SO141 Introduction to Sociology

for U1EE 2006

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SO141 Introduction to Sociology


U1EE 2006 MO


Barron, Lawanna




Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Master of Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Academy of Certified Social Workers

Office Location

Moody AFB Education Center

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

(229) 630-2683

Other Phone

(229) 249-9750


Semester Dates

May 15 - Jul 9

Class Days


Class Time

11:00 - 12:00 AM



Credit Hours


Introduction to Sociology (Fifth Edition)
Giddens, Anthony, Duneier, Mitchell & Appelbaum, Richard

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 instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, and Internet, videos, websites and group class activities.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the 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:
Core Assessment Assignment
Research Assignment
Midterm Examination (Chapters 1-10)
Final examination (Chapters 11-20)
Class participation  

Core Assessment - 100 points
  (Core Assessment will be a 13 page paper that discuss
   answers to the above questions listed in the Core
Research Assignment - 100 points
  (Students will design a survey on a sociological
   problem, distribute the survey to 10 individuals,
   and provide findings from this research.  The paper
   will be 5-7 pages in length.)
Midterm Examination - 100 points
   (Exam will cover Chapters 1-10)
Final Exam - 100 points
   (Exam will cover Chapters 11-20)
Quizzes - 75 points
   (There will be 3 quizzes during the course covering
    the reading assignments)
Class Participation - 25 points
   (Students are expected to participate in discussion of
    the assigned reading and current sociological events.)
Total - 500 points

A=500-450 points
B=449-400 points
C=399-350 points
D=349-300 points
F=Below 300 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments turned in late UNLESS permission is granted by the instructor PRIOR to the date the assignment is late.  Exams will be taken at the scheduled time UNLESS the instructor PRIOR to the date of the examination grants permission.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend class and to be on time.  Absences should be approved in advance if possible.  Sickness and other emergencies should be discussed with the instructor immediately upon return to class.  Students are expected to read the assigned chapters prior each class.  Under no circumstances with students be allowed to sleep in class.  Chewing gum in class is not allowed.  All class disruptions will be done in an orderly manner and will not become disruptive to the learning atmosphere.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 Chapter 1: What is Sociology?
Week 1 Chapter 2: Asking and Answering Sociological Questions
Week 2 Chapter 3: Culture and Society
Week 2 Chapter 4: Socialization and the Life Cycle
Week 3 Chapter 5: Social Interaction and Everyday Life
Week 3 Chapter 6: Groups and Modern Organizations
Week 3 Chapter 7: Conformity, Deviance, and Crime
Week 4 Chapter 8: Stratification, Class, and Inequality
Week 4 Chapter 9: Global Inequality
Week 4 Chapter 10: Gender Inequality
Week 5 Midterm Examination
Week 5 Chapter 11: Ethnicity and Race
Week 5 Chapter 12: Aging
Week 5 Chapter 13: Government, Political Power, and Social Movements
Week 6 Chapter 14: Work and Economic Life
Week 6 Chapter 15: The Family and Intimate Relationships
Week 7 Chapter 16: Education and the Mass Media
Week 7 Chapter 17: Religion in Modern Society
Week 7 Core Assessment Assignment Due
Week 8 Chapter 18: The Sociology of the Body: Health and Illness and Sexuality
Week 8 Chapter 19: Urbanization, Population, and the Environment
Week 8 Chapter 20: The Changing World
Week 8 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 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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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. 
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. 
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. 
No theoretical errors. 1 theoretical error. 2 theoretical errors. More than two theoretical errors. 
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. 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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. 


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