INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Fall 2010 SOC 1301, Section 0I1, Class # 2347 “Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking of something different.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson Andrea Laurent-Simpson Email: Use only eLEARNING EMAIL to communicate with me. Office: GR 2.512 Office hours: By appointment only Meeting Times: ONLINE COURSE – NO In-Class meetings ALL STUDENTS MUST LOG IN TO CLASS ON eLEARNING ON AUGUST 25. Description: An overview of the sociological perspective and its application to social research and social policy. Objectives: Introduction to Sociology is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of the social world that humans have created through their unique ability to use symbols. My goal is to show students how to better comprehend their social worlds through an introduction to the following elements: -Major paradigms in the discipline -Research Methodologies -History of Sociology -Effect of culture, society, and socialization on the individual. -Use of the sociological perspective to examine stratification, race/ethnicity, and gender. -Major institutions, especially family, religion, and education, and their impact on social structures embedded below them. Most importantly, my goal is to ensure that students leave this course with a strong understanding of how to use sociology in their everyday lives. Required Texts: Macionis, John J. Society: The Basics. 9th Edition. Prentice Hall, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-13-228490-5 You must purchase this edition with this ISBN. Course Packet – available through Off Campus Books ONLY. Web-Based Instruction: This course is web-based. As such, we will not have any live class meetings. Exams, assignments, and outline lectures will all be administered online. This means that you must have a basic fundamental understanding of both computer and internet technology. If you do not have these skills, please do not take this course.

Additionally, you MUST have reliable computer access with a high speed connection like a cable modem, DSL, or T-1 connection. Dial up access will not constitute reliable access and students having only this type of connection will be required to find alternative means for completeing this course. Information on minimum computer requirements can be found at http://d2.parature.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8057 PLEASE do not attempt to do any exams/assignments on unreliable connections and/or equipment. Electronic technology is UNRELIABLE, so plan ahead. Once you start your exam, you cannot reset the clock, so you must complete your test within that time period. If you are booted off by your connection or experience a slow connection, you will not be able to start over. Likewise, I will not accept this as an excuse for missing the exam. Please also be aware that I do track all log in activity and am able to verify time spent on line as well as time and date of each log in. I assume that you are ethical enough not to make obviously dishonest claims about system issues or time you have spent on line in order to attempt to get a change made in submission guidelines. Course Requirements 1. REQUIRED LOG IN FIRST DAY OF CLASS (AUGUST 25), between 6 am and 10 pm. The following is required of all students in this course: A. Log into this eLearning course between 6 am and 10 pm on August 25, B. Download and thoroughly read a copy of this syllabus, C. Understand all pertinent deadlines associated with the course, D. Post your first REQUIRED discussion on the Discussion Board acknowledging and agreeing to the terms indicated for this course. You will receive an email from me welcoming you to the course prior to the first day of class. This email will inform you of the above requirement. This easy but required assignment is worth 10 points of your grade and must be completed within the allotted timeframe. Students failing to accomplish this will NOT receive these points for any reason. LATE REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED A REASON FOR ALLOWING THESE POINTS BEYOND THE DATE REQUIRED. Please note that if you are unclear on any of the syllabus details, it is your responsibility to email me with questions. Grading and test deadlines will NOT be altered if you do not follow the instructions provided in this syllabus. Students with verified disabilities, university functions on test days, or religious holiday conflicts must contact me via eLearning email within the first week of the semester in order to arrange alternative means for meeting deadlines. You will need to provide me with both the date and issue surrounding the conflict. If you do not contact me within that first week, test deadlines will remain the same, regardless.

