SO210 Social Institutions

for U1M 2011

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SO 210 Social Institutions


U1M 2011 CH


Galley- Crowe, Donna J.


Senior Instructor of Psychology, Sociology, & Communications


M.A. SUNY at Buffalo - Psychology, Minor in Sociology, Scholarly Publications
B.A. SUNY at Buffalo - Psychology, Cum Laude, Dept. Honors
A.A. SUNY at Buffalo - Liberal Arts, Social Sciences

Office Hours

Gladly by Appointment or by Virtual Office Hours (Email, Phone)

Daytime Phone

(252) 444-1711 -  Please use this telephone number.

Other Phone

(252) 466-2655

E-Mail -  please use this email address

Web Page

Semester Dates

Summer, 2011 -  Starts Tuesday, June 7th

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:00 PM


None, SO 104 or SO 201 Strongly Recommended.

Credit Hours




Crisis in American Institutions (2011), Skolick, J & Currie, E.  14th Edition.  Boston, MA:  Pearson Education, 
Inc.) Allyn & Bacon (parent company).  Softcover.  


This book is cutting edge material and designed to get  readers excited and interested in Sociology!

I hope you really enjoy it!  

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:


1)  Be one time.  You are an important member of our class and we need you.  

2)  Please purchase your own copy of the textbook and bring it with you to each class.  

3)  Please purchase a large, spiral, college-ruled notebook for note taking.  

4)  Also purchase a sturdy, two pocket folder to hold handouts.

5)  Please call or email me if you expect to be late or absent.

6)  Bring a blue or black ink pen to every class.

7).  Bring a highlighter (yellow, orange or pink, for easy visibility).

8)  You are WELCOME to bring coffee, soda, or snacks...provided you clean up after yourself.  

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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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

Sociology is about ALL of us and how we interact with other people and engage with Social 
Institutions everyday.   

Can you "fight city hall?   Can you make changes in our society that you really care about? 
Join us!  And find out!  

Educational Philosophy:

Your instructor's philosophy of education is one of interactiveness, based on lectures,
readings, class discussions and activities, videos and DVDs , internet activities exploring
websites, writing, research, and weekly quizzes.  I encourage you to think critically and 
engage in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contractions.  I am eager to get to
know each student personally  and assist you in reaching your scholastic and career goals.    

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1)  Learn the vocabulary and text associated with Sociology in general and Social Institutions in particular.
  2. 2)  Read your text before class and be prepared to demonstrate your critical thinking skills in class discussions and activities.
  3. 3)  Demonstrate your ability to do research and write a reasonable paper (with approval by the instructor).
  4. 4)  Keep a journal that allows you to reflect on your learning and how it impacts your everyday life.  Only your instructor will read.  Two entries a week, please.
Class Assessment:

7 Quizzes:  Every week (following the first week), students will take a 1/2 hour quiz at the beginning of class.  Questions will be multiple choice, short answer, and occasional diagrams.  Each quiz is with 25 questions with one extra credit question  Please be on time.  

Journals:  Purchase a standard size journal with lined pages and plan to write two entries per week.  Journals are personal.  You are NOT graded on your journal, only your effort.  I will announce "journal checks."  Journals are between student and instructor.  You can choose a standard notebook.  Staples and many pharmacies sell fancier, more stylish journals.  Whatever you choose that reflects you is fine.  Entries should be about 1 page long.  If you prefer to WP, please turn your journal in fastened in a 3 ring binder.  Journals are worth 50 points.

Paper:  Each student will choose from a group of approved Social Institutions topics.  Using your textbook and outside sources, your job is to present an overview of the institution, answer certain questions to the best of your ability, and lastly, offer suggestions for improvement.  The length should be 7 -8 page (longer is fine).  The body of your paper (7-8 pages) does not include your cover pages, references page, and any pictures you wish to include.  Papers must be WP with a one inch margins on all pages and double spaced.  Type size should be 12 point.  You can choose from a variety of print fonts, approved by me.  Your paper is worth 100 points .  We will celebrate our learning and discuss it.  Please remember to staple your pages together or use a thesis cover. 

Class Participation is Valuable:  In order to earn the maximum number of points, you must be present, prepared, and an eager participant in discussions  and activities.  Class Participation is worth 25 points   

Anyone for Extra Credit?  I support the Havelock Animal Rescue Squad and the Havelock Critter Connection.  Any student can earn extra credit by support 10 cans of dog food or 10 cans of cat food, or a giant bag of dry food (not a little bag) or a giant bag or box or kittey litter.  Pet products can be turned in right you to the last evening of class. You will earn 10 points of extra credit!  And, a warm feeling inside your heart because you helped homeless cats and dogs!      


