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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Murdock, Ralph


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

S2QQ 2006 HI

Faculty

Murdock, Ralph

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Human Resources Management

Daytime Phone

801-442-3969

Other Phone

801-628-3397 (mobile)

E-Mail

ralph.murdock@park.edu

ralph.murdock@intermountainmail.org

ralphmurdock@comcast.net

Semester Dates

March 13 - May 7

Class Days

-----F-

Class Time

4:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


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

  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:
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

Paper/Survey: 100

Presentation: 100

Attendance: 40

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.

  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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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. 
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. 
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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