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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Muzzana, Lori


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

S1Z 2006 ML

Faculty

Weisen, Lori L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Masters in Counseling/Education
Bachelors in Social Sciences
Secondary Education Teaching Certificate

Office Location

Malmstrom AFB, Ed Ctr, Bldg 1240

Office Hours

Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Daytime Phone

406-761-7540

E-Mail

loriweisen@park.edu

lori.weisen@malmstrom.af.mil

Web Page

http://malm@park.edu

Semester Dates

Jan 09 - Mar 12, 2006

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Intro to Sociology, Tischler, 8th ed
ISBN:  0-534-61992-4


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's eductional philsophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, discussions, videos, written assignments, and presentations.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine sociology as a field of study, the nature and uses of sociological theory and methods, basics types of social structures and processes, and major social institutions.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking, awareness of values, and understanding of society from the perspective of other cultures.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate how deviant behavior and social control effect various social interaction and social groups.
  2. Summarize the characteristics of social inequality and social groups within the human race.
  3. Evaluate the social changes that are occurring and issues that accompany them.
  4. Write a paper integrating various sociological perspectives provided throughout the course
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Examinations, Presentations, Written Project, Homework, Video

Grading:
Paper - 50 points
Midterm - 100 points
Participation - 10 points
Presentation - 100 points
Final - 100 points
(360 points total)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late.  Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "zero".

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text.  Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding lectures and assignments made during absences.  Class participation is expected and will form a final part of the garde.  Students are expected to attend all classes and be ont ime.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Jan
10th    Introduction

12th    Chapter review 1 & 3

17th    Chapter review 4 & 5

19th    Chapter review 6 & 7 (video-Between the Lines)

24th    Chapter review 8  (video- Dr. Peter/ Anorexia)

26th   Chapter review 9/midterm review (observation assign. due)

31st   Midterm
Feb
2nd    JDC Tour

7th    No Class-Get with partners to prepare for presentations

9th    Presentations

14th   Presentations

16th   Chapter review 10

21st   Chapter review 11 & 12

23rd   Chapter review 13 & 14

28th   Chapter review 16, & 17

Mar
2nd    Chapter review 18 & 19 (Final review)

7th    Final
9th    Grade/Final

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 .

Additional Information:



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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