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SOC 101 – Introductory Sociology – Fall 2016 SLN 79946 – TTH 10:3011:45 AM – MUR 201 Syllabus Table of Contents Subject Page 1. Introduction 3 2. Instructor contact information 3 3. Required materials 3 4. Technical support 4 5. Abbreviations I use 4 6. What’s needed to succeed in this course? 5 7. Links to informational articles for students 5 8. Course setup Course content 5 Course organization 5 Course objectives 6 Course format 6 Study guides 6 9. What you should know about me as an Instructor 7 10. Course policies & procedures Emails 7 Important deadlines 8 Course conduct 1. General 8 2. Threatening or violent conduct 8 3. Title IX 8 Deaths in the family 9 Illness, injury and/or other forms of incapacitation 9 Requests for incompletes 9 Accommodation of students with disabilities 9 Medical/ compassionate withdrawals 9 Time zone differences 10 Academic Integrity/ Dishonesty 10 11. Grading General grading policies 10 Page 1 of 38 Extra credit 11 Table: Point breakdown of course elements 11 Table: Grading scale 12 Subject Page 12. Testing General Information 12 ASU campus locations where you can take your tests 13 Stepbystep instructions for taking tests using the RLDB 13 RLDB practice test 13 Test mechanics 13 Test policies 14 Material covered on each test 15 Table: Test timetable 17 13. Attendance 18 14. Inclass participation General information 18 Table: Participation Timetable 19 15. Planning for Blackboard outages and/or computer problems 20 16. Course Outline 20 17. Appendix I: How to install the RLDB on your computer 25 18. Appendix II: Troubleshooting the RLDB 31 19. Appendix III: Honors contract requirements for SOC 101 33 20. Appendix IV: Extra credit opportunity 34 Page 2 of 38 SOC 101 – Introductory Sociology – Fall 2016 SLN 79946 – TTH 10:3011:45 AM – MUR 201 Introduction: Welcome to SOC 101! I hope you will find the course material both interesting and applicable to your life. We look forward to working with you this semester. Please don’t be daunted by the length of this syllabus. Just think of it as a reference guide for the course. The last 20 pages are actually “appendices”, full of useful howto information. I make all my course syllabi this detailed – which causes them to be long because I try to anticipate in advance what questions my students will have and then answer them up front, in the syllabus. In another sense, the syllabus is also a contract between you and me. It states (a) what I will do, as the course Instructor, (b) what the TAs will do, (c) what you must do, as a student enrolled in the course and (d) the policies and timetable to which all of us must adhere. Course Staff: Name Title Important Information Email Lisa Whitaker Instructor Office: SS 110C, Hours TTH 121 Lisa.Whitaker@asu.edu Kevin Dombrowski TA Oversees work of AE students email@example.com Kaleb Keown TA Oversees work of FLe students Kaleb.Keown@asu.edu Alexis Proper TA Oversees work of LiRi students firstname.lastname@example.org Avery Underwood TA Oversees work of RoZ students email@example.com Required Materials: th Textbook: Getting Started in Sociology, Revised 5 edition, ISBN 9781259963902. Please note that the revised 5 edition is REQUIRED. Earlier editions will not th suffice. Here is what the 5 edition’s cover looks like: Page 3 of 38 A computer with sufficient RAM (Random Access Memory) to enable you to install the RLDB on your computer and use it to take the online tests and watch the assigned videos. I recommend you also have second, ‘backup’ computer available, which you can use in case your primary computer malfunctions. A hardwired (Ethernet), highspeed internet connection with antivirus software installed and operating. Nonstable and/or slow internet connections will not excuse time overages during online testing or failures to watch assigned videos in a timely manner. A functioning ASU email account from which you can send and receive emails. Your personal email accounts will not work for this course. For security purposes, including the security of your privacy, your TA and I will only respond to emails originating from your asu.edu email account or from inside Blackboard. If you email us from any other type of email account, we will not respond and will simply delete your email. The reason we will handle emails this way is that unless you email us from your asu.edu email account or from inside Blackboard, we have no way of knowing whether the sender of the email is really you, or someone pretending to be you. We will err on the side of caution to protect you and the privacy of information concerning you. Technical Support In the event you have a technical problem with Blackboard or the Respondus Lockdown Browser it is your responsibility to take the initiative to contact the appropriate Tech Support personnel and get the problem remedied. Tech Studio staff members are available MondayFriday from 9 AM – 5 PM for phone, email and inperson assistance. Their office is located in the Computing Commons, CPCOM 140. Their phone number is (480) 9652843. You can also call 18552785080 for assistance with Blackboard by phone. Abbreviations used in this syllabus, in Blackboard & in my emails to you: 1. BB = Blackboard 2. Day One (of the course) = 8 AM Thursday, August 18 3. RLDB = Respondus Lockdown Browser Page 4 of 38 4. Test = A general term that refers to any of the tests you may take in this course, including: the Syllabus Exam, the Academic Integrity Quiz and Quizzes 115 on the course material 5. SOL= Student Out of Luck 6. ASAP = As Soon As Possible 7. PPT = PowerPoint presentation 8. 5 PM Friday [deadline each week for submitting coursework] = 5:00:00 PM Friday, the moment the ‘clock’ inside Blackboard thinks it is 5 PM (not the moment your personal clock, watch or phone says it is 5 PM) 9. Required = You will be tested on it 10. “Late” = At 5:00:01 PM or later, according to the ‘clock’ inside Blackboard. 