2. It is imperative that you check both eLearning email and the Announcements page several times each week to ensure that you are up-to-date with any changes in the schedule and/or materials covered. 3. Reading of all assigned material. You are responsible for all of the material in your book and assigned readings. I may also assign required readings and/or videos throughout the semester that I will post under Announcements on the Course Homepage. 4. Satisfactory completion of assignments. 5. Satisfactory completion of exams. 6. Scholastic integrity is key to a successful education. Please keep in mind that all work is to be done independently, unless otherwise stated by the instructor. If you are unsure of a situation, you must ask the instructor for clarification. Cheating in any way on any work in this class will not be tolerated and the student may be turned into the college for disciplinary hearings. Clarification on this topic can be found at the end of the syllabus. The minimum punishment for cheating in this class will be a 0 on the relevant assignment and/or exam. 7. Students that intend to withdraw from the course must do so by September 3 to avoid receiving a W. You must withdraw between September 16 and October 25 in order to receive a WP/WF. 8. If you stop monitoring class, but do not officially withdraw from the course, you will receive an F. It is your responsibility to withdraw by using the forms found in the Admission’s Office. I cannot, nor do I have the authority to, withdraw you from a course. CONTACTING INSTRUCTOR Because we do not meet face-to-face, communication via email is vital to having a successful online learning experience. You must contact me with any questions via the eLearning email function. Do not email from outside accounts to my university account, as I will not be able to respond due to privacy issues outlined by the university. As such, I will ONLY check for correspondence from this class via eLearning. Additionally, it is important that you do not wait until the last minute to ask questions. You should expect to hear from me in a reasonable period of time rather than a few hours before the exam begins or when the assignment is due. Planning ahead with your own work will allow you to email me in plenty of time. While every effort will be made to respond immediately to your queries, please expect a 48 hour lead time on my responses.

METHOD OF EVALUATION Exam 1 Exam 2 Final or paper Quiz assignments Discussions First day acknowledgement 90 points 90 120 55 (11 chps = 5 pts each) 55 (11 chps = 5 pts each) 10 420 points

At any point in the semester, you may divide your earned points by the total number of points available TO THAT POINT, to determine where you stand. The number that you get will be a percentage that will fall on the grading scale as shown below: A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD+ D DF = 98 – 100 = 94 – 97 = 90 – 93 = 88 – 89 = 84 – 87 = 80 – 83 = 78 – 79 = 74 – 77 = 70 – 73 = 68 – 69 = 64 – 67 = 60 – 63 = 59 and below

EXAMS: Exams will consist of multiple choice questions that cover material taken from outline lectures, readings, handouts. Please note that you MUST read the learning modules online as well as the book. Students that do not understand that material will be taken from both on the exams will get average grades, even if they have the entire book memorized! Two exams and a final will be given. The final will have options for you to consider (see below). Study guides will be made available for each exam so that you can hone in on the most important topics. All exams are closed book and will be timed as such by eLearning. You may access the exam during the exam period only, from 6 am to 6 am the next day. You will be given 45 minutes to complete both exam 1 and 2 and 60 minutes to complete the final. Time starts when you log in to take the test.

Please note that you must log in by 5:15 am to get the entire 45 minutes of test time for exam 1 and 2. You must do the same by 5 am for the final in order to get the entire 60 minutes available. eLearning will make the exam UNAVAILABLE, regardless of where you are in your exam, at 6 am sharp, eLearning TIME. Exams may not be taken early nor will the test deadline be extended. Please ensure that you have marked your calendars accordingly. FINAL OPTION : After having taken the first two exams, occasionally a student may feel that they have not been scoring high enough on objective scoring. Therefore, I am offering an option for the final. Students may opt to take the final assessment located on eLearning in the timed format. Or, students may choose to write a compare contrast paper that will discuss in depth the reading of two relevant books. Students that choose this option MUST notify me no later than November 25 that they will be choosing this alternative to the final. Papers must be a MINIMUM of 8 pages long, typed in Times New Roman, 12 pitch, and double spaced. Essays must be substantial, showing a deeper thought process that is not apparent in work that is illogical or superficial. You may use outside sources if you would like, but please be aware that you must cite them in APA format and may not directly lift (plagiarize) anything from any source. Further detailed information on APA may be found at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ . Students must read the two following books: Mills, C.W. (1959). The Sociological Imagination. Oxford Press, New York. Gladwell, M. (2008). Outliers: The Story of Success. Little Brown, New York. Papers receiving A’s will draw points of comparison and contrast between the two works with analysis. By this, I mean, a thorough discussion of each point that you are making. Simply outlining what the similarities and differences are will garner a quick D, possibly C grade. You must utilize your own thought processes in a complete and concise way in order to show me that you understand how the two are related. Papers will not be reviewed prior to your final submission. You may submit for grading before the deadline, but that will be your final submission. This will allow students choosing either option to be on a more even playing field. You must submit your final paper via email on eLearning no later than December 9 at 6 am. Additionally, please submit your work in the text of your email, NOT as an attachment.

