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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Smolak, William H.


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.
CourseSO 141 Introduction to Sociology
SemesterS2B2005
FacultySmolak, William H.
Degrees/CertificatesDual Masters/HRD and Management
Office Location9440 Viscount Blvd, Suite 200, El Paso, TX 79925
Office Hours8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Daytime Phone731-2793
Other Phone858-2793
E-Mailwsmolak@park.edu
Additional E-Mail Address smolakb@earthlink.net
Semester Dates14 March - 04 May 2004
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time7:40 - 10:10 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Introduction to Sociology, Eighth Edition, Henry L. Tischler, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, California (ISBN 0-534-61992-4)

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 interactive communications based upon readings, lectures, handouts, current events, dialogues, references to Internet articles, examinations, and writings. The facilitator will assign daily reading assignments as a basis to challenge each learner to participate in discussions about concepts of sociology and how they apply to current life standards and beliefs. The facilitator will require learners to bring articles on current events to class to demonstrate how these events relate to sociology and to stimulate individual learning and discussions between learners and with the facilitator. The facilitator will guide learners to apply sociological learning to modern concepts of living and to influence the learners to learn how to respect and learn from each other. The facilitator will emphasize the ideals within sociology to encourage learners to understand the ways of other people and other societies and how these other groups affect the learner's way of life. This educational philosophy should result in stimulating learning through lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
The objective is to provide students with a better understanding of human sociology, sociological concepts of a diverse society and some major theories. The following objectives will be accomplished:

A. Define the study of sociology by discussing the sociological perspective and research methods.
B. Explain about the individual in society by discussing culture, socialization and development, social interaction and social groups, and deviant behaviors and social controls.
C. Identify inequalities in social life by discussing various forms of stratification both Global and in the United States.
D. Explain the social impact of human institutions by discussing marriage and alternative family arrangements, religion, education, and political and economic systems.
E. Define social change issues by discussing the population, environment and urban society, health and aging, collective behavior and social movements, and social change.

Course Assessment:
There will be five examinations, one for each major part (section) of the textbook.

Grading:
Part 1 Examination - 20% of the final grade
Part 2 Examination - 20% of the final grade
Part 3 Examination - 20% of the final grade
Part 4 Examination - 20% of the final grade
Part 5 Examination - 20% of the final grade
A student that fails to attend at least 75% of classes will have his or her grade reduced by 10%

Late:
All examinations will be completed by the end of the course with the last class meeting reserved as the opportunity to finish and turn in any remaining examinations.

Conduct:
Each student will respect the views of fellow students by allowing each student adequate time to participate in discussions and to establish their point of view. In appropriate language will not be tolerated and will result in the student being asked to leave the classroom.

Students are expected to attend all classes, be on time and be prepared to participate.
• This means taking an active part in class activities and discussions.
• Participation is expected and will be incorporated into the final grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 -
Monday - Introduction to the Class and Park University
Wednesday - Part 1 (Chapters 1 & 2) and special presentations
Week 2 -
Monday – Review Part 1, Examination Part 1
Wednesday – Part 2 (Chapters 3 & 4) and special presentations
Week 3 -
Monday – Part 2 (Chapters 5 & 6) and special presentations
Wednesday - Review Part 2, Examination Part 2
Week 4 -
Monday - Part 3 (Chapters 7 & 8) and special presentations
Wednesday – Part 3 (Chapters 9 & 10) and special presentations
Week 5 -
Monday - Review Part 3, Examination Part 3
Wednesday - Part 4 (Chapters 11 & 12) and special presentations
Week 6 -
Monday - Part 4 (Chapters 13 & 14) and special presentations
Wednesday - Review Part 4, Examination Part 4
Week 7 -
Monday - Part 5 (Chapters 15 & 16) and special presentations
Wednesday – Part 5 (Chapters 17 & 18) and special presentations
Week 8 -
Monday - Review Part 5, Part 5 Examination
Wednesday – Final

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergradute Catalog Page 100


Attendance will be taken at all class meetings.
Anticipated Absences –
• Documentation such as TDY orders may be presented as required to the instructor or the Military Residence Center Administrator.
• Make arrangements for makeup work prior to the absence.
Course work missed because of excused absences must be made up.
• It is the student's responsibility to arrange for makeup work.
Unanticipated Absences –
• Arrangements for makeup work must be made at the next class.
• Absences because of emergencies or illness must be reported to the instructor.
Unexcused Absences –
• Two unexcused absences will cause a report to be made to the Military Residence Center Administrator.
• Three unexcused absences may cause the student to be dropped from the course.

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 .
The instructor will do everything within his ability to accommodate students that require assistance.

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