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About the Course

Get a Sociology Certificate

Are you interested in learning why people behave as they do? In this course you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the field of Sociology, which Oxford Learner’s Dictionary defines as “the scientific study of the nature and development of society and social behavior”.

With information from classic studies and current research in the field of sociology, you will learn what happens when people interact, live with, or work together — and how an individual’s behaviors are influenced by their groups and society. The course covers a wide range of social issues including: aging, crime, culture, education, families, globalization, health, population, race, technology, wealth, work, and more.

What to Expect

The Sociology Certificate Course is an online learning program with recommended readings from the textbook (Introduction to Sociology 3e). This course is self-directed, which means you may study and complete assignments at times that are most convenient for you from the comfort of your own home.

This part-time Sociology Certificate Course has a recommended completion date of 9 weeks from the start of the program, however, you may choose to complete the course in as little as 4 weeks or as long as 18 weeks, depending on your schedule.

The Sociology Certificate Course has been created to allow you to complete it without teaching assistance. However, if you have questions or need assistance, you can receive help from a Faculty Member throughout the 9 weeks of the course. Your Faculty Member is a valuable resource person who can provide you with personal teaching assistance to help you succeed in the course.

Course Topics

The Sociology Certificate Course has been developed to meet high academic standards, ensuring that as a graduate you can display with pride the Sociology Certificate you will earn from the USILD

An Introduction to Sociology

  • What Is Sociology?

  • The History of Sociology

  • Theoretical Perspectives in Sociology

  • Why Study Sociology?

Sociological Research

  • Approaches to Sociological Research

  • Research Methods

  • Ethical Concerns


  • What is Culture?

  • Elements of Culture

  • High, Low, Pop, Sub, Counter-culture and Cultural Change

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Culture

Society and Social Interaction

  • Types of Societies

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Society

  • Social Constructions of Reality


  • Theories of Self-Development

  • Why Socialization Matters

  • Agents of Socialization

  • Socialization Across the Life Course

Groups and Organizations

  • Types of Groups

  • Group Size and Structure

  • Formal Organizations

Deviance, Crime, and Social Control

  • Deviance and Control

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Deviance and Crime

  • Crime and the Law

Media and Technology

  • Technology Today

  • Media and Technology in Society

  • Global Implications of Media and Technology

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Media and Technology

Social Stratification in the United States

  • What is Social Stratification?

  • Social Stratification and Mobility in the United States

  • Global Stratification and Inequality

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Social Stratification

Global Inequality

  • Global Stratification and Classification

  • Global Wealth and Poverty

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Global Stratification

Race and Ethnicity

  • Racial, Ethnic, and Minority Groups

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity

  • Prejudice, Discrimination, and Racism

  • Intergroup Relationships

  • Race and Ethnicity in the United States

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

  • Sex, Gender, Identity, and Expression

  • Gender and Gender Inequality

  • Sexuality

Aging and the Elderly

  • Who Are the Elderly? Aging in Society

  • The Process of Aging

  • Challenges Facing the Elderly

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Aging

Relationships, Marriage, and Familty

  • What Is Marriage? What is a Family?

  • Variations in Family Life

  • Challenges Families Faces


  • The Sociological Approach to Religion

  • World Religions

  • Religion in the United States


  • Education Around the World

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Education

  • Issues in Education

Government and Politics

  • Power and Authority

  • Forms of Government

  • Politics in the United States

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Government and Power

Work and the Economy

  • Economic Systems

  • Globalization and the Economy

  • Work in the United States

Health and Medicine

  • The Social Construction of Health

  • Global Health

  • Health in the United States

  • Comparative Health and Medicine

  • Theoretical Perspectives on Health and Medicine

Population, Urbanization, and the Environment

  • Demography and Population

  • Urbanization

  • The Environment and Society

Social Movements and Social Change

  • Collective Behavior

  • Social Movements

  • Social Change

Your Instructor

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