SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
F2J 2011 PV
Miller, Tamara D.
AA Longview Community CollegeBA University of Missouri Kansas CityMA Central Missouri State University
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Educational Philosophy: The facilitator encourages critical thinking, reading and writing skills. I believe that learning is fundamentally about exploring the boundaries of your values, beliefs and ideas. I will address a variety of learning styles through the use of visual media, discussions and group activities, presentations and hands on application of concepts.I expect that you encounter things with which you will not agree.That is absolutely your right and I will respect that right. It is my hope that you discover alternative views, whether or not you adopt them as your own.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Core Assessment (New for July, 2006)
Part I: Inequality How has inequality affected your own life? What is your own social class, gender, race and ethnicity?
Social Class. Several kinds of stratification are discussed in the chapter on stratification. Among those are Marx’s theory of class conflict based on two social classes, Wright’s typology of social classes including four classes, and the discussion of the American class structure based on six different classes. Briefly summarize each of these perspectives and distinguish the classes they contain. Which do you think best reflects important elements of today’s society? Where do you expect to be located in each of those classifications after you finish college and begin your career? There are many different kinds of social mobility. What kinds of social mobility do you expect to experience in your own lifetime? Give examples of your own social statuses and those of your parents to illustrate those kinds of social mobility. Be sure to mention at least four kinds of social mobility and to indicate which you believe you will experience.
Gender. What is your gender? What is the difference between gender, sex, and sexuality? How has gender helped or hurt you in your life so far? How do you expect it to help or hurt you in the future? What are some of the issues and concepts related to gender you expect will be important in your life? How are issues such as glass ceilings, second shift, pink-collar jobs, and patriarchy likely to affect you? Be sure to define each concept.
Race & Ethnicity. What is your own race and ethnicity? What is the difference between race and ethnicity? What are some of the differences between your own racial or ethnic group and at least two other common racial and ethnic groups in the United States today?
Part II: Work and Economy In this part of the paper you are to discuss some of the ways the economy and work are changing in today’s world, and how those changes have affected your parents and are likely to affect you in your own lifetime.
First, what kind of work do your parents do (you can substitute a single parent or guardian or someone in that generation if you prefer)? What sector of the economy would their job be in? How does that sector differ from the other sectors in modern economies? Would you say they are in the primary or the secondary labor market? What is the difference between the two, and which has the better jobs? How has their work been affected by rationalization? globalization? industrialization? Be sure to clearly define each of those as well as saying how it relates to their work. Include the important processes associated with the rationalization, including bureaucratization, mechanization, and scientific management.
Second, how do you think these same concepts and issues will affect the work you do in your own life? What kind of job do you hope to have for your career? In what sector of the economy? In what labor market? What are future changes you can expect to occur in work during the next decade or so? Cite arguments and examples from books or articles and Internet sources to justify your expectations.
Part III: Marriage and Family.
Marriage. The chapter discusses several factors that influence who you are likely to marry. If you are not already married, how do you think these factors will influence your own choice of marriage partner? If you are already married, then how did they influence your decision? If all of these factors influenced you, then what kind of person would you be most likely to marry? Be sure to mention some of the issues like the marriage squeeze, the marriage gradient endogamy, and exogamy. How do these various factors, and their relationship to marriage partner choices support or challenge our notion of romantic love? Feel free to reframe this question in terms of civil unions or gay marriage if you so desire.
Family. What are some of the ways families have changed during the last 100 years? Discuss some of the most important changes and indicate how well they are reflected in your own family. For example, you might compare your family of orientation to that of your parents or grandparents. How do they differ in size, in whether they are nuclear or extended family households, in the occurrence of divorce, in cohabitation rates, in whether the wife works outside the home (labor market participation), how childcare is handled, how household tasks are shared among husband and wife, common functions of the family, and so on? Be sure to use and define appropriate concepts and perspectives such as the concept of the “second shift.”
Remember that this paper will also be graded for how well it is written. You are expected to have a title that conveys the key features of your paper, an introductory paragraph, and a concluding paragraph. Your paper will be graded on how well it is organized. For example, an essay that devotes a paragraph to each major topic for families will get a better grade than one that jumps around from topic to topic in each paragraph and spreads coverage of a topic across paragraphs. Part III should also have a conclusion in which you give you an overview of how sociology helps you understand your own life. (Alternatively, you can argue that it does not help, but you’d better make a good case for it. After all, this IS a sociology course!) The final draft should include at least 5 library references to books or academic articles, and at least 5 web pages from the Internet.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Your grade is based on exams, presentations, journal article reviews, the core assessment assignment, and other written assignments. There are three one hundred point exams, multiple choice, short answer and essay. None is weighted any differently than any other and the final is non-comprehensive except to the extent that the knowledge builds. The "projects" are three 25 point written assignments. One is a church visit OR cultural event. Should you opt for a church visit, it must be outside your religious tradition, so, if you were raised in a Christian church, you must attend a Jewish temple for example. In that paper you are asked to visit a church, OUTSIDE your faith tradition and tell me of your experience. This is an excellent opportunity to experience being "different". We are so fortunate in Kansas City. We have Buddhist temples, Islamic mosques, Jewish Synagogues and a variety of other forms of religious expression. You may not visit a Baptist church if you are Methodist and have that count. Really explore. This is a difficult assignment for many people, but I consistently have students tell me that it is one of the best, once they bring themselves to do it. If you opt for a cultural event, it must be an event where you can observe cultural traditions that are NOT your own culture. An ethnic festival is an example of a cultural event. A lecture by someone from another culture, where the topic is cultural difference might be another example. The second is is an article review from a scholarly journal. Scholarly journals are peer edited and reviewed and most often published by professional organizations. An example might be The Journal of the American Sociological Association. Examples of things that are NOT scholarly would be Glamour and Cosmo. If you have questions, come to me and I will point you in the right direction. The third is a norm violation. You will violate a norm and then report out to the class...how did you feel, how did others respond, why do you suppose it is a norm to begin with, how is it functional?
Late Submission of Course Materials: I understand that difficulties emerge as our lives progress. I will make every effort to accommodate you IF you make arrangements in advance. Do not come to me the night something is due and attempt to make an arrangement for a later due date. If you have not made arrangements in advance, I do not accept late materials. I do not accept anything handwritten. You must submit your assignments at 5:30 on the date due.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: I expect respectful behavior. This class lends itself to heated and personal discussions. I have the expectation that what is said in our classroom stays in our classroom. I further expect that we speak one at a time, in a polite tone. Under no circumstances do we raise our voice or attack a person, only ideas are up for debate here. You might encounter things with which you do not agree. I respect your right to disagree and ask that you respect the rights of others to disagree. This class may discuss sexually explicit material. You are expected to deal with that in a mature and sensitive manner. I expect preparedness. That means that you come to each class ready to participate in a fully informed manner. I expect that you turn your cell off or to vibrate. If you must take a call, leave the room to do so. Generally, we will break at 7:00 if that will help you plan your evening.
chapters 1 -2
Please submit your "student information" sheets that are linked at the bottom of the syllabus
major theories, socialization and social structures
social groups and interactions
chapter 3 -5
ch 6 and 7
ch 8, 9 and 10
core assessment project
ch 11- 15
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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93When students plagiarize, it is usually because they don't know how not to...if you are in doubt or have questions, ASK. It is far better to ask questions that to suffer the penalty associated with academic dishonesty. I am happy to help.
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Attachments:Student InformationRapist TypologyClarence Darrow's Address to PrisonersRubric
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