SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
S2QQ 2006 HI
Master of Human Resources Management
March 13 - May 7
4:30 - 10:00 PM
Textbook: Introduction to Sociology, 5th Edition, Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, and Richard P. Applebaum, W.W. Norton and Company, Inc.
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 educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment Assignment:
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: The class assessment will consist of two pop quize examinations, one final comprehensive examination, one group presentation/projects, and one research paper based on the 2 core assessment assignments.
Grading: A: 400 - 360
B: 359 - 320
C: 319 - 280
D: 279 - 240
F: < 240
Breakdown of Possible Points:
Pop Quizes: 40
Final Exam: 100
Class Participation: 20
Total Points Possible: 400
Pop Quiz's will be taken from the reading assignments for any given week 10 true/false, multiple choice, matching, and generally one or two fill in the blank questions.
We will have a comprehensive Final Exam consisting of 100 true/false, multiple choice, matching, and generally one or two fill in the blank questions.
The research paper will be based off the core assessment assignment; it will answer the two assignment questions. The paper should be 7-9 pages (actual body of information). Paper should be typed, double spaced, 10 – 12 pitch fonts, one inch margins. It should be grammatically correct with no spelling errors. Format should include an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Transitions should be smooth and logical. There should be a cover page and a bibliography (works cited) and an example of the survey used. Papers exceeding expectations uses all sources to discuss three major theories of the paper's issue, identifies and analyzes issues with critical thinking, assess the outcome, demonstrates mastery of all issues, incorporates all sources to support paper's position, and contains no writing errors. (see attached rubric)
The group presentation should be 15 - 20 minutes in length and will be chosen during Week 1. Half of the points will be awarded by fellow classmates, the other half by your teammate. These individual points will not by shared with students so please be completely honest in grading. Though points may be assigned by class students, the presentation grade will be given by the instructor.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Students should turn assignments in at the beginning of the class period they are due. Assignments turn in any later than this will be considered late. Late assignments will receive 20% off their score…no exceptions.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: I expect students to attend class on time, actively participate, show respect to others, and be willing to recognize personal biases. Reasonable food/drink is allowed.
Subjects in this class are inherently difficult and potentially volatile; each student is expected to recognize this and treat fellow students with respect for opposing ideas/values. All students will allow the facilitator to mediate and, if completely necessary, suspend discussion of topics.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Week # / Date / Reading and Assignments
1 Mar 17: Discuss Syllabus and Reading assignment (Chapters 1 – 3; What is Sociology; Asking/Answering Sociological Questions; Culture and Society)
2 Mar 24: Discuss Reading Assignment (Chapters 1 – 6; Socialization; Social Interaction; Groups and Organizations; Individual Power Complexes)
3 Mar 31: Discuss Reading Assignment (Chapters 7 - 9; Conformity, Deviance, and Crime; Class Stratification; Global Issues)
4 Apr 7: Discuss Reading Assignment (Chapters 10 - 11; Gender; Ethnicity and Race; Aging), Guest Lecturer
5 Apr 14: Discuss Reading Assignment (Chapters 12 - 14; Government; Work Life)
6 Apr 21: Discuss Reading Assignment (Chapters 15 - 17; Families and Relationships; Mass Media; Religion), Paper Due
7 Apr 28: Discuss Reading Assignment (Chapters 18 - 20/ Health and Illness; Urbanization; Globalization), Group Presentations
8 May 5: Class Wrap-up, 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.
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 .
Last Updated:3/23/2006 6:50:45 PM