11. Online reading = Required reading found in Blackboard component of course 12. Textbook reading = Required reading found in required textbook 13. Online video = Required video found in Blackboard component of course 14. Inclass video = Required video that will be shown in class on specific date noted in “Course Outline” section of this syllabus 15. “No” = Actually means “no” ≠ Ask me again later; maybe I’ll have changed my mind by then ≠ If you email me enough times, you might be able to wear me down What’s needed to succeed in this course? Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the course syllabus Do the assigned reading and notetaking on schedule per the “Course Outline” section of this syllabus, in order to be prepared to take tests and participate in class discussions on these materials in a timely fashion. Check your asu.edu email account and Blackboard “Announcements” DAILY for any important course updates schedule changes, etc. Take each test in a timely fashion. Do not wait until the last 24 hours before it is due to begin a test. Keep track of your coursework and grades over the course of the semester. Check My Grades regularly in order to (1) make sure you have scores posted for the course requirements you have completed and (2) stay mindful of the course requirements you have yet to complete. Take screen shots of your test and forum scores in My Grades. Save these to your computer and keep them until the semester is over. Page 5 of 38 Take the initiative to contact the appropriate technical support personnel immediately if you have any technical problems, so that you can get those problems resolved ASAP. Links to informational articles for students: Blackboard help for students http://asu.force.com/kb/articles/Informational/BlackboardHelpforStudents/ Undergraduate academic advising: http://asu.force.com/kb/articles/FAQ/HowdoIscheduleanappointmentwithanundergraduate academicadvisor/ ASU Email guide: http://asu.force.com/kb/articles/Informational/ASUEmailGuide/ ASU wireless network: http://asu.force.com/kb/articles/How_To/HowtoConnecttoASUsNetwork/ Course Setup Course Content: This course covers contemporary sociological theories and shows you how they apply to everyday life and current global events. Please note that this course is rated “R” for some content that is sexual, violent or otherwise Rrated in nature. I view you as adults and accordingly, we will have adultlevel discussions in class about serious topics that concern all of us. Before the dropadd period ends (Wednesday, 8/24) it is your responsibility to peruse the “Course Outline” section of this syllabus and determine whether on not you can handle the content. If you believe you cannot, you should drop this class before the dropadd period ends. Course Organization: “Week 1” of this course begins at 8:00:00 AM on Thursday, August 18 and ends at 5:00:00 PM on Friday, August 19. Each subsequent “Week” of the course begins at 8:00:00 AM on the Monday it begins and ends at 5:00:00 PM on Friday of the same week. Course Objectives: Benefits you will derive from completing this course’s requirements: You will become more knowledgeable about sociological theories and concepts You will become more knowledgeable about current events You will see how sociological ideas apply everyday life and current events You will sharpen your critical thinking and public speaking skills You will become knowledgeable about and more tolerant of people who look different than you and of beliefs, opinions and perspectives that differ from your own. Course Format: Page 6 of 38 During most class meetings we will be discussing the readings and/or videos you have been assigned to complete that week. I expect you to come to class having already reviewed those materials, so that you are prepared to discuss them. I will not be regurgitating the readings or videos for you during class, nor will I be spoonfeeding you what you need to know for the quizzes. Taking notes, so that you can use them as tools to help you score well on the quizzes, is your job as a student in this course. And, it is a job you will need to do outside of our class meetings. During each meeting I will be discussing the ‘gist’ of each reading and/or video you were assigned for that date – the main points its author/video was trying to make and/or the point of view presented. I will also ask for your opinions on the ideas each author/video has presented. While reviewing materials prior to class, if you had trouble understanding something an author said, you can ask me in class what an author meant when (s)he said X (you will have to read me the passage from the book) and I will be happy to explain it to you. Study Guides: Click the “Weekly Activities” link of the Blackboard component of this course and you will be taken to a group of folders – one for each week of the course – labeled “Week 1,” “Week 2,” etc. Click on the link to a folder to open it. Inside the folder you will find a list of tasks you need to complete that week, plus a “Study Guide” document for each of the readings or videos you will be tested on in the quiz given that week. Two exceptions to this are: (1) I did not create study guides for several of the readings that were quite short and (2) I did not create study guides for a few of the videos, which we will be watching during class meetings. For those videos, you should come to class, watch the videos and take your own notes!) On the study guides you will see bulleted items such as course concepts, and/or fillintheblank type sentences. The contents of each study guide tell you what information from the reading or video, specifically, you are likely to be