WARNING: It is imperative that you review the information contained at the end of this syllabus entitled “How to Take Exams Via The Assessment Link in eLearning” well before exam day comes. Not understanding how to take the assessment will not be an excuse for making up the exam. ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments will be made available ahead of time to students by section and chapter(s) that we are covering at the given time. There will be a two part assignment required for each chapter that is covered. Work due for the relevant section and chapters will be made available immediately following the cut off time for the previous section. Section 1 (chapters 1-4) will be made available on the first day of class, Section 2 (chapters 5-8) will be available the day after your first exam, and Section 3 (chapters 10-13) will be available the day after your second exam. Please be aware that due dates for work do not follow this release schedule. For example, while chapters 1-4 will all be available starting on Aug 25, the assignments for chapters 1 and 2 will be due on Sept 15 and chapters 3 and 4 will be due on Sept 29. That means that you will not have access to chapters 1 and 2 beyond 6 am on Sept 15. However, you will have access to 3 and 4 from the release date all the way until the due date of Sept 29. That will allow those of you prudent enough to work ahead to do so. Because this course has been designed for independent work, you will be able to finish coursework at your own pace. However, all assignments for a particular section must be submitted via eLearning no later than the due date and time listed for each section and applicable chapters. In other words, you may turn in all available work early, but you will not be able to turn in any work after the deadline for that section and its applicable chapters. Please understand that because you will have advanced access to all of this work and will have ample time to complete ahead of time, late work will not be accepted under any circumstances. Regardless of reason, failure to meet deadlines for assignments will constitute a zero for that assignment. There will not be an acceptable reason as to why coursework was not turned in on time. Standards will be held to across the board for all students. WARNING: Do NOT wait until the last minute to turn in assignments, quizzes, or exams. The clock on eLearning is the only clock that will be acknowledged as correct, so be sure to set your own clocks accordingly. Remember that computer technology is not always reliable, so take care to ensure that any technological issues will not interfere with your ability to get credit in this course. Assignment/Quiz Completion Each chapter will require the completion of a closed book quiz as well as a discussion question. Both discussion question and quiz are required for each chapter. You must complete both assignments according to the instructions below. Failure to do so will result in a zero for your work. Partial credit for discussions will not be given. ALL ASSIGNMENTS WILL BE DUE AT 6 AM ON THE RELELVANT DUE DATE.

