, methods, and concepts such as culture and socialization, introducing the student to the ways that their lives are affected by the people and social institutions around them. Prerequisites: None

Course Objectives: Students will identify sociology as a scientific field of inquiry.

• Students will compare and contrast the sociological perspective and how it differs from other social sciences.

• Students will identify, differentiate among, and apply a variety of sociological theories.

• Students will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the major methods of sociological research.

• Students will describe the components of culture.

• Students will analyze how culture influences individuals, including themselves.

• Students will describe the process of socialization across the life course.

• Students will evaluate important social institutions and how they respond to social needs.

• Students will explain the process of the social construction of the self.

• Students will examine the social construction of groups and their impact on the life chances of individuals.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: The Sociological Imagination

Unit 2: The Story of Sociology

Unit 3: Culture

Unit 4: The Influence of Culture

Unit 5: Social Relationships

Unit 6: Identity

Unit 7: Social Institutions

Unit 8: Socialization

Resources Included:

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements:
Students must also have access to YouTube.

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: N/A


School Level: High School
Standards: American Sociological Association: National Standards for HS Sociology
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 04258
MDE Endorsement Code: CF - Sociology
MMC Minimum Requirements: EDP/Career Interest Elective

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus