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SO 303 Urban Sociology
Wiggins, Cleon


KC Accelerated - Independence Fall I 2004

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 land 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 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 students between

                                                     breaks and after classes.

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER:       1-660-747-5852

FACULTY PARK E-MAIL ADDRESS: Cleon.Wiggins@park.edu

                                                                        cleon_wiggins@hotmail.com

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

CLASS SESSION TIME: 5:30-9:50 p.m.

PREREQUISITE(S): None

CREDIT HOURS: 3

COURSE TEXTBOOK: The Urban World, 7th edition, John Palen, McGraw-Hill publishers

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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 COURSE

The goal of the course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of concepts surrounding the development of urban cities in the United States. 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.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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 ARRANGEMENTS

Course arrangement will consist of, but is not limited to, lectures, class discussions, video films and audio presentations as well as group projects.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

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.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Study of the effects of social variables on the individual, including areas of group dynamics, conformity, leadership, obedience, and interpersonal attraction.

FACILITATOR’S 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.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Examination, quizzes, projects, papers, attendance and participation.

GRADING POLICY   The final course grade will be determined using the following formula:

                        Midterm Exam = 200 points                   31% of the grade

                        Final Exam = 200 points                         31% of the grade

                        Term Paper = 100 points                        15% of the grade

                        Projects = 100 points                             15% of the grade

                        Participation = 27 points                           4% of the grade

                        Participation = 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. 

ATTENDANCE 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.

LATE SUBMISSION 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.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: All material must be type written.  The instructor will not accept diskettes in lieu of the hard copy.  

DISABILITY 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. 

COURSE TOPIC/DATE/ASSIGNMENT:             

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 Exam