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SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology - Mariana Branda-Gherardi

Course:Introduction to Sociology
Professor:Mariana Branda-Gherardi
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Mariana Branda-Gherardi

Hello and welcome! I’m Mariana and I’m looking forward to sharing my passion for sociology with you! Sociology is the scientific study of human society.

Course Description

Sociological topics include family, gender, race relations, social movements, media, subcultures, deviance, and many others. As a member of society, you will be able to relate at a personal level to several themes making sociology relevant to you, regardless of your career goals. Sociology courses will introduce you to useful and unique ideas to help you think critically about the social world.

What to Expect in this Course

This class is 100% online. Which means that classes, exams, and assignments will take place over the internet. We will not meet in a traditional classroom setting. 

You will need to visit the course website at least every other day to follow up with announcements and assignments. Make sure that you can commit to this format. Class participation will be checked weekly with computerized statistics. The first module of the class will be unlocked for you to explore the syllabus and post your introduction on the first day of the course.

Remember that for each three-unit sociology class you should expect to spend nine hours per week on the class. This includes reading, taking exams, thinking about the course material, working on projects, etc.

Online education offers great advantages like working at your convenience, avoiding traffic, saving on gas, etc. However, this type of learning experience requires a considerable degree of discipline and organization skills.

Types of Assessments

The most common assignments will be exams, quizzes, online discussion boards, and written assignments.

Textbook Information

Introduction to Sociology 2e from OpenStax, Print ISBN 1938168410, Digital ISBN 1947172263,

For additional information regarding available formats visit

Other Relevant Course Information

I will add only waitlisted students and, in the order, listed on the waitlist. You do not need to contact me unless I offer you a spot. In that case, you will need to reply to my email within 24 hours to accept. Keep in mind that if you add an online/hybrid course, you need to wait at least a day for your account to be created by Canvas. 

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1090