Introduction to Sociology 2e adheres to the scope and sequence of a typical, one-semester introductory sociology course. It offers comprehensive coverage of core concepts, foundational scholars, and emerging theories, which are supported by a wealth of engaging learning materials. The textbook presents detailed section reviews with rich questions, discussions that help students apply their knowledge, and features that draw learners into the discipline in meaningful ways. The second edition retains the book’s conceptual organization, aligning to most courses, and has been significantly updated to reflect the latest research and provide examples most relevant to today’s students. In order to help instructors transition to the revised version, the 2e changes are described within the preface.
Understand primary and secondary groups as the two sociological groups
Recognize in-groups and out-groups as subtypes of primary and secondary groups
Define reference groups
By the end of this section, you will be able to:
Define and distinguish among prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination
Provide examples of prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination
Explain why prejudice and discrimination exist