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Introduction to Sociology SOC 1003, Spring 2016 Arkansas Tech University Class Time: MWF 10:00-10:50 AM Location: Witherspoon, 335 Instructor: Dr. Chapman Office: 350 Witherspoon Hall Office Hours: MWF 1:00-3:00 PM or by appointment Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Catalog Course Description: An introduction to the nature of society, social groups, processes of interaction, social change, and the relationship of behavior to culture.” It meets one of the four social science course requirements of ATU’s General Education program. (ACTS Common Course – SOCI1013) Purpose and Format: Welcome to Introduction to Sociology! Sociology is the scientific and systematic study of human interaction. The purpose of this course is to acquaint you with historical and contemporary sociological theories to help us better understand our social world. In this course we will take a three-pronged approach to understanding and learning theory. In doing so we will highlight three major theoretical frameworks: structural/functional, conflict/citical, and inter/actionist theories. Some of the theories to be learned will include: structural functionalism, structuralism, conflict theory, critical theory, feminist theory, queer theory, critical race theory, racism, postmodern theory, symbolic interactionism, and many others. Additionally, we will examine the basic social institutions that shape our interactions. We will also explore some of the methods sociologists use to examine and make sense of the social world. This will be achieved through course readings in the textbook, supplemental readings, interactive class discussion, critical thinking, group work, and applied assignments. The study of sociology offers a wide range of possible research topics. The goal of this course is to provide an in-depth overview of the major sociological theories and how they help to explain human interaction. Given the breadth of the topics we will be discussing you will be required to do some critical reading outside of the classroom. This should be completed before each class. Each class will maintain basically the same structure for each meeting. The structure of the class will be a balance of lecture, class discussion, group discussion, and multimedia presentations. Class will be organized around the material as listed on the syllabus, therefore the successful student will come to class prepared to discuss the reading for each day. Note: Syllabus dates and assignments are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, each student should be able to: 1. Understand basic principles of sociology, theories, and methodologies 2. Develop a sociological imagination and the ability to think critically. 3. Understand concepts such as race, gender, class, etc. and how these concepts are constructed over time through complex interactions. General Education Outcomes: 1. Develop an ethical perspective. 2. Demonstrate knowledge of the Arts and Humanities. 3. Think critically. Required Texts: The book is available at the campus bookstore. Make sure you have all the required readings and have read them prior to class. Henslin, James M. 2013. Essentials of Sociology: A Down –To-Earth Approach. Boston: Pearson. ISBN: 978-0-13-380354-9 Expectations: Students are required to do several things for this class: 1) read ALL materials and complete All assignments BEFORE each class period; 2) come prepared to discuss the readings and give feedback on assignments; 3) complete weekly written and online exercises; and 4) be evaluated on the understanding of class material through 3 exams. You can expect me to be on time and prepared for class each day. Additionally, you can expect me to be available during an official “office hours.” I am a resource that can be utilized for further understanding of difficult course material, additional help with research projects and writing, and to answer any questions pertaining to the course. Just as you can me to come prepared for class I will also expect you the student to come prepared for class each day. If we all strive to meet, or even exceed, these expectations we can reasonably expect to have a fulfilling and enjoyable semester. Email Policy: I will use email as the primary means of communication for the course. Therefore, it is up to you to check your email and stay current with the course announcements. All email is sent through the university email system. If