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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
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 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 Discussions is required some weeks of class. Initial Discussion posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Discussions tab in our classroom.

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.

This text and other required weekly readings are available via e-reserves in the APUS Library. Please visit each week's Learning Material (Reading & Resources) to access your required resources.

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.
Book Title:Exploring Social Change, 7th ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Unit Cost:$145.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.