tested on in the week’s quiz. I urge you to use these study guides to take notes on as you complete the assigned readings and watch the assigned videos outside of class time. Once completed, the study guides are resources for you to refer to while you take each week’s quiz. (All quizzes are open book, open notes.) You do not need to turn your completed study guides into us as homework. What you should know about me as an Instructor: I am a nice person and a fair teacher. That said, you should understand that “nice person” does not mean “pushover”. I am a real stickler for following the rules. I actually follow all my course policies. I almost never make exceptions to the due dates and deadlines I’ve established in this syllabus. I almost never give students extensions of time to complete coursework. I will run this class as a professional, businesstype setting. I do this to augment your maturity, Page 7 of 38 professionalism, preparedness for today’s work environments and your ability to effectively compete in today’s job market. One of the reasons I am such a stickler about due dates and deadlines is this: In the final weeks of each semester, my colleagues and I receive an alarming number of emails from students; advising they could not complete this or that course requirement because their grandmothers, aunts and other extendedfamily members have abruptly died. In fact there is such an epidemic of dead grandmothers toward the end of each semester that I have seriously considered putting a warning notice in my course syllabi about how enrollment in my courses places grandmothers at risk. Please see the “Deaths in the Family” section of this syllabus for my policies on this matter. This semester I am teaching three other courses in addition to this one: another inperson course on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a Session C “icourse” and a Session A MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for ASU Online. I also have to attend various meetings, which tend to take place in the afternoon. Thus I will be online at different times from daytoday, depending on my schedule each day. I am typically not online after 5 PM MondayThursday or after 11 AM on Friday. Thus, if you need immediate assistance on Friday afternoon or during the evening hours, your best bet is to email your TA. If you email me after 5 PM, you will get a response from me the following morning. Course Policies and Procedures Emails: For security purposes, your TA and I will only respond to emails originating from your asu.edu email account or from inside Blackboard. If you email us from any other type of email account, we will not respond and will simply delete your email. The reason we will handle emails this way is that unless you email us from your asu.edu email account or from inside Blackboard, we have no way of knowing whether the sender of the email is really you, or someone pretending to be you. We will err on the side of caution to protect you and the privacy of information concerning you. You must be courteous and respectful in the tone and content of your emails to us (your TA and me), as we will be in our emails to you. We will not respond to emails that are rude, abusive, sarcastic, haughty and demanding, threatening or inappropriately informal. Students frequently email us at the beginning AND toward the end of the semester with questions that this syllabus, itself, answers. If you email us a question and do not get a response within 24 hours, that means the syllabus contains the answer to your question. If you email us on a school holiday, you may not get a response until classes resume after the holiday in question. If you email us between 8 AM Monday and Noon on Friday, you can expect a response within 24 hours, but perhaps not before then. If you email us Friday after 12 Noon or during the weekend, you may not receive a response until the following Monday morning. Important Deadlines: Last day to: Page 8 of 38 Drop/Add – Wednesday 8/24 Apply for graduation – Monday 10/3 Withdraw from this one course while remaining in your other courses – Wednesday 11/2 Withdraw from all your courses this semester – Friday 12/2 Course Conduct in General: You must conduct yourself with maturity in your interactions with me (through emails) and your classmates (through the discussion forums) during class. Acting in a mature way entails following conventions of common courtesy, including: Treating me and each other, as well as our assorted opinions, with respect Abstaining from engaging in any behavior that might be distracting or disruptive to me or the other students, including online actions such as disrespectful email correspondence, “cybershouting”, etc. It’s important to understand that students do not have an unqualified right of access to university technology and/or services. Please note that I can have you withdrawn from the course with a mark of “W” or “E” if you repeatedly act in a way that disrupts the learning process for others. As an ASU student, you should be familiar with all university policies related to student conduct. Information about students’ rights and responsibilities can be found at this site: http://students.asu.edu/srr/code . Information about what constitutes disruptive behavior in the eyes of the university can be found here: http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/safety/definitions.html Threatening or Violent Conduct: All incidents and allegations of violent or threatening conduct by an ASU student (whether onor off campus) must be reported to the ASU Police Department (ASU PD) and the Office of the Dean of Students. If either office determines that the behavior poses or has posed a serious threat to personal safety or to the welfare of the campus, the student will not be permitted to return