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SO 318 Military Sociology
Johnson, Shirley


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Course

SO 318 Military Sociology

Semester

F2E 2011 PE

Faculty

Johnson, Shirley

Title

Senior Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

Doctorate Organization Development Psychology
Masters: Education/Clinical Psychology/Organization Development
Certified: Chemical Dependency/Domestic Violence Counselor

Office Location

MCB Camp Pendleton Ca

Office Hours

Appointment Only

Daytime Phone

951-237-2595

Other Phone

951-657-2171 x-3122

E-Mail

shirley.johnson@park.edu

hallpass55@netzero.com

Semester Dates

10/17/2011-12/11/2011

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

4:45 - 10:10 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Handbook of the Sociology of the Military.   Giuseppe Caforio, ed. New York: Springer, 2006.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Course Description:
SO318 Military Sociology: The military as a social institution, focusing on both the internal structure and practices of the military and its relation to the other institutions (such as the government or the family), military leadership, policy issues and the role of the military in diplomacy and internal relations, and the social psychological effects on service members (including the differences between enlisted personnel and the officer corps), veterans, and their families and friends. And it analyses the dynamic role of the military in a digital age with changing operational mandates.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the structure and functions of the six military models.
  2. Analyze the military as a social institution, and explain its relationship with and impact on individuals and families, other social institutions, and the entire society of the US.
  3. Discuss socialization, cohesion, and diversity in the military.
  4. Analyze the relationships between military commitments and family life.
  5. Compare the American/US military to the military of other countries.
  6. Analyze the transition to non-active military status.
  7. Integrate community and civic responsibility with military sociology.


Core Assessment:

Essay: (max. 3000 words, plus tables and figures).  Historical change, both domestic and international, has necessitated that the military adapt.  Choose two of the historic military models and analyze them in relation to the following:

  1. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences in the two models and analyze why these similarities and differences exist.  What factors necessitated the change from one military model to the other.  Explain how these changes affect the overall structure and operation of the military, officers, enlisted personnel, and their family members.  Illustrate with specific examples.
  2. Analyze how the military determines the need for changes and then enacts changes.  Include analysis of civil-military relations.
  3. Explain how the military models provide for the transition of soldiers back to civilian life when determining changes.
  4. Based on the structure and functions of the military models, look at the larger context (i.e., global and historical forces and trends or relations with other players in the military-industrial complex) and project likely courses of action for the American military over the next decade.  Predict effects on the overall structure and operation of the military, officers, enlisted personnel, and their family members.
  5. Integrate community and civic responsibility with military sociology.

Closing. Use the appropriate academic literature to inform and support all points in your analysis. It should be carefully proofread and edited, conform to the applicable guidelines of APA format, and include all citations and references.  Each point should be carefully explained with sociological concepts, explicitly justified with reason and empirical scientific evidence, and illustrated through specific real-world examples.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
 

Points                    Assignment

50                        Comprehensive Final Examination

20                        Core Assessment

10                        Weekly Discussion

20                         Mid-term Examination

 100 total points

 
 

Grading:

The grade of A is exceptional and an uncommon achievement. The grade of B is above average performance. The grade of C is average. The grade of D is below average and marginal. Extra credit is not offered in this course.

Grading:

Grading summary and rubrics:

Weekly discussions:
 
Weekly discussions involve responding to a question based upon the readings and responding to classmates. These are to be thorough, thoughtful discussions and are to be mostly the student’s critical thinking and analysis and not largely borrowed materials from other sources, though source references should be used in support of student ideas and arguments. Only course readings can be referenced in the discussions, and only enough to support the argument. Appropriate documentation is required for references. 

Core Assessment:

The Core Assessment paper will be due in week 6 and will be worth 20 points. 

 

FINAL GRADING SCALE:

A = 90-100 

B = 80-89

C = 70-79

D = 60-69

F = 0-59

This scale will be strictly followed.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

All work is due on the due date. If you will miss work and need to submit late (for TDY or emergency), make arrangements ahead of time if possible to submit the work late. Proper documentation must accompany the request. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Spirited discussion is encourages, tempered with civility and decorum. Think before you speak. If some crosses the line between disputatious learning into personal attacks or inappropriate discussion either in tone or content, the instructor will be responsive.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

TOPICS:

  • Structure and Operation of the American Military; the Military as a Social Institution
  • Civil-Military Relations                                                                                 
  • Socialization, Cohesion, and Diversity in the Military                      
  • Military Commitments and Family Life
  • Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Military Structures
  • After the Military: Re-entry and Becoming a Veteran
  • Community and Civic Responsibilities                                              

ASSIGNMENTS:

  • Weekly reading assignments
  • Weekly discussions
  • Midterm exam in week 4
  • Core Assessment in week 6
  • Final exam in 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 (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.

  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation: evaluate information from sources outcome(s) =                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Superior selection of source information to answer the question

 
Adequate selection of source information to answer the question



 
Inadequate selection of source information to answer the question


 
Inferior selection of source information to answer the question


 
Synthesis: synthesize information from sources outcome(s) =                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Superior synthesis and integration of source information to answer the question Adequate synthesis and integration of source information to answer the question Inadequate synthesis and integration of source information to answer the question Inferior synthesis and integration of source information to answer the question 
Application: organize information from sources outcome(s) =                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Superior use of source information in support of argument Adequate use of source information in support of argument Inadequate use of source information in support of argument Inferior use of source information in support of argument 
Content of Communication: grammar/punctuation/spelling/typing/sentence structures/readability/paragraphing outcome(s) =                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
Park Mission Statement: communicate effectively                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
0 errors 1 to 3 errors 4 to 6 errors 7 or more errors 
Community and Civic Responsibility outcome(s) =                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Superior analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models Adequate analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models Inadequate analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models Inferior analysis of community and civic responsibility as applied to two military models 

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