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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Barron, Lawanna


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CourseSO 141 Introduction to Sociology MO
SemesterS2EE2005
FacultyBarron, Lawanna
TitleADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR
Degrees/CertificatesBachelor of Arts in Sociology
Master of Social Work in Clinical Social Work
Office LocationMoody AFB Education Center
Office HoursPRIOR TO AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER CLASS AND BY APPOINTMENT
Daytime Phone(229) 249-9750
E-Maillawanna.barron@park.edu
lawanna.barron@moody.af.mil
Semester DatesMarch 14, 2005 - March 8, 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time7:50 - 10:35 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Sociology:  Changing Societies in a Diverse World:  George J. Bryjak & Michael P. Soroka.


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, quizzes, dialogues, and Internet, videos, websites and group class activities.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this course, the student should be able to:  define sociology, explain the fundamental ideas of sociology such as culture, socialization, and interaction; describe selected social units and processes; describe the effects of social institutions and the individual and society; and describe the interaction of societies in different cultures.

Course Assessment:
Course assessment will include a midterm examination, final examination, two sociological papers, and class participation.  

(1)  Prepare a questionnaire aimed at assessing other people's understanding about a current sociological topic.  Interview 10 people and write a 3 page essay on your findings and reflections on being a sociological interviewer.  Use open and closed ended questions on the questionnaire.  Attach interview questions and responses to the assignment.  

(2)  Conduct a field observation of a sub-cultural social setting with which you are not familiar.  Possible settings for observation include religious or ethnic group festivities.  Take field notes during the observation.  Write a 3 page essay on your observations and meaning systems shared by the participants, though not necessarily understood by you.  

Grading:
Midterm Exam 30%
Sociology Paper #1 15%
Sociology Paper #2 15%
Final Exam 30%
Class Participation 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments turned in late UNLESS permission is granted by the instructor PRIOR to the date the assignment is late.  Exams will be taken at the scheduled time UNLESS the instructor PRIOR to the date of the examination grants permission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class and to be on time.  Absences should be approved in advance if possible.  Sickness and other emergencies should be discussed with the instructor immediately upon return to class.  Students are expected to read the assigned chapters prior each class.  Under no circumstances with students be allowed to sleep in class.  Chewing gum in class is not allowed.  All class disruptions will be done in an orderly manner and will not become disruptive to the learning atmosphere.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week of Mar 15 - 17
Chapter 1 The World According to Sociology

Week of Mar 22 – Mar 24
Chapter 2 Culture
Chapter 3 Groups and Social Structure

Week of Mar 28 – Mar 31
Chapter 4 Socialization
Chapter 5 Inequity and Stratification
Sociology Paper #1 Due

Week of Apr 5 – Apr 7
Chapter 6 Race and Ethnicity
Midterm Exam

Week of Apr 12 – Apr 14
Chapter 7 Gender and Gender Issues
Chapter 8 Crime, Deviance and Social Control
Chapter 9 Marriage and the Family

Week of Apr 19  - Apr 21
Guest Lecturer
Chapter 10 Education and Politics
Chapter 11 Economy and Politics

Week of Apr 26 – Apr 28
Chapter 12 Population Health Care, and the Environment
Chapter 13 Urbanization and Modernization
Sociology Paper #2

Week of May 5 – May 7
Chapter 14 Sociology and the Future
Final Exam Due

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
“Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

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. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
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
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
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".
A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
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.
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.

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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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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