SOCI 1503

Course No. and Title: Sociology 1503 Sociological Perspectives
Credit Value: Three (3) credit hours
Course Description: This course introduces the basic concepts, theories, perspectives, and approaches of sociology and their application to the study of society and the relationship between the individual and society. Specific topics used to illustrate these sociological perspectives will include some combination of issues concerning socialization, sex and gender, family, community, population and aging, urban life, religion, race and ethnicity, work and occupations, inequality, education, environment, globalization, politics and social movements, technology and social change.

Benefits of the course

  • Sociological Perspectives provides students with an introduction to numerous topics of interest to sociology such as gender; politics and government; social stratification; race and ethnicity, etc.  It also provides the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for a library-based research project
  • After studying about numerous sociological topics students will be able to select those of particular interest to them for further study.
  • Sociological Perspectives provides students with useful tools for recognizing and analyzing important social concepts through a different viewing lens.


Course Instructor:

Barbara Fisher-Townsend, Ph.D., Department of Sociology

Course Features:

Several of the modules do have links for related online videos.

Course Format:

There are 12 modules in this course and they must be completed in order.

Course Texts:

The text is an open-source book available free online as part of the B.C. Open Textbook project. 

Little, W., Vyain, S., Scaramuzzo, G., Cody-Rydzewski, S., Griffiths, H., Strayer, E., Keirns, N., & McGivern, R. (2014). Introduction to Sociology (1st Canadian Ed.). Retrieved from 

Assignments & Examinations:

All quizzes, assignments and final exam are to be submitted online.

Grading Components:

Introduction to Sociological Research Project: (20%) Following completion of Module 4 students are required to develop the beginning stages of a research paper. Full instructions for this assignment are available in Module 4.  This project must be submitted before starting the work for Module 7.

Module Quizzes: (4 x 10% = 40%) Four multiple choice quizzes need to be completed – one after module 3, one after module 6, and one after module 9 and one after module 12.  The first quiz will cover materials from Modules 1, 2 and 3. The second will cover material from Modules 4, 5, 6, the third will cover materials from modules 7, 8, 9, and the fourth from modules 10, 11 12. Each quiz will be 50 minutes duration to complete.

Final Test: (40%) Following completion of all 12 modules students will access the final test online. Students are required to answer four essay questions in a 2-hour time period [there will be some choice] and submit their answers in the exam dropbox. This closed-book test will be based on all materials covered during the course. This test must be taken under invigilation. Students in the Fredericton/Saint John area will need to book a time to take this test on campus. Other students will be required to write in an invigilated setting in their residence community. More details are available in the course outline and these will also be provided in your registration letters.

All mid-term exams and final exams for online courses will be invigilated at an approved time and location. Please refer to the Online Exam Request Form to book.

Time Limit:

Six months from the student registration date. All course exams and/or assignments must be completed by the designated end date

Special Start or End Dates:

If applicable.


Online courses are subject to an additional $100 non-refundable online fee per course. Fees are subject to change by the Board of Governors.
More information on fees for this course.

Methods of Payment:

Once you complete the Apply Now form below, please send payment. Methods of payment accepted:
Cash (Do not send in the mail. Please deliver to the College of Extended Learning, 2nd Level, Wu Centre, UNB Fredericton Campus)
Cheque or money order (Mail to UNB College of Extended Learning, PO Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5A3)
MasterCard / VISA / American Express (Please call the College of Extended Learning at 1-866-599-4646  or 506 453-4646 with your credit card number, expiry date, and the name as it appears on the card. Please do not send credit card information via email).

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