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SO 302 The Study of the Family
Wiggins, Cleon


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Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseSO 302 The Study of the Family
SemesterF2J2004
FacultyWiggins, Cleon
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesM.A. Sociology
B.S. Criminal Justice
IMPA-CP International Management Personnel Association
Daytime Phone1-660-747-5852
E-Mailcwiggins@park.edu
cleon_wiggins@hotmail.com
Semester DatesOctober 25th, 2004 - December 19th, 2004
Class Days-M-----
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Marriages and Families Making Choices in a Diverse Society, 8th edition, Wadsworth

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Marriages and Families - Changes, Choices, and Constraints.  Benokraitis, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall.

The Family Experience - A Reader in Cultural Diversity, 2nd ed., Hutter, Prentice Hall

Making Contact - Readings from Home and Abroad - Carol Verburg, Bedford Publishing

Family Law, Deborah A. Hohward, West Publishing

Course Description:
A study of the family as a social institution and a social group in terms of cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary perspectives.  Current controversies concerning male-female roles, sexual morality, reproduction and other issues are considered.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, students should hvae a solid understanding of the complexities facing contemporary American families, how the issues developed, their impact on society in general and potential solutions to some of the more perplexing issues.  

Course Assessment:
Course assessment will include attendance, participation, examinations, term paper and project.

Grading:
The grading plan for this course will consist of the following:

Midterm Exam = 200 points (31% of the grade)
Final Exam = 200 points (31% of the grade)
Term Paper = 100 points (15% of the grade)
Project = 100 points (15% of the grade)
Participation = 54 points (8% of the grade)
Total Points Possible = 654

Grades, to include the final grade, will be calculated using the following method

90% - 100% of all points possible for the item = "A"
80% - 89.9% of all points possible for the item = "B"
70% - 79.9% of all points possible for the item = "C"
60% - 69.9% of all points possible for the item = "D"
59.9% of all points possible for the item = "F"

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any material turned in late, without prior approval from the instructor will receive a 15 point per day penalty until the instructor received the item.  The penalty will be placed on the item before the item is graded. For example, a student who turns a project worth 100 points  two days late, cannot receive a grade higher than a "C" on the project.  This penalty will not be applied in situations of emergencies, unforsceen incidents, etc.  In all cases, the instructor reserves the right to enforce the penalty or not.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All material must be type written and the instructor will not accept disketes in lieu of the hard copy.  The opinions and comments of each student will be respected and each student.  Only in cases of emergencies or serious situations will students be allowed to leave cell phones and pagers turned on.  Each student is expected to participate in classroom discussions.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
10/25/04             Class Introduction and Chapters 1-2
11/01/04             Chapters 3-5 and video
11/08/04             Chapters 6-8, video and handout
11/15/04             Chapters 9 & 10 - Midterm Exam
11/22/04             Chapters 11-13 - Review of Midterm
11/29/04             Chapters 14-16, video and handout
12/06/04             Chapters 17 & 18, video and handout
                    Term papers/presentations are due
12/13/04             Final Exam

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


The instructor may excuse absences for legitimate reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment.  Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties (point reductions).  

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 .

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