SO210 Social Institutions

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SO 210 Social Institutions


S2B 2011 BL


Padilla, Claudia


Senior Instructor/ Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Counseling, Webster University
B.S. Social Psychology, Park University

Office Location

Ft. Bliss Campus

Office Hours

7:40 p.m.- 10:10 p.m.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Spring II

Class Days


Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM


SO141 Introduction to Sociology

Credit Hours



Skolnick, J. H., & Currie, E. (2007). Crisis In American Institutions (14th ed.).  Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
ISBN-13:          9780205610648

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Course Description:
SO 210 Social Institutions: An overview of major social institutions, such as education, family, religion, culture and media, science and health care, politics, and the economy. Discusses their historical development, modern forms, social functions, and the ways in which they relate to one another and shape individual lives. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: SO141

Educational Philosophy:

My philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures student interaction and empowering classroom structure. I believe that the classroom, course material and methods utilized by instructors need to actively reflect what is known about the multiple ways in which students learn, and with respect to the discipline of sociology.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will obtain knowlege of American Institutions.
  2. Students will learn how social institutions support important social functions.
Class Assessment:
 Examinations, core assessment, journal, and class discussion.
1.  Students will complete a one page journal assessment discussing their views of social institutions and what they want to learn during the semester.
2.  Students will be required to complete a Core Assessment.  The core assessment will be a minimum of a 10 page paper (including the title page and references) on a preaproved social institution.  Core assessment must be completed in APA format.


Course grades will be assigned based on the total points earned during the term. The grading scale is as follows: 

Point Range            Grade 
360-400                     A                Core Assessement       100 pts
320-359                     B                 Mid Term                   100 pts   
280-319                     C                Final                            100 pts     
240-279                     D                Journal                         50  pts
239 and below            F                Class Participation        50  pts   
                                                               Total 400 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will no be accepted.  Students are responsible to make arrangements with instructor in cases of emergencies. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1.  Participation- Students need to be ready to participate and contribute.
2.  It is important to respect others and eliminate all personal chatter and "cross-talk."
3.  The use of cell phone during class will not be permitted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Session One- Week 1
Course Overview, Review Syllabus, Part 1- Corporate Power
Session Two- Week 2
Part Two-Economic Crisis, Part Three-Inequality, Journal Due
Session Three- Week 3
Part Four-Racism, Part Five-Sexism
Session Four- Week 4
Part Six- The Family, Mid-Term Review, Mid-Term
Session Five- Week 5
Part Seven- The Environment, Part Eight- Work and Welfare
Session Six- Week 6
Part Nine-Health and Medical Care, Core Assessment Due
Session Seven- Week 7
Part Ten-The Schools, Part Elleven- Crime and Justice
Session Eight- Week 8
Part Twelve- America in the World, Final Review, 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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

Additional Information:

Incomplete Policy
Receiving an “Incomplete” (a course grade of "I") indicates that the student was unable to complete coursework due to extenuating circumstances within the time allotted in the term.  The notation "I" may be issued only upon completion of a Contract for Incomplete signed by the instructor and student, and placed on file in the Office of the Registrar. 

Additionally, please be aware that:

  • An Incomplete may NOT be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  • Instructors may grant an extension of no more than 60 days after the last day of the term in which the "I" was granted.  However, a student may submit a written request for one 30-day extension beyond the 60 days.
  • Failure on the part of the student to complete the work will result in a grade of "F".
  • Taking an "I" may suspend a student from receiving financial aid benefits.


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