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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Hovland, David


PARK UNIVERSITY

AUSTIN CAMPUS CENTER
(Fall I  2004)

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COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: SO141

 

COURSE DESCRIPTOR: (LL)

 

COURSE TITLE: INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

 

SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: FALL I, 2004

 

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: DAVID HOVLAND, Ph.D.

 

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: PROFESSOR

 

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: AUSTIN CAMPUS 

 

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: MONDAY and FRIDAY  10:00 A.M until 12:00 NOON

 

FACULTY OFFICE/HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER: (512) 458-1237. H= (512) 836-8573 until 9 P.M.

 

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: David.Hovland@pirate.park.edu

 

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: myoho2000_2000@yahoo.com

 

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS:

 

DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: AUGUST 23 – OCT 16, 2004

 

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: TUESDAY, THURSDAY 

 

CLASS SESSION TIME: 7:40-10:10 P.M

 

CLASS MEETING PLACE: AUSTIN CAMPUS

 

 

CAMPUS CENTER: Austin, TX (BERG)

 

PREREQUISITE(S): None

 

CREDIT HOURS:  3

 

 

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.

 

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 institutions, inequality, deviance and social change.  Also introduces methods used in sociological research.

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:  Sociology is one key component of the best approach to the study of humans – that best approach is “Culture and Behavior”.  (The other components are psychology, anthropology, and zoology.  I am one of the few trained in this approach.)  We will have discussions, videos, and a research paper for each student.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: At the end of the course, students will be able to (1) name several important contributors to the field of Social Psychology, and give an account of at least four contexts in which ideas developed  (2) List the important characteristics of the experimental approach to the field  (3) Cite evidence for at least three major theories in the field.

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (8th edition) by Henry L. Tischler

                 Belmont, California: Copyright 2004 by Wadsworth, a division of Thomson Learning, Inc.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY:  “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—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences.  The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.  In the event of four consecutive unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”.  An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.  Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.  Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: A penalty of up to 3 points per day will apply to late submission of papers and draft papers.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT: The weighting of course components is:       Mid-term Test   25%

                                                                                                            Discussion        20%

                                                                                                            Term Paper      20%

                                                                                                            Final Exam        35%

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Students should come to class prepared for discussion.

Do not bring cell-phones or pagers.  You may drink (non-alcoholic beverages) and eat if you are

prepared to leave the room as you found it.

 

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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students 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:  www.park.edu/disability.

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:  Aug   24           26   Read Chapters   1,  2

                                                                           Aug   31    Sep    2  Read Chapters   3-   5

                                                                           Sep      7              9  Read Chapters   6,  7

                                                                           Sep    14                 Read Chapter     8

                                                                                   

                                                                                    Mid-Term Test on Sep. 16, 2004

 

                                                                           Sep     2            23   Read Chapters   9- 11

                                                                           Sep     28          30   Read Chapters 12- 14 draft due

                                                                           Oct       5             7 Read Chapters 15, 16 paper due

                                                                           Oct     12                Read Chapters 17, 18

 

                                                                                    Final Exam on Oct. 14, 2004

 

GRADING PLAN: The weights of the four course components are listed under “Course Assessment”.  Note that there is a weighted average, so simply adding scores and dividing by the number of scores will not give the correct average.

 

ADD/DROP DEADLINE:  AUGUST 30, 2004

 

LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW: SEPTEMBER 11, 2004