1. Read chapter 1 (or the relevant chapter) and any other required readings for that chapter. Take this opportunity to review chapter outlines that I have provided on the eLearning course homepage under LEARNING MODULES (left side of the home page). Use this material to shore up your understanding of what we have covered for that chapter. 2. Once you feel like you have a good understanding of the material, go to the Home Page of our course and click on ASSESSMENTS on the left hand side of the page. You will click on the link for the POST TEST that is relevant to that particular chapter. You will find 10 quiz questions per chapter post test. 12 minutes will be allotted to you for finishing the quiz. Items will be valued at .5 point each. Therefore, each quiz will total 5 points of your entire grade. Remember that quizzes are closed book. Once you are finished, click on the SAVE ALL icon. Then, click FINISH. The system will ask you if you want to submit your answers for grading, at which point you will click on OK. If you do not do this, then your quiz will not be submitted nor will it be graded. If the deadline comes and goes and this has occurred, you will not receive credit for the quiz. Scrolling down will enable you to see the questions, your responses (with a checkmark) and the correct answers (with a green check). You may take the quiz up to TWO TIMES and I will take the highest of these two scores. Once the time and due date have expired, you will not be able to access the quiz. 3.Then, go to the DISCUSSIONS icon on the left hand side of the screen in eLearning and post your response to the discussion question that I have posted for that chapter. You must submit AT LEAST 2 paragraphs TOGETHER for each response. Paragraphs must be at least 4 sentences long and must utilize proper grammatical English and punctuation. Answers must be substantial, showing a deeper thought process that is not apparent in work that is illogical or superficial. Please do not use email/texting shorthand in your answers as I WILL NOT GRADE answers that do not follow these guidelines. I encourage you to use outside sources if you would like, but please be aware that you must cite them in APA format and may not directly lift (plagiarize) anything from any source. You may find further detailed information on APA at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ . This portion of your chapter assignment will be worth 5 points of your total grade. Please be aware that there will be NO PARTIAL credit given on your work. This is an all or nothing proposition. Not following the above instructions means receiving a 0 for the submission. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES. If you have questions as to what I consider substantial, PLEASE SEE THE END OF THE SYLLABUS FOR A COUPLE OF EXAMPLE SUBMISSIONS THAT WERE TOP NOTCH.

4. The discussion assignment is something that will be available for other students to read. That means that whatever you post will be accessible by both me and other students in the course. You will see responses from me to the discussions and I ENCOURAGE YOU to respond to each other’s insights. While online courses are convenient, the down side is that students miss out on this type of face-to-face interaction. The discussion component of our course creates an adequate facsimile to a live classroom and enables a better student understanding of the material that we are covering. 5. All assignments are due according to the COURSE CALENDAR on eLearning. Once that deadline has passed, students can no longer submit their work. Each section and applicable chapters is made available well in advance of the deadlines, so please take this opportunity to post submissions well in advance. This will enable you to avoid losing credit. ALL STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO DEADLINES, REGARDLESS OF EXCUSE. MAKE-UPS Exams: Exams will only be made up in the event of a DOCUMENTED EMERGENCY (hospitalization, death in the family or military orders). Make-ups may be short answer and essay format and will be held in my office at a time of my choosing. You must contact me BEFORE THE EXAM GOES LIVE ON eLearning AT 6 AM ON EXAM DAY in order to request a make up. Failure to do this will result in a grade of F for the exam. Make ups will be granted at my discretion only. Please note that a slow or unreliable connection will not constitute a valid reason for a make-up. You must ensure that you have adequate equipment capability at the start of the semester. Discussion/quizzes: There will be no make-ups for any assignment. This coursework is made available well in advance of any due date, so working ahead will ensure that a last minute emergency will not affect your grade. EXTRA CREDIT NO EXTRA CREDIT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THIS COURSE, FOR ANY REASON.

