SO 141 Introduction to Sociology
U1B 2012 BL
Senior Adjunct Faculty
BBA Computer Information SystemsMS Professional CounselingASIST, CISM/D, CART
4 June 2012- 29 July 2012
7:40 - 10:10 PM
Textbook: Witt, Jon (2011). Soc (2 Ed). New York, NY: McGraww-Hill.
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of
the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). American Psychological
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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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.Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development. The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email email@example.com or call 800-927-3024Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
My philosophy incorporates
scholarship and practice in the fields of technology, sociology and psychology.
The basic tenet of my philosophy assumes that classroom facilitation,
scholarship and professional activities are interrelated and impact the
learning experience for adult learners. I believe teaching and learning are
continuously evolving rather than static and that they are dynamic and progress
with each term. I believe in connecting students’ learning with something they
know or value, embracing adult learning theory and ensuring the class is
learner-centered. With this being said my classes involve a variety of
strategies like dialogic/socratic discussion, activities like group and
individual projects, and assessments designed to prepare students in their
academic and professional careers to convey technological, sociological and
psychological concepts effectively. Relevancy, variety, enthusiasm, rapport and
involvement between my students and I are crucial elements in ensuring the
classroom is a safe and successful environment.
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:
Discussions & Participation
Each week we will engage in discussions
related to the weekly readings. Attendance encourages participation therefore
each week you have the potential to receive 10 points for attendance and 10
points for participating in weekly discussions for a total of 160 points.
During the first week of class you will
also have the opportunity to earn an added 40 points by:
a) posting an introduction to your
peers in the cafe' (20 pts)
b) responding to the welcome e-mail you
receive (10 pts)
c) printing off a copy of the syllabus
to bring to class on Friday (10 pts)
Writing Assignments - An Overview
There are several "types" of
writing assignments in this course. A brief description of those assignments is
provided here, and then when you get into the class on a weekly basis, a more
detailed description will be available:
Weeks 1 thru Week 8 will include TPQs
or Thought Provoking Question2 covering key concepts from the weekly readings
and discussions. The TPQs will be completed online using eCollege and will
consist of 1 -2 questions requiring a response of no less than 250 words. TPQs
will require the use of the text for responses. TPQs will need to be posted no
later than Sunday at midnight MST of each week. Total Points = 80
Midterm and Final Exams
There will be a midterm in week 4 and
final exam in week 8. You will receive further instructions on both in weeks 2
and 6 of the term. The midterm exam is worth 100 pts and
the final exam is worth 200 pts.
Item / Assignment
Discussions & Participation (8 x 20), Week 1
Core Assessment Assignment
Pre / Post Tests
Total Points Possible
795 - 680
679 - 580
579 - 480
479 - 380
Less than 379
Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor must be notified
and approve the request to submit the late work for medical or family
emergencies prior to the project submission deadline. There are no late
penalties for instructor approved late requests.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Everyone has an opinion but they must be expressed with respect
and directed at the opinion not the person. Critically think before
Questions are encouraged, more than that, welcomed. Please ask for guidance,
clarification or help. I cannot help what I do not know.
Cell phones and / or pagers will be turned off especially if they
vibrate loudly. There will be breaks so messages can be checked.
Please do not wait
until the last minute to contact me when a situation presents itself that will
interfere with class participation or timely assignment submission. I am
flexible and open communication is a must.
Please be sure to check your Park U e-mail and eCompanion for announcements
related to the course and / or Park University.
Responses to e-mails or phone calls will occur within 24 - 48 hrs. Please
ensure all e-mail correspondence contains your name and course number , SO141,
in the "Subject" line. Please be sure to leave your name, number,
time and date of call and your message when calling me.
You cannot pass
the class without taking the final. There is no alternate assignment for
the midterm or final exams.
Week 1 - The Sociological Perspective
Read Chapter(s) 1 - 3
APA style use
Week 2 - Research, Social Groups and Social Control
Read Chapter(s) 4 - 6
Week 3 - Social Groups and Social Control
Read Chapter(s) 7, 8
APA Style Use
Week 4 - MidTerm Exam (Chaps 1 - 7) - Social Inequality
Read Chapter(s) 10
Week 5 - Social Inequality
Read Chapter(s) 11 - 13
Week 6 - Social Institutions
Read Chapter(s) 14 - 16
Core Assessment paper due by Sunday midnight MST
Week 7 - Social Institutions and Social Change
Read Chapter(s) 17 - 19, 20, 21
Week 8 - Final Exam (Chaps 8 - 16)
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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
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
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
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