This one-semester course open to students in grades 9-12, will introduce students to the study of society and society's problems. Students will gain a better understanding of themselves and their social world. This will include basic concepts of sociology, such as culture, society, groups, relationships, gender roles, adolescence, family and marriage patterns, and social movements. Sociology seeks to describe, explain, and possibly predict various aspects of social life, particularly how the groups and the society of which we are a part influence our lives and how we in turn may bring about changes in our times. Students will be required to participate in class group activities, class discussions and investigate current social issues.