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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Esparza, Carolyn H.


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 BL
SemesterF2B2005
FacultyEsparza, Carolyn H.
TitleInstructor
Degrees/CertificatesMasters Degree Social Work
Licensed Professional Counselor
Daytime Phone203-2500
Other Phone203-2500
E-Mailcarolyn.esparza@park.edu
carolynesparza@juno.com
Semester DatesOctober 10 through November 30
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Intro. to Sociology, 8th edition, by tischler:  0-534-61992-4

Additional Resources:
Handouts related to text material will be provided


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:
To engage students in motivational opportunities to learn  useful information through instructor presentation (lecture), interactive classroom discussion, videos, current events, special student project presentations and examinations  The primary goal of this course is to offer the student a broad perspective and understanding of the dynamics of our society.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:  
A. Define sociology and understand its purpose
B. Recognize cultural dynamics involved in sociology
C. Identify inequities found in society
D. Recognize the impact of social institutions on the larger society
E. Identify and recognize social change issues
 varied cultures
F. Identify and discuss critical crisis situations for  
 families
G. Examine some current, often controversial  issues
 involving family relationships
H. Explore factors related to disruption and dissolution
 of family bonds

Course Assessment:
Examinations, special project presentations, purposeful classroom participation

Grading:
Grading:
Attendance and classroom participation – 25%
Examination #1 – 25%
Examination #2 – 25%  
Class Project or Presentation – 25%
Letter grades will be assigned based on the following number grades:
90 – 100 = A
80 – 89  = B
70 – 79  = C
60 – 69  = D
Below 60 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are expected to be punctual in completing all class assignments.  Unexcused late submissions of any assignment will result in a deduction of 10 points per each day late.  No assignment will be accepted, including examinations, after thirty days following the final class. Incomplete and unfulfilled assignments will result in a grade of zero (0).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time and prepared to participate.  Attendance will be taken at the beginning of all class meetings.

Purposeful class participation is expected and requires taking an active part in all class activities and discussions.  Participation will be incorporated in the final grade

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Course overview, Introduction
Reading Assignment:  Chapters

       SELECTION OF SPECIAL TOPIC PRESENTATIONS

Week 2: Reading Assignment:  Chapters

TURN IN SELECTED TOPIC FOR SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Week 3: Reading Assignment:  


Week 4: Reading Assignment:  

MID TERM EXAMINATION

Week 5: Reading Assignment:  

Student Presentations Begin:  Special Topics

Week 6: Reading Assignment:  Chapters


Student Presentations Continue:  Special Topics

Week 7:  Reading Assignment:  Chapters

Week 8: Student Presentations Concluded:  Special Topics
FINAL EXAMINATION

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
 
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