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Introductory Sociology

Introductory Sociology

4 weeks / 6 hours per week

About This Course

This course covers all of the substantive material that is usually taught in an introductory one-semester college course on Sociology. Our goal is to prepare you to pass the College Board's CLEP examination and obtain college credit for free.

The CLEP examination emphasizes basic facts and concepts as well as general theoretical approaches used by sociologists on the topics of institutions, social patterns, social processes, social stratifications, and the sociological perspective.

“Introductory Sociology” is a completely self-paced course. It has no prerequisites and it is offered entirely for free.

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What are the requirements and schedule of the course?

This course is organized into five topical chapters or modules that contain short video lessons, exercises and readings. It will take you less than 25 hours to prepare for the exam.

All of the course material has been released at once so you can complete it anytime.

What do I need to pass the CLEP exam?

You need to demonstrate an understanding on Sociology. The exam contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Please examine our syllabus.

How does this course differ from other CLEP textbooks and traditional courses?

This online course includes a carefully structured series of video lectures and exercises taught by a top quality university professor.




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1. Sociological Perspectives

1.0 Introduction to Sociological Perspectives   

1.1 Background   

1.2 Sociological Theory   

1.3 Methods   

2. Social Processes

2.0 Introduction to Social Processes   

2.1 Culture   

2.2 Socialization   

2.3 Social Interaction   

2.4 Groups and Organizations   

2.5 Deviance and Social Control   

3. Social Institutions

3.0 Introduction to Social Institutions   

3.1 Politics   

3.2 Economics   

3.3 Education   

3.4 Religion   

3.5 Marriage and Family   

4. Social Stratification

4.0 Introduction to Social Stratification   

4.1 Stratification Theories   

4.2 Social Class   

4.3 Gender   

4.4 Aging   

4.5 Race and Ethnicity   

5. Social Patterns

5.0 Introduction to Social Patterns   

5.1 Population   

5.2 Urbanization   

5.3 Social Change   

Sample CLEP Questions

Questions 1 - 15

Questions 16 - 30

Questions 31 - 45

Questions 46 - 60

Questions 61 - 75

Questions 76 - 90

Questions 91 - 105

Questions 106-120

Questions 121-135

Questions 136-149

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