Topics in Sociology
I. Course Prefix/Number: SOC 290
Course Name: Topics in Sociology
Credits: 1-4 (1-4 lecture; 1-4 lab) Fee varies.
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course explores major issues relating to field of sociology. Topics selected from subspecialties: socialization, social organization, deviance, stratification, race and ethnicity, gender, social institutions, collective behavior, urbanization, and social change. Focus and/or scope differ from other sociology courses currently offered. Can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credits.
IV. Learning Objectives
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
One major topic or several minor topics relating to an overall theme will be selected for study.
Examples of possible topics and themes are as follows:
- Work and Leisure: An examination of social aspects of employment, including the changing definitions of work and leisure in our culture and the problems arising from unemployment, low worker morale, and the integration of women and minorities into the workforce.
- Population and the Environment: The study of the composition, growth and movement of population and the social impact it has on the environment.
- The Urban Experience: An examination of urban life, including patterns of development, characteristics of urban institutions, and problems associated with the changing urban landscape.
- The Sociology of Science and Technology: An examination of the social impact of major scientific and technological changes, including the actual and potential consequences of advances in the physical and natural sciences.
- The Sociology of Health and Illness: An introduction to the concepts of health and illness in our society; different ways of measuring disease; the impact of social class, race, religion, and ethnicity on the perception and distribution of disease; and the social organization of health care system.
- The Sociology of the Street: An examination of the sights, sounds, smells and people in the most public of public spaces, the street. How do place and space and the "presentation of self" in public places affect our understanding of race, ethnicity, class, and urban subcultures?
VII. Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods vary with the instructor and may involve any of the following: lectures, discussions, readings, papers, audio-visual resources, group projects, simulation games, guest speakers, case studies, exercises, group interaction, role-playing.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand college-level text material. Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded. This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.
IX. Instructional Materials
The typical materials for a social science course (textbooks, library materials, movies, sound/slide programs, media based course materials) will be used. Materials will be assigned according to the specific topic requirements.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Exams (objective, short answer, essay), analyses of books, research papers, group work, and student presentations are likely strategies to be used in evaluating student learning.
XI. Other Course Information
Class policy on make-up exams, late assignments, etc.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.