Online Sociology

SOC 101 - Introductory Sociology

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In this online sociology class, you will learn how individuals both shape and are shaped by their communities. You will learn how individuals both actively impact and are shaped by their communities, and you will explore the formation and persistence of societies that consist of diverse groups of people. You will also gain valuable insight into the dynamics of group relationships, including how to effectively interact with others within a group. Finally, you will learn how the study of sociology applies to your daily life as well as the most pressing social events of our time.

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Course prerequisites and requirements

To be successful in this course, we recommend English language fluency and computer literacy. We also encourage you to make sure your laptop or desktop computer meets the technical requirements.

Quick facts

Next start date:

Oct. 10, 2023

Jan. 09, 2024

Mar. 06, 2024

  • Credits: 3
  • Length: Self-paced or 8 weeks
  • Cost: $25 + $400

What you’ll learn

  • Explain the fundamental concepts, theories, and methods used in sociology
  • Identify ways that sociology is used to explain social behavior
  • Discuss social issues and changes that are relevant in today’s society
  • Analyze your social world by taking various, broader perspectives
  • Apply sociological tools and topics to your everyday life

What to expect in class

Video lectures, readings, discussions, optional live meetings with the instructor, quizzes, ePortfolio, midterm exam, and final exam

Exams and grading


Graded Discussions


Content Mastery (7)


Quizzes (7)


Final Exam


This course appears on your transcript identically to how it appears on the transcript of an enrolled ASU student who has taken the course on one of ASU’s campuses.

This course satisfies 3 credit hours toward the Social-Behavioral Sciences (SB) General Studies requirement at Arizona State University. It is strongly encouraged that you consult with your institution of choice to determine how these credits will be applied to their degree requirements prior to transferring your credit.

Faculty and course staff





The Sanford School

Arizona State University

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Online Course Manager,

Learning Enterprise

Arizona State University

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Why take ASU Universal Learner Courses

  1. Credit you receive is from a regionally accredited university
  2. Your credit is highly transferable
  3. You only pay the $400 course cost if you pass

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