SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
SP 2010 HOA
Dr. John W. Noren
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Michigan State UniversityMSW, University of Michigan - Ann ArborBA, Graceland University
Parkville Campus, Library 416G
M & W, 10:00 - 12:00 noon, Campus Office; T & Th, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Online & Phone; Other hours by appointment
January 11 – May 7, 2010
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Witt, J. (2009). SOC (2009 ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill. ISNB: 978-0-07-352824-3
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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: Students are responsible for:
1. Completing the reading assignments.
2. Participating in the class discussions.
3. Completing the chapter study guides.
4. Completing the writing assignments, including the Core Assessment Assignment/Term Paper. See the Writing Assignments section of the syllabus for more information.
5. Completing all exams, including the Final Exam.
1. Essays – The essays are to be two to three-page responses to questions or topics presented by the instructor that demonstrate critical thinking on the subjects. In preparing the essays, you may use the text as a reference and consult other sources. Students are asked to prepare the essays as Word documents and copies should be posted in the appropriate Dropbox and brought to class for discussion with members of the class.
2. Online Library Database Assignment – The Online Library Database Assignment is an in-class exercise that calls for use of the Park Library’s online databases in locating resources that are related to topics of study in Introduction to Sociology. The topics to be researched will be provided by the instructor and the assignment is to be completed in pairs with each person reviewing the work of their partner. More information about the assignment will be provided.
3. APA Style Assignment – The APA Style Assignment is an in-class exercise that calls for the application of APA reference format to resources obtained from the Park Library’s online databases. Students will be directed to sources of information on APA Style and the assignment is to be completed in pairs with each person reviewing the work of their partner. More information about the assignment will be provided.
4. Personal Interview – The Personal Interview assignment is to be a written summary of a one-on-one, face-to-face interview with a person who is different in some significant way from the interviewer. The objective of the assignment is for the interviewer to have a more than superficial conversation with someone who may have a very different perspective on the commonplace, daily, taken-for-granted assumptions and experiences of American culture. The completed interview is to be posted in the appropriate Dropbox. A format for conducting the interview will be provided.
5. Core Assessment Assignment/Term Paper - The requirements for the Core Assessment Assignment/Term Paper are described above under Core Assessment and further information about the assignment will be provided.
Grades for the course will be determined as follows:
Assignment - Points
Class Participation, 50
Online Library Database Assignment, 50
APA Style Assignment, 50
Exam 1, 50
Exam 2, 50
Exam 3, 50
Essay 1, 100
Essay 2, 100
Essay 3, 100
Personal Interview, 100
Final Exam, 100
Core Assessment Assignment/Term Paper, 200
Total 1000 points
Course Grading Scale
Grade - Points
Late Submission of Course Materials:
With regard to the assignments, the syllabus specifies when they are due and I would like the writing assignments to be submitted as Word compatible documents (rtf is acceptable). I will accept assignments if they are late, but your score on the assignment is determined and then reduced by 50%. Assignments will not be accepted nor will credit be granted for assignments submitted after the end of the class. There are no provisions for extra credit.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: The course deals with topics that may be sensitive to some members of the class. This is a university class; it is appropriate to deal with important issues and to do so in a responsible, fair, and open-minded manner. Remember, everyone deserves our respect when they share their opinions and comments, even if the comments differ significantly from ours. I do not anticipate any problems with rudeness in the class and I want everyone to know that the conventions of classroom etiquette will be carefully observed. Failure to conform to university standards of conduct will result in removal from the course and other possible disciplinary action.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Monday, January 11
Course Overview, Review Syllabus, Course eCompanion, Introductions, Essay 1
Wednesday, January 13
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 1
Discussion Topics – The Sociological Perspective, Major Theoretical Paradigms in
Monday, January 18
Wednesday, January 20
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 2
Discussion Topic – Sociological Research, Personal Interview
Monday, January 25
Essay 1 Due
Video - The Amish
Wednesday, January 27
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 3
Discussion Topic – Culture
Monday, February 1
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 4
Discussion Topics – Socialization, Exam 1
Wednesday, February 3
Monday, February 8
Small Group Discussion - Essay 1
Wednesday, February 10
Reading Assignment - Witt: Chapter 5
Discussion Topic - Social Structure & Interaction
Monday, February 15
Wednesday, February 17
Personal Interview Due
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 6
Discussion Topic – Deviance
Monday, February 22
Reading Assignment - Witt: Chapter 7
Discussion Topic - Families, Essay 2
Wednesday, February 24
Online Data Base Exercise
Monday, March 1
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 8
Discussion Topics – Education & Religion, Exam 2
Wednesday, March 3
Monday - Friday, March 8 - 12
Monday, March 15
Reading Assignment – Will: Chapter 9
Discussion Topics – Government & Economy
Wednesday, March 17
Reading Assignment - Witt: Chapter 10
Discussion Topic - Social Class
Monday, March 22
Essay 2 Due
Reading Assignment - Witt: Chapter 11
Discussion Topic - Global Inequality, Essay 3
Wednesday, March 24
Small Group Discussion - Essay 2
Monday, March 29
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 12
Discussion Topics – Gender & Age, Exam 3
Wednesday, March 31
Video - Women in the Third World
Monday, April 5
Wednesday, April 7
APA Style Exercise
Monday, April 12
Essay 3 Due
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 13
Discussion Topics – Race & Ethnicity
Wednesday, April 14
Small Group Discussion - Third Essays
Monday, April 19
Video - Jefferson's Blood
Wednesday, April 21
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 14
Discussion Topics – Health, Medicine & Environment
Monday, April 26
Term Paper Due
Reading Assignment – Witt: Chapter 15
Discussion Topic – Social Change
Wednesday, April 28
Course Wrap Up, Final Exam Prep, Evaluation of Instruction
Monday, May 3, 1:00 pm
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