SO330 Sociolog of Yth & Yth Cultures

for U1A 2012

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SO 330 Sociolog of Yth & Yth Cultures


U1A 2012 BE


Rollins, Tanya N.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. /Texas A&M University
MSW/ Texas State University- San Marcos


Semester Dates

June 4 - July 31, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Credit Hours



Nichols, S. and T. Good. (2004). America’s teenagers: Myths and realities. Mahwah, New Jersey:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.


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Course Description:
SO 330 Sociology of Youth and Youth Cultures: Focuses on the social and cultural aspects of development from the onset of adolescents through young adulthood. Examines historical and cultural differences in the concept of "youth." Topics include the effects of family, friends, and the media on identity and personal decisions; dating and mating; school and work, popular culture, values, and consumerism; violence, delinquency, sex, and risk taking. 3:0:3

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the inception of and changes in “youth” and “teenagers” as social categories in the US and, subsequently, in the rest of the world.
  2. Explain the major factors influencing youth and their development, including families, peers, schools, and the popular culture.
  3. Evaluate the major social and cultural challenges facing youth in their development and maturation, including delinquency, violence, substance use and abuse, sexuality and teen pregnancy, and risk-taking behaviors.
Class Assessment:

Refer to the Course Schedule for detailed information on the learning assignments and assessments.

Weekly Participation: Participate in each of the 16 discussions.  Your participation points are also connected to your attendance.  You must be present and active in the discussion to receive the maximum participation points.  Possible 150 points.

Leadership: Your leadership grade is about your ability to conduct yourself in a professional manner in the classroom. This includes being respectful of others. Points will be deducted for consistent tardiness. Possible 50 points.

Mid-term exam: There will be a 50 question mid-term exam over all concepts covered at the mid-term period. Possible 100 points.
Reaction Papers (2x): Write an essay on the assigned topic (a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of 1000 words). Refer to the schedule to view the due dates. For each assignment, the student uploads the assignment to the Dropbox. Reflection papers are required and are worth 100 points each. 
Movie Analysis: Write an essay on the assigned movie (a minimum of 750 words and a maximum of 1000 words). Refer to the schedule to view the due date. For each assignment, the student uploads the assignment to the Dropbox.  Possible 100 points.

Core Assessment (Research Paper): Write an essay (minimum 2000 words- maximum of 3000 words). You will need to choose an current issue facing today's youth.  The essay will integrate, analyze, apply, and critique several sociological concepts and research findings from this course, and with additional sources from your own literature review and archival study.  You must incorporate the findings from at least five outside sources of original and academic research in this essay.  Briefly summarize the issue facing today's youth. Discuss specific strategies for dealing with the issue.  Evaluate the relative success of these strategies. Argue which approach might be more succesful. Discuss current coping strategies of youth regarding the issue.  Discuss any cultural issues related to the issue.  Explain the future outlook for the issue if the issue is not addressed.  The core assessment is worth 200 points.

Final Exam: Complete a  proctored final exam during week 8. The exam is worth 200 points and will contain multiple choice and true false questions. The exam is CLOSED book and notes. To prevent cheating, students may not keep the final exam. 


Leadership 50
Participation 150
Reaction Papers (2x) 200
Movie Analysis 100
Core Assessment      200
Final Exam 200

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments will be accepted up to two days after the due date.  After the second day, assignments will not be accepted.  10% of your grade will be deducted for each day your assignment is late.  Make-ups will not be provided for exams.

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.
Texting, cell phone calls, and other disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

LESSON                            TOPIC     

1                                           Chapter 1

2                                           Chapter 3, Reaction Paper #1 due on 6/14/12

3                                            Digital Nation and Chapter 2

4                                            Chapter 4, Reaction Paper #2 due on 6/28/12, Mid-term review

5                                            Mid-term Exam on 7/3/12; Movie for movie analysis shown on 7/05/12

6                                           Chapter 5 and 6, Movie Analysis due on 7/10/12

7                                           Chapter 8, Core Assessment due on 7/19/12

8                                           Wrap Up, Final Exam on 7/26/12


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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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