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Introduction to Sociology

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Introduction to Sociology SOC 201

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SYLLABUS SOC 201V TELECOURSE EXPLORING SOCIETY INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY Spring 2009 INSTRUCTOR Gary Heidinger TEXTBOOK Kornblum William SOCIOLOGY IN A CHANGING WORLD 8 edition Belmont CA Wadsworth Publishing 2008 STUDY GUIDE Penney Jane A STUDENT COURSE GUIDE d FOR EXPLORING SOCIETY 3r edition Belmont CA Wadsworth Publishing 2008 SOME KEY COURSE OBJECTIVES Upon successful completion ofthis course you will know how sociology developed as a discipline and have an appreciation for the sociological way of looking at things be able to distinguish among the sociological perspectives in sociology be able to explain how the process by which sociologists study group behavior differs from casual observations and common sense conclusions understand the central concepts such as culture society socialization social interaction groups deviance and sexuality that de ne the field of sociology comprehend the dimensions of culture and appreciate the significance of culture to society and identify the forms of culture and social structure that exist in our own and other societies how they vary and why they exist comprehend the role of social interaction and the effects of social structure in establishing and maintaining relationships be able to explain the complexities of social groups and their signi cance to society be able to explain how formal organizations and bureaucracies function appreciate the importance of social strati cationsocial class race ethnicity and genderin determining how people think and behave and what opportunities are available to them be able to discuss how society s expectations in uence the definitions and behaviors associated with gender be able to explain how race and ethnicity influence social patterns of human interaction be able to discuss the sociological definition of age and the social implications of an aging population be able to discuss how society de nes and controls deviance o be able to discuss the functions and signi cance of the social institutions of family religion education economics politics and health and medicine in terms of meeting society s needs 0 be able to discuss and appreciate the dynamics of social change Specific learning objectives for each lesson are listed in the Student Course Guide for Exploring Society Introduction to Sociology 3rd edition INSTRUCTOR S OFFICE LOCATION RSCC Oak Ridge Campus H231 INSTRUCTOR S OFFICE HOURS Monday Wednesday 1210 pm 120 pm H231 ORBC Tuesday 1000 am 1100 am 1230pm 200pm H231 ORBC Thursday 1000 am 1100 am H231 ORBC INSTRUCTOR S OFFICE PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS Oak Ridge Campus Direct Office Number 4812000 ext 2232 Email address heidingergroanestateedu l have voice mail on my Oak Ridge Campus phone line This will allow you to leave me a message I check my voice mail daily thus I should be able to return your calls quickly One small request When providing your phone number state it clearly and slowly Thanks REQUIREMENTS AND EVALUATION 1 Video ProgramsEgisodes The video component ofthis course consists of 22 halfhour broadcastquality video programs one for each ofthe 22 lessons 2 Textbook Reading and Use of the Student Course Guide For Exgloring Society Each ofthe halfhour video lessons is closely integrated with the course text and the student telecourse guide so as to assist you the learner You will nd textbook reading assignments designed to supplementreinforce the video lessons for all lessons in the Lesson Assignments section of each programunit in the Student Course Guide 3rd edition Be certain you read the chapters speci ed for Kornblum s Sociology in a Changing World 8th edition w The Student Course Guide For Exploring Society 3rd editionI is a sort of a dain tutor It provides an overview of reading assignments learning objectives key terms and concepts text focus points critical thinking questions and a practice test for each course lesson The latter can show you what progress you have made in assimilating and applying course information and data Four Exams 40 points each Each exam will consist of 40 multiplechoice questions each question will have a onepoint value and will reflect materials or information covered in the video programs and associated textreading assignments Tests will consist of questions similar to those in the Student Course Guide 3rd edition Listed on the next page are the lessons which will be included in each of the course exams Please note You will NOT be tested on Lessons 20 and 22 Nevertheless you should complete the required readings and view the associated videos with these lessons Please be alert to the fact that the assigned lesson numbers do not automatically correspond to assigned text chapter readings eg Lesson 4 requires reading Chapter 3 in the textbook The assigned textbook reading materials associated with each lesson are noted in the Lesson Assignments section in the Student Course Guide 3rd edition Exam 1 1 2 3 4 and 5 Exam 2 6 7 8 9 and 10 Exam 3 11 12 13 14 and 15 Exam 4 16 17 18 19 and 21 EXAM GRADE SCALE 4036 A 3532 B 3128 C 2724 D 23 O F 4 Project Action Learning Experience 15 points During the semester you are required to complete a written assignment based on two ofthe questions in the Related Activities section associated with each lesson in the Student Course Guide 3rd edition Please choose any TWO 2 ofthe Related Activities to serve as a basis for your project Please select each activity from a different lesson that is each activity selected should be related or linked to a different lesson Please select only those activities in which you have a genuine interest Your project is due anytime between April 23 and April 30 