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Introduction to Sociology

Using a slightly-different approach to "Introducing Sociology", this site uses PowerPoint slides to illustrate some introductory ideas in terms of: Defining Sociology, Socialisation and Deviance, Social Class, Gender and Ethnicity (the illustrative material is, it should be noted, largely drawn from American society). This is part of a larger site that includes more-complex materials (relating to areas like Rural and World Sociology) that are worth exploring at some point in your course.

Topic Exploration Packs

Four Introductory Packs on Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism and Postmodernism and their application to Culture and Identity. These "task-based" Packs provide some useful resources for both students and teachers.


A site supported by the American Sociological Association that provides a wide range of resources - simulations, exercises readings and a whole lot more for both teachers and students. Although there is an extensive Introductory section the site also encompasses many other aspects of a sociology course (such as research methods, culture and deviance). While some parts of the site appear to be broken there's enough still here to justify a visit.

 Systems and Problems

Although part of a larger site offering a wide range of introductory (and more advanced) readings, the main interest here for those new to Sociology is a handy glossary of terms. The definitions are a little basic but should serve as a starting point for the development of a course glossary of significant terms and concepts.

General Terms and Concepts

An introductory glossary that discusses a range of key terms and concepts in some detail.

Glossary for Sociology 100

Similar to the above but with more definitions and less description...

Sociology 12 Online

Canadian web site (one that's gradually falling apart due to a lack of updating) that contains a few useful Introductory bits-and-pieces for both teachers and students. These mainly include a few PowerPoint presentations but it's worth looking around to see what else you can scavenge from the site.


Useful Introductory text (with a few supporting pictures) across a range of sociological areas - from social life (culture,socialisation, etc.) through social institutions (family, religion, economy) to social change. There's also a print friendly version here.

Process of Socialisation

Extensive, if now looking a little dated, pages of illustrated Notes on socialisation, culture and all points in between.

Introduction to Sociology

Some relatively simple Notes that provide a broad Introduction to Sociology and the work of Sociologists.

Welsh Digital Hub for Learning

There's a massive amount of free materials for both teachers and students here; far too much to do it justice in a few lines. Probably best to just explore the riches on offer.

Introductory Sociology

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Introducing Sociology

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