SO 302 The Study of the Family
F1K 2007 LA
Pena, Sabrina S.
B.S. Psychology/Sociology (double major)M.Ed. Guidance and CounselingApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Trainer (ASIST) and CISM Certified
Laughlin Education Center
By appointment: please email or call to schedule time
Monday, August 20, 2007, to Sunday, October 14, 2007
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (traditonal) plus hybrid online (2.5 hours per week)
Textbook: Skolnink, A. S. & Skolnick, J. H. (2007). Family in Transition, 14th ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper)
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Educational Philosophy: Education, whether derived from traditional education, on-line education, or life experience, is invaluable to your personal and professional growth. In this course, we will explore knowledge that you already have obtained as it applies to new material. Learning will occur in a variety of forums including discussion groups, traditional readings and exploration of reputable information available on the internet. You will find that there is a wealth of knowledge available right here in our class –in yourself, your classmates, and in my expertise. You will find yourself fulfilling the role of both learner and teacher, which many of you will find increases your retention rate of some of the more complex material. Welcome to SO 302! I look forward to facilitating, but more importantly learning from each of you throughout our 8 weeks together!
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
SO302: THE STUDY OF THE FAMILY\
Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)
The Core Assessment assignment for this class will be a major essay that integrates, analyzes, applies, and critiques several sociological concepts and research findings from this course individually, together, and with additional sources from your own literature review and archival study.
You must incorporate the findings from at least five outside sources of original academic research in this essay. You may also include additional sources for examples or background information, but only reputable, peer-reviewed academic sources will count toward the reference requirements of your essays. This means that magazines, newspapers, professional periodicals, or internet sources are only appropriate for examples and illustrations in this project — if you have any questions as to whether a specific source is acceptable for your essay, you should ask your instructor rather than guess. Also, focus on articles or books presenting original research or theories, not on those reviewing others’ works or editorializing about opposing approaches. Reference works, textbooks, and literature reviews are all excellent places to begin your search, but you must find and read the original in order to develop your own reaction. Ask your instructor for source approval if in doubt.
You should also consider incorporating relevant and reputable statistical and other social scientific data collected by researchers, governments, and other agencies and organizations. A wealth of such archived data is publicly accessible through the Internet, and their use can help you better understand your issue and develop a stronger analysis and critique. Again, if in doubt, ask your instructor for approval of your data source.
If you do not properly cite those external sources that contributed to your work, then you are guilty of plagiarism. This will not be tolerated and may result in immediate and serious academic penalties. If you have any questions as to when and how to use citations and references in you essays, please contact your instructor. Your final essay will also be formatted according to the relevant portions of the American Psychological Association Style Guide. The main text of your essay will consist of no more than 3,500 words (or about fifteen pages). While it possible to construct a successful essay in fewer words, this assignment is comprehensive and detailed enough that most students will find it a challenge to successfully address all of its points in the allotted space. Begin work on your essay early and leave plenty of time for revision to assure the best possible grade.
SO302 CORE ASSESSMENT
Pick one aspect of the modern family, its structure, function, or place in the larger society and culture. Some possible topics include: the importance of marriage, gender roles, the place of children in the family, sexuality and the bearing of children, single parent families, the employment of parents with children, differences between families of an ethnic minority and white families, the acceptance of gay and lesbian families or other alternative forms, or media representations of the family. You should feel free to choose another relevant focus for your essay, but no matter what your choice, you should have it approved by your instructor before you begin in earnest.
Find scholarly or official domestic data that identify the prevalence, variation, and trends in your focus issue over the past few decades. Is there a “cultural inconsistency” between what is actually happening and what we perceive? You should also find at least one contemporary international point of comparison. Again, is the actual similarity or difference accurately represented in our common perceptions? One good place to start is the US Federal statistics gateway site: www.fedstats.gov; the UN, www.un.org, and the World Bank, www.worldbank.org, are two additional good sources for international data; the largest clearinghouse for publicly available academic and organizational data is the ICPSR at the University of Michigan, www.icpsr.umich.edu; and the University of Chicago’s NORC is one of the largest academic opinion research centers in the country, norc.uchicago.edu. Consider multiple sources of data, when possible, and compare and contrast the actual data with public perception of the issue. Pay particular attention to the trends in the data and use sociological concepts and findings from the course and your additional literature review to analyze your issue. Over time, what about these families has changed or remained the same? Why?
