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SO 329 Sociology of the Life Course
Sencil, Stephanie D.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

SO 329 Sociology of the Life Course

Semester

S2T 2013 DL

Faculty

Sencil, Stephanie D.

Title

 Adjunct Professor-Psychology and Sociology Programs

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Counseling Education
PsyD Clinical Psychology
MSW-Clinical Social Work

Office Location

 Online-

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday 10am Alaska Standard Time-7pm; Fridays and Sundays-OFF, Saturdays, 10am-noon AKST

Daytime Phone

907-315-4694

Other Phone

 907-357-9066

E-Mail

 stephanie.sencil@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Required Textbooks:

Textbooks are available in MBS Bookstore (http://www.park.edu/Bookstore/).

 An image of the textbook: Biography and the Sociological Imagination   Shanahan, M.J. and Macmillan, R. (2007) Biography and the Sociological Imagination, W.W. Norton & Company (9780393976083) 
   
 An image of the textbook: Social Relations and the Life Course Allan, G. and Jones, J. (2003). Social Relations and the Life Course, Palgrave (9780333984970) 
 

Required Software:

Click here to download Adobe Flash player (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/).

Required Knowledge/Skills:

  1. Knowledge of the most recent APA styles.
  2. Skills to compose word document in doc file (Microsoft Office Word 1997-2003 format) or rtf file (Rich text format if you do not have Microsoft Office Word)
  3. Skills to browse contents in eCollege and Use eCollege tools such as discussion, Doc Sharing, Dropbox, Webliography and gradebook.
  4. Skills to use Park email.
  5. Skills to copy and paste.

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 Park email account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students -A great place to look for all kinds of information ( http://www.park.edu/Current/).
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support- For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.orgor call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.orgwebsite, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.

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 helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


Course Description:
SO329 Sociology of the Life Course: Examines the social aspects of aging from birth to death and the differences in our experiences due to age, historical periods, and the cohort or generation to which we belong. Substantive topics include social psychological outcomes (such as self-esteem and stress), adolescence and identity formation, dating and family dynamics, occupational trajectories and retirement. Also examines the large scale effects of population ageing trends and the effects of maturation of social relationships. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I am happy to be here with each of you facilitating your learning needs.  Students are held accountable for their contributions to the course.  Please organize and structure your time to participate and submit work by the deadlines.  I am  here to provide constructive coaching and guidance to see that you are successful in this course.

Class Assessment:

Weekly Discussion. (20 points), Week 1 to Week 8
Discussion for each week will be worth 25 points (total of 200). You will be graded on discussions using the following criteria:

Category:

Directions:

Excellent
(5pts)

Adequate (3pts)

Minimal
(1pt)

Max

Promptness and initiative

Complete discussion questions/assignments by due date (all discussions and replies).

Consistently responds to postings in less than 24 hours; shows good self-initiative.

Responds to most postings within a 24 hour period; requires occasional prompting to post.

Responds to most postings several days after initial discussion; limited initiative.

5

Delivery of post

For your follow-up posting, when replying others student posting, start your post by addressing them by their first name, so everyone knows who you are responding to.

Consistently uses grammatically correct posts with rare misspellings.

Responds to posts with the student’s name.

Few grammatical or spelling errors are noted in posts.

Responds to posts with the student’s name.

Errors in spelling and grammar evidenced in several posts. Does not respond to posts with the student’s name.

5

Relevance of post

Respond to discussion questions with applicable information and concepts shared in the readings, to answer questions and/or solve problems.

Go beyond just providing the answer; include analysis, insight, contrast, or parallels to personal experiences. Adequate length is about 200 words per 'initial' posting.

Consistently posts topics related to discussion topic; cites additional references related to topic; provides valuable and thoughtful feedback for peers with constructive criticisms and critiques;< 200 words for initial posting.

Frequently posts topics that are related to discussion content; prompts further discussion of topic; 100 - 200words for the initial posting

Occasionally posts off topic; most posts are short in length and offer no further insight into the topic; 50-100 words for the initial posting.

5

Expression within the post

Present original thoughts and ideas in postings; avoid simple agreement or disagreement with, or restatement of other's postings.

Expresses opinions and ideas in a clear and concise manner with obvious connection to topic.

Opinions and ideas are stately clearly with occasional lack of connection to topic.

Unclear connection to topic evidenced in minimal expression of opinions or ideas.

5

Contribution to the learning community

Read and follow the guidelines on the Netiquette page in the Help and Resources.

You may want to provide additional information from your outside readings or other outside resources.

I encourage you to share links to other excellent resources during this course.

Aware of needs of community; frequently attempts to motivate the group discussion; presents creative approaches to topic

Frequently attempts to direct the discussion and to present relevant viewpoints for consideration by group; interacts freely

Occasionally makes meaningful reflection on group’s efforts; marginal effort to become involved with group.

5

Total points possible

25

Interviews, 100 points each (total of 400 points); due Weeks 3, 5, 6, and 7. You will be graded on the interviews using the following criteria:
Each interview topic will consist of a pair of interviews (for example, when you do the gender interview you will interview a male and a female). Each interview paper is worth a total of 100 points. Your assignment will not be graded if you only conduct an interview with one person. It is necessary to conduct both, because you will need to compare them and analyze notable differences between the two. You will be graded with the following criteria:

Directions:

Excellent
(14-20pts)

Adequate
(12-14pts)

Minimal
(0-12pts)

Maximum points

Prepare interview guide (included as Appendix)

Thoughtful interview guide, including 7-10 questions relevant to the topic and identifying at least one follow-up question for each. Interview questions reveal an effort to go beyond the simple and obvious.

Interview guide comprises 4-6 questions relevant to the topic and identifying at least one follow-up question for each. Interview questions are simple but may elicit in-depth responses.

