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Introduction to Sociology

Junction Sociology provides a broad overview of sociology by exploring how key concepts apply to everyday life. Engaging videos, texts and activities help students view peoples’ lives and events in broader social contexts by understanding how political, economic, and cultural forces impact social life. Junction Sociology explores both microsociology and macrosociology, specifically covering topics such as socialization, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class stratification, deviance and crime, economic and global inequality, marriage and families, education, religion, and globalization.

Engaging Content

Topics are introduced with short, engaging videos. Text readings and practice activities provide detail and enable applied learning.

Meaningful Analytics

You’ll know how much time your students are spending learning, what material they’re working with, and when they lose engagement, so you can keep them on-track.

Easy to Use

All material is loaded and ready-to-go, including video, textbook, discussion boards, in-class presentation, quizzes and practice activities.


Junction courses are 80+% less expensive than alternatives. No extras needed. Honest.

Meet the Subject Matter Expert

Josh Packard, Ph.D is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also serves as the Director of the Social Research Lab. He has 10+ years experience teaching in-person and online courses. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. from Texas Lutheran University.

Josh Packard, Ph.D

Professor of Sociology, University of Northern Colorado

Course Details

Suitable for: Introduction to Sociology courses at 2-year and 4-year Institutions

Great for: In-person, online or blended learning.

  • Developed by a Professor of Sociology and an expert in the field
  • Lessons are built around the way students learn today – video first, reinforced by content and assessment
  • 15 lessons with curated and sequenced activities
  • Each lesson contains introductory video, textbook readings from OpenStax, one discussion -board, one in-class presentation and one quiz
  • Students can take notes and message classmates right in the application
  • Web-based and accessible through our iPad app
  • Professor grade book and student engagement reports
  • Student notifications about upcoming quizzes
  • All-in-one design means no pop-ups, plug-ins, installing components or extra windows
  • Instructor resources are incorporated into the instructors course- no need for CD’s, DVD’s or downloads
Junction knows that the way you teach is unique. That’s why we allow you to take what we’ve built and use it as-is, or modified to fit your syllabus. Our simple editing process allows you to rearrange, add or remove content, embed videos, links or change quiz questions to better match your course. Need to collaborate with other instructors? With Junction you can share your content with colleagues. Life just got a lot easier.

Accessible: Available on the web, iPad app or as a direct link from your LMS. No downloads, plug-ins or pop-ups necessary.

Onboarding Support: Training videos and access to actual humans to get your course launched smoothly.

Easy to Purchase: Students simply register and buy, and we can work with your bookstore as needed.


Lesson 1 — Introduction to Sociology

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the concepts central to sociology as a discipline, especially the sociological imagination.
  • Explain how sociology emerged.
  • Describe the basic theoretical perspectives in sociology.
Lesson 2 — Sociological Research

Learning Objectives

  • Understand sociology as a scientific discipline.
  • Differentiate among important sociological research methods.
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical concerns in research.
Lesson 3 — Culture

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the elements of culture.
  • Apply theoretical understandings of culture.
  • Analyze how culture impacts societal change.
Lesson 4 — Society and Social Interaction

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how society has evolved over time.
  • Explain theoretical perspectives on society in depth.
  • Explain society as a social construction.
Lesson 5 — Socialization

Learning Objectives

  • Explain differences between psychological and sociological theories of self-development.
  • Evaluate the role socialization plays in society
  • Articulate how socialization works across the life course.
Lesson 6 — Groups and Organizations

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize and define various types of groups
  • Assess the importance of group size and structure.
  • Understand importance and structure of modern organizations.
Lesson 7 — Deviance, Crime and Social Control

Learning Objectives

  • Define deviance as socially constructed.
  • Apply theoretical perspectives to understand deviance.
  • Understand the criminal justice system.
Lesson 8 — Social Stratification

Learning Objectives

  • Define social stratification and social class.
  • Evaluate and apply theoretical perspectives to stratification.
  • Describe global inequality.
Lesson 9 — Race and Ethnicity

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between race and ethnicity.
  • Explain how race is socially constructed.
  • Explain how patterns of intergroup relationships create racial and ethnic stratification.
Lesson 10 — Gender, Sex and Sexuality

Learning Objectives

  • Define and differentiate among sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Identify the process of gender socialization.
  • Apply theoretical perspectives on sex and sexuality.
Lesson 11 — Marriage and Family

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the sociological understandings of marriage and family.
  • Understand variations in family life.
  • Recognize patterns in family life in the U.S.
Lesson 12 — Religion and Education

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the role of religion in society.
  • Explain how education and religion play socializing roles.
  • Apply the theoretical perspectives to understand the importance of education in society.
Lesson 13 — Social Movements and Social Change

Learning Objectives

  • Understand different forms of collective behavior.
  • Distinguish between different types of social movements.
  • Explain how social change occurs.