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SOCI403 - Social Change

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI403 Course ID: 4330 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Beginning with industrialization, a structural and cultural approach will be used to study processes of human interaction resulting in social change. The concept of what ‘change’ is and how it happens will be clarified with a focus on the various factors and theories that explain it. Key topics will include industrialization, institutional change, social movements, modernization, world systems, economic development, globalization, and information society.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

CO1: Discuss and summarize causes and patterns of social change from three dominant sociological theories (perspectives);
CO2: Identify and trace social trends in the United States to include change in populations, families, and work as well as economics and politics;
CO3: Define and explain social movements, both reform and radical, that have impacted our culture and history;
CO4: Compare and contrast social revolutions in past and contemporary contexts with an emphasis on the effects of innovation, planning, and organization in our society;
CO5: Examine and assess social change at global and international levels to include development and emerging system thinking and environmental issues;
CO6: Investigate a current sociological issue and link the topic to empirical findings and theoretical explanations.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week One Forum 6.67 %
Week Two Forum 6.67 %
Week Four Forum 6.67 %
Week Six Forum 6.67 %
Week Seven Forum 6.67 %
Week Eight Forum 6.67 %
Assignments 60.00 %
Assignment 1: Organizations and Social Change 18.00 %
Assignment 2: Technology and Social Change 18.00 %
Assignment 3: Social Change Research 24.00 %

This text and other required weekly readings are available via e-reserves in the APUS Library. Please visit the Lessons tab to access your required resources.

Book Title:Exploring Social Change, 7th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Unit Cost:$145.00
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.