SO329 Sociology of the Life Course

for S1D 2010

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SO 329 Sociology of the Life Course


S1D 2010 DA


Brewster, Franklin R., II


Senior Instructor


M.A. Counseling-Career Counseling, Chapman University
B.S. Social Psychology, Park College

Office Location

Park University office

Office Hours

By appointment


Semester Dates

January 11, 2010 - March  03, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours



Hutchison, E. (2008). Dimensions of human behavior: the changing life course, (3rd ed.).
            Los Angeles, Ca.: Sage Publishing.

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Course Description:
SO 329 Sociology of the Life Course: Examines the social aspects of aging from birth to death and the differences in our experiences due to age, historical periods, and the cohort or generation to which we belong. Substantive topics include social psychological outcomes (such as self-esteem and stress), adolescence and identity formation, dating and family dynamics, occupational trajectories and retirement. Also examines the large scale effects of population ageing trends and the effects of maturation of social relationships. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe in the "transformational" view of learning where the student interacts within their community as part of the learning experience.  The student is an active participant, not a passive learner.  I believe in challenging students to consider new and different views.  The classroom is an excellent setting to challenge paradigms by being introduced to new concepts and ideas. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand how an individual's change throughout the life course.
  2. Students will learn the historical aspects of the life course.
  3. Students will examine how ethnicity effects the individual as they age.
  4. Students will understand how social relationships and expectations of the elderly are changing.
Class Assessment:
Exams, lecture, power points, core assessment, presentations, genogram, class activities. 
1.  Students are expected to read all assignments prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material.
2.  Students will be required to complete two exams covering assigned material to include lectures and handouts.
4.  Students will complete a journal containing a minimum of 10 entries (each entry is worth 5 points), with at least 150 words per entry.
5.  Students will be required to complete a final paper.  The paper will consist of 10-12 pages, plus title and references pages. Each student will present their findings to the class and post a power point to the "Doc Sharing" web site to support their presentation.  All papers will be in APA format. 



Exam I                          100 points

Exam II                         100 points
Journal                            50 points
Essay Paper                    90 points
Presentation                    20 points
Participation                    40 points
360- 400      A
320- 359      B
280- 319      C
200- 279      D
Below 200     F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will be marked down 40 points for each class period and a failing grade of zero points, if not submited before the final exam.  Students should plan ahead so as not to be late due to equipment malfunctions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must be respectful to other points of view, expecially those views which are different from their own.  Respect and courtesy must prevail in the classroom.  Students are responsible to ensure all work is submitted timely. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Jan. 11                            
Overview of syllabus and course requirments
APA overview & practice outline
How to use Park online resources
Discussion of the life course
Complete longevity assessment
Jan. 13
Chapter 1
Lecture & discussion
Jan. 18
Chapter 2
Lecture & discussion
Jaan. 20
Chapter 3
Lecture & discussion
Jan. 25
Chapter 4
Lecture & discussion                                       
Jan. 27
Chapter 5
Lecture & discussion
Feb. 1
Review and discussion of all material from chapters 1-5.
Feb. 3


Exam I
Feb. 8
Chapter 6
Lecture & discussion
Feb. 10
Chapter 7
Lecture & discussion
Feb. 15
Chapter 8
Lecture & discussion

Feb. 17

 Online assignment
(reading and discussion question)
Feb. 22
Chapter 9
Lecture & discussion
Feb. 24
Chapter 10
Lecture & discussion Journals due

March 1
Student presentations
Review for final exam
Final Papers due
March 3 Final exam

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration 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 student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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