to campus or reside in any ASU residence hall until an appropriate threat assessment has been completed and, if necessary, conditions for return are imposed. ASU PD, the Office of the Dean of Students, and other appropriate offices will coordinate the assessment in light of the relevant circumstances. Title IX: Title IX is a federal law that provides that no person be excluded on the basis of sex from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity. Both Title IX and university policy make clear that sexual violence and harassment based on sex is prohibited. An individual who believes they have been subjected to sexual violence or harassed on the basis of sex can seek support, including counseling and academic support, from the university. If you or someone you know has been harassed on the basis of sex or sexually assaulted, you can find information and resources at http://sexualviolenceprevention.asu.edu/faqs/students. Page 9 of 38 Deaths in the Family If your parent, sibling, child, spouse or significant other dies during the semester and (1) you notify me of this death within two days of the date of the death and (2) you provide documentation that I deem adequate to prove the fact and timing of his/her death, I will give you additional time to complete coursework. To provide this documentation you must either leave it with our department receptionist in SS 144 on the Tempe campus or fax it to my attention at this fax number: (480) 9656779. If you fail to meet conditions (1) and/or (2) above, I will not give you any extra time to complete your coursework. If your (great) grandparent, (great) aunt, (great) uncle, (great) niece, (great) nephew or one of your inlaws (parentinlaw, siblinginlaw or childinlaw) dies, you will not get an extension of time to complete upcoming assignments. If you expect the death of a member of this latter group during the semester and moreover, expect you will be so broken up about his/her death that you will be unable to do coursework, you should not take this course this semester. Illness, injury and/or other forms of incapacitation If you become injured, ill or otherwise so incapacitated that you cannot do any schoolwork, in order to get extra time to complete coursework you must (1) notify me of this illness/injury within two days of the date you became incapacitated and (2) provide documentation from your doctor that I deem adequate on his/her letterhead stationery; stating that you are injured/too ill to do schoolwork between X and Y dates. The doctor’s note must include the date you became incapacitated and the date you can resume your schoolwork. To provide this documentation you will need to either leave it with our department receptionist in SS 144 on the Tempe campus or fax it to my attention at this fax number: (480) 9656779. Once I contact your doctor’s office and confirm the authenticity of your documentation, I will create a schedule for you to make up the work you have missed. Requests for Incompletes I do not give Incompletes. If you stay in this course beyond the November 2 withdrawal deadline, then as of December 2, you will have completed the course and you will get a letter grade. Accommodation of Students with Disabilities For disability accommodation, contact ASU’s Disability Resource Center (DRC) at http://www.asu.edu/studentaffairs/ed/drc to establish your eligibility and make sure they can provide you with the services you will need for this course. Accommodation will begin after I receive confirmation of your eligibility from your DRC coordinator. Medical/Compassionate Withdrawals Students who experience significant emotional/personal crises or physical health problems during the semester may qualify for a “compassionate” or “medical” withdrawal from their courses. Such withdrawals must be applied for by contacting the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For further information about this withdrawal option, go to: http://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/ssm/ssm20109.html Page 10 of 38 Time Zone Differences All due dates and deadlines in this course are in conjunction with Mountain Standard Time (MST). Because Arizona, except for the Navajo Nation lands, does not participate in Daylight Savings Time, Arizona remains on Mountain Standard Time when the other states in the Mountain Zone move to Mountain Daylight Time. Thus from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November, it is one hour earlier in most of Arizona, including the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, than it is in other states within the Mountain Time Zone. If you reside or travel outside of the Phoenix Metro Area of Arizona while taking this course, you are responsible for taking into consideration any applicable timezone differences and making the adjustments necessary to complete your assignments and testtaking onschedule, according to MST. Academic Integrity/Dishonesty ASU’s Academic Integrity policy (http://provost.asu.edu/academicintegrity/policy ) holds students to a code of conduct that defines academic dishonesty to include cheating, plagiarism, academic deceit, falsifying records, and inappropriate collaboration. Academic honesty is expected of all students in all examinations, papers, laboratory work, academic transactions and records. The possible sanctions include, but are not limited to, appropriate grade penalties, course failure (indicated on the transcript as a grade of E), course failure due to academic dishonesty (indicated on the transcript as a grade of XE), loss of registration privileges, disqualification and dismissal. To increase student awareness, and studentinstructor discussion of these issues, students are required to read the Sanford School’s Academic Integrity PowerPoint and to take the accompanying Academic