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1.  Read Chapter 1 of your textbook ("Discover Sociology") and the Module 1 Introduction found on the previous page.  You should also watch the introductory video provided by the textbook authors.

2.  Review the Learning Objectives listed below.  Learning objectives also serve as the study guide for the midterm exam.  If you have questions, you can post them in the Q&A section of the Discussion Board.

3.  Participate in the Discussion Board prior to the deadline of this module.  You will need to answer discussion questions posted by the instructor, and you will need to respond to classmates.  See the section "Weekly Discussion Board Topics" for the requirements and expectations of your posts.  Your posts must include substantive ideas that demonstrate strong critical thinking skills.  Make sure to use sociological concepts and ideas in your posts.

4.  Take Quiz #1 as many times as you wish before the deadline of this module.  Your highest score will be counted.  You can also spend up to one hour for each attempt.



Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

1.  Define sociology and explain its origin.

2.  Describe reasons to study sociology.

3.  Exercise your sociological imagination through critical thinking to understand the relationships between public issues and personal troubles.

4.  Understand and be able to apply the following sociological theories to issues of human behavior: symbolic interactionism, structural functionalism, and social conflict theory.

5.  Know the following early sociologists and their major contributions: Auguste Comte, Harriet Martineau, Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Robert Ezra Park, W.E.B. DuBois, C. Wright Mills, and Jane Addams.

6.  Understand the role of globalization on societal changes.

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