SO141 Introduction to Sociology

for U1T 2006

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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology


Summer 1 2006 Section DLD


Julie Andreasen


Adjunct Online Instructor


Ph.D. Education, Capella University (anticipated completion 2007)
M.S. Psychology, Capella University (2003)
B.S. Social Psychology, Park University (1999)

Office Location


Office Hours


Daytime Phone

(507) 581-9253

Other Phone

(507) 581-9253


Semester Dates

June 5- July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time




Credit Hours


Giddens, A., Duneier, M., & Appelbaum, R. (2005). Introduction to sociology (5th ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

ISBN: 0-393-92553-6

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville 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:
The overall goal/objective of this course is support your understanding of the relationship between your individual life experiences and the forces in the larger society that shape your actions, that is, the "sociological imagination." Through your reading of the textbook, completion of several written assignments, and weekly online discussions of important topics between other students and the instructor, you will learn the concepts and theories sociologists use to study and explain the relationships between individuals and society; the sociological imagination.

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:
There are several assessment used to determine your grade, including the core assessment assignment, research paper, and a proctored exam. See the grading plan for the complete list of items and possible points.


Class Discussion Participation: 25 points x 8 weeks= 200 points
Essay Assignments: 40 points x 6 weeks= 240 points
Quizzes: 20 points x 6 weeks= 120 points
Annotated Bibliogrpahy: 40 points x 1 week= 40 points
Core Assessment: 200 points x 1 week= 200 points
Proctored Final Exam: 200 points x 1 week= 200 points

Total Points Possible: 1000 points

The Letter Grade Scale:
A = 90% (900-1000)
B = 80% (800-899)
C = 70% (700-799)
D = 60% (600-699)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any assignment that is submitted late CANNOT earn all possible points for that particular assignment. Late submissions must be explained and the professor and student will work out an equitable scoring arrangement for that assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The classroom for this course is the weekly discussion groups. You are expected to conduct your discussions in a professional and courteous manner. Thoughtful debate is encouraged and expected. NO personal attacks will be tolerated and racist, sexist, and/or foul language is unacceptable.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Please read and print the Course Schedule document that you will find under the Course Documents link on the Course Menu. That document will provide a week-to-week glance of readings to be completed, and assignments that need to be completed.

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.
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: .


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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