Integrity quiz. Grading: General Grading Policies: I determine your final grade by looking at the total number of points you earn during the semester. I then give you the letter grade that corresponds to that total. More specifically I use the “Grading Scale” table in this syllabus to determine your final grade. There are many factors I cannot consider when determining your final grade. The reason I cannot consider them is that I must determine grades using only objective measures, and no subjective measures, in the interest of fairness to all students. Here is a partial list of phenomena that students often mention, in their emails to me at the end of the semester, as factors which they believe I should consider. However, I cannot consider these phenomena when determining your final grade: 1. The amount of effort and/or conscientiousness you put into your coursework 2. Any extent to which your coursework has shown improvement over the course of the semester Page 11 of 38 3. Your need for a certain grade in this course in order to attain a personal goal, e.g. to: (a) graduate, (b) keep your scholarship, (c) maintain your Visa status, (d) maintain your studentathlete status, (e) get off academic probation or (f) remain on academic probation as opposed to being disqualified from ASU altogether 4. The sheer number of emails you send me concerning your final grade Please also note that I do not: 1. Use percentages to determine your final grade 2. Curve grades 3. ‘Round up’ points 4. Drop your lowest test score 5. Respond to individual students’ requests for personalized opportunities to earn a few extra points so that they can earn the final grade they want As a college student enrolled in this university course, it is your responsibility to be vigilant about completing the required work in a timely manner and monitoring your grades over the course of the semester. More specifically this means it is your responsibility to: 1. Check My Grades regularly to make sure you have scores posted for the course requirements you have completed 2. Stay mindful of the course requirements you have yet to complete. 3. Take screen shots of your test and participation scores in My Grades. Save these to your computer and keep them until the semester is over. If there is ever a question about your fulfillment of some course obligation, these screen shots will be your proofofcompletion. The burden of proof is on you in such situations. Absent such proof, you may get a zero for the course component in question. Extra credit: Please see Appendix IV of this syllabus for a description of the extra credit opportunity you have this semester. An additional extra credit opportunity may (or may not) arise during the course of the semester. If this opportunity is offered during the semester, I will inform the entire class of this via a Blackboard “Announcement.” Beyond any such opportunity that is offered to the entire class, no additional extra credit opportunities will be offered to individual students. If an additional extra credit opportunity is offered, it may take the form of an opportunity to participate in a survey research project conducted by ASU faculty members and/or graduate students. In the event this occurs, once the survey closes, the individual conducting the research will email me a list of the names of students in this class who have participated in his/her survey. It is your responsibility to provide the information requested at the end of the survey, in order to identify you as a participant. If your name is not on the list of participants the investigator gives me, you will NOT earn the EC points. Point Breakdown of Course Elements: Page 12 of 38 Approximate % of Course Component: Point Value Grade Academic Integrity Quiz 15 4.3 Syllabus Exam 35 10.0 Online Quizzes 115 300 (15 @ 20 each) 68.6 Attendance 30 (10 dates @ 3 each) 8.6 Inclass Participation 20 (4 @ 5 each) 5.7 TOTAL 400 points 100.0 Grading Scale: Points Grade Meaning of Grade Needed Percentile Value A+ Exceptional ≥ 392 98 – 100 4.33 A Wickedgood 376 – 391 94 – 97 4.00 A Laudable 360 – 375 90 – 93 3.67 B+ Commendable 352 – 359 88 – 89 3.33 B Nicely Done 336 – 351 84 – 87 3.00 B Better than Average 320 – 335 80 – 83 2.67 C+ Above 300level 312 – 319 78 – 79 2.33 C At 300level 280 – 311 70 – 77 2.00 D Just Barely Passing 240 – 279 60 – 69 1.00 E Failing <239 <59 0.00 Testing General Information You will take a total of 17 tests in this course. More specifically, you will take: 1. An exam on the syllabus itself – 35 multiplechoice and truefalse questions worth 1 point each 2. A quiz on a PPT that explains ASU’s Academic Integrity policies – 15 truefalse questions worth 1 point each 3. 15 quizzes on the readings, videos and other materials presented in class by Dr. Whitaker that are the course material. Each quiz is comprised of 20 multiplechoice questions worth 1 point each. See pp.1516 for a list of exactly which materials are covered on each quiz. Please also note: The tests are not cumulative. Page 13 of 38 There is no midterm exam. There is no final exam. You will take all course tests using the Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLDB) feature of Blackboard. Appendix I of this syllabus provides stepbystep instructions for installing the RLDB on your computer. Instructions for using the RLDB are at the bottom of this page. Tests (except for Quiz 9) can be completed early. The “initial deadline” for completing each test is 5:00:00 PM on Friday of the week in which that deadline falls. Students who for any reason fail to complete a test by its initial deadline can take it during the “Test Makeup Interval”. That makeup interval takes place during the final week of classes. Specifically, it starts at 8:00:00 AM on Monday, November 28 and ends at 5:00:00 PM on Friday, December 2. ASU Campus Locations where you can take these tests The RLDB is on all ASU campus UTOsupported computing sites. You can find locations and hours here: https://ucc.asu.edu/sites/ If you are going to take tests on an oncampus computer, I recommend going to the Computing Commons to take these tests, rather than using library locations, since there are staff members at CPCOM who can help you if you need help. To find the RLDB on one of the oncampus computers you must search the list of programs the computer has, as there will not be an icon on the desktop. StepbyStep Instructions for taking tests using the RLDB When you installed the RLDB on your computer, a brown padlock icon should have appeared on your desktop. If it is not on your desktop (as it often isn't for Mac computers) you can find it in your list of programs. 