STUDY TIPS 1. Read all assigned reading BEFORE you submit work. 2. While it is important to understand definitions of key concepts, it is even more important that you understand the material conceptually. Ask any student that has had me and they will tell you that I love to ask application questions on my exams. This means you not only have to know meaning, you have to understand how it works in the social world. 3. Cramming is what the unprepared do the night before they barely pull a C on an exam. Do yourself a favor… study as you go. Reading will help with this, but thinking critically outside of class and looking to apply what we have learned to your own experiences (on a date, at the movie, arguing with a sibling, etc) will cut down on what you have to do the night before. If you do this, you may find time on exam eve to do a quick scan of the material and then go out for an early dinner! 4. Ask questions via email. If you do not understand something, this is the time to raise your voice. Students rarely seem to use me personally as a resource! Take advantage of the fact that you have the instructor, exam writer, and grader right at your finger tips! HOW TO TAKE EXAMS VIA THE ASSESSMENT LINK IN eLearning The Assessments tool allows you to access any exams or quizzes your professor has added to the course. Your professor determines the availability of each exam or quiz as well as how long you have to complete it. Exam days in this class will be September 29, November 3, and December 9. IMPORTANT TEST INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE YOU HAVE CLICKED “BEGIN ASSESSMENT,” YOUR TIME WILL BEGIN ON THE EXAM. IF YOU ARE DISCONNECTED FOR ANY REASON OR FORGET TO CLICK “SAVE” OR “FINISH” AND LOG OUT OF THE EXAM, YOU WILL RECEIVE A ZERO ON THE TEST. Make sure you have saved AND clicked finish on your test BEFORE you log out!!!! 1. Click on Assessments on the far left menu bar. 2. Click on the assessment you want to take. 3. Click the Begin Assessment button. 4. Enter your answer for each question. 5. Once you click on your answer, hit the Save Answer button. 6. If you want to return to a question, use the Question Status box to choose the question you want to go back to. Remember to click Save Answer button each time you choose or re-choose an answer. You must click Save Answer each time to record your answer! 7. Repeat for each question. 8. On the right side of your screen you will see a Question Status box with all exam questions listed. Those questions that you have answered will have a checkmark next to the number. Those questions that have not been answered will have a blank circle next to them—simply click on the number in this section to return to it. Please make sure that you have answered ALL the questions before finalizing your exam!!

WARNING: DO NOT use the back button on your browser. You may lose all of your answers and prematurely submit the quiz. 9. IMPORTANT!!! When you have answered all questions and saved your answers, click the Finish button. If you do not click the Finish button, your test will not be submitted for grading. 10 . Click OK to officially confirm the submission of your quiz. Your exam will be submitted to me by eLearning for grading at this point. POLICIES Incompletes: Incompletes will not be given. Posting Grades: Grades will not be posted in any form, other than the gradebook function on eLearning. Also, grades will not be released to ANYONE but the actual student. It is my absolute goal to ensure utter privacy for all students, thus my grade release policy. Accessibility: If you have a condition that requires accommodation in this class, please speak with me after class or in office hours during the first week of class. I will be happy to make appropriate accommodations provided timely notice is received and the arrangement is consistent with any recommendations from Disability Services, when applicable. Disability Services can be reached at (972) 883-2098. The syllabus and other course materials can be made available in alternative formats. Academic Ethics/Scholastic Dishonesty: The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree and/or the submission as one's own work material that is not one's own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records. Plagiarism is the use of an author's words or ideas as if they were one's own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation. If you have any question about what might be considered plagiarism, ask me for guidance. A good rule of thumb, however, is, if you have to question if something is plagiarism, then it probably is. Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else's work for assignments as if it were one's own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.

Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to providing a paper or project to another student, providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.

CLASS SCHEDULE † Additional, announced readings may be distributed beyond this schedule. KEY: P – Course Packet Section 1 Chapter 1; Appendix 1 “Why Politicized Science is Dangerous”, M. Crichton, P Chapter 2 – Culture SEPT 15 Chp 1 and 2 Discussion/quiz assignments are due before 6 am. Chapter 3 - Socialization Chapter 4 – Social Interaction in Everyday Life; “Studies in Ethnomethodology”(Garfinkel), pp. 36 – 45. P SEPT 29 Chp 3 and 4 Discussion/quiz assignments are due before 6 am. SEPT 29 EXAM 1 (Ch. 1 – 4) MUST TAKE between 6 am and 10 pm TODAY.

Section 2 Chapter 5 - Groups and Organizations Chapter 8 – Social Stratification OCT 13 Chp 5 and 8 Discussion/quiz assignments are due before 6 am. Chapter 10 – Gender Stratification; “Can Men ‘Mother’?” article, (B. Risman) P Chatper 11 – Race and Ethnicity; Ch. 1 “The Invisible Man” from Member of the Club, Graham P OCT 27 Chp 10, 11, Invisible Man Discussion/quiz assignments are due before 6 am. NOV 3 EXAM 2 (Ch. 5, 8, 10, 11) MUST TAKE between 6 am and 10 pm TODAY.