2009 You may leave your project in my mailbox at the Oak Ridge Campus give your project to the Oak Ridge Campus receptionistheshe will place it in my mailbox or at the Roane County Campus located in the Social Science Division of ce in the HumanitiesO Brien Building You may also mail your project to me at the following addresses Roane State Community College Roane State Community College Oak Ridge Campus OR 276 Patton Lane 701 BriarcliffAvenue Harriman TN 37748 Oak Ridge TN 37830 You can also bring your project to my Oak Ridge Branch Campus office H231 The course project is designed to provide opportunities for you to apply the sociological imaginationperspective and express yourself though writing Please select an activity which will provide you the greatest learning opportunity or experience Make sure you develop yourideas observations applications and reactions I am very interested as to your personal reactions andor interpretations I expect your nal product to be well written therefore pay attention to grammatical structure punctuation and spelling The project has no speci c length requirement butl do expect you to develop your ideas and interpretations completely Frankly I would prefer you write too much as opposed to simply jotting down a few highly generalized andor unrelated observations The project must be typed or handwritten in ink I will accept your project late butl will reduce the score by two points before I evaluation your project for each day beyond the due date PROJECT GRADE SCALE 1514 A 1312 B 1110 C 9 8 D 7 O F If you wish to have your graded paper returned to you please attach a stamped self addressed envelope with enough postage for the weight ofyour paper Extra Credit At least four extra credit questions 1 point each will be included on each exam You can earn one point for each correctly answered question at least four points of extra credit on each exam You may also earn a maximum of E extra points after grading by completing an additional project using any ONE of the Related Activitiesquot exercises associated with class lessons as found in the Student Course Guide 3 edition Any extra points earned will be added to your point total when your nal semester grade is computed FINAL GRADE SCALE The semester point total is 175 four 40point exams and a project worth a total of 15 points Final grades will be computed as follows 175157A 156140B 139122C 121105D 104 O F TESTING SCHEDULE All course exams are to be completed at the Testing Centers One is located in the Dunbar Building on the Roane County Campus and the other is located on the Oak Ridge Campus Exams 1 and 2 may be taken any time between February 5th and March 21 Examsh3 and 4 may be taken any time between March 23rd and May 5 Remember you must complete the rst two exams by March 21 2009 and the nal two exams by May 5 2009 If you do miss completing an exam you are to notify me no later than November 20 2008 With such a flexible testing schedule there should be no reason for your missing an examI so please plan accordingly Do not attempt to complete two exams on one day and avoid waiting until the last possible day to complete your exams NOTICE The Testing Centers will be closed for Academic Festival April 2 April 3 2009 and for Easter Holidays April 10 April 11 2009 IMPORTANT You must return all course tapes You will not be permitted to complete Exam 4 until all course tapes are returned TESTING CENTER LOCATION AND HOURS OF OPERATION The College at Home Testing Center hours can be accessed at the following web address wwwroanestateedu Once there type in the word testing in the key word box That action will bring up the Testing Center page Once there click on the icon entitled Testing Center Hours under the heading Quick Links EXAM GRADESRESULTS The SOC 201 video course is not Web based therefore your exam scores will not be posted online Please feel free to phone or email me concerning your exam results In that the turn around time between completing an exam and my access to it may require several days please wait three or four days after completing an exam to contact me about your score You can also acquire a test score by attaching a selfaddressed stamped envelope to each completed exam DROP DATE If you should decide to drop a course or change from credit to audit please do not forget the last day to withdraw from classes or switch to an audit status for Fall Semester is March 27 2009 STUDY TIPS The Student Course Guide 3rd edition is essential for successful completion of this course It provides important information about each lesson correlates the reading assignments and the video programs supplies invaluable focal points and objectives and includes a truly representative practice quiz at the end of each lesson Use it The textbook highlights analyzes and illustrates signi cant concepts principles and developments in sociology To do well in this course you must read the appropriate textbook pages listed in the Lesson Assignments section in the Student Course Guide 339dedition The video programs provide visual and narrative information as well as analysis of significant research completed by some of the nation s leading sociologists To accomplish the goals of this course you must thoughtfully view the video programs even those which will not be included on course exams and complete the associated text reading assignments I am available if you have questions or concerns however since you do not meet with me in regular class sessions you may have to initiate contact during my of ce hours or by the telephone or email Please do not hesitate to contact me when you have any questions In summary there are four parts to the learning system in Exploring Society Introduction to Sociology AQNA The Student Study Guide 3rd edition The textbook Kornblum V lliam Sociology in a Changing World 8th edition The video programsepisodes Your instructor The following