1. Close and exit ALL other programs/windows/applications/tray items (Chat, Skype, etc.) 2. Double click the RLDB icon (brown padlock) on your desktop (or select LockDown Browser in the list of your programs) to access Blackboard (Note: you do NOT use your regular internet browser for this step. If you try to use your regular internet browser to access a test, you will not be able to do so. You will get a message saying you need to enter a password. However, no password will work.) 3. You will be asked to choose a server from a dropdown menu. Choose "Bb at ASU" and click “OK”. 4. Log into My ASU using your regular ASURITE Id username and password 5. Navigate to the course and the location of the test you want to take. 6. If you are using Respondus LockDown Browser correctly you will not need to add a password for this course. Appendix II of this syllabus contains troubleshooting tips for common problems with the RLDB. RLDB Practice Test: The RLDB practice test is merely optional, not required. Nonetheless, taking it gives you the opportunity to: (a) verify you have the RLDB properly installed on your computer and (b) familiarize yourself with the testing process. The RLDB Practice Test does NOT count toward Page 14 of 38 your final grade. Your score on the RLDB practice test does not contribute to your semester point total. Test Mechanics: Each test except for Quiz 9 is available for you to take beginning at 8:00:00 AM Monday, 8/15 Questions and their possible responses will be presented to you in random order. You will get one question at a time. You can only go forward through the questions; you cannot go backwards to revisit previous questions. The tests are timed. You are allowed 20 minutes to complete the Academic Integrity Quiz, 50 minutes to complete the Syllabus Exam and 30 minutes to complete each quiz on the course materials. If you ‘use up’ the time allowed, the test mechanism will shut your test down at the moment your time expires, save the answers to the test questions you have been able to complete up to that point, grade your answers and post the number of questions you got correct as your score. If you are registered with the DRC and are allowed extra time to take each test, you will get that extra time. If your test “freezes” on you while you are in the middle of taking it, click the “Refresh” button. Often this will ‘unfreeze’ your test so that you can proceed. If clicking the Refresh button does not fix the problem, email your TA for a reset so that you can retake the test during the Test Makeup Interval (8 AM Monday 11/28 – 5 PM Friday 12/2). If you are inadvertently kicked out of your test due to a malfunction of your computer or Blackboard, email your TA for a reset so that you can retake the test during the Test Makeup Interval (Monday 11/28 – Friday 12/2). Please note, however, that you will not get a reset if the reason there was no malfunction and you were kicked out of your test simply because you used up all the time allotted for you to take it. Once you complete a test, go to “My Grades” and verify your score is visible. Take a screen shot of your test score in My Grades, save it to your computer and keep it until the end of the semester as proof you completed that test, in case such proof is ever needed. If your test score is not visible in My Grades, email Dr. Whitaker immediately. Your deadline for notifying Dr. Whitaker of a missing test score is one hour (60 minutes) after you complete the test. Please note that Dr. Whitaker can look inside your test and see precisely when you begin each test and when you complete it. Test Policies: All tests are openbook, opennotes. You must take each test by yourself. Sharing test questions and/or answers, and/or taking a test with one or more other students is not permitted. You must take each test at one sitting. You are not permitted to partially complete a test, log out, then log back in at a later time and complete it. Page 15 of 38 If you begin a test before its initial, established completion deadline but experience a technical problem that prevents you from completing the test prior to that deadline, your TA will reset your test so that you can retake it during the Test Makeup Interval (see below). Week 15 of the semester will be a Test Makeup Interval. Specifically, between 8:00:00 AM Monday 11/28 and 5:00:00 PM Friday 12/2, you will be able to make up any test you failed to take or complete when it was initially given. During the Test Makeup Interval, if you begin a test but then for whatever reason do not get it completed by 5:00:00 PM Friday 12/2, your score will be however many points you earned from the questions you answered correctly, as of the time the test interval ended. During the Test Makeup Interval, if you need a test reset and email your TA for a reset, but your TA does not get your email in time to reset your test so that you can complete it before 5:0:00 PM on Friday 12/2, you are S.O.L. (Student Out of Luck) – you