you use a personal email address it is your responsibility to see that it is forwarded to your university account. I will respond to emails within 24 hours of receiving them. To better ensure that your email is received and prioritized please include the course number in the subject line of your emails (e.g. SOC 1003 M 8AM). Email received over the weekend will be replied to on the following Monday. Please do not email me asking what you missed in class. Please ask a classmate for the notes or materials that you missed in class. Requirements: Writing Assignments (100 points): Each week you will complete a short (250 word) writing assignment. These assignments will be used to assess how well you are keeping up with the readings and engaging the material. These assignments will be completed online in Blackboard and CANNOT be made up. Exams (400 points total): Students will take four exams in this course. Exams will be made up of multiple-choice questions. The last exam will take place during the final exam time. It is not cumulative and will cover only the last section of the course. Each exam is worth 100 points for a total of 400 possible points. Exams will consist of question from reading assignments, videos, lectures, and class discussions. Missed exams– Students who miss an exam will be permitted to make-up that exam only with a documented, verifiable excuse for missing the exam. If you miss an exam without a documented excuse you will not be allowed to make the exam up. I do not drop the lowest exam grade at the end of the semester, so it is very important that you complete each exam. Subject Pool or Volunteer Activity (50 points): You are required to participate in the Behavioral Sciences Subject Pool or volunteer at an approved activity during the semester. You will be graded based on completion of this assignment. More information will be distributed during the semester. All subject participation or volunteer activity must be completed by December 7th. Assignment of Letter Grades: Final course letter grades will be assigned based upon the scales shown below (I round to the nearest whole number): Grading Scale A = 500-550 B = 450-499 C = 375-449 D = 325-375 F = 0-325 Points breakdown Exam 1 = 100 Exam 2 = 100 Exam 3 = 100 Exam 4 = 100 Writing Assignments = 100 Subject Pool and Volunteer Activity = 50 *Assignments and Quizzes will be available each week on the Blackboard site Extra Credit: No extra credit will be given on an individual basis. If a unique, course-related program arises during the semester, I may offer the whole class the chance to earn extra credit by participating. The pre-/post-test are available for extra credit. Academic Honesty: Academic honesty and integrity are very important to me and the University. ANY and ALL suspected violations of the academic honesty policy will be reported. Sharing, copying, or doing work together is not permitted unless explicitly stated. Ignorance is not a defense against academic dishonesty. No forms of cheating or plagiarism will be tolerated. Please see your student handbook if you have questions about the meaning of these terms or the consequences of violating the Student Code of Conduct. Students with Disabilities: Any student who has special needs should contact the Office of Disability Services and supply me with the proper documentation. Please let me know what I can do to help you throughout the semester while also understanding that It is the student’s responsibility to make testing arrangements with the Learning Center and remind me to get his/her test to the Learning Center on-time. Electronic Device Usage Policy (including audio recorders, unless required to assist those with special needs): Please turn all of these items off before class. Even if your phone is on silent or vibrate, the use of these items can be very distracting to other students and the instructor. It is essential that cell phones be turned OFF at the beginning of class. Students using cell phones for any reason during class will not be tolerated. I reserve the right to ban all electronics if it becomes a problem. Civility in the Classroom: Classroom civility is necessary to ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn without distractions. This means no cell phones, TEXTING, talking during lectures (unless recognized by the professor or discussion leader), reading newspapers, etc. during class. If you must have a cell phone to receive emergency calls about kids or other