study sequence will maximize your chances for mastering each lesson in this course 1 I A As to each of the course lessons carefully read over the following these are associated with each course lesson in the Student Study Guide 3rd edition the Lesson Assignments the Lesson Overview Learning Goal and Learning Objectives the Review section and the Lesson Focus Points Please carefully read the text materials assigned to a lesson BEFORE you watch the associated video program Speci c text reading assignments can be found in the Lesson Assignments section of each course lesson as noted in the Student Course Guide 3rd edition Watch the video lesson and take notes as needed related to each lesson s Learning Objectives and Focus Points Complete the Practice Test and check your answers with the key located at the end of each lesson in the Student Course Guide 3rd edition lfyou incorrectly answer ve or more questions you should carefully review the text readings and associated video program before moving on to the next lesson Although there will be NO essay or discussion type questions included in the four class exams your understanding of course information will be enhanced if you respond to the essay question included with each lesson in the Student Course Guide 3rd edition RESEARCH INDICATES THAT SUCCESSFUL TELECOURSE STUDENTS are goal oriented and selfdirected and know how to learn independently have effective prerequisite skills such as a college reading level begin course activities within rst week of the semester set aside speci c times on a routine basis for study contact the instructor promptly when they have questions about any aspect of the course SOME ADDITIONAL REVIEW INFORMATION related to assigned text readings associated with each course exam Be sure to review the FOCUS POINTS associated with each lesson in preparing for course exams These will alert you to concepts and ideas you will encounter as you read the chapter materials associated with each assigned lesson Noted below are some specific concepts and ideas with which you should be familiar These are included in the assigned text chapters associated with the lessons covered in each course exam and will serve as a basis for test questions Try not to memorize your way through the course I do not expect you to memorize the concepts and ideas associated with each lesson noted below I subscribe to the notion that each of you are sociologists however some of you don t yet recognize that you are In part to do well in any sociology course you need to go beyond explaining events and circumstances strictly or exclusively in terms of the individuals involved or the personal characteristics of those involved Although these can be significant it is important that you look beyond the individual in an effort to recognize that larger social factors the society in which we live our age our social class membership our interactions with other to note a few such factors shape and influence the thinking and behavior of all of us this is the basis of the notion known as the sociological imagination Actually one of the most effective and efficient ways to learn course information and prepare for the exams is to apply the data Doing so will help you appreciate how the larger social world has influenced and shaped each of us humans after all are social creatures how much of our daily behavior exhibits patterns and regularities these save us a lot of time and give us insights as to what to expect in routine situations and circumstances and how these regularities can change over time including the possible impacts of such changes as well as why some resist changes Your text author and the course videos provide numerous illustrations and examples which are designed to explain and reinforce key course concepts and ideas You can go further by relating course information to your life experiences or those of people you know In addition news stories TV documentaries TV sitcoms and dramas the lyrics of popular songs and motion pictures often draw attention to sociologically related issues and contain important sociological insights Movies in particular can be sociologically relevant Several examples The film MONSTER explores what can happen when an experience of neglect and abuse overwhelms a child s capacity to bounce back or recover and there is no one to help or intervene until far too late This film is the story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos who was executed in 2002 for murdering seven men who had picked her up as a road side prostitute The movie does notjustify what she did or eliminate her responsibility rather it explains her crime from a sociological point of view by emphasizing that part of the responsibility for the killings rest with society and the social relationships that completely failed Wuornos as a child This is a good illustration of the sociological imagination Furthermore content of this film can help you better understand the information presented in text Chapter 5 Socialization and Chapter 7 Deviance and Social Control The film AMERICAN HISTORYX is a gritty and controversial examination of the tragic consequences of prejudice and discrimination Throughout there are scenes which highlight the key characteristics of prejudice learned exists in part because it provides satisfactions largely unconscious we are often unaware of our prejudices for us they have become facts irrational prejudices don t have to make sense we can see in others whatever our prejudices lead us to see learned prior to contact with another group or category of people we acquire prejudices toward another group or category well before we have any interaction with them The movie also provides opportunities as does another film CRASH to better understand the concepts of stereotypes and scapegoats and how they are related to prejudicial thinking and discriminatory behavior The