will NOT get an additional opportunity to complete the test. The Test Makeup Interval is ONLY for the purpose of taking a test you missed altogether or failed to complete due to a technical problem when it was initially given. Once you answer all the questions on a test and receive a score, you cannot later retake it to try to earn a better score than the one you have already earned. Material Covered on Each Test: Academic Integrity Quiz: All the information contained in the Academic Integrity PowerPoint presentation located in Week 1 of the course Syllabus Exam: All the information contained in the course syllabus Quiz 1 Textbook reading: The Basics: Fundamental Concepts and Perspectives Textbook reading: The Sociological Eye and Its Blinders Online reading: Social Science Research Methods Video: Quiet Rage: the Stanford Prison Experiment Quiz 2 Textbook reading: Socialization and Culture Textbook reading: Culture: A Sociological View Textbook reading: Who Rules America? Video: Blossoms of Fire Quiz 3 Textbook reading: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life Online reading: Definition of the Situation Page 16 of 38 Quiz 4: Textbook reading: Stratification and Inequality Textbook reading: The Ironies of Diversity Textbook reading: The New Global Elite Textbook reading: At a Slaughterhouse, Some Things Never Die FMG video #37126: “The Worst Job in the World: The Bhangis of India” Quiz 5: Video: Dismantling Prejudice: Interview with Steve Neuberg FMG video #39150: “Prejudice: More than Black and White” FMG video #39471: “Confronting Discrimination and Prejudice” Quiz 6 What It Means to Be Gendered Me FMG video #40695: Becoming Me: The Gender Within Video of interview with “Sean” FMG video #95269: Intersex Children: A Journey Between Genders FMG video #114848: Consent on Campus: A Nightline Event Quiz 7: Online reading: Against School: FMG video #48044: Do Schools Kill Creativity? The “Field” of Higher Education Today – George Ritzer Quiz 8: Online reading: SOC Perspectives on Government, Power and Politics Online reading: Power vs. Authority FMG video #114694: Secrets, Politics and Torture: Quiz 9 Presentation by Dr. Whitaker on Sociology of Violence Presentation by Dr. Whitaker on 1994 Genocide in Rwanda Emmett and Trayvon FMG video #93324: ISIS, Birth of a Terrorist State Quiz 10 Deviance Online reading: Obedience vs. Conformity The Influence of Situational Ethics on Cheating DVD: Obedience Quiz 11: Disclaimers and Accounts in Cases of Catholic Priests Accused of Pedophilia Because She Looks Like a Child Quiz 12: Page 17 of 38 Textbook reading: Close Ties Textbook reading: The Life Cycle of Friendship Quiz 13: Textbook reading: New Technologies and Our Feelings Textbook reading: This Thing Called Love Textbook reading: Dysfunctional Communication and What to Do About It FMG video #9219: Love, Lust and Marriage: Why We Stay and Why We Stray Quiz 14: Textbook reading: Social Problems and Social Change Textbook reading: The Atrophy of Social Life Textbook reading: The Birth of the Intravidual FMG video #114596: TED talk Online Social Change: Easy to Organize, Hard to Win Quiz 15: Textbook reading: A User’s Guide to the Century Textbook reading: A New End, A New Beginning: Prepare for Life as We Don’t Know It Textbook reading: Can A Collapse of Civilization Be Avoided? FMG video #39436: Global Dump: Toxic Waste and the Planetary Ecosystem Test Timetable: Initial deadline Makeup interval Makeup Deadline to report Test availability for completing begins 8 AM interval ends missing score during starts 8 AM this test is 5 PM this this Monday: 5 PM this either test interval is 1 Test: Friday: Friday: Friday hour A.I. Quiz 8/15 8/26 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Syllabus Exam 8/15 8/26 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 1 8/15 8/26 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 2 8/15 9/2 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 3 8/15 9/9 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Page 18 of 38 Quiz 4 8/15 9/16 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 5 8/15 9/23 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 6 8/15 9/30 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 7 8/15 10/7 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 8 8/15 10/14 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 9 TBD*** 10/21 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 10 8/15 10/28 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 11 8/15 11/4 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 12 8/15 11/11 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 13 8/15 11/18 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 14 8/15 11/25 11/28 12/2 After you finish test Quiz 15 8/15 12/2 11/28 12/2 After you finish test ***I’m still working on materials to be covered in Quiz 9. Once Quiz 9 is ready to be taken, I’ll let you know via an Announcement in Blackboard. Attendance Attendance is a required and graded element of this course. I will take attendance 10 times during the semester. You will not have any advance warning of this. For each of the 10 times that you are present when I take attendance, you will earn 3 points. For each one of the 10 times that you are absent when I take attendance, a zero will be recorded for you. These points cannot be made up. InClass Participation Participation in class discussions is a required, graded element of the course. Our class meeting dates are divided into four “participation intervals”. You must participate once per interval in order to earn all 20 points (4 intervals @ 5 points each) that participation is worth. You are welcome to Page 19 of 38 participate in class discussion every day we meet, of course. However, even if you do participate every day, you will still only earn 5 