SO141 Introduction to Sociology

for F1FF 2004

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SO141 Introduction to Sociology

COURSE DESCRIPTOR: An examination of the social processes and structures of society, with particular attention to American society. Reviews such topics as interpersonal interaction, culture, major institutions, inequality, deviance and social change. Also introduces methods used in sociological research.

Charles Tillman
Senior Professor of Psychology

Fairchild AFB
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EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: No academic discipline is inherently difficult. Difficulty is generally the result of inappropriate teaching methods. Teaching should be student centered with timely constructive feedback. The instruction must be at a level of difficulty that requires the student to require both effort and guidance for successful completion.

TEXT: Schafer. Sociology, 9th Ed. McGraw-Hill, Boston, Mass 2001.

A. The student will display knowledge of current sociological theories and their applicability to American culture and multiculturalism.
B. The student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate different roles and role expectations and the impact they have on society and the individual.
C. The student will be able to identify and elaborate on necessary data amd methods of obtaining data to support sociological hypotheses.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Student exercises to develop an awareness and understanding of various sociological theories and their ramifications. Exams to measure knowledge, and a course paper to determine the ability to analyze and critique specific sociological theories will be used.

A. Critical literacy- students will be required to use library and computer data sources to acquire knowledge on a selected topics for class projects and presentations.
B. Science literacy- students will be required to evaluate various sociological theories using logic and data from studies. Research design limitations and advantages will be critiqued.
C. Values literacy- cultural values will be discussed and evaluated based on choice theory and individual vs. group benefits and costs. The consistencies and differences between cultures and subcultures will be addressed.
D. Civic literacy- A central objective of this course is for the student to gain an understanding of American culture to include the institutions of politics and economics. Social diversity and it’s impact on these and other systems is examined in depth.

GRADING PLAN: Each quiz is worth 10% of course points. Class projects will be worth 10% of the course grade. Mid-Term and Final Exams are worth 20% each and the Course Paper is worth 30%. Course grade will be determined by a cumulative curve.

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 or 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.


1 Aug 9-12 Course Introduction/Culture
2 Aug 16-19 Society/Socialization/Quiz#1
3 Aug 23-26 Social Groups/Deviance
4 Aug 30-Sep 2 Collective Behaviors Populations & Cities
5 Sep 6-9 Social Change/Midterm/Stratification
6 Sep13-16 Social Class & Discrimination/Family
7 Sep 20-23 Religion/Quiz#2/Education & Media
8 Sep 27-30 Economics/Politics/Science/Final