Interview guide comprises fewer than 4 questions and may not include follow-up questions. Interview questions are not designed to elicit in-depth responses.

20

Provide an introduction to the topic and present information about the interviewees

Presents the topic and an overview of the issues and/or themes, supported with research; provides thoughtful presentation of the interviewees

Presents the topic and an overview of the issues and/or themes, with a minimal connection to course material; presents the interviewees with a bare minimum of information

Student could have written assignment without having read the material; interviewees are not adequately presented

20

Present relevant and pertinent quotes to support analysis

Student provides pertinent quotes or passage to illustrate and support the analysis; quoted material is thoughtfully integrated

Student provides passages of transcribed interview without analysis

Student does not provide supporting quotes and/or does not connect them to the analysis

20

Analyze similarities and differences between the interviews

In-depth and thoughtful analysis, comparing differences and noting similarities between interviews. Analysis links back to the introduction and to other course material.

Simple comparison of differences and similarities between interviews. Analysis connects to the introduction but does not connect beyond the specific material.

Student notes only simple similarities or differences and does not analyze them in terms of the material, nor does the student make connections.

20

Format: Includes grammar, spelling, presentation, readability, compliance with directions

Assignment uses effective grammar, sentence structure, organization, and source citation (20 pts).

Assignment has minor problems in grammar, sentence structure, source citation or organization (15 pts).

Assignment fails to communicate because of problems in two or more areas: grammar, sentence structure, source citation, or organization (5 pts).

20

Total possible points

     

100

Core Assessment Project, Week 7, 200 points
This assignment is worth 200 points. You will receive your score and feedback on the assignment. The assignment will be returned to you within 1 week of the due date or sooner. A portion of your grade will be assigned to the format and presentation of the assignment. Requirements:

Directions:

Excellent

Adequate

Minimal

Maximum points

Provide clear definition of the stage or transition being discussed, including the issue or theme being discussed.

Provides the information with multiple, unique examples (30 pts).

Provides incomplete information or simply repeats information from the class or readings (20 pts).

Student could have written assignment without having read the material (5 pts).

30

Present relevant research to support the characteristics being discussed.

Presents ample research, going beyond that provided by the class or readings (30 pts).

Provides only information from the class or readings (20 pts).

Student fails to support the characteristic with research (5 pts).

30

Discuss the personal and social consequences of the stage or transition.

Provides a thoughtful and in-depth analysis of both personal and social consequences, making connections to the course material (30 pts).

Presents information about both personal and social consequences in a rote, repetitive way, relying solely on course material (25 pts).

Student does not address both personal and social consequences, and/or does so without referring to course material (5 pts).

30

Compare the stage or transition as it exists today, with how it existed in the past, and a prediction of how it might look in the future given societal changes.

Provides the information with multiple, unique examples (30 pts).

Provides incomplete information or simply repeats information from the class or readings (20 pts).

Student could have written this without having read the material (5 pts)

30

Apply current research to provide strategies that might be helpful

Presents ample research and applies it appropriately, going beyond that provided by the class or readings (25 pts).

Provides only information from the class or readings (20 pts).

Student fails to use research and/or fails to provide strategies (0-5 pts).

25

Critically evaluate research cited

Offers substantial and insightful analysis of research, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the research cited (30 pts).

Provides a bare analysis of the research (20 pts).

Inappropriately evaluates the research, or fails to do so entirely (0-5 pts).

30

Format: Includes grammar, spelling, presentation, readability, compliance with directions

Assignment uses effective grammar, sentence structure, organization, and source citation (25 pts).

Assignment has minor problems in grammar, sentence structure, source citation or organization (15 pts).

Assignment fails to communicate because of problems in two or more areas: grammar, sentence structure, source citation, or organization (5 pts).

25

Total possible

     

200

Comprehensive Final Exam, Week 8, 200 points
The proctored final exam will be 40 questions, in multiple choice format. You must complete the final examination on time and according to instructions.

Grading:

Grading:
1000 points are possible:

900-1000

A

800-899

B

700-799

C

600-699

D

below 600

F

All assignments must be submitted through the "Dropbox" in the online course shell for grading.

Assignments:

 Points possible

Children and parents interviews (Week 3, 50 points each)

100 points

Gender interviews (Week 5, 50 points each)

100 points

Work interviews (Week 6, 50 points each)

100 points

Mature adult interviews (Week 7, 50 points each)

100 points

Weekly discussion (Weeks 1 to 8, 25 points each)

200 points

Core assessment paper, Week 7

200 points

Final exam

200 points

      Total

1000 points 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I do not accept late work. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

  • Online - Etiquette/Courtesy: Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. It is important no to take disagreement personally. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken personally. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which does not promote learning. Here are online references that discuss online writing http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html .
  • E-Mail Procedures: General e-mail: When sending an e-mail, you must identify yourself by:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Schedule/Dates/Assignments

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week

Topic

Due

Week 1

Sociological imagination and the life course

BSI Chs 1 and 2
Discussion

Week 2

Understanding cohorts and understanding individual lives

BSI Chs 3 and 4
Discussion

Week 3

Children and parents

SRLC Chs 4 and 5
Discussion
Children & parents interviews

Week 4

Family and home

SRLC Chs 7 and 9
Discussion

Week 5

Changes: gender and migration

SRLC Chs 2 and 10
Discussion
Gender interviews

Week 6

Work and relationships

SRLC Chs 12 and 13
Discussion
Work interviews

Week 7

Putting it all together

BSI Ch 5
Discussion
Mature adult interviews
Core Assessment Project

Week 8

Back to the beginning

BSI Ch6
Discussion
Comprehensive Final Exam

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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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