SO210 Social Institutions

for F1LL 2009

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SO 210 Social Institutions


F1LL 2009 LR


Coleman, George M.

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Semester Dates

August 17 - October 11, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours


J. skolnick and E. Currie, Crisis in American Instituions, 13th edition, Pearson publishing, NY, 2007

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Course Description:
SO 210 Social Institutions: An overview of major social institutions, such as education, family, religion, culture and media, science and health care, politics, and the economy. Discusses their historical development, modern forms, social functions, and the ways in which they relate to one another and shape individual lives. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: SO141

Class Assessment:

Course assessment will consist of the following:
One Midterm and Final exam.  both of these will be essay exams based upon the readings, class presentations and other information given as part of this course.
One term paper and presentation of the same.  This paper will be done over a topic concerning a social institution.  It will be done using the APA format and must use at least 12 outside references.  All topics must be approved by the instructor.  The presentation will be a 30 - 45 minute oral presentation of your research.
Class Presentations.  These will be presentations of assigned material.  You may bring in outside information and A/V materials if you wish.  They are to be between 45 minutes and an hour each.  The number of these presentations will be determined by the number of students enrolled in the course.


Midterm Exam, 100 poitns
Final Exam, 100 points
Term Paper, 100 points
Paper Presentation, 50 points
Class Presentations, 100 points each. (number of presentations will vary depending on How many students enroll in the course)

A  100% - 90%
B    89% - 80%
C    79% - 70%
D    69% - 60%
F     59% - 00%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Presentations and Papers will not be taken late without prior approval of the instructor.  Missed tests must be taken within 5 business days of the exam date.  A missed final may not be made up until all late work is turned in to the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All park University rules will be in force for this class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Presentations  TBA
Midterm September 10
Paper Presentations October 1 and 6
Papers Due October 1
Final October 8

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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