SO 330 Sociolog of Yth & Yth Cultures
F1T 2011 DL
Patterson, Christine M.
Ph. D. (2007) Sociology. University of MissouriM.A (2000) Sociology. University of MissouriB.A. (1993) Sociology. University of California, San Diego
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Textbook: Hine, T. (2000). The rise and fall of the American teenager: A new history of the Adolescent Experience (1st ed.). NY: Basic Books.
Nichols, S. and T. Good. (2004). America’s teenagers: Myths and realities. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Milner, Jr., M. (2004). Freaks, geeks, and cool kids: American teenagers, schools, and the culture of consumption (1st ed.). NY: Routledge.
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Educational Philosophy: I approach teaching in terms of three broad goals: encouraging critical thinking, applying course material to everyday life, and setting high standards. I think the role of the instructor is to facilitate learning. I will do this by posing critical questions and encouraging students to explore their thinking and try on new ways of thinking. My goal is to encourage students to engage course material by thinking through and reflecting upon his/her position in the context of the sociological research provided. This is important, since different disciplines have different conventions and practices. I also believe that applying this material to everyday life is important, because we are all a members of society and help to shape daily practices. Finally, I have high standards and expectations for my students. In my experience, students will rise to the challenge as long as the expectation is an obtainable goal.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Final Exam: Complete a proctored final exam during week 8. The exam is worth 200 points and will contain multiple choice, true false, and essay questions. The exam is CLOSED book and notes. To prevent cheating, students may not keep the final exam. You must follow the Park University procedures for obtaining an approved proctor. Please refer to the Help and Resources page to review the requirements for locating a proctor and the procedure for completing a Proctor Request form.
Core Assessment (Research Paper): Write an essay (minimum 2000 words- maximum of 3500 words). Refer to the Core Assessment rubric. You are required to turn in an outline. Refer to the schedule to view the due dates of the outline and the core assessment. The core assessment is worth 200 points.
Grading: Course Grading Policy:
Grades for the course will be determined as follows:
Discussion (week 1-8)
Activities (week 1,3, 6-7)
Quizzes (week 1-7)
Your letter grade is determined based on the following scale. No rounding will be used when calculating your grades.
Letter Grade Policy:
Late Submission of Course Materials: No late discussion postings will be accepted. Late reflection papers and activities will receive an automatic 50% reduction, regardless of the reason, unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor before the deadline. No late work will be accepted after one week from the deadline. No late core assessments will be accepted unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor before the deadline.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: This course deals with topics that may be sensitive and perhaps even controversial to some members of the class. This course may challenge the way you look at a variety of issues. My expectation is that you will keep an open mind. We should all work to establish a foundation of respect and trust . In order for us to engage in discussion and debate with each other about issues in this class, everyone is entitled to express her thoughts and reactions. However, one of the responsibilities I feel that we have in this context is to ensure that we are all attempting to move from our individual experiences and “common sense” views to a more critical, complex, and sociological understanding of issues. This means that we may disagree with one another or that we may attempt to push our thinking further, but this should be done in ways that do not involve personal attacks nor dismissing another person’s experience, ideas, and/or feelings.
1 Social History of American Youth to 1900
2 Social History of American Youth from 1900 to the Present
3 Politics, the Economy, and Youth
4 Peers, Families, and Schools
5 Media, Popular Culture and Consumerism
6 Delinquency, Violence and Substance Use
7 Youth Sexuality, Teenage Pregnancy, and Risky Behaviors
8 Wrap up
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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 93
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Last Updated:7/29/2011 5:01:01 AM