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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Coleman, George M.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseSO 141 Introduction to Sociology
SemesterF2LL2004
FacultyColeman, George M.
TitleSenior Instructor, Adjunct Faculty
Other Phone501-796-4155
E-Mailp150288@pirate.park.edu
gcoleman@alltel.net
Semester DatesOctober 11 - December 5, 2004
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time6:00 - 9:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Bryjak; Sociology, 4th Edition. Allyn & Bacon Publishers, 2001

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Course Description:
An examination of the social processes and structures of society, with particular attention to American society.  Reviews such topics as interpersonal interaction, culture, major social institutions, inequality, deviance, and social change.  Also introduces methods used in sociological research.  3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
The goal of this course is to provide the student with the basic knowledge needed to understand sociological theory, leading to a deeper understanding of our culture and institutions.

Learning Objectives:
1. To obtain an understanding of social theory.
2. To be able to identify social institutions.
3. To demonstrate an understanding of social research methods.
4. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the American social and economic structure.

Course Assessment:
Midterm and Final Exams, Observation Paper

Grading:
Midterm Exam -- 100 points
Final Exam -- 100 points
Observation Paper -- 50 points

A = 250 - 225 points, B = 224 - 200 points, C = 199 - 175 points, D = 169 - 150 points, F = 149 - 000 points

If you need additional help with this class, please call me at 501-796-4155 or e-mail me at gcoleman@alltel.net.

 Class Activities
Meeting - 1Holiday (Columbus Day)
Meeting - 2Course Introduction
Meeting - 3Chapters 1 and 2
Meeting - 4Chapters 3 and 4
Meeting - 5Chapter 5
Meeting - 6Chapter 6
Meeting - 7Chapter 7 and Review
Meeting - 8Midterm Exam
Meeting - 9Chapters 8 and 9
Meeting - 10Chapter 10
Meeting - 11Chapter 11
Meeting - 12Chapter 12
Meeting - 13Chapter 13
Meeting - 14Observation Night
Meeting - 15Chapter 14 and Review
Meeting - 16Final 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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Students are expected to attend all classes, read all assignments, and participate fully in class. If you miss a test, you have 5 business days to make it up. You will be required to make up the test in the Park University office during normal business hours. I reserve the right to give a test that is different from the one that was given in class.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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