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This course focuses on some conceptual issues and theoretical foundations used by sociologists to explain the complexities of contemporary society. The course is divided into two parts. The first part examines the nature, scope and scientificity of sociology. Students will be introduced to a variety of sociological concepts such as society, social structure, social control, social change, socialization, social stratification, culture, and norms, values, statuses and roles. Other concepts to be discussed include law, social deviance and crime, bribery and corruption, ethnic relations and race, gender and sexuality. The second part of this course introduces students to the founding fathers of sociology and their contributions to sociological theories and perspectives.