SO 303 Urban Sociology
S1J 2010 IN
Senior Adjunct Faculty/Sociology
M.A. SociologyB.S. Criminal Justice AdministrationA.S. Administration Management
Independence Campus I-29 & 23rd Street, Indep., MO
5:30 - 9:50 on nights I teach
Jan 11 - Mar 7, 2009
5:30 - 9:50 PM
Textbook: The Urban World, 7th ed., McGraw Hill
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Cities, Change and Conflict, A Political Economy of Urban Life, 3rd ed., Thomson Wadsworth
Contemporary Social Issues, Urban Enclaves, Identity and Place in the World, 2nd ed., Worth
Cityscapes, Cultural Readings in the Material and Symbolic City, Palgrave Macmillian
Solutions to Social Problems, Lessons from Other Societies, 4th ed., Allyn and Bacon
Demography, The Science of Population, Allyn and Bacon
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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.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
SO303: URBAN SOCIOLOGY
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.
SO303 CORE ASSESSMENT
Pick one urban problem or issue discussed in this course that is commonly faced in many urban areas, for example: prejudice and discrimination, housing, education, public transportation, other social and public services, unemployment, homelessness, crime, urban sprawl, or another of your choosing (be sure to get your instructor's approval for your chosen focus). Describe how that problem or issue manifests in two different urban areas of your choosing (domestic or international). Compare their similarities and contrast their differences. Explain what ecological, demographic, institutional, social, cultural, and other factors influence the issue. Use original scholarly research and other reliable data sources to explain and illustrate the phenomenon and its trends over time. 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 aspects of this issue in these urban areas has changed or remained the same? Why?
Discuss and evaluate the personal and social consequences of this issue for various populations within each urban area. Examine and evaluate more than one plan or strategy for addressing your problem. If available, evaluate the relative success of these plans, compare and contrast them, and argue whether a particular approach might be more successful in one urban area than another. Justify and support your conclusions. Explain how specific social scientific theories and research helps you to make these decisions. How might different constituencies within each urban area have interests that work with or against one another? Why?
Now that you have a clearer and more defensible understanding of the evidence and the mechanisms at work, make a decision: is this truly a problem or not? If so, for whom, and why? In either case, what have you learned from your efforts regarding best policies and practices related to the issue? What would be the social and individual consequences if your policy suggestions were implemented? Finally, what trend do you think we are likely to see in this issue over the next two decades in both of your locations? 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:
The assessment plan for this course will consist of the following:
A mid-term exam to cover chapters 1 - 8 (plus related videos, handouts, lecture materials, powerpoint presentations, etc.)
A final exam to cover chapters 9 - 17 (plus related videos, handouts, lecture materials, powerpoint presentations, etc.)
A major essay. The major essay is due on the 7th week of class. Students must clear their topic question with the instructor before starting work on this assignment. (Students must understand that the major essay assignment IS the major core assessment for this course. The instructor will spend part of the first night of class going over the requirements for the essay and the significance of it being the major core assessment.)
Weekly in-class presentation. Students are responsible for bringing in a news story related to the week's subjects and share the story with the class. This is an informal presentation made by the student on a story of their choosing. These presentations, for weeks 2 through 7, will be at the beginning of each class. Weekly homework assignments will be given in class, related to the week's topic. Students must also submit support material to the instructor, i.e., newspaper article, magazine article, web address, etc. Students not in class before the last presentation is given, may not give their presentation for that week (unless ok'd by the instructor), and will lose the points for that week. Students arriving late may not turn in their support material for credit.
A group presentation. The class will be divided into groups. On the 7th week of class, each group will make a presentation on a relevant urban sociology topic. Each student in the group is expected to participate equally in the presentation and will be graded on their participation.
Attendance and Participation. Students will be awarded points for attending class and for participating. Attendance points will be awarded when students arrive to class no later than 15 minutes after class begins and leaves no later than 15 minutes before class ends. Students will receive participation points for each class when the student answers relevant questions, asks relevant questions, and/or makes relevant comments.
Major essay - 250 points
Mid-term exam - 200 points
Final exam - 200 points
Attendance and Participation - 80 points
Total points possible for the course = 1,020 points
90% of 900 points = "A" (918 points)
80% of 900 points = "B" (816 points)
70% of 900 points = "C" (714 points)
60% of 900 points = "D" (612 points)
59% or less of the 1,020 points possible = "F"
This grading scale will also used on all assignments.
