Unit 1: Foundations a​​nd Research

SSSocFR1: History of Sociology 

  • a. Explain sociology, sociological perspective, and the sociological imagination.
  • b. Describe the origins of sociology as a social science and the significance of its historical framework.
  • c. Explain the relationship of sociology to the other social sciences.
  • d. Identify careers where sociological knowledge is applicable.

Sociology helps you develop a foundation for better understanding and engaging with the globalizing world. It can equip you with the tools needed to make sense of the shifting social world and contribute solutions to difficult social problems.

Given the breadth, adaptability and utility of studying sociology, employment opportunities abound. The following list of possibilities is only illustrative. Careers in Sociology, a publication of the American Sociological Association, identifies these employment sectors:​

  • public relations
  • marketing and sales
  • consumer research
  • human resources (personnel management)
  • insurance
  • real estate
  • training
  • entrepreneurship
  • media
Community Services
  • non-profit agencies
  • urban planning
  • childcare
  • community development
  • environmental groups
  • advocacy
Health Services
  • family planning
  • substance abuse education
  • rehabilitation counseling
  • hospital admissions
  • insurance providers
Higher Education
  • admissions
  • advising
  • alumni relations
  • development
  • administrative support
  • law enforcement
  • investigations
  • probation and parole administration
  • criminal justice
  • judicial affairs
  • attorney
  • paralegal
  • professional writing
  • research
  • editing
  • journalism
Social Services
  • rehabilitation
  • case management
  • youth and elderly services
  • recreation
  • administration
  • social work
  • local, state and federal agencies
  • elementary
  • secondary
  • special education
  • teaching English as a second language

Read your allocated field from the link HERE:
  •  Sociology and Political Science
  •  Sociology and History
  •  Sociology and Economics
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology 




  • Go to Google Drive
  • Open the Screencastify folder
  • Right click on your video
  • Select "Get shareable link"
  • Copy the link
  • Open the SUBMIT WORK tool

  • Select your assignment from the drop-down list

  • Paste in the web address (URL).


By Mike Profita
Updated November 01, 2018

If you are intrigued by how and why people interact as they do with others, then maybe sociology is the major for you. Sociology majors learn to think critically about social problems and social phenomena. 

The major is very broad. Everything in the social realm is open for study, including family, marriage, deviance, criminology, group interaction, gender roles, sexuality, work roles, public policy, aging, social inequality, attitude development, and much more.

Once you graduate with a degree in sociology, there are a number of careers that will fit your skills and knowledge. Click here for more information on the types of jobs that might be right for you, as well as a list of sociology skills.

Why is studying Sociology useful?

SD School Sociology Program

Program 2: Famous Figures in Sociology

Module 2: Famous Figures in Sociology
The Standard Deviants cover the major contributors to the field of sociology. Who are these people? How'd they get into the history books? What did they say about family and society? Find out how their work influences budding sociologists today.

b. Describe the origins of sociology as a social science and the significance of its historical framework.​


c. Explain the relationship of sociology to the other social sciences.​

Major Contributors to Sociology Screencastify Assignment

You will produce a Screencastify presentation for your ​Major Contributor to Sociology.

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  • Auguste Comte (1798–1857)
  • Harriet Martineau (1802–1876)
  • Herbert Spencer (1820–1903)
  • George Herbert Mead (1863–1931)
  • Max Weber (1864–1920)
  • Émile Durkheim (1858–1917)
  • Karl Marx (1818–1883)
  • the study of society
  • a social science involving the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies
  • the study of our behavior as social beings, covering everything from the analysis of short contacts between anonymous individuals on the street to the study of global social processes
  • the scientific study of social aggregations, the entities through which humans move throughout their lives'
  • an overarching unification of all studies of humankind, including history, psychology, and economics

Top Jobs for Sociology Degree Majors


You will produce a Screencastify presentation for your ​Major Contributor to Sociology.

  • Include a brief biography of your Major Contributor
  • Include what impact did they make on Sociology
  • It must include a voice-over narration
  • Maximum run time of 2 minutes

d. Identify careers where sociological knowledge is applicable.​

​​a. Explain sociology, sociological perspective, and the sociological imagination.​


Sociology - Exploring Society

Video 1: Why Sociology? - 

The Sociological Perspective

What is Sociology? Various perspectives are offered by leading sociologists for understanding the complex interplay of individuals, groups and relationships in society, and how they provide a context for living and a road map for understanding life’s limitations … and possibilities. The development of Sociology as a discipline is the focus of this lesson.

Historical Figures



SD School Sociology Program

Program 1: The Basics

The Standard Deviants introduce a few sociology terms and then cover some of the heavy hitters in the field, including the founder of communism, Karl Marx.