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Course Syllabus, Summer 2014 http://bb.uvm.edu http://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/mysoclab/
Department of Sociology University of Vermont
Tues, Wed. & Thurs. 9:45am-12:45pm, TBD
Kathy Fox, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Benedict House 107, 31 S. Prospect St. (Sociology Department)
COURSE DESCRIPTON Sociology is the study of the relationship of individuals to groups and group effects on individuals. It is the systematic study of social behavior and social order. The main objective will be to acquaint students with a new way of looking at the social world, using a sociological lens. We will analyze critically the role of race, class, gender, education, and other factors that influence experience. What makes sociology unique is not necessarily the subject matter that it examines, but the perspective with which it approaches the subject. In this way, sociology is different from other social sciences because it offers social explanations of what groups of people do and why. As such, we focus on group patterns rather than individual motivations and differences.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS REQUIRED READING There are two books and some online content/readings/assignments required for the course: Conley, Dalton. 2013. You May Ask Yourself (core version). WW Norton Press, 2nd edition. Sternheimer, Karen. 2010. Everyday Sociology Reader. WW Norton Press.
The books are bundled in a package less expensively from the UVM bookstore. You may also find used copies online. They will also be held on 2 hour reserve at Bailey-Howe library if you want to avoid purchasing them. EVALUATION METHODS You will be graded on a 100 point scale. In a summer class, attendance is especially important and I will take attendance. I do not post lectures online in any form, except through the ACCESS office for students entitled to notetaking as an accommodation. 1) In Class Activities=12 points Each of the twelve class sessions, we will do an in class activity and/or writing assignment or reading discussion. Each is worth one point. Some will involve homework outside of class. 2) Attendance/Participation (13%) Attendance will be taken each day and participation and preparation will be measured as well. Each day is worth 1% point. The extra 1% will be awarded to students who are present and actively engaged each day. Chronic lateness will result in lower attendance grade. 3) Exams=75% (3 @ 25% each) Exams will be short answer, essay, and/or multiple-choice, covering readings, lectures, films, guest speakers, in class and web-based assignments, and discussion content. The final exam is cumulative. The date and time of the final exam are dictated by the University and are not negotiable. If you already know that you have a conflict, please choose another course. This policy does not apply to mid-terms; they cannot be taken at another time unless one has a documented emergency. Otherwise, no exceptions will be granted. Exams will be: Tues. 5/27 Wed. 6/4 Fri. 6/13 POLICIES Students remaining in this class are implicitly agreeing to these terms. Those students who add the class late are still responsible for all the information provided in this syllabus. ACCOMMODATIONS
In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in utilizing accommodations should contact ACCESS, the office of Disability Services on
campus. ACCESS works with students and faculty to create reasonable and appropriate accommodations via an accommodation letter to professors with suggested accommodations as early as possible each semester. Contact ACCESS: A170 Living/Learning Center; 802-6567753; email@example.com; or www.uvm.edu/access. If you have a formal accommodation plan
developed in conjunction with UVM’s ACCESS Office or would like to discuss the supports that you need in order to learn well in this class, please contact me in the beginning of the semester. Adaptations and instructional supports are available through consultation with the instructor and the ACCESS Office. Scheduling exams in the exam proctoring center should be done early in the term, or at least two weeks in advance of an exam. Students taking exams in the EPC must take the exam at the regularly scheduled time unless approved by me in advance. Otherwise, the exam will not be counted. ACCESS Office: http://www.uvm.edu/~access/ Policy on disability certification and student support: www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/disability.pdf COMMUNICATION RESPONSIBILITIES Students are required to consult the Blackboard page: https://bb.uvm.edu for this course and your UVM email accounts regularly throughout the term. Often I communicate changes in reading schedule via email and post announcements on Blackboard. If you fail to check these, you will miss information for which you are still responsible. Lecture notes will not be available online. Students are responsible for keeping me apprised of any problems they may be having in the course or in general so that we can deal with issues appropriately. If a student does not inform me, but asks for an eleventh hour reprieve, I will not be as amenable to finding solutions. Therefore it is in your interest to communicate with me about matters that affect your performance in the course. In addition, college can be a difficult experience – especially for first year students – if I can help in any way, I will try. The subjects may contain some controversial and sensitive material at times. College is about exposure to new ideas, so I ask that students keep an open mind. In addition, I require that students treat one another’s ideas with respect and tolerance. However, there may be times when a particular subject has great personal relevance to a student and it may be difficult for him or her to listen and/or remain objective. I will try to be sensitive to these possibilities, but if there is an issue I should know about, please inform me. CLASSROOM CONDUCT I treat students respectfully and I ask that students do the same for me. This means that students cannot disrupt class, as defined by me. Please turn off cell phones before class. Any cell phone use, text messaging, excessive talking, sleeping, coming in late or leaving early, overt inattention (e.g. doing other homework), or inappropriate laptop usage (e.g. anything other than note taking, such as using Facebook) during class constitutes a violation of classroom conduct code (see below) and can be penalized. If students are misusing laptops, I reserve the right to ban any/all laptops. First offense will warrant a warning; second offense, you will be required to leave the classroom and the behavior will be discussed and a new policy implemented. A third offense may warrant a disciplinary process through the judicial council and a potentially lowered grade.