family members, keep it on vibrate. Entering and leaving is distracting to your instructor and other students. Therefore, you need to be on time for class and stay until the end. If you must enter late or leave early, please take the seat nearest an exit and enter or leave as quietly as possible. Please make sure the door does not 'bang' as you enter or leave. Repeated disruption of class may lead to penalties that reduce your final grade. Class discussions of the issues we study can stimulate strong feelings and heated debate. Because this is a college classroom, all discussions must be scholarly. (1) Scholarly comments are: Respectful of diverse opinions and open to follow-up questions and/or disagreement; related to the class and course material; advance the discussion about issues related to the course and/or course material rather than personal beliefs; are delivered in normal tones and a non-aggressive manner. (2) Unacceptable behaviors in the classroom are: (a) Personal attacks. This includes attacks on a person’s appearance, demeanor, or political beliefs. (b) Interrupting your instructor or other students. Raise your hand and wait to be called on by myself to prevent this problem. (c) Using the discussion to argue for political positions and/or beliefs. If political discussions arise, they must be discussed as scholarly endeavors (see above). (d) Using raised tones, yelling, engaging in arguments with other students, and being physically aggressive. (e) Ignoring your instructor’s authority to protect the integrity of the classroom. Anyone who violates these guidelines will be asked to cease and desist and may be asked to leave the classroom and/or drop the course. Failure to abide by these principles can result in academic penalties ranging from a lowered grade, to dismissal, to failing the course. Tentative Class Schedule: Please note syllabus may change throughout the semester at the discretion of the instructor Jan 11 – Welcome and go over syllabus Jan 13 – Ch. 1 The Sociological Perspective – Pp. 1-12 Jan 15 – Ch. 1 Theoretical Perspectives – Pp. 13-20 Jan 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – No Class Writing Assignment #1 available on Blackboard (Due Jan 23 @ 11:59 PM) Jan 20 – Ch. 1 Research Methods Pp. 20-36 Jan 22 -- Research Ethics – In-Class Videos Jan 25 – Ch. 2 Culture – Pp. 38-49 Writing Assignment #2 available on Blackboard (Due Jan 30 @ 11:59 PM) Jan 27 – Ch. 2 – Pp. 50-63 Jan 29 – Ch. 3 Socialization – Pp. 65-77 Feb 1 – Ch. 3 – Pp. 78-94 Writing Assignment #3 available on Blackboard (due on Feb 6 @ 11:59 PM) Feb 8 – Catch up and Exam Review Feb 10 – Exam #1 Feb 12 – Film – The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Feb 15 – Film – The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Writing Assignment #4 available on Blackboard (due on Feb 20 @ 11:59 PM) Feb 17 – Ch. 4 Social Structure and Social Interaction – Pp. 97-108 Feb 19 – Ch. 4 – Pp. 109-125 Feb 22 – Ch. 5 Social Groups and Formal Organizations – Pp. 128-134 Writing Assignment #5 available on Blackboard (due on Feb 27 @ 11:59 PM) Feb 24 – Ch. 5 – Pp. 136-143 Feb 26 – Ch. 5 – Pp. 144-155 Feb 29 – Ch. 6 Deviance and Social Control– Pp. 157-167 Writing Assignment #6 available on Blackboard (due on Mar 5 @ 11:59 PM) Mar 2 – Ch. 6 – Pp. 168-172 Mar 4 – Ch. 6 – Pp. 174-187 Mar 7 - Exam Review Mar 9 – Exam #2 Mar 11 – Film – Office Space Mar 14 – Film – Office Space Writing Assignment #7 available on Blackboard (due on Mar 19 @ 11:59 PM) Mar 16 – Ch. 7 Global Stratification – Pp. 189-210 Mar 18 – Ch. 7 – Pp. 210-218 Mar 21 - SPRING BREAK !!! Mar 28 – Ch. 8 Social Class in the United States – Pp. 220-235 Writing Assignment #8 available on Blackboard (due on Mar 26 @ 11:59 PM) Mar 30 – Ch. 8 – Pp. 235-249 Apr 1 – Ch. 9 Race and Ethnicity – Pp. 252-258 Apr 4 - Ch. 9 – Pp. 260-270 Writing Assignment #9 available on Blackboard (due on Apr 9 @ 11:59 PM) Apr 6 – Exam Review Apr 8 – No Class Study for Exam Apr 11 – Exam #3 Apr 13 - Ch. 10 Gender and Age – Pp. 290-304 Apr 18 – Ch. 10 – Pp. 305-319 Writing Assignment #10 available on Blackboard (due on Apr 23 @ 11:59 PM) Apr 15 – No Class SSS Annual Meeting Apr 18 – Ch. 11 Politics and the Economy – Pp. 331-338 Apr 20 – Ch. 11 – Pp. 338-348 Apr 22 – Ch. 11 – Pp. 349-364 Apr 25 – Final Exam Review Apr 26 – Review and Office Hours by Appointment Apr 27 - Reading Day May 2 - Final Exam 8:00-10:00 AM Witherspoon 335
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