7 Quizzes worth 25 points each = 175 points
Journal (Private) = 50 points
Paper = 100 points
Class Participation = 25 points
+ 350 Points



90-100 =A
80-89   =B
70-79   =C
65-69   =D
Below 65 =  Below Passing

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Procrastination........zzzzzz..............I'll do it tomorrow!    

Start reading assignments, quiz preparation, and your paper research early.  

Share your progress on the paper with me, if you wish.  I am available to help you.  

I am happy to accept any paper early!  


Late journals will lose 2 points per class day.    Keep up with your weekly entries.  

Late papers will lose 5 points per class day.  

If you miss your weekly quiz, you can make it up in the Park University office on your own time.  Call to schedule 
an appointment.  Your quiz should be made up before all the quizzes are returned to your classmate.  At that point, it
is too late to take the same quiz as your classmate.  If you have an excuse (duty, illness, sick child, car trouble) I can write a make up quiz for you.  Most make up quizzes tend to be in essay form and be more difficult than the original quiz.  Plan extra testing time.   Park will not allow you to return another day to complete your make up quiz.  

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


In order to maintain a positive learning environment, please turn off your cell phone or set it to vibrate.  Excuse yourself quietly to take a call.

If you must keep your cell phone on (sick child, duty), speak with me before class.

If your cell phone goes off during class you may be asked to hand it to me until the end of class.  (Unless it's really cool and I just can't part with it!)    LOL


Do not tweet, send or receive calls, check and respond to your social websites, check, send or receive text messages, or listen to tunes.  

DO NOT ATTEMPT to use portable electronic devices to help you pass a quiz.   That's cheating and makes your instructor MOST ANNOYED.  

Eating, drinking, and snacking are welcome in the classroom.    Please clean up after yourself.

Late classes can be rough for those of us who start the day at 5 am!  If you doze off, we will not wake you.  If you snore loudly, we will most certainly waken you gently.     

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Tuesday:  Orientation, Meet and Greet
Thursday:  Introduction to the Field of Social Problems

Week 2
Tuesday:  Economic Crisis and Inequality:  Part 2 & Part 3
Thursday:  Quiz 1
Thursday:  Racism and Sexism:  Part 4 and Part 5

Week 3:  
Tuesday:  Work & Marriage:  Part 6
Thursday:  Quiz 2
Thursday:  Work & Welfare:  Part 8

Week 4:
Tuesday:  Health and Medical Care:  Part 9
Thursday:  Quiz 3
Thursday:  The Schools:  Park10

Week 5:  
Tuesday:  Crime and Justice:  Part 11
Thursday:  Quiz 4
Thursday:  Rehabilitation and Recidivism:  Part II and TBA

Week 6:  
Tuesday:  Mental Health Choices in America -TBA
Thursday:  Quiz 5
Thursday:  Child Care and Early Childhood Education Choices -TBA

Week 7:  
Tuesday:  Papers are Due!  Discussion.  
Thursday:  Houses of Worship-TBA
Thursday:  Quiz 6

Work 8:  
Tuesday:  Milestones;  Birth, Job, Marriage, Baby Makes Three, Financial Planning, House, Retirement
Thursday:  Quiz 7
Thursday:  Eldercare, Downsizing, Aging in Place, Retirement Homes, Nursing Home



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
Cheat will NOT be tolerated in ANY form!

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

Plagiarism is a serious Academic offense.  If you aren't sure what it is -  ask me or your Base librarian.  Cases of Plagiarism and reported to Ivy Prior, Campus Director.

Write in your own words, shut the books and notes, and write what you remember.  

Asking another student to write a paper for you is plagiarism.

Buying a term paper from the internet is plagiarism.

Using a published paper that you find on the internet is plagiarism.

If you quote another writer's words, use quotation makes and state the source (i.e.; (Freud, 1900).

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

Park university does NOT consider Personal Leave as excused absence.

If you expect to miss numerous classes, please consider taking this course at another time.

Call or email me if you are absent or expect to be absent.  I can send me a copy of the study notes I distribute in class.  It is up to YOU to contact a class buddy to get a full copy of class notes.

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: .

If you have a disability, special need, or hidden health problem, please make an appointment to meet with me privately.  if you need special provisions in the classroom, we are happy to assist you.  Please provide a note from your health care provider addressed to Mrs. Ivy Prior, Campus Director, or Park University at  MCAS, NC, Cherry  Point.  If you need special help if you become ill during class, please let me know and provide an emergency phone number.

Additional Information:

Are you overextend?  

Students who try to take on too much tend become overwhelmed and exhausted.  

They may feel unable to keep up and drop out.  

Take a serious look at the schedule you have created  and make time for family, friends, and activities important to you.

YOU matter!  


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