Introduction to Sociology

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Wendy Crawford-Daniel

Course Director Name: Wendy Crawford-Daniel, Ph.D

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:; cell:457-4856; ext. 3152

Course Director Contact Information:;  

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  Tue & Thu 2:30:00 – 3:30 P.M. 

Course Director Office Hours:        Same

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  Ballsier Building – upstairs/online

Course Director Office Location:     Same

Course Support:   Nicole Philip;; ext. 3822

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Please note that changes have been made as a result of COVID 19. Some consultations and advising will be done online. Note also, the online office hours and my cell phone number posted on this outline. Please try to keep calls within the allocated time or reasonable time, as much as possible.

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course is designed to introduce sociology both to those who will go on to specialize in this discipline or any area of social science, and those for whom this course will be their formal exposure to the subject. It will introduce students to the basic concepts of sociology and the major sociological perspectives. The course is therefore largely theoretical and conceptual in nature and foundational in intent.  It also examines Caribbean culture, the nature of Caribbean society, and some of its most important institutions and will assist in a critical and analytical treatment of contemporary social issues.

Course Objectives: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of sociological perspectives and methods using a range of     concepts, theories and approaches.
  2. Analyze the various structures of power/stratification of society.
  3. Critically analyze the structure of Caribbean social institutions.
  4. Identify, describe and explain the basic social components of Caribbean society.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify, describe and explain basic concepts of Sociology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of 3 classical sociological perspectives and 3 methods of Sociology.
  3. Analyze the structures of power/stratification of society.
  4. Critically analyze the structure of Caribbean social institutions.
  5. Use a range of sociological concepts, theories and perspectives to critically analyze contemporary social issues.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

Students should be able to:

PO.1     Apply classical and contemporary sociological perspectives to explain complex social issues  and problems; particularly, Caribbean social reality.

PO.2        Demonstrate their critical thinking skills to sociological analysis.

PO.3     Employ sociological research methods to investigate and explain social issues. PO.4     Provide the foundation needed in building students intellectual capacity to articulate perspectives related to various sociological issues and the methodologies used for researching those issues.  

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less

Course Materials:

Text: Tischler, H.L. ( 2007). Introduction to Sociology. (9th Ed.)  Wadsworth: Australia.

Supplementary Readings/Resources: Barrow, C. & Reddock,R. (2001). Caribbean sociology: Introductory Readings. Ian Randle. Kingston: Jamaica

Giddens , A. (2001). Sociology (6th Ed.) Polity Press. Cambridge: U.K

Mustapha, N. (2006). Sociology for Caribbean students. Vol. 1, Society and Culture. Ian Randle. Mona: Jamaica

Course Grading Requirement:

Reaction Papers: (3)

  1. – 20 points
  2. – 20 points
  3. – 20 points
  4. Final Research Project: 40 points

Course Requirements:

During the first half of the semester students will be required to prepare 3 individual papers. That will cover 60% of the student’s overall mark.

During the second half of the semester students will research and prepare a final project/paper (Depending of the COVID situation)  from a list of topics that will be presented. You are expected to apply two of the three main sociological theories discussed in the first half of the semester to your chosen topic. You are also expected to get creative in doing so and evidence of research and critical thinking are essential aspects of the final paper.  

Course Schedule

Timetable: Spring 2022- Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30 – 3:45

Course Schedule

Timetable: Fall 2022- Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 - 2:15

Week 1

Course Information, Course Assignments 

  • What is Sociology
  • The Branches of Sociology
  • The Origin and Development of Sociology

Week 2

  • Sociology as a Science: 
  • World View
  • Caribbean Sociological Perspectives

Week 3

            Functionalist Perspective of society

Week 4 Application of Functional Theory

 (Functionalism Assignment Due) 

Week 5

            Marxist theory/Conflict Theory of Society

Week 6

    Application of Conflict Theory   (Marxist Assignment Due)

Week 7 Interpretive Theories: Symbolic Inter-actionist;

Phenomenology; Ethno-methodology

Week 8 - 

 MID- Term –  Symbolic Interaction Assignment Due

Week 9

Race Class and Gender 

Multiculturalism and Diversity/Application of theories

Final Topic Selection

Week 10

 Theories of Stratification

  • Types of social stratification 
  • Types and patterns of social mobility
  • Social stratification in the Caribbean
  • Application of Stratification
  • Project consultation

Week 11

Research methodologies for the Social Sciences

  Crime and Violence – Drugs, Alcohol & Juvenile Justice Project Consultation


Week 12

Culture and Society - Caribbean/Grenada Cultural Heritage Project Consultation

Disability; Disaster Preparedness 

Week 13

Education and Health

Sex and Sexuality

Project Consultation

Week 14

Aging , Death Dying and Bereavement

Project Consultation

Week 15

Presentation of Projects

Week 16

Presentation of Projects

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.