SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
FA 2006 HOB
MSW, LCSW, LSCSW
Henslin, J. M. (2006). Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, 6th. ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper) Henslin, J. M. (2006. Exploring Social Life: Readings to Accompany Essentials of Sociology, 2nd. ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper)
ISBN (bundle): 0-205-46941-8
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, exams, dialogues, videos, and writings. The instructor believes that discussion between the student and instructor provides an atmosphere for maximum learning.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)
[This CA is designed to work with the SAGrader pilot test in Fall, 2006.]
This term paper is worth 200 points and should take 10 to 15 pages (about 2500 to 3250 words) to adequately complete. Preliminary grading will be done by computer, but the final grade will be assigned by the instructor.
One of the goals for this course is to help you see your own lives and your places in the world differently. For this term paper you are to use concepts and topics from different chapters to describe and interpret important parts of your own lives. Each time you submit a draft to SAGrader you should include all the earlier pieces along with the latest section. The program's grading will be cumulative. After the program grades each assignment, you will have the opportunity to challenge the score, and we will review the program's results. But you must leave adequate time for human review of a challenge (at least 48 hours). If you do not allow this window between drafts, then the challenge will not be considered.
Part I: Inequality How has inequality affected your own life? What is your own social class, gender, race and ethnicity?
Social Class. Several kinds of stratification are discussed in the chapter on stratification. Among those are Marx's theory of class conflict based on two social classes, Wright's typology of social classes including four classes, and the discussion of the American class structure based on six different classes. Briefly summarize each of these perspectives and distinguish the classes they contain. Which do you think best reflects important elements of today's society? Where do you expect to be located in each of those classifications after you finish college and begin your career? There are many different kinds of social mobility. What kinds of social mobility do you expect to experience in your own lifetime? Give examples of your own social statuses and those of your parents to illustrate those kinds of social mobility. Be sure to mention at least four kinds of social mobility and to indicate which you believe you will experience.
Gender. What is your gender? What is the difference between gender, sex, and sexuality? How has gender helped or hurt you in your life so far? How do you expect it to help or hurt you in the future? What are some of the issues and concepts related to gender you expect will be important in your life? How are issues such as glass ceilings, second shift, pink-collar jobs, and patriarchy likely to affect you? Be sure to define each concept.
Race & Ethnicity. What is your own race and ethnicity? What is the difference between race and ethnicity? What are some of the differences between your own racial or ethnic group and at least two other common racial and ethnic groups in the United States today?
Part II: Work and Economy In this part of the paper you are to discuss some of the ways the economy and work are changing in today's world, and how those changes have affected your parents and are likely to affect you in your own lifetime.
First, what kind of work do your parents do (you can substitute a single parent or guardian or someone in that generation if you prefer)? What sector of the economy would their job be in? How does that sector differ from the other sectors in modern economies? Would you say they are in the primary or the secondary labor market? What is the difference between the two, and which has the better jobs? How has their work been affected by rationalization? globalization? industrialization? Be sure to clearly define each of those as well as saying how it relates to their work. Include the important processes associated with the rationalization, including bureaucratization, mechanization, and scientific management.
Second, how do you think these same concepts and issues will affect the work you do in your own life? What kind of job do you hope to have for your career? In what sector of the economy? In what labor market? What are future changes you can expect to occur in work during the next decade or so? Cite arguments and examples from books or articles and Internet sources to justify your expectations.
Part III: Marriage and Family.
Marriage. The chapter discusses several factors that influence who you are likely to marry. If you are not already married, how do you think these factors will influence your own choice of marriage partner? If you are already married, then how did they influence your decision? If all of these factors influenced you, then what kind of person would you be most likely to marry? Be sure to mention some of the issues like the marriage squeeze, the marriage gradient endogamy, and exogamy. How do these various factors, and their relationship to marriage partner choices support or challenge our notion of romantic love? Feel free to reframe this question in terms of civil unions or gay marriage if you so desire.
Family. What are some of the ways families have changed during the last 100 years? Discuss some of the most important changes and indicate how well they are reflected in your own family. For example, you might compare your family of orientation to that of your parents or grandparents. How do they differ in size, in whether they are nuclear or extended family households, in the occurrence of divorce, in cohabitation rates, in whether the wife works outside the home (labor market participation), how childcare is handled, how household tasks are shared among husband and wife, common functions of the family, and so on? Be sure to use and define appropriate concepts and perspectives such as the concept of the “second shift.”
