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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
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, videos, writings, examinations, and group interactions. The instructor will engage each student in what is referred to as disputatios learning to encourage a lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Goal A: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the historical evolution of sociology.
A-1. Define Sociology
A-2. Describe how the study of sociology has changed over time.
A-3. Identify key issues in studying human behavior in sociology.
Goal B: The student will demonstrate an understanding of culture.
B-1. Describe culture other than their won.
B-2. Compare and contrast a culture within their own.
B-3. Demonstrate self awareness through understanding their own culture.
Goal C: Learning Outcome: The student will:
C-1. Explain the importance of sociology.
C-2. Identify vehicles for sociology such as religion, language, music, art and food.
C-3. Use appropriate written and oral communication skills.
C-4. Communicate information orally in a logical and grammatical manner.
Audio Visual Aids
Cooperative Learning/Experimental Activities
Mid-Term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
Small Group Project 20%
Interactive Journals 10%
Homework Assignments 10%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of zero.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Please put all cell phones/pagers on "silent mode" while in class.
2. Computers may make writing and revision much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be resonsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.
Week 1 Introduction: Syllabus, Text and Course Overview
Topic: The World According to Sociology - Chapter 1
Topic: Culture - Chapter 2
Topic: Groups and Social Structure - Chapter 3
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT FOR CHAPTERS 1 & 2 DUE ON SECOND NIGHT OF CLASS
Answer Chapter 1,Summary & Review Questions 1,2,4,9,&11 (p.28-29)
Answer Chapter 2, Summary & Review Questions 1,3,7,9,10,13 & 14
Week 2 Review key concepts Chapters 1, 2 & 3
Topic: Socialization - Chapter 4
Topic: Inequality and Stratification - Chapter 5
Week 3 Review key concepts of Chapters 4 & 5
Topic: Race and Ethnicity - Chapter 6
Topic: Gender and Gender Issues - Chapter 7
Topic: Crime, Deviance and Social Control - Chapter 8
Week 4 Review key concepts of Chapters 6, 7 & 8
Topic: Marriage and the Family - Chapter 9
Topic: Education and Religion - Chapter 10
Topic: Economy and Politics - Chapter 11
Week 5 Report Due
Review Key for concepts of Chapters 1-11
(Note: Wed, 24 Nov 04 - Day before Thanksgiving, need to make-up class)
Topic: Populations, Health Care and Environment - Ch. 12
Topic: Urbanization and Modernization - Chapter 13
Topic: Sociology and the Future - Chapter 14
Week 7 Review key concepts of Chapters 12, 13 & 14
Group Presentations: (Need content, clarity, and creativity)
Week 8 Group Presentations: (Need content, clarity, and creativity)
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 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
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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