SO326 Sociology Conflict, War, Terror

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SO 326 Sociology Conflict, War, Terror


S2T 2012 DL


Stewart, Donald P.


Adjunct Professor


M.A., Sociology, Doctoral Candidate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
B.A., Anthropology, Florida State University

Office Location

by eMail and by Telephone only: cell 702-523-0213

Office Hours

5:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Pacific Time

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

March 19 - May 13, 2012

Class Days

Open/Flexible / at Your Convenience

Class Time

Open/Flexible / at Your Convenience


SO 141

Credit Hours



Pruitt, Dean G., and Sung Hee Kim. Social Conflict: Escalation, Stalemate, and Settlement. Third edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2004. ISBN-13: 9780072855357

Dyer, Gwynne. War: The Lethal Custom. N.Y.: Basic Books, 2006. ISBN: 0786715383

Townshend, Charles. Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. ISBN-13: 9780192801685

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Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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Course Description:
SO 326 Sociology of Conflict, War, and Terror: Surveys the conditions under which conflicts arise escalate, and are resolved or erupt into open hostility. Examines the social functions and consequences of warfare, including its relation to political, cultural, and economic concerns, and its effects on combatants. Traces the reasons for terrorism and its rise from the 20th century onward, including its connections to globalization and the global community. Prerequisite: SO141 or Instructor consent

Educational Philosophy:

Shared journey. I view a course of study as a journey of exploration taken by students and instructor together. I, as instructor, am the guide, but I don't know all the paths, sights, adventures that lie in store on any given trip. I hope to learn a lot; I hope students learn a lot; and I hope we all learn how to think and communicate a little better. I hope we’ll understand our world and our lives better, making us more equipped to contribute something of value to the world around us.

Social contract. I think the modern academy makes for a good arrangement. It is a kind of social contract between instructors and students, both of whom want to explore life more through learning and study. That doesn’t mean that teachers aren’t interested in teaching. Actually the vast majority of us love teaching. But I believe that teachers become teachers, for sure on the college and university level, primarily because they’re hooked on learning. And one way to get to spend your life learning is through teaching.

Role expectations. There are role expectations, of course. It's my job to bring the best course to you that I can at this time in my life. It's yours to do the best you can at mastering the material of the course and improving your own skills of mind and, I would add, heart.

Class Assessment:

  1. Participation. Students are required to respond weekly to discussion threads. At least one response to at least one question for discussion and at least one response to another student’s response. Responses must be thoughtful and reflect knowledge of the week’s required readings. (More that just “I agree,” “Good Point!”…) Five points each week for this activity=40 points for the eight weeks.
  2. Individual project reports. Each week students are to report under “Individual project report” on their research regarding their chosen case of social conflict. These reports are informal; however, they should manifest good writing skills and the use of the APA citation system. Essentially they are progress reports on the Core Assessment Project, which is the formal paper required for this course. Ten points each week for this activity=60 points for the six weeks (no “individual project report” is expected for the seventh and eighth weeks).
  3. Exams. Three exams (the third is the final, proctored exam). Thirty points for each exam=90 for the three.
  4. Proctored Final Exam—It will be a multiple-choice exam that students will take in person with a proctor during the 8th week of instruction at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location approved by your Instructor where Park University sites are not available.

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term. A proctor request form will be made available starting week 2 at to arrange a proctor to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic F in the class. The proctor will be accepted and approved by the instructor. The final exam will be closed book/closed note.

Park University site administrators or adjunct faculty are preferred proctors, but K-12 school teachers, counselors or administrators, certified librarians, testing centers at accredited colleges or universities are acceptable. Approved proctors may also include U.S. Embassy officials, military education officers, or testing control officers at U.S. military bases. Excluded from approval as proctors are family members, relatives, neighbors, friends, clergy, and employers, supervisors and co-workers.

For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test. 


Activity Points

(5 points each, Week 1 to Week 8)

40 points  
Individual Project Reports  
(10 points each, Week 1 to Week 6)
60 points  
(30 points each, Week 3 and Week 5)
60 points

Proctored Final Exam 
(30 points, Week 8)

30 points
Research Paper
(100 points, week 7)
100 points


290 points

A = 90%                = 261-290 points
B = 80%                = 232-260 points
C = 70%                = 203-231 points
D = 60%                = 174-202 points
F = Less than 60%  = 0----173 points

Grades and Feedback: Students can check grades and feedback in gradebook in eCollege.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments are only accepted under exceptional circumstances (e.g., military deployment, death in family, medical emergency, military or civilian emergency). You must be able to verify your need. Please allow enough time for unexpected delays.  Remember, these assignments may be more difficult than what you are used to and you will most likely take longer than you anticipate completing your work in a manner that demonstrates mastery of the material.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Communicating policy (Netiquette) 
In this course, some people may have different opinions which you do not agree with. Be objective and respectful when responding to different points of view. Working online may make communication more difficult since you don't see each other's body language. To find out issue involving your online writing and posting please go to the The Core Rules of Netiquette.

  1. Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism.
  2. It is important not to take disagreement personally.
  3. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally.
  4. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened.
  5. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness, which does not promote learning.

You can see more about core rules of netiquette at If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK 1 – 

Read chapters 1-4 in Pruitt and Kim


Discussion Question--due Thursday

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Individual Project Report -due Sunday

WEEK 2– 

Read chapters 5-8 in Pruitt and Kim


Discussion Question--due Thursday

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Individual Project Report -due Sunday

WEEK 3 – 

Read chapters 9-11 in Pruitt and Kim


Discussion Question--due Thursday

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Individual Project Report -due Sunday

Exam 1-due Sunday

WEEK 4 – 

Read chapters 1-3 in Dyer 


Discussion Question--due Thursday

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Individual Project Report -due Sunday 

WEEK 5 – 

Read chapters 4-8 in Dyer  


Discussion Question--due Thursday 

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Individual Project Report -due Sunday 

WEEK 6 – 

Read chapters 9-11 in Dyer 


Discussion Question--due Thursday 

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Individual Project Report -due Sunday 

Exam 2-due Sunday

WEEK 7 – 

Read chapters 1-3 in Townshend. 


Question--due Thursday

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Core Assessment Research Paper-due Sunday


Read chapters 4-7 in Townshend. 


Discussion Question--due Thursday

Discussion Peer responses—due Sunday

Proctored FINAL EXAM --needs to be taken Monday-Friday of week 8

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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If you feel your need is urgent I encourage you to call me on my cell
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