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 land engage
in lifelong learning while serving a global community.
Park University will be a renowned
international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for
learners within the global society.
COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: SO303
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: (LL)
COURSE TITLE: Urban Sociology
SEMESTER/TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Fall I 2004
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Cleon Wiggins
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Faculty
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION: N/A
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS: Faculty member is available to meet with
breaks and after classes.
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 1-660-747-5852
FACULTY PARK E-MAIL ADDRESS: Cleon.Wiggins@park.edu
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: N/A
DATES OF THE SEMESTER/TERM: August 23rd - October 17th, 2004
CLASS SESSION DAY: Thursday Evenings
SITE: Metropark Programs - Independence Campus
2200 South M-291 Highway
Independence MO 64057
TIME: 5:30-9:50 p.m.
CREDIT HOURS: 3
COURSE TEXTBOOK: The Urban World, 7th edition, John Palen,
A study of the development of the city and of the social
characteristics of urbanization, ecology, social processes, group relations,
and selected urban problems.
GOALS OF THE
The goal of the course is to provide students with a
fundamental understanding of concepts surrounding the development of urban
cities in the United
This course will also aim to better prepare students to understand, anticipate
and deal with the myriad of issues facing urban areas in this country.
After completing this course, students should have a solid
understanding of the complexities facing urban communities today, how many of
the issues developed, their impact on surrounding communities, and how best to
deal with those issues and concerns, particularly as they affect the residents.
Course arrangement will consist of, but is not limited to,
lectures, class discussions, video films and audio presentations as well as
Students are required to read all assigned material (text,
handouts, etc.,); to watch all outside viewing assignments; to be prepared to
discuss the material in class, and to actively participate in all class
discussions. Students will also have to successfully pass all exams and
complete all projects, to include a 5 page term paper. Attendance and
participation are required for successful completion of this course. To
successfully complete this course, students will also have to pass a mid-term
and a final exam, and receive a passing grade on their term paper. No extra
credit assignments will be issued to students to make-up for failing an exam or
not turning in a project, assignment or term paper.
DESCRIPTION: Study of the effects of
social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics,
conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.
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.
ASSESSMENT: Examination, quizzes,
projects, papers, attendance and participation.
GRADING POLICY The final course
grade will be determined using the following formula:
Exam = 200 points 31% of the grade
Exam = 200 points 31% of the grade
Paper = 100 points 15% of the grade
= 100 points 15% of the grade
= 27 points 4% of the grade
= 27 points 4% of the grade
Total Points possible 654 points 100%
ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning
community. Hence, Park will not tolerate
cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers, or other course
assignments. Learners who engage in such
dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.
PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism - the appropriation of imitation of the language
or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work -
sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Learners who are uncertain about proper
documentation of sources should consult their facilitator.
POLICY: Facilitators are required to keep
attendance records and report absences. The facilitator may excuse absences for
cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of
enrollment. Work missed through
unexcused absences must also be made up
within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry
further penalties. In the event of two
consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the
learner will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete grade will not be issued to
learners who have unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Learners receiving Military Tuition
Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) 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 learner. Reports of a F grade (attendance or academic)
resulting from excessive absence for learners receiving financial assistance
from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
OF COURSE MATERIALS: Any material turned
in late will receive an automatic 15 point per day reduction before it is
graded unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor.
OF CONDUCT: All material must be type
written. The instructor will not accept
diskettes in lieu of the hard copy.
GUIDELINES: 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: www.park.edu/disability.
Week #1 Introduction Chapters 1, 2 and video
Week #2 Chapters
2, 3 and 4
Week #3 Chapters
4, 5, 6 and video
Week #4 Chapters
6, 7 and 8 (Midterm Exam)
Week #5 Chapters
8, 9, 10
Week #6 Chapters
10 and 11 and video
Week #7 Chapters
12 and 13
Week #8 Final