SO210 Social Institutions

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SO 210 Social Institutions


F2D 2012 DAH


Brewster, Franklin R., II


Senior Instructor/ Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Counseling-Career Counseling, Chapman University
B.S. Social Psychology, Park College

Office Location

Park University Davis-Monthan Campus Office

Office Hours

Available by Appointment

Other Phone

(520) 241-2959 (Cell)


Semester Dates

October 22, 2012- December 16, 2012

Class Days

-M- Blended

Class Time

5:30pm - 8:45 PM

Credit Hours



Skolnick, J. & Currie, E. (2011). Crisis in American institutions, (14th ed.). Boston, Ma.: Allyn & Bacon.
ISBN: 0205610641

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Additional Resources:
Gutek, G. (2004). Philosophical and ideological voices in education. Boston, Ma.: Allyn & Bacon.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
I believe in the "transformational" view of learning where the student interacts within their community as part of the learning process.  The student is an active participant, not a passive learner.  I believe in challenging students to consider new and different views.  The classroom is an excellent setting to challenge current paradigms by being introduced to new concepts.  I challenge students to critically evaluate the new information and to reach their own conclusions.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will recognize the history of American institutions.
  2. Students will learn about conservative and liberal philosophies toward American institutions.
  3. Students will identify how religion in America has helped to shape American institutions.
  4. Students will comprehend how the past social policies influence current social institutions.
  5. Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the five basic social institutions support important social functions.
  6. Students will analyze the complex role of social institutions in America.
  7. Students will show how social institutions in America can create social problems.
Class Assessment:
Lecture, discussion, essay, presentations, journal, exams, class activities.
1.  Students are expected to read all assignments prior to class and be prepared to discuss the material.
2.  To receive the full 25 points, students will participate in two discussion topics each week.  Students will post an initial 
     response for each of the two discussions each week by Wednesday midnight (CST) and respond to two classmates in 
     each discussion thread by Sunday midnight (CST).  
3.  Students will be required to complete one comprehensive final exam covering assigned material to include lectures
     and handouts.
4.  Students will be required to complete a Core Assessment.  The core assessment will be a minimum of a 10 page
     paper (including the title and references) on a preapproved social institution.  Core Assessment must be in APA



Weekly Discussions           (200pts, 25 points possible each week) 
Final Exam                         (200pts)
Core Assessment               (100pts)
Letter grades will be assigned as follows: (500 total points possible)
450- 500          A
400- 449          B
350- 399          C
300- 349          D
299 and below  F (or two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will be marked down one letter grade (40 points) for each class period they are late and a failing grade assigned if not submitted before the final exam.  Students should plan ahead so as to not be late with assignments due to equipment malfunctions.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students must be respectful to all points of view, especially to those which are different from their own.  Respect and courtesy must prevail in the classroom.  Students are responsible to ensure all work is submitted timely.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1
Oct. 22, 2011
Overview of Course
History of Social Institutions
Conservative and Liberal Philosophies toward Social Institutions
Discuss Course objectives
Review Syllabus and assignments
Submit a one page journal entry electronically explaining why you took this class and what you hope to learn during the course.
Weekly Discussions
Week 2
Oct. 29, 2012
Parts 1 & 2
Lecture- Chapters 1-8
Select Core Assessment Topic
Weekly Discussions
Week 3
Nov. 5, 2012
Parts 3 & 4


Chapters 9-16

Weekly Discussions

Week 4
Nov. 12, 2012
Parts 5 & 6


Chapters 17-22

Weekly Discussions
Week 5
Nov. 19, 2012
Parts 7 & 8


Chapters 23-29

Weekly Discussions
Week 6
Nov. 26, 2012
Parts 9 & 10
Lecture- Chapters 30-36
Weekly Discussions
Week 7
Dec. 3, 2012
Parts 11 & 12


Chapters 37-43

 Weekly Discussions
Week 8
Dec. 10, 2012
Course Review
Final Exam
Weekly Discussions
Core Assessment Due

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 95-96

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 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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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