University Classroom Code of Conduct Faculty and students will at all times conduct themselves in a manner that serves to maintain, promote, and enhance the high quality academic environment befitting the University of Vermont. To this end, it is expected that all members of the learning community will adhere to the following guidelines: 1. Faculty and students will attend all regularly scheduled classes, except for those occasions warranting an excused absence under the University Attendance Policy (e.g., religious, athletic, and medical). 2. Students and faculty will arrive prepared for class and on time, and they will remain in class until the class is dismissed. 3. Faculty and students will treat all members of the learning community with respect. Toward this end, they will promote academic discourse and the free exchange of ideas by listening with civil attention to comments made by all individuals. 4. Students and faculty will maintain an appropriate academic climate by refraining from all actions that disrupt the learning environment (e.g., making noise, ostentatiously not paying attention, and leaving and reentering the classroom inappropriately).
The instructor has the right to alter the student's grade if he or she does not abide by UVM's classroom code of conduct. In addition, students can be subject to judicial review for inappropriate conduct in class.
EXAM POLICY Students who have two additional final exams scheduled for the same day can ask for a make-up final exam provided they document the circumstances. Then I am happy to oblige with an alternative time slot. This does not apply to regular exams. However, scheduling flights or other conflicts are not considered “excused” absences according to University rules, and there will be no makeup exams given in those circumstances. Thus, if a student knows of a conflict (e.g. travel plans) during any of the three exams, that student should drop this course and enroll in another one. FERPA The purpose of this policy is to communicate the rights of students regarding access to, and privacy of their student educational records as provided for in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/ferpa.pdf POLICY ON SHARING CLASS MATERIALS/ASSIGNMENTS Sharing your notes with other students in the class during the semester is fine, as long as you do not charge for them. Students are NOT allowed to sell notes to other students, online or otherwise, and are not allowed to upload their notes to open websites. This means you cannot upload your notes to sites like notehall.com or sharenotes.com. The Sociology Department policy on class materials: "Consistent with the University's policy on intellectual property rights, it is the Sociology department's policy that teaching and curricular materials (including but not limited to classroom lectures, class notes, exams, handouts, and presentations) are the property of the instructor. Therefore, electronic recording and/or transmission of classes or class notes is prohibited without the express written permission of the
instructor. Such permission is to be considered unique to the needs of an individual student (e.g. ADA compliance), and not a license for permanent retention or electronic dissemination to others." In addition, unless otherwise indicated, for example, for some in class exercises, students must complete homework alone and cannot work with others on homework assignments. I encourage students to study together for exams. RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY POLICY Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. If you need to miss class to observe a religious holiday, please submit the dates of your absence to me in writing by the end of the second full week of classes. You will be permitted to make up work within a mutually agreed-upon time. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND RIGHTS Code of Academic Integrity: This policy addresses plagiarism, fabrication, collusion, and cheating. http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf. Violations of the Code of Academic Integrity are any acts which would have the effect of unfairly promoting or enhancing one's academic standing within the entire community of learners. Such acts are serious offenses and will not be tolerated. Any suspected violations of the Code will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards. Students should be familiar with and take seriously the Academic Honesty policy of the University. I expect all students to know what constitutes an offense against academic integrity so that problems of this nature can be avoided altogether. Because I am communicating this expectation, ignorance of the policy cannot be justified and offenses will be penalized. Collaboration on homework is forbidden; the only allowable collaboration in class is: a) studying for exams together; b) sharing class notes; c) in class activities in which I require group work. OTHER INFORMATION GRADING SCALE Grades are calculated according to this scale: = 97 or more points C+ = = 94-96 points C = = 90-93 points C= = 87-89 points D+ = = 84-86 points D = = 80-83 points D=
A+ A AB+ B B-
77-79 points 74-76 points 70-73 points 67-69 points 64-66 points 60-63 points
F = under 60 points
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