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SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
Booker, Theresa E.


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CourseSO 141 Introduction to Sociology
SemesterF2KK2004
FacultyBooker, Theresa E.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMaster of Science in Human Resource Managment  
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Daytime Phone781-377-8403
Other Phone781-274-0464
E-MailTheresa.Booker@park.edu
Semester DatesOctober 25 2004 - December 19, 2004
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:30 - 8:30 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Sociology: Changing Societies in a Diverse World, 4th Edition 01, George J. Bryjak and Michael P. Soroka, Allyn & Bacon, 0-205-33818-6

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



Educational Philosophy:
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.  




Learning Outcomes:
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.  

Course Assessment:
Lecture/Group Discussion
Interactive Journals
Audio Visual Aids
Cooperative Learning/Experimental Activities
Examinations

Grading:
Mid-Term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
Small Group Project 20%
Interactive Journals 10%
Homework Assignments 10%
Class Participation

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
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
Mid-Term
(Note: Wed, 24 Nov 04 - Day before Thanksgiving, need to make-up class)

Week 6
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)
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 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 101


    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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