content of this film highlights and reinforces information presented in text Chapter 12 Inequalities of Race and Ethnicity and contains scenes relating to the processes of socialization and resocialization contained in text Chapter 5 Bear in mind that both of the films noted above carry an R rating EXAM 1 Lessons 1 5 Lesson 1 Chapter 1 define the sociological imagination What is the sociological imagination empirical evidence note some key differences as to the work of early American sociologists and that of their contemporaries in Europe difference between micro and macro sociology symbolic interactionist model note how sociology differs from other disciplines which study human beings Lesson 2 Chapter 1 compare and contrast the major sociological models functionalist perspective conflict perspective interactionist perspective feminist perspective note the value of using all of these perspectives in an effort to better understand human interaction relationships groups and societies Lesson 3 Chapter 2 the nature of the scientific method review the key steps in the scientific study of human social interaction the nature of a scientific hypothesis scientific variable and the difference between an independent and dependent variable difference between control group and experimental group note how the act of studying people can influence or affect their behavior Hawthorne Effect significance of random sampling scientific surveys purpose of a scientific theory ethical concerns associated with scientific research especially as applied to the study of humans difference between causality and correlation qualitative versus quantitative research Lesson 4 Chapter 3 distinguish between notions of culture and society the relationship between social norms and values note key types of norms folkways mores laws purpose of sanctions language and its importance as a part of culture and how it facilitates the creation and learning of culture imagine how our lives would be without language ethnocentrism and cultural relativism bear in mind that the former has advantages as well as some serious disadvantages distinguish between subcultures and counterculture you may want to provide some examples cultural accommodation and assimilation again you might wish to provide some examples look over the controversy associated with the linguistic relativity hypothesis in particular why is it not widely accepted by sociologists Lesson 5 Chapter 5 significance of socialization note difference between nature and nurture note the significance of the self or self awareness and the social construction of the self Cooley s model known as the looking glass self Mead s model known as role taking including the notion of the generalized other anticipatory socialization review the key agencies of socialization family peer group mass media and school note general differences resocialization process and total institutions adult socialization be in mind that socialization is a life long process EXAM 2 Lessons 610 Lesson 6 Chapters 4 and 6 notion of social structure composition or make up of a social group difference between status and role role conflict and role strain you might wish to provide some examples from your own life experiences character or composition of society difference between primary and secondary groups briefly review key principles of interaction fairness pleasure rationality reciprocity you might wish to provide some examples of each from your own life experiences basics of Goffman s approach known as dramaturgy including impression management and front stage versus back stage behavior the bystander effect Lesson 7 Chapter 6 primary and secondary groups difference between the in group and the out group reference group major characteristics of bureaucracies Lesson 8 Chapter 6 nature of formal organizations informal and primary relationships and their significance or impact which can develop within bureaucratic structures review the dysfunctional aspects of bureaucratic organizations in an effort to better appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of bureaucracies think about how a sociologist using the three major perspectives might examine such structures functionalist conflict interactionist Lesson 9 Chapter 4 briefly review the character of the generalized types of human society huntinggathering agrarian industrial post industrial don t go overboard rather note that humans have spent most time on the planet in hunting gathering type societies note how human social structure was changed with advent of agriculture and then industrialization for example social stratification emerged with the appearance of agrarian societies difference between ascribed and achieved statuses difference between authority and power review the key types of authority the nature or make up of a nation state Lesson 10 Chapter 10 the nature of social stratification What exactly is meant by stratification note key difference among the major types of stratification systems caste estate class spend most of your time with class what comprise the idea of class be able to recognize how stratification can affect one s chances in life look for some specific illustration by focusing on your own life review the idea of social mobility distinguish between an open and a closed system of stratification in an effort to better appreciate the impact of stratification on our lives briefly examine the process using two of the three major perspectives functionalist and conflict EXAM 3 Lessons 1115 Lesson 11 Chapter 11 definition of social class What is social class difference between income and wealth review the distribution of wealth in the USA highlight shift in jobs over that past 100 years in the USA good production economy to service economy review the various class levels social classes to which African American Hispanics and Whites are most likely to report belonging to the