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SOC204 Introduction to Sociology

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  • CRN: 45787
  • Credits: 4
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Cascade JH 102, Wednesday, from 2 to 3:50pm
      From September 28 through December 14, 2022, Kim D Smith
    • Online, Available 24/7
      From September 26 through December 17, 2022, Kim D Smith

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Details about this class

Course Overview:

Our SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology course introduces Sociology as a social science. The course:

  • Explores the central questions, schools of thought, forms of research, and theoretical debates about social issues and how societies are organized.
  • Examines the many ways in which social contexts, historical events, institutional structures, and unequal relations of power shape society and peoples' behaviors, identities, and lives.
  • Covers the development of skills needed to think critically about cultural beliefs and social systems.

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.

This textbook 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 Cascade Online Bookstore.

2)  Gladwell, Malcolm.  2008.  Outliers: Story of Success, New York, NY: Hachette Book Group. 

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

Course Access:

The syllabus, course calendar, and assignment details will be available via our on-line D2L course page beginning the first day of the term.

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


The course is a hybrid, with both a meeting on campus at Cascade, on Wednesdays, from 2:00-3:50, with the rest of the course online.  We will not be using any special technology beyond our PCC Desire2Learn (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.

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.
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.