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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Flowers-Brown, Lela


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseSO 141 Introduction to Sociology
SemesterS1O2005
FacultyFlowers-Brown, Lela
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMasters of Arts Counseling
Office LocationFort Irwin, CA
Office Hours9:00am - 4:00pm by appointment only
Daytime Phone(760) 380-3044
Other Phone(760) 252-9288
E-Maillela.flowers-brown@park.edu
lela.flowersbrown@us.army.mil
Semester DatesJanuary 10 - March 6, 2005
Class Days-M-----
Class Time5:30 - 11:00 PM
Perquisitesnone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Sociology: Changing Socieies in a Diverse World, 4th  
 Edition 01, George J. Bryjak and Michael P. Soroka,
 Allyn & Bacon
Global Societies to Accompany Bryjak and Soroka, Sociology
 Changing Societies in a Diverse World, 4th Edition,

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Course Description:
An examination of the social processes and structures of society, with particular attention to American society.  Reviews such topics as interpersonal interaction, culture, major social institutions, inequality, deviance, and social change.  Also introduces methods used in sociological research.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, videos, writings, examinations, and group interactions.  The instructor will engage each student in what is referred to as disutatios learning to encourage a lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
Goal 1:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of the historical evolution of sociology.
 1a.  Define Sociology
 1b.  Describe how the study of sociology has changed over time.
 1c.  Identify key issues in studying human behavior in sociology.

Goal 2:  the student will demonstrate an understanding of culture.
 2a.  Describe a culture other than their own.
 2b.  Compare and contrast a culture within their own.
 2c.  Demonstrate self awareness through understanding thier own culture.

Goal 3:  Learning Outcome:  The student will:
 3a.  Explain the importance of sociology
 3b.  Identify vehicles for sociology such as religion, language, music, art and food.
 3c.  Use appropriate written and oral communication skills.
 3d.  Communicate information orally in a logical and grammatical manner.

Course Assessment:
Lecture/Group discussion
Interactive Journals
Audio Visual Aids
Cooperative Learning/Experimental Activities
Examinations
Pop quizes (if any)

Grading:
Interactive Journal       10%
Participation/attendance  10%
Pop quizes                10%
Mid-Term                  30%
Final Exam                30%
Homework Assignments      10%

Grading scale:

90 - 100 - A
80 -  89 - B
70 -  79 - C
60 -  69 - D
59 and below - F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor expects all assignments on the due date or earlier.  Exceptions will only be granted for emergency situations on a case by case basis.  Exceptions must be approved prior to due date of assignment.  If assignment is not turned in on/or before agreed upon date a zero for that assignment would be earned.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1.  Please put all cell phones/pagers on "silent or vibrate mode" while in class.
2.  Be respectful to other students.  Remember we all have opinions on issues it is o.k. to agree to disagree.
3.  Do not use your knowledge or intelligence to degrade other students making an uncomfortable environment for others to participate and learn.

 Class ActivitiesAssignmentsTests
Meeting - 1
January 10, 2005
Interactive Journal writingIntroductions, Course overview
Ch 1. The World According to Sociolgy
Ch 2. Culture
Global Societies: China
 
Meeting - 2
January 17, 2005
Interactive Journal writingCh.3 Groups and Social Structure
Ch.4 Socialization
 
Meeting - 3
January 24, 2005
Interactive Journal writingCh. 5 Inequality and stratification
Ch. 6 Race and Ethnicity
Global Societies: Brazil (read and bring in an article)
 
Meeting - 4
January 31, 2005
Interactive Journal writingCh. 7 Gender and Gender Issues
Ch. 8 Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
Mid-Term  
Meeting - 5
February 7, 2005
Interactive Journal writingCh. 9 Marriage and the Family
Ch. 10 Education and Religion
article on education and religion

Meeting - 6
February 14, 2005
Interactive Journal writingCh. 11 Economy and Politics
Ch. 12 Population, Health Care, and the Environment
Global Societies: South Africa (read and bring in Article)
Meeting - 7
February 21, 2005
Interactive Journal writingCh. 13 Urbanization and Modernization
Ch. 14 Sociology and the Future
 
Meeting - 8
February 28, 2005
Class summary group discussionCh. 14 Sociology and the Future
articles on an approved culture  
Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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