Sociology and Social Psychology

From: $85.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 9th–12th

Live class: Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 p.m. EST

Course dates: August 26th-April 27th

Price: $599

Instructor: Bonnie Gonzalez M.ED.

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Course Description

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What is the role of the individual in society, and how does society affect individual lives? This course introduces students to the field of sociology and social psychology through a study of both the classical studies of groups, culture, politics and economics to recent topics such as, prosocial behavior, attitudes, conflict theory, crime, racial inequalities, social classes, freedom of speech and ageism. We will examine common sense assumptions about psychology, culture and government and also look at the scientific studies into these fields. Finally, this class will emphasize critical thinking skills, through class discussions, outside reading, and writing. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in some of their own research into a topic of interest. This course will fully prepare the student to take the CLEP exam in Sociology. This course fulfills a social science credit for high school.

Course Structure

Each Monday students will receive an email introducing them to the topics which we will cover for the week. This email will also contain links to any additional reading or videos which are required. Study tips and writing suggestions will also be included in this communication. All of this information along with ‘paper lectures’ on the material can also be found on the website under the module for the week.

There will be one two-hour live session each week. The first hour will be a lecture time. In the second hour, we will visit videos and websites which present the material we are studying and then, as a class, we will discuss the topics.

Weekly discussion board posts are required. There will be biweekly quizzes on the material. Two larger writing assignments are requirements for this class: the first is a critical thinking paper and the second is a research study into a topic of interest for the student.

Who should enroll?

9th – 12th grade students.

Technology Requirements:

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Grades are based on participation in class discussions, quizzes, discussion board posts and the completion of the two larger writing assignments. Work will be graded within the week it is posted. Since this is a class that focuses on both learning and critical evaluation of concepts students will be graded on both their knowledge of the material and the ability to critically think about a piece of research.


Students and parents will be contacted as soon as registration is complete. I will send a syllabus along with this initial communication. Parents are copied on all communication with the students, therefore they will also receive the weekly emails. If there are ever any questions about the course parents can always feel free to email me. I am prompt with my responses to any email communication.



Required Texts

Essentials of Sociology: A Down to Earth Approach by James N. Henslin, ISBN: 978-0205898473


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Instructor Bio

Bonnie Gonzalez

The field of psychology is not only my career; it is also my passion. You might even call me a “psychology nerd.” Much of my free time is spent reading about new and interesting developments in the field. I have taught Introductory Psychology classes to homeschool students and college students and have taught AP Psychology for the past 13 years. Over the past four years, I also developed a series of self-improvement classes for junior high and high school students on the topics of GRIT, Growth Mindset, Getting Things Done for Teens, and Conquering Procrastination.  My teaching has also taken me into the corporate world where I have developed online seminars for healthcare providers on the topics of stress, communication, job burn-out, anger assessment and management, and boundary setting. I have 39 years of experience as a counselor in the field of individual, marriage, and family counseling where I had the opportunity to instruct individuals in developing new and more productive behaviors.  When I am not reading something new about psychology I enjoy gardening, running, and taking care of my dogs and fainting goats.  My degrees include an M.ED. in Counseling Psychology and a B.A in Psychology, both received from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.


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