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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
West, James E.


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

Summer 2006 DLC

Faculty

West, James E.

Title

Senior Professor

Degrees/Certificates

LPC, LMFT, LCDC

Office Location

San Antonio Texas

Office Hours

8 - 5 Monday - Friday

E-Mail

jwest@park.edu

Semester Dates

Summer 06 05 JUN 06 – 30 JUL 06

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Introduction to Sociology - Fifth Edition
Authors
•  Anthony Giddens, London School of Economics
•  Mitchell Duneier, City University of New York
•  Richard P. Appelbaum, University of California, Santa Barbara
ISBN 0-393-92553-6

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


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:
Learning is a change in behavior that results from an experience. It's up to the instructor to facilitate the environment for the experience.

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.


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:
Take the time to carefully read AND print the various documents available under the Documents section of this course. One of the most important documents is the Grade Rubric document that explains, in detail, how the various assignments and papers will be graded. So make sure your read AND print the Grade Rubric document.
Proctored Final Examination
• A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location. For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.
• Other Information on proctored exams:
o It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.
o Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.
o A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.
o Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Grading:
Grades for the course will be determined as follows:
Gradeable Items Points
Core Assessment Assignment 95
Class Participation 50
Quizzes 65
Essay Assignments 100
Annotated Bibliography 30
Peer Review 20
Research Paper 40
Final Proctored Exam 50
Total Points 450

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted with instructor written approval.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
Online Course Policies

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
This is an online course. Please refer to weekly course activities schedule/requirements on your course homepage for specific activities and due dates.

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 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 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

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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:



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
 

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Last Updated:5/16/2006 11:40:59 AM