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SOC205 Social Change

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  • CRN: 43148
  • Credits: 4
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Online, Available 24/7
      From September 26 through December 12, 2022, Kim D Smith
    • Remote, Monday, from 3 to 4:50pm
      From September 26 through December 12, 2022, Kim D Smith

Class materials


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Open educational resources (OER)

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Details about this class

Course Overview:

Our SOC 205 Social Change course:

  • Examines social changes within and across societies.
  • Explores the central questions, schools of thought, forms of research, and theoretical debates about social issues and how social institutions and systems are organized and change over time.
  • Examines the many ways in which social contexts, historical events, institutional structures, and unequal relations of power shape society and how collective behavior can lead to social change over time.
  • Develops skills needed to think critically about how and why societies change and how the causes and consequences of social change shape the world.

Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide.

Required Books:

1) Introduction to Sociology 3e. 2021.

The book is available as an e-book, for free, via Openstax: https://openstax.org/details/books/introduction-sociology-3e

If you prefer, you can purchase a hard copy through the PCC Sylvania Online Bookstore

2) Gladwell, Malcolm. 2000. The Tipping Point, New York, NY: Little, Brown and Co.

New and used discounted copies are available through the PCC Sylvania Online Bookstore and other online sources.

Course Access:

More details, including the syllabus and assignment guidelines, will be available in our on-line course beginning the morning of the first day of the term. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, at kdsmith@pcc.edu.


The course is designated as a "remote" course, which means that we will combine both weekly Zoom course sessions and our on-line PCC Desire2Learn (D2L) course platform.  We will not be using any special technology beyond our D2L tools and standard word processing programs for assignments.  Students will need to:

  • Be comfortable with our D2L Course page requirements to participate in discussions, submit assignments, and complete quizzes and exams.
  • Use word processing tools for homework assignments and the term paper, in a Word or PDF format, that can be uploaded to our Assignments folder.
  • Have access to internet computer tools that allow you to participate in Zoom classes.

Online class information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Online & Remote Teaching Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Online Learning technical requirements.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Online based classes please visit the Disability Services website.
Online Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes.

The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Classes but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to https://www.pcc.edu/osg