SO318 Military Sociology

for S2LL 2010

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SO 318 Military Sociology


S2LL 2010 LR


Limozaine, Bruce J.


Adjunct Faculty, Senior Psychology Instructor


B.S. in Psychology; M.S. Ed in Counseling; Certificate in Public Management
Advanced Study in Psychology and Theology;
Graduate of the Air Force's School of Military Science for Officers

Office Location

Little Rock AFB Education Center, Park University Classroom

Office Hours

15 minutes before class, and pre-arranged after class meetings

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

March 15 to May 9, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours



Handbook of the Sociology of the Military.   Giuseppe Caforio, ed. New York: Springer, 2006.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

Student Resource for Term Paper Preparation:

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association published by the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).  APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page.

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Course Description:
SO318 Military Sociology: The military as a social institution, focusing on both the internal structure and practices of the military and its relation to the other institutions (such as the government or the family), military leadership, policy issues and the role of the military in diplomacy and internal relations, and the social psychological effects on service members (including the differences between enlisted personnel and the officer corps), veterans, and their families and friends. And it analyses the dynamic role of the military in a digital age with changing operational mandates.

Educational Philosophy:
This course is designed for learners who are self-motivated and require only guidance and explanation throughout the course. This course will be presented as a series of lectures which amplify the text concepts and also bring contemporary examples of military sociology at work in society.  Class participation is vital.  Powerpoint presentations will be used to illustrate principles, effects and long term influences of various topics within the field of military sociology.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the structure and functions of the six military models.
  2. Analyze the military as a social institution, and explain its relationship with and impact on individuals and families, other social institutions, and the entire society of the US.
  3. Discuss socialization, cohesion, and diversity in the military.
  4. Analyze the relationships between military commitments and family life.
  5. Compare the American/US military to the military of other countries.
  6. Analyze and compare the historical and current transition from active to non-active military status.
  7. Integrate community and civic responsibility with military sociology.

Core Assessment:

Essay: (max. 3000 words, plus tables and figures).  Historical change, both domestic and international, has necessitated that the military adapt.  Choose two of the historic military models and analyze them in relation to the following:

  1. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in the two models and analyze why these similarities and differences exist.  What factors necessitated the change from one military model to the other.  Explain how these changes affect the overall structure and operation of the military, officers, enlisted personnel, and their family members.  Illustrate with specific examples.
  2. Analyze how the military determines the need for changes and then enacts changes.  Include analysis of civil-military relations.
  3. Explain how the military models provide for the transition of soldiers back to civilian life when determining changes.
  4. Based on the structure and functions of the military models, look at the larger context (i.e., global and historical forces and trends or relations with other players in the military-industrial complex) and project likely courses of action for the American military over the next decade.  Predict effects on the overall structure and operation of the military, officers, enlisted personnel, and their family members.
  5. Integrate community and civic responsibility with military sociology.
Closing. Use the appropriate academic literature to inform and support all points in your analysis. It should be carefully proofread and edited, conform to the applicable guidelines of APA format, and include all citations and references.  Each point should be carefully explained with sociological concepts, explicitly justified with reason and empirical scientific evidence, and illustrated through specific real-world examples.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
  Points                   Assignment

150                         Final Examination (30% of Class Grade)

100                         Core Assessment (20% of Class Grade)

100                         Weekly Discussion (20% of Class Grade) 

150                         Mid-term Examination (30% of Class Grade)

 500 total points


A 450 - 500 Points 

B 400 - 449 Points

C 350 - 399 Points

D 300 - 349 Points 

F Below 300 Points


Weekly discussions:

 Weekly discussions involve responding to a question based upon the readings and responding to classmates. These are to be thorough, thoughtful discussions and are to be mostly the student’s critical thinking and analysis and not largely borrowed materials from other sources, though source references may be used in support of student ideas and arguments. Only course readings can be referenced in the discussions, and only enough to support the argument. Material other than referenced in assigned text may be used only if documentation is provided to instructor and classmates during discussion. Student will be assigned a discussion topic each class. One discussion topic per class will be assigned with a  possible 20 points awarded.  A total of five discussion topics will be assigned per course for a possible 100 points.


Criteria for Discussion Topic





Sequence of information is difficult to follow and illogical.

Organization is logical and sequential.

Personal Learning Goals

Insufficient information to answer the question.

Clear personal learning goals stated.


Midterm exam:

The midterm exam will be due in week 4 and will be worth 150 points.

Core Assessment:

The Core Assessment paper will be due in week 8 and will be worth 100 points. 

Final Exam:

The final exam will be due in week 8 and will be worth 150 points.


Late Submission of Course Materials:
  All material/discussion topics must be presented on-time. No material will be accepted after the last day of class. All late submissions must be approved by the instructor in advance.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
  The standards of academic order will be observed at all times.  All students will be treat each other and the instructor with respect and will not use sarcasm or ridicule in dealing with another person's ideas.  Healthy debate is encouraged.  No cell phones or pagers should be active during class (exception to this rule is made for on-call military or police personnel).  Food and drink may be consumed quietly if you are prepared to leave the room as clean as you found it.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


  • Structure and Operation of the American Military; the Military as a Social Institution
  • Civil-Military Relations                                                                                 
  • Socialization, Cohesion, and Diversity in the Military                      
  • Military Commitments and Family Life
  • Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Military Structures
  • After the Military: Re-entry and Becoming a Veteran
  • Community and Civic Responsibilities   
  1. Week 1 - Introduction, class assignments, research formatting, and classroom discussion
  2. Week 2 - Review Theoretical and Methodological Orientations, student discussion/presentation
  3. Week 3 - Review Armed Forces and Society, student discussion/presentation
  4. Week 4 - Mid-term exam, Inside the Military (Part 1),  
  5. Week 5 - Inside the Military(Part 2), student discussion/presentation
  6. Week 6 - Trends in the Military, student discussion/presentation
  7. Week 7 -  New Missions, student discussion/presentation, review Core Assessment Paper
  8. Week 8 - Final Examination, turn in Core Assessment Paper                                          

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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

Disability Guidelines:
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Community and Civic Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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