Section 3 Chapter 13 – Family, pp. 371 – 390; Domestic Violence article (NIJ) P

Chapter 13 – Religion, pp. 391 – 407; Spirituality in Higher Education P NOV 17 Chp 13 Family and Religion Discussion/quiz assignments are due before 6 am. Deadline for notification that a student will be opting for an essay final. Chapter 12 - Economics and Politics Chapter 14 – Education, pp. 409 – 427 DEC 1 Chp 12 and 14 Discussion/quiz assignments are due before 6 am. DEC 9 FINAL (Cumulative) MUST TAKE between 6 am and 10 pm TODAY. PAPERS DUE BY 6 AM. NOV 25

EXAMPLES OF SUBSTANTIAL DISCUSSION SUBMISSIONS: 1. The United States is not losing religion, the forms of religion and perspectives of religion are merely changing. In the msnbc article on religiosity among teens, 71% of the teens surveyed felt at least a “somewhat” close connection with God. This shows that most teens are at least concerned about religion. Though contemporary teens are distracted by the secular attachments like friends, academics, and amusing themselves, they are still thinking and religion and finding greater meaning in life through religion like their counterparts hundreds of years ago. Additional evidence of religiosity in the United States can be found in the National Map on page 398 (13-1); the map shows that roughly half of the counties in the U.S. has at least half of the population with some religions membership. Also, according to the map’s caption the United States has a population that is more concerned with religion than in other high income nations. The United States is portrayed as completely materialistic and secular by the media; this implied accusation has some truth but this doesn’t mean a country can’t be both materialistic and religious at the same time. Religion is harder to spot in the modern United States than in previous times because there is some more diversity and less stability. For example, there has been a current rising in the numbers of “New Age” seekers. With the current pluralistic view of religion, the trend of religious change in the United States won’t be stopping any time soon. 2. As a business professional working in an office building in downtown Dallas, there are certain unspoken assumptions that seem to direct each person’s behavior. When stepping onto an elevator, it is an unspoken assumption that you and the other person (or people) are not interested in knowing more about one another or initiating a deep conversation,

unless you have a pre-existing relationship, it is simply a coincidence that you are sharing the same elevator for the purpose of going downstairs. Imagine one day, I decided to take the elevator to the downstairs lobby at lunch time – the busiest time of the day – and proceeded to talk about my sex life with an elevator full of people who I had never met before, making sure to make direct eye contact with those around me. In this instance, I have not only broken the code of “professional” behavior by speaking of an extremely personal topic, but I have also breached the unspoken assumption by offering up extremely personal information to complete [unsuspecting] strangers, while inviting them into the conversation via direct eye contact. In this instance, most of the people on the elevator would most likely try to ignore my ramblings, look at anything and everything besides me, and nervously count down the remaining time left before reaching the first floor. Other occupants may look at me with disgust and disapproval, while the people directly around will most likely try to remain extremely still in order to prevent provocation of a response. After all, if I am willing to go against one social norm, there is no telling what else I will do. On the other hand, if I step onto the elevator along with a co-worker and initiate a similar conversation as the one referenced above, it is more likely that the people on the elevator will be less offended because I am not making direct eye contact with anyone other than the co-worker I am speaking to. This allows everyone else the ability to pretend to ignore my conversation, while in reality listening out of curiosity. This emphasizes that, while the information I have to share may be interesting, it takes two people to share in a conversation and often times the other person or people are not willing to offer up personal information of their own. The unspoken assumption that people sharing an elevator are not interested in initiating a deep conversation with one another is evident in the fact that everyone seems to avoid eye contact with one another. As we read in the text, eye contact serves as an invitation to approach or welcome conversation, the opposite of what is desired. In addition, people tend to remain silent while riding an elevator; the occasional few may offer up a “have a good day!” Overall, however, people are not interested in creating a two-way conversation with a stranger during the brief period of time they are on the elevator – the investment is not worth the effort.

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