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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Miller, Tamara D.


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

SO 141 Introduction to Sociology

Semester

S2J 2006 DN

Faculty

Miller, Tamara D.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

AA Longview Community College
BA University of Missouri Kansas City
MA Central Missouri State University

Office Location

downtown

Office Hours

by appointment on Tuesdays between 4:30 - 5:30pm

Daytime Phone

913 573 3191

E-Mail

Tamara.Miller@pirate.park.edu

tammil818@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

March 13 - May 7, 2006

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

none

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Tischler, Introduction to Sociology 8th Ed. Thompson publishing. 2004

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 facilitator encourages critical thinking, reading and writing skills. I beleive that learning is fundamentally about exploring the boundaries or your values, beliefs and ideas. I will address a variety of learning styles through the use of visual media, discussions and group activities, presentations and hands on application of concepts.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize the major schools of sociological theory, locate their conceptual relation to one another, apply them to real world examples, and evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Identify important research methodologies used in the field, explain their application, and assess their benefits and drawbacks.
  3. Know the prominent social institutions and forms of organization, identify their common functions and dysfunctions, and compare and contrast real world examples.
  4. Define, explain, and illustrate the various resources (i.e., economic, social, and cultural capitals), their patterns of unequal distribution, their influences and consequences for individuals, collectivities, and societies; and critically evaluate how they relate to issues of power, social control, and the perpetuation of inequality.
  5. Understand and evaluate the ways societies and cultures influence, and are in turn are influenced by, individuals; explain how some personal problems and opportunities may be better characterized as symptomatic of societies and cultures; and analyze personal identity also as a group or sociocultural phenomenon.
  6. Identify and analyze the causes, conditions, mechanisms, and consequences for deviance and social change; and evaluate how they fit into specific times and places and understand the reasons for, and opposition to, deviance and change.
  7. Demonstrate ability to critically assess your own and others' experiences and perspectives from multiple perspectives; and understand how values and group memberships shape your  sense of truth and of social priorities and policies.


Core Assessment:

Core Assessment Assignment:

  1. Explain the types, causes, theories of social change; the forms of collective behavior; and the types, causes, and theories of social movements. Explore the effects of globalization and diversity on social change. 
  2. The World  Factbook of the  CIA  at (http://www.odci.goc/cia/publications/factbook/) provides excellent and reliable information on most countries in the world.  Each country listing includes a map and information on the geography, people, government, economics, transportation, communications, military, and transnational issues of that country.  Based on this information, would you categorize the country as a core, semi-peripheral, or peripheral country according to world systems theory?  Explain

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Your grade is based on exams, presentations, journal article reviews, the core assessment assignment, and other written assignments.
There are three one hundred point exams, multiple choice, short answer and essay. None is weighted any differently than any other and the final is non-comprehensive except to the extent that the knowledge builds.
The "projects" are four 25 point written asssignments. One is a church visit, outside your denomination. In that paper you are asked to visit a church, OUTSIDE your denomination and tell me of your experience. This is an excellent opportunity to experience being "different". We are so fortunate in Kansas City. We have Buddhist temples, Islamic mosques, Jewish Synagogues and a variety of other forms of religious expression. You may not visit a Baptis church if you are Methodist and have that count. Really explore. This is a difficult assignment for many people, but I consistently have students tell me that it is one of the best, once they bring themselves to do it. The second is is an article review from a scholarly journal. Scholarly journals are peer edited and reviewed and most often published by professional organizations. An example might be The Journal of the American Sociological Association. Examples of things that are NOT scholarly would be Glamour and Cosmo. If you have questions, come to me and I will point you in the right direction. The final two papers are "position" papers. You will be asked to choose a side on a controversial topic and then argue, using critical thinking skills, both sides of position, one side in each paper. In these papers, you will be graded on your mastery of sociological terms we've learned, your ability to develop the arguement, how you defend your position. I will provide you with some basic writing guidelines to use in preparing these assignments. You will obviously use correct grammar and sentence structure, cite sources in APA format, use a word processor, etc.

Grading:
Three exams 100 points each, multiple choice, short answer, essay
Four projects 25points each, two position papers, an article review and a summary of a church visit.
One core assessment assignment 50 points (this assignment is described above)
450 - 405 A
404 - 360 B
359 - 315 C
314 - 270 D
269 and below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I do not accept late handwritten materials. You must submit your assignments at 5:30 on the date due or receive a zero.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
I expect respectful behavior. This class lends itself to heated and personal discussions. I have the expectation that what is said in our classroom stays in our classroom. I further expect that we speak one at a time, in a polite tone. Under no circumstances do we raise our voice or attack person, only ideas are up for debate here. You might encounter things with which you do not agree. I respect your right to disagree and ask that you respect the rights of others to disagree. This class may discuss sexually explicity material. You are expected to deal with that in a mature and sensitive manner.