Evaluate the individual and social dynamics and consequences of your topic at the family and the social levels. Explain and analyze how larger social trends affect individual family lives. Try to understand and explain why some families, who share many characteristics with those of your focus, do not exhibit the same properties. Is this phenomenon having positive or negative (or both) effects on families and the society? Why? How? According to what standard? Analyze and critique examples of partisan positions on either side of the public debate over this issue, and identify and evaluate your own biases in the matter. How can the relevant facts, theories, and research help you determine who is more likely to be right?
Finally, what trend do you think we are likely to see in this issue over the next two decades, both domestically and in your international comparison location? Defend and justify your conclusions. What public policies and individual decisions would help guide this future trend in the most generally useful and beneficial direction? Defend and justify your conclusions.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
1. Completing the reading assignments.
2. Participating in the class through discussion of topics introduced by the instructor and responding to submissions by classmates (both in the classroom and in the eCompanion web site).
3. Completing the writing assignments, including the Research Paper. See the Writing Assignments section of the syllabus for more information.
4. Completing the Final Exam. This will be a comprehensive final examination that is given the last week of class.
5. Participation. It should be understood that class participation is a separate category and is not based on attendance alone. Being present in class is not considered participation. This is a junior level class, so participation is actively engaging in discussion that is both related to the course topic and adds additional information to the discussion.
1. Definitions of the Family - During the first and last weeks of the class (Weeks 1 and 8), you are to compose a definition of the family that best reflects your understanding of the family today. Composing the definitions at the beginning and the end of the class is a method of assessing learning and will enable you to determine if your understanding of family changes as a result of participation in the course. The definitions must be uploaded into the eCompanion web site in the appropriate Drop Box.
2. Reaction Papers –The Journal Papers are to be one-page reactions to the previous week’s class introduced by the instructor or to some aspect of one of the assigned readings. In preparing the papers, you may chose to comment on what you believe is an important point made in the reading or by the instructor, agree or disagree with a statement or conclusion of the author or offer a related personal observation based on your own experience. You must also apply the information to your family of origin. These journals will not be shared with the class.
3. Internet Assignment –For Internet Assignment, you are to prepare an annotated list of five Internet sites related to the family or an associated social issue. By annotated, I mean a detailed description of the site including:
- the correct URL,
- the author or source,
- a brief description of the purpose of the site (why it was developed),
- the information contained in the site
- the value of the site for students or others in sociology or a related social science field.
Students should use the assignment to explore possible topics for the Research Paper. An example of the assignment will be provided. You will be required to post all web sites in the webliography portion of eCompanion, so that your fellow classmates can access the sites. Do not copy information from the site. Your description of the purpose, information and usefulness should be in your own words. If you elect to copy small amounts of information from the web site, you must use proper citation methods according to APA.
4. Core Assessment - Each student is to complete the core assessment (See instructions above) It is to be completed with 10-12 pt. professional font with all-around 1 inch margins. Pages should be numbered and include an abstract and running head according to APA format. Be sure to proofread the paper and run spell check along with a grammar check. Do not rely solely on a computer program to check your work.
Remember, though, that the student also is to make an oral summary presentation as listed in class assessment one--this will need to be done during the last week of classes. Presentations will be between 10 and 15 minutes, using whatever sources and media he/she chooses for the presentation. The student will also stimulate some thematic discussions on the material.
The topic needs to be selected="true" and discussed with the instructor by the end of the second week of the class. Topics must be submitted in writing via the eCompanion web site in the appropriate Drop Box and approved. Any deviation from the topic that is submitted and approved, must be approved by the instructor prior to submitting the work. Final papers that deviate from the approved submission will not be accepted for the course.
- The course is graded A-F and is based on a point scale.
Definition of the Family #1, 5 points; DUE Friday Week 1
Reaction Paper #1, 10 points; DUE Monday Week 2
Term Paper Topic; Due Friday of Week 2
Internet Assignment , 10 points; DUE Monday Week 3
Reaction Paper #2, 10 points; DUE Monday Week 4
Reaction Paper #3, 10 points; DUE Monday Week 5
Reaction Paper #4, 10 points; DUE Monday Week 6
Core Assessment, 50 points; DUE Friday Week 7 (25%)
Definition of the Family #2, 5 points; DUE Monday Week 8
Final Exam, 50 points; Friday Week 8
Class Participation, 40 points (5 pts per week)
Total 100%, 200 points
1. Definitions of the Family #1 and 2: Points assigned based on whether or not the assignment is completed and submitted by the due date. 5 points possible for each assignment.