Remember that this paper will also be graded for how well it is written. You are expected to have a title that conveys the key features of your paper, an introductory paragraph, and a concluding paragraph. Your paper will be graded on how well it is organized. For example, an essay that devotes a paragraph to each major topic for families will get a better grade than one that jumps around from topic to topic in each paragraph and spreads coverage of a topic across paragraphs. Part III should also have a conclusion in which you give you an overview of how sociology helps you understand your own life. (Alternatively, you can argue that it does not help, but you'd better make a good case for it. After all, this IS a sociology course!) The final draft should include at least 5 library references to books or academic articles, and at least 5 web pages from the Internet.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Two examinations: mid-term exam and a comprehensive final; core assessment; class participation; 6 short essays
Six written assignments = 50 points each (5% of overall grade each)
Core Assessment = 200 points (20% of overall grade)
Mid-term Exam = 150 points (15% of overall grade)
Comprehensive Final Exam = 200 points (20% of overall grade)
Class Participation = 150 points (includes classroom interaction, attendance, and promptness - 15% of overall grade)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the date indicated. Assignments not submitted on time will receive a deduction of 10% of the possible score per scheduled class day regardless of the excuse. No assignment will be accepted after the third class day after it is due - 30% reduction. If a student ever has a question regarding any assignment, it is expected that the instructor be contacted in a timely manner. Please be aware there is no extra credit work in this course.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is essential that as a class we promote an environment conducive to learning and one which allows the open discussion of potentially uncomfortable and emotional issues. Therefore, the following rules of conduct are established for this course. If you feel you cannot agree to these standards you are advised to select some other course. Any breech of these standards may be reflected in the final course grade. 1. Personal perspectives including differences will be valued. Degrading or discriminatory remarks or behaviors are not acceptable.
2. Discussion will reflect an exchange of information, experiences, ideas and opinions that have an educational value.
3. Because of the sensitive subject matter, courtesy and respect must be maintained in the classroom at all times.
4. Students need to arrive on time and remain for the entire class time. Late entrance or early exit of students is disruptive to the classroom learning environment.
5. Students are expected to attend class regularly. Absences limit the learning experience and result in students missing out on important information. It can also adversely affect a grade.
6. If a student's behavior in the classroom is disruptive, the instructor will allow the student an opportunity to correct the behavior without consequences. If the student's behavior continues to be disruptive, that student may be asked to leave the classroom and may be referred to the Office of Academic Affairs.
7. Together the students and instructor will create a positive atmosphere for open discussion and learning. Learning means growth and growth means change. Change might be at times frightening, painful, or uncomfortable, and each student is expected to respect this in themselves and in others.
Two Exams: Midterm exam will cover the first half of the semester and will be a combination of essay, multiple choice, short answer and true/false. The final will be a comprehensive final and will be standardized.
Core Assessment: will need to be completed as assigned earlier in syllabus.
Six written assignments: 2-3 pages, typed, 12 font, double-spaced, proper citations. Will be an analysis of a topic given along with an insightful opinion of that topic. Information is to be obtained from the two texts and one additional source. Wikipedia is not an appropriate source. Topics include: "Sociology: an educated opinion", "Analysis of your socialization", "Deviance: Pros and Cons", "Gender as a Social Construct", "War: Necessity or Political Manipulation", "Population Growth: Does Society intervene or let run its course".
Oct 16, 18, 20
Class Topic,No Class
Aug 21, 23, 25,Week Nine
Oct 23, 25, 27
Chapter One in both texts - What is Sociology and why do we study it?,Chapter Nine - both Race/ethnicity as a social construct
Aug 28, 30, Sep 1,Week Ten
Oct 30, Nov 1, 3
Chapter Two - Both texts - Becoming aware of our own cultures and the culture of others,Chapter Ten - both
The impact of gender on each of us
First written assignment: "Sociology: An Educated Opinion - due Aug 28,Gender as a social construct - due Nov 3
Sept 6, 8,Week Eleven
Nov 6, 8, 10
Chapter Three - both How were you socialized?,Chapter Eleven - both
Politics and the impact on each of us
Analysis of your socialization - due September 6,War: Necessity or Political Manipulation - due Nov 10
Sept 11, 13, 15,Week Twelve
Nov 13, 15, 17
Chapter Four - Social structures in society and how they impact each of us as we develop,Chapter Twelve - both Family as a social institution that molds our development
,Core Assessment - due Nov 17
Sept 18, 20, 22,Week Thirteen
Nov 20, 22
Chapter five - both
The variety of groups in society and their impact on each of us,Chapter Thirteen - both
Education and religion as social institutions
,November 24 -
Sept 25, 27, 29,Week Fourteen
Nov 27, 29 Dec 1
Chapter six - both
Deviance in society, our perspectives,Chapter Fourteen - both
Deviance: Pros and Cons - due Sept 25,Population Growth -Does Society Intervene or let it run its course? - due Dec 1
Oct 2, 4, 6,Week Fifteen
Dec 4, 6, 8
Chapter Seven - both Social stratification throughout the world - begin chapter eight,Chapter Fifteen - The world's future from a sociological perspective
Oct 9, 11, 13,Week Sixteen
Chapter Eight - both texts - finish,
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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 87All papers must be written using correct APA style to limit the possibility of plagiarism. Students are expected to educate themselves to proper APA style to limit ignorance and thus, inadvertent plagiarism.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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