I expect preparedness. That means that you come to each class ready to participate in a fully informed manner.

I expect that you turn your cell off or to vibrate. If you must take a call, leave the room to do so.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Date Agenda Deliverables
March 14 Introductions, course overview, review of syllabus and requirements, Q and A, sociological perspective, paradigms, science in social science, research, norm violation and report out
March 21 Norms, folkways and mores, social control, legal sanctions
Social Darwinism, sociobiolgy
Distribution of study guides
Read CH 1,2,3,4 and 5 BY this class session

March 28 Socialization, groups, deviance Observation paper
Exam One...ch 1-5
April 4 Collective behavior and social movements, Population and demographics, social change
Reaction paper
Ch 17 and 18
April 11 social change and stratification, social class and race and ethnicity

Distribute study guides
Ch 6, 7 and 9

Article review
April 18 Gender, the family as a social institution, communication, Exam Two, will cover
Ch 17, 18, 6, 7 and 9
Read Ch 10 and 11

April 25 Education, the economy and politics and technology in a changing society
Distribute study guides Read Ch 12, 13 and 14
Church visit paper due

May 2 Final Exam Final Exam to cover 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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 .
Any two absences in the 8 week period will result in administrative withdrawal and an "F" grade.

Additional Information:

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Rubric

Competency

Exceeds Expectation (3)

Meets Expectation (2)

Does Not Meet Expectation (1)

No Evidence (0)

Critical Thinking

Synthesis
Outcomes
1, 2

Use all sources, sociology, the sociological perspective, summarize main assumptions of the three major of the  
three major theories to discuss  issues in the assignment.

Use 4 sources to discuss issues in the assignment.

Use two sources to discuss issues in the assignment.

Use no sources, no discussion of the assignment.

Analysis
Outcomes
1, 2

Identifies and analyzes the issues in the assignment with thoughtfulness and sophistication demonstrated through critical thinking linkage.

Identifies and analyzes the issues in the assignment with moderate understanding and use of concepts but with no linkage of concepts.

Lack of comprehension of concepts leads to no identification or analysis of the issues in the assignment.

No understanding of the outcomes of the assignment issues.

Evaluation
Outcomes
1, 2

Assesses the outcomes of the assignment issues with thoughtfulness and sophistication demonstrated through linking concepts to outcomes of the issues.

Assesses the outcomes of the assignment issues with moderate linkage of only the most obvious concepts and outcomes of the issues.

Assesses the outcomes of the assignment issues but offers no support of assessment in the way of concepts and outcomes of the issues.

No understanding of the outcomes of the assignment issues.

Content

Terminology
Outcomes
1,2

No theoretical errors.

1 theoretical error.

2 theoretical errors.

More than two theoretical errors.

Concepts
Outcomes
1,2

Demonstrates mastery of all of the assignment issues.

Demonstrates mastery of 4 to 6 of the assignment issues.

Demonstrates mastery of fewer than 3 of the assignment issues.

Demonstrates no mastery of the assignment issues.

Application
Outcomes
1,2

Incorporates, not just borrow, all sources to support their position.

Incorporates, not just borrow, 3 to 4 sources to support their position.

Incorporates, not just borrow, 1 to sources to support their position

Incorporates no sources.

Technical Skills

Whole Artifact
Outcomes
1, 2

No errors in writing conventions.

1 to 3 errors in writing conventions.

4 to 6 errors in writing conventions.

7 or more errors in writing conventions.

Component
Outcomes
 

Contains no errors in the following paper format items:
MLA
Length
Page Numbers
Works Cited
Internal documents

Contains only 1 error in the following paper format items:
M:LA
Length
Page Numbers
Works Cited
Internal documents

Contains 2 to 3 errors in the following paper format items:
MLA
:Length
Page Numbers
Works Cited
Internal documents

Contains 4 or more errors in the following paper format items:
MLA
Length
Page Numbers
Works Cited
Internal documents

M/LL Courses
Outcomes
1, 2

Exhibits high relationship to sociological issues, using concepts and two examples to identify and analyze relationships.

Exhibits moderate relationship to sociological issues, using concepts to identify and analyze relationships.

Minimal relationship to sociological issues, identifying the relationship but providing no analysis.

Exhibits no relationship to sociological issues.

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