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. The 15 point per day point reduction will occur prior to the assignment being graded. Students should not e-mail assignments to the instructor with the understanding that the assignment will not receive the 15 point per day reduction unless the instructor has given permission for the assignment to be e-mailed. Otherwise, the student may only assume that the assignment was not turned-in when it was due and will be assessed the 15 point per day reduction, even if it was e-mailed to the instructor. Any student who gives their assignment to another student to turn in for them is still responsible for their assignment reaching the instructor when it is due. If the assignment does not reach the instructor when it is due, it will be assessed a 15 point per day reduction.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All material must be type written. The instructor will not accept diskettes in lieu of the hard copy. It is acceptable to disagree with ideas, opinions, comments, and points of view expressed by others. However, it is never acceptable to attack anyone verbally for their opinion, comment, ideas, beliefs, etc. Only under extremely limited circumstances will electronic recording device, audio or video, be permitted to be on in the classroom during class session and students must seek the professor's permission in advance. This includes, but not limited to laptop computers, telephones with audio and/or visual recording capabilities and tape recorders. No cell phones may be on during class sessions and no texting (to include checking mesages) is permitted during class. Any student caught texting, e-mailing or checking messages will be asked to leave the classroom.
Week #1 - January 14th-Instructor's welcome; student introductions; review of syllabus and course outline. Week one will cover chapters 1, 2, and 3.The lecture in week one will focus on the historical evolution of cities, what a city is, and who some of the early social theorists were and what some of those theories are. This lecture will also examine the importance of The Chicago School in urban sociology. In chapter two, the lecture willcontinue the historical look at cities and will show videos of ancient Rome and of England. In chapter 3, the lecture will look at the growth of cities in the United States, starting with the development of major settlements. Videos and handouts are scheduled for this session.
Week #2 - January 21st - Students' presentations. A review of the on-line magazine entitled "Governing" will follow presentations. The class will navigate the site to gain an understanding of what the on-line magazine has to offer with respect to insight into municipal government. The lecture will focus on chapters 4, 5, and 6. In chapter 5, the focuswill be on the rise of the sunbelt and what that means to the society today. For chapter 6 the lecture will address the significance of surburban life, particularly in the Kansas City metro areas. Video and handouts are scheduled. Homework assignment is due.
Week #3 - January 28th - Students' presentations. The lecture of this session will cover chapters 7 and 8. A class will explore the myriad of lifestyles in urban and surburban america. Students will be presented with scnarios and hypothetical situations for learning purposes. The class will also discuss the previous week's handout(s).The lecture for chapter 8 will deal with the very present issues of crowding, crime and homelessness. Video and handout(s) are scheduled for this session. A discussion of last week's handout(s). Homework assignment is due.
Week #4 - February 4th - Mid-term Exam. Students' presentations. This week's lecture will cover chapters 9 and 10. The issue of diversity will be covered in this lecture, to include subjects such as schooling, housing, employment, economics and businesses. The class will explore current event issues related to the chapters. Video and handout(s) are scheduled. Homework assignment is due.
Week #5 - February 11th - A review of the mid-term. Students' presentations. The lecture will cover chapters 11, 12, and 13. The lecture for chapter 11 will center on the impact of the political economy on the metro region. The lecture for chapter 12 will focus on urban housing needs, problems, and the government's role in providing housing in the urban core. A video and handouts are scheduled as is a discussion of last week's handouts. Homework assignment is due.
Week #6 - February 18th - Students' presentation. This week's discussion will focus on cities in developing countries. The lecture will examine the role of the United States in helping the cities in developing countries. The lecture will examine the responsibility rich countries have to developing countries to help them develop. An examination of squatter settlements will be reviewed. The lecture covering chapter 15 will look at the emergence of cities in Asian countries and what impact that has on cities in the United States. A discussion of last week's handout and a video and handout(s) are scheduled. Homework assignment is due.
Week #7 - February 25th - Students' presentation. As a continuation of last week's lecture, this week's lecture will cover the broad subject of urbanization in Africa and Latin American communities, and examine what the development of cities in those countries mean to the United States. The lecture will also examine what the future holds for cities around the world. A discussion of last week's handouts and a video is scheduled. A review of material for the final exam is also scheduled. Major essay is due. Group presentations are due. Homework assignment is due.
Week #8 - March 4th - Final Exam
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