SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
S1T 2009 DLE
Ph.D. University of North Texas
SO141: Introduction to Sociology
Henslin, J. M. (2007). Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth
Approach, 7th. ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon. (paper)
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My educational philosophy is one that is based on the belief that through interaction we learn. I hope to challenge your current thinking and expand your knowledge base of society through an interactive approach using lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)
Part I: Inequality How has inequality affected your own life? What is your own social class, gender, race and ethnicity?
Social Class. Several kinds of stratification are discussed in the chapter on stratification. Among those are Marx’s theory of class conflict based on two social classes, Wright’s typology of social classes including four classes, and the discussion of the American class structure based on six different classes. Briefly summarize each of these perspectives and distinguish the classes they contain. Which do you think best reflects important elements of today’s society? Where do you expect to be located in each of those classifications after you finish college and begin your career? There are many different kinds of social mobility. What kinds of social mobility do you expect to experience in your own lifetime? Give examples of your own social statuses and those of your parents to illustrate those kinds of social mobility. Be sure to mention at least four kinds of social mobility and to indicate which you believe you will experience.
Gender. What is your gender? What is the difference between gender, sex, and sexuality? How has gender helped or hurt you in your life so far? How do you expect it to help or hurt you in the future? What are some of the issues and concepts related to gender you expect will be important in your life? How are issues such as glass ceilings, second shift, pink-collar jobs, and patriarchy likely to affect you? Be sure to define each concept.
Race & Ethnicity. What is your own race and ethnicity? What is the difference between race and ethnicity? What are some of the differences between your own racial or ethnic group and at least two other common racial and ethnic groups in the United States today?
Part II: Work and Economy In this part of the paper you are to discuss some of the ways the economy and work are changing in today’s world, and how those changes have affected your parents and are likely to affect you in your own lifetime.
First, what kind of work do your parents do (you can substitute a single parent or guardian or someone in that generation if you prefer)? What sector of the economy would their job be in? How does that sector differ from the other sectors in modern economies? Would you say they are in the primary or the secondary labor market? What is the difference between the two, and which has the better jobs? How has their work been affected by rationalization? globalization? industrialization? Be sure to clearly define each of those as well as saying how it relates to their work. Include the important processes associated with the rationalization, including bureaucratization, mechanization, and scientific management.
Second, how do you think these same concepts and issues will affect the work you do in your own life? What kind of job do you hope to have for your career? In what sector of the economy? In what labor market? What are future changes you can expect to occur in work during the next decade or so? Cite arguments and examples from books or articles and Internet sources to justify your expectations.
Part III: Marriage and Family.
Marriage. The chapter discusses several factors that influence who you are likely to marry. If you are not already married, how do you think these factors will influence your own choice of marriage partner? If you are already married, then how did they influence your decision? If all of these factors influenced you, then what kind of person would you be most likely to marry? Be sure to mention some of the issues like the marriage squeeze, the marriage gradient endogamy, and exogamy. How do these various factors, and their relationship to marriage partner choices support or challenge our notion of romantic love? Feel free to reframe this question in terms of civil unions or gay marriage if you so desire.
Family. What are some of the ways families have changed during the last 100 years? Discuss some of the most important changes and indicate how well they are reflected in your own family. For example, you might compare your family of orientation to that of your parents or grandparents. How do they differ in size, in whether they are nuclear or extended family households, in the occurrence of divorce, in cohabitation rates, in whether the wife works outside the home (labor market participation), how childcare is handled, how household tasks are shared among husband and wife, common functions of the family, and so on? Be sure to use and define appropriate concepts and perspectives such as the concept of the “second shift.”
Remember that this paper will also be graded for how well it is written. You are expected to have a title that conveys the key features of your paper, an introductory paragraph, and a concluding paragraph. Your paper will be graded on how well it is organized. For example, an essay that devotes a paragraph to each major topic for families will get a better grade than one that jumps around from topic to topic in each paragraph and spreads coverage of a topic across paragraphs. Part III should also have a conclusion in which you give you an overview of how sociology helps you understand your own life. (Alternatively, you can argue that it does not help, but you’d better make a good case for it. After all, this IS a sociology course!) The final draft should include at least 5 library references to books or academic articles, and at least 5 web pages from the Internet.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Discussions
There will be a Discussions link under each of the Week Menus. When you go to the Documents area of this course, after reading AND printing this Course Overview document, you MUST make sure you read AND print the Discussions: All You Need to Know document. That document will tell you everything you need to know about the Discussions work to be done in this class. Discussions are integral to your learning of the material and overall your Discussion points are worth 200 points (20%) of all points in this class. Total Points = 200
Writing Assignments - An Overview
There are several "flavors" of writing assignments in this course. A brief description of those assignments is provided here, and then when you get into the class on a weekly basis, a more detailed description will be available:
This information is included in the Course Syllabus, but is included here as a separate document so you will have easy access to understand how points are awarded and how a final letter grade is achieved.
For an individual breakdown of how points are awarded for a specific item/assignment you need to read AND print the Grade Rubric document.
Item / Assignment Points
Discussions (8 x 25) 200
Essay Assignments (8 X 40) 320
Quizzes (8x10) 80
Core Assessment Assignment 200
Proctored Final Exam 200
Total Points Possible 1000
1000 - 900 A
900 - 800 B
800 - 700 C
700 - 600 D
Less than 600 F
Late Submission of Course Materials:
This is an online course and you are expected to turn assignments in on time. If you are late on an assignment, you must contact me in advance, before the due date, to get approval for a late submission. If you do not contact me in advance I will not accept the late submission. If I allow you to turn your assignment in late, you will receive 50% of the grade you earn for that assignment.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: We will be discussing contemporary topics and all are expected to participate. Your opinion is valued and debate is expected, however, respect for the instructor and each other is always expected. An open mind and a mature attitude is needed for this course.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Please see the Course Schedule Document
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