nature or make up of the upper class in the USA the nature or make up of the middle class in the USA including what may be considered as the key symbol of membership in that class review some of the key characteristics of the poor in America meaning of equality of opportunity note why children form upper class backgrounds are more likely to succeed than those from lower class backgrounds link social class membership to life chances Chapter 10 distinguish between power and authority including legitimate vs illegitimate power Lesson 12 Chapter 5 distinguish between sex and gender gender identity and how shaped by cultural and biological factors and the process of socialization Chapter 13 factors which contribute to gender inequality adult gender role expectations impact of sexual harassment meaning of what Hochschild refers to as women s second shift meaning of empowerment pink collar jobs definition of sexism What is sexism definition of gender stratification What is gender stratification Lesson 13 Chapter 12 distinguish between race and ethnicity characteristics of a minority What is a minority Does the term always imply small numbers of people be familiar with the concepts of genocide expulsion assimilation and Angloconformity the nature of the separate but equal clause or notion distinguish between prejudice and discrimination the nature of institutionalized discrimination What is institutionalized discrimination and why is difficult to recognize and eliminate the frustrationaggression model of prejudice projection and prejudice How is the relationship between prejudice and projection the authoritarian personality model of prejudice significance of internal colonialism significance or impact of racial and ethnic labels Lesson 14 Chapter 14 highlight some of the possible results or effects of increasing numbers of elderly in the USA define or explain the notion of the graying of America review the differences in life expectation when comparing males and females stereotypes and misconceptions associate with aging define ageism What is ageism distinguish between the disengagement and conflict models of aging hospice care What is the function or purpose of hospice Lesson 15 Chapter 7 define deviance What is meant by deviance relative nature of deviance How is deviance relative Relative to what note the relation between stigma and deviance social sanctions and how they can control 39 39 note quot 39 formal and informal sanctions and positive vs negative sanctions deviant subcultures review several key sociological models of deviance Merton s train theory highlight the key responses he identified conformity innovation ritualism retreatism and rebellion Sutherland s differential association model review Chambliss s classic study of the Saints and the Roughnecks distinguish between primary and secondary deviance review the basic elements of the labeling model of deviance EXAM 4 Lessons 1619 and 21 Lesson 16 Chapter 15 definition of the family key goals or functions of the family in human societies fictive kin Who or what might be considered as fictive kin review the key elements that can make up the marriage transaction distinguish between the family of orientation and the family of procreation note the difference between in groups and out groups distinguish between endogamy and exogamy Which do you think is more widely practiced in the USA Why note the relation between stress and marriage as well as cohabitation and divorce does cohabitating prior to marriage equate to a successful marriage review the status of marriage and the family in current America Are they declining in importance or are they capable of adapting to changing conditions Chapter 16 distinguish between the sacred and profane note some indicators of secularism What is secularism distinguish among the following simple supernaturalism animism theism and religions based on abstract ideals Can you provide some examples of each provide some examples or illustrations of what is known a civil religion in the USA distinguish between cults and sects religious fundamentalism in the USA What has contributed to the rise of religious fundamentalism as of late in the USA Chapter 18 note the primary function of the social institution of economics note the primary pur ose of markets note how modern multinational corporations differ from 17 h century trading firms eg the East India Company relate the notion of laissezfaire to economics What does laissezfaire imply distinguish between socialism and welfare capitalism some of the key characteristics of a post industrial society worker alienation and possible causes distinguish between the human relations management and the scientific management approaches Lesson 17 Chapter 17 recognize that different segments of society have differing expectations of the school the result being conflicting goals of schooling relating tracking to educational inequalities note some key problems which drop outs from high school often encounter note a key factor as to inequality in higher education in the USA note that social class can be a factor as to whether or not some students stay longer in school or college note how school bureaucracies might restrict school reform note the element in school which seems to have the greatest impact on students bullying and school violence What is the most common form of violence experienced by high school students note that a lower student to teacher ratio can contribute to higher quality education note the impact of reduced school funding on effort to bring about educational reforms Chapter 19 again be able to distinguish between authority and power distinguish between charismatic authority and legal authority You may want to provide some examples note how TV has reshaped political campaigns note the key difference between the types of democratic rule


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