points per interval. What constitutes “participation”? “Participation” could take the form of asking a question, providing an answer to a question or expressing your viewpoint/opinion. During class, be sure to state your name out loud and clearly before speaking. This will ensure that the TA writes your name down correctly so that you can get credit for your participation. You want to make sure that the TA gets your name down for this reason: If your name does not appear on one of the TAs’ participation sheets for Date X, you will not earn any participation points for Date X. When your participation points will be posted in My Grades: If you participate in the class discussion on Date X, I will have your participation points posted by 5 PM the next day [5 PM on Date (X + 1)]. For example, if you participate in the class discussion on Tuesday 9/6, your participation points will be posted by 5 PM on Wednesday, 9/7. What to do if your participation points are ‘missing’ (not showing in My Grades): For each class meeting we have, the “Participation Timetable” on the next page shows when your points will be posted and also what your deadline is for notifying me if you did participate but your points are missing. It is your responsibility to check My Grades during the evening of the day after the date you participate – i.e. after 5 PM on Date (X + 1) – to confirm your points from the day before are posted. If do not see your participation points posted, you must email me no later than 24 hours after our (the TAs’ and my) deadline for getting that day’s points posted. Thus in the preceding example, your deadline for reporting missing participation points would be 5 PM Thursday, 9/8. Once that deadline has passed, you are S.O.L. (Student Out of Luck) with regard to getting participation points for the class meeting date in question. If you check My Grades in a timely fashion, find that your participation points are missing for the date you participated and email me about this by the deadline noted in the “Participation Timetable”, I will check the TAs’ participation records for the date inquestion. If the TAs have a record of your participation, you will get your points. If they do not have a record of your participation on the date inquestion, you will not earn any points for that date. Participation Timetable: Points will be posted by 5 PM Your deadline for emailing me about Day you participate this date missing points is 5 PM this date PARTICIPATION INTERVAL 1 Thursday 8/18 Friday 8/19 Sat 8/20 Tuesday 8/23 Weds 8/24 Thurs 8/25 Page 20 of 38 Thursday 8/25 Friday 8/26 Sat 8/27 Tuesday 8/30 Weds 8/31 Thurs 9/1 Thursday 9/1 Friday 9/2 Sat 9/3 Tuesday 9/6 Weds 9/7 Thurs 9/8 Thursday 9/8 Friday 9/9 Sat 9/10 PARTICIPATION INTERVAL 2 Tuesday 9/13 Weds 9/14 Thurs 9/15 Thursday 9/15 Friday 9/16 Sat 9/17 Tuesday 9/20 Weds 9/21 Thurs 9/22 Thursday 9/22 Friday 9/23 Sat 9/24 Tuesday 9/27 Weds 9/28 9/29 Thursday 9/29 Friday 9/30 Sat 10/1 Tuesday 10/4 Weds 10/5 Thurs 10/6 PARTICIPATION INTERVAL 3 Thursday 10/6 Friday 10/7 Sat 10/8 Thursday 10/13 Friday 10/14 Sat 10/15 Tuesday 10/18 Weds 10/19 Thurs 10/20 Thursday 10/20 Friday 10/21 Sat 10/22 Tuesday 10/25 Weds 10/26 Thurs 10/27 Thursday 10/27 Friday 10/28 Sat 10/29 Tuesday 11/1 Weds 11/2 Thurs 11/3 PARTICIPATION INTERVAL 4 Thursday 11/3 Friday 11/4 Sat 11/5 Tuesday 11/8 Weds 11/9 Thurs 11/10 Thursday 11/10 Friday 11/11 Sat 11/12 Tuesday 11/15 Weds 11/16 Thurs 11/17 Thurs 11/17 Friday 11/18 Sat 11/20 Tuesday 11/22 Weds 11/23 Thurs 11/24 Tuesday 11/29 Weds 11/30 Thurs 12/1 Planning for Blackboard/Connect Outages and Computer Problems Blackboard is taken down periodically for scheduled maintenance. These scheduled maintenance intervals usually take place between 11 PM on Thursday and 6 AM the following Friday morning. Blackboard may also go down unexpectedly due to some problem. You are responsible for completing course requirements by their established deadlines despite these planned and unplanned Blackboard outages. You may also have an unexpected problem with your own computer, which makes it inoperable. It is for this reason that I urge you to have a backup computer in addition to your primary Page 21 of 38 computer, so that if the primary one fails, you will still be able to complete all course requirements in a timely manner. You should keep these prospective outages and problems in mind when you map out a schedule for completing the work you must do for this course. To make sure you do not end up with a zero or unnecessarilydiminished score on a test, I urge you to take each test no later than the 48 hours BEFORE the initial deadline for completing it. Since the initial deadline for completing each test is 5 PM on a Friday, this means I am recommending you begin it no later than 5 PM the preceding Wednesday. By following this schedule, there will be time to reset your test if you incur a technical problem while taking it, or time to secure a different computer to take the test on, should your own computer fail unexpectedly. Following this schedule would also mean you would have the test done, and avoid getting a zero for it, should Blackboard go down unexpectedly on a Friday morning and remain out of service until after the deadline for completing the test has passed. Course Outline: Please note: Topics & scheduling are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Week 0 (8:00:00 AM Monday 8/15 – 5:00:00 PM Friday 8/19): The class and semester officially begin this week on Thursday, 8/18 In class on Thursday 8/18: Introductions, course overview, your questions about rules and requirements This week you should: 1. Carefully read through the syllabus. Familiarize yourself thoroughly with it. 2. Get the textbook if you have not already done so.
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