2. Reaction Papers: Points assigned based on whether or not the assignment is completed, submitted by the due date and demonstrates comprehension of the previous weeks lectures, discussions and readings. 10 points possible for each assignment.
3. Internet Assignment: Points assigned based on the following criteria:
- five sites reviewed with correct URLs given - 1 point for each site
- Value of the sites for students or others in sociology or a related social science field - 1 point for each site.
5. Core Assessment: Points assigned based on the learning rubric.
6. Final Exam: Points assigned based on the following criteria:
- 30 multiple-choice questions - 1 point for each question
- 2 short essay questions - 10 points for each essay
Course Grading Scale
A = 90-100% 180 to 200 points
B = 80-89% 160 to 179 points
C = 70-79% 140 to 159 points
D = 60-69% 120 to 139 points
F = < 60% 119 points or lower
- In accordance with Park University, a grade of I (incomplete) is assigned only for work, which has been of passing quality through the academic period, but for good reason (does not include poor planning or time management) cannot be completed within the time frame of the contract. You must request an Incomplete in writing. I will not automatically assign an "I", and you are not automatically entitled to an "I".
- Poorly written assignments will receive lower grades regardless of the content up to 25%.
- Although this is a Sociology class, I believe that ensuring strong written skills are developed is the responsibility of every instructor, not just English instructors. It is a tremendous disservice to students and the entire academic process when students are allowed to turn in work that is substandard. All work (paper, exams, etc) will be penalized for spelling and grammar errors as well as lack of composition. Please do not rely solely on spell check. Please have a friend, family member or co-worker review your work.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
- It is your responsibility to plan for computer problems, emergencies, illness, etc. and to turn your work in within the contract time frame. Please ensure you allow adequate time to complete assignments and secure a back-up plan for your computer.
- With regard to the writing assignments, the syllabus specifies when they are due, and I would like them to be submitted as Word or Word compatible documents (rtf is acceptable) in the eCompanion web site.
- Don't wait until the last minute to submit the assignments. You may submit them early.
- Yes, I will accept assignments if they are late, but your score on the assignment is determined and then reduced by 50%. The final exam may be taken early, but not after the regular class date when the class as a whole takes the exam.
- Participation is an essential part of the course. As the Grading Plan indicates, participation is not attendance. You may earn 5 points per week (one for each traditional class period and two points for weekly online discussions). If you are not present in the traditional class, you will not earn the points for the class regardless of the reason. It is impossible to participate in the traditional class if you are not in class.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 1. Confidentiality: What is said or experienced will remain in the classroom. Sometimes in our enthusiasm for learning and sharing we make comments that we would rather others not share. If you choose to share information that you share with the class with others outside of the class that is your prerogative; however, you are not to share the experiences of your classmates with others.
2. Agree to Disagree: Personal perspectives will be valued, so personal or character attacks are not allowed. If the issue at hand may be appropriately challenged based upon educational constructs, then feel free to disagree. We will treat each other with respect.
3. Disclosure. The classroom is reserved for learning, so if you have contributions to the course please feel free to share them. Disclosures should be focused on the subject(s) at hand and serve a learning purpose for the entire class.
4. Courtesy. Because of some potentially sensitive subject matter, courtesy needs to be maintained in the classroom at all times. From time to time there may be words or expressions used that may appear "offensive" to some, but yet often used by others without intending to "offend." Generally, while in class, we will use more "neutral" and academically correct terms.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: We will adhere to the following suggested schedule in terms of material to be covered, although we will be flexible as needs dictate.
Monday, August 20, 2007
We will meet online on Monday and in the traditional classroom on the 21st. Ensure that you log into the course on the 20th.
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from the university.
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85Plagiarized materials will result in automatic failure of the course and my recommendation to the University for your removal from the Park University system. I have found several students enrolled in my Independent Study class and online classes plagiarizing in the past.
When you do not give credit to others for their ideas or work, you are stealing. Without honor or integrity, the academic process is disgraced by plagiarism. Plagiarism sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance, but it does not make it less serious or excuse the behavior. If you find your self asking, "Should I give credit?" -- the answer is always affirmative. You can always consult me if you have questions. There will be additional information related to this subject posted in the eCompanion site for this class. Enough on that subject!
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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Last Updated:7/24/2007 11:44:32 PM