Credits: 4 Semester credits
ONLINE (1/14/2013 – 5/15/2013)
Instructor: David A. Berger E mail: email@example.com
Office: 214 Activities Building, Inver Hills Community College
Phone: (651) 450-3545 (voice mail available)
Office Hours: 1pm to 3:00pm Mondays and Wednesdays and Friday 1pm to 2pm and by appointment. Email is the best way to contact me.
TEXTS: You May Ask Yourself by Dalton Conley, 2nd Edition.
Down to Earth Sociology by James M. Henslin, 14th Edition, Free Press, NY .
The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life by Elijah Anderson, 2011.
See bookstore at http://www.inverhillsbookstore.com/
Contact me if you have trouble affording the textbooks. I can see if something can be done to help you.
The basic objective of this course is to introduce class members to the broad discipline of Sociology. We will learn about sociological theories, research methods, basic concepts, culture, socialization, gender roles, social deviance, stratification, race and ethnic relations and other basic sociological patterns.
This course meets Goals 5 and 9 of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (Social Science and Ethical and Civic Responsibility).
ONLINE AUDIO FILES/PODCASTS: Please note that about thirty-eight hours worth of audio files are required for this course and located under the content section on our D2L site. Note also that it might take a minute or two for the audio file to come up. With some computers you will then have to click on the play button. If you have any trouble with the software, please contact our tech support folks at 651-450-3653 or https://d2l.custhelp.com/.
Nine sub goals that support the course objective:
This course, in concert with the rest of your college education, should help you to develop the ability to…
Think critically Have respect for others Be dependable
Solve complex problems Act in a principled manner Be able to adapt to change
Read, write, & speak effectively Live in a community Life long learning
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS*
Week of TOPICS READING ASSIGNMENT
January 14, 2013 What is Sociology? Chapter 1 Conley
The Sociological Imagination Articles #1, #2, #3 Henslin
-Biography and History
Please Post Your Brief Bio Under Discussions (ASAP)
January 21, 2013 Sociological Theories Articles #4, #5, & #46 Henslin
January 28, 2013 -Functionalism -Conflict Theory Henslin pp29-34
-Symbolic Interaction -Social Exchange Theory Chapter 1 Conley
February 4, 2013 Research Methodology Chapter 2 Conley
Articles #6, #7, #37, #38 Henslin
February 11, 2013 Education: Social Structure Chapter 13 Conley
February 18, 2013 -Traditional Education Vs. Article #39, #43
Interactive Education Cosmo. Canopy pp. 1-30
February 25, 2013 CULTURE Articles #8, #9, #10 Henslin
March 4, 2013 -Materialism & Super Consumerism Chapter 3 Conley
-Individualism Video Clip: American Tongues
Video Clip: Gods Must Be Crazy
March 18, 2013 SOCIALIZATION Chapters 4 & Chapter 5 Conley
Articles #11, #12, #13 Henslin
March 25, 2013 Gender Role Socialization Conley Chapter 8
Articles #14, #15, #16, #17, #18,
April 1, 2013 Social Deviance Chapter 6 and Chapter 15 Conley
-Criminology Articles #20, #23, #24, #25, #26, #27, #28
- Terrorism Cosmo. Canopy pp. 32-71
-Taxi to the Dark Side
-Social Control: Functional and Dysfunctional
April 8, 2013 Religion: The Sacred Vs. The Profane Conley Chapter 16
April 15, 2013 -Cult, Sect, and “Church” Henslin #19, #22, #40, #44
Cosmo. Canopy pp.72-151
April 22, 2013 Inequality: Race and Ethnic Relations Chapter 9 Conley
-RACISM Henslin #30, #31, #32, #33,
-Prejudice Vs. Discrimination Cosmo. Canopy pp. 152-215
-Do The Right Thing- video…required…may have to purchase/rent
April 29, 2013 Inequality: Social Classes & Castes Chapters 7, 10, & 14 Conley
-Stratification and Inequality Article #21, #29, #34, #35, #36, #41
Cultural differences: Poverty & Wealth Cosmo. Canopy pp 216-283
May 6, 2013 Collective Action, Social Movements, Chapter 17 & Chapter 18
and Social Change (Conley)
*** Schedule subject to change.
There will be two papers (see attached assignment sheets for Assignment #1 and Assignment #2) each worth 110 points (220 points total this section or 22 percent of your course grade).
Paper # Due Date Topic Points
1 Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Professional Journal Article 110 points
2 Monday, May 13, 2013 . The Cosmopolitan Canopy 110 points
Policy on Plagiarism/Cheating: For cheating and plagiarism 0 points on that assignment. Policy on Late Papers: Every day late you lose one letter grade or 10 percent. These assignments will be graded on completeness, clarity, and understanding. Please type assignments and hand them in via the drop box on D2L. Grammar, spelling, etc. are important but I will not deduct points for such things. I am much more interested in you demonstrating your creativity and understanding of sociological concepts. No minimum or maximum length is needed. Use whatever paper format you desire (standard- intro,body, conclusion; Letter to a friend; poetry; creative writing, etc.). Just fully and clearly answer the questions from the assignment sheet. Attached are the assignment sheets for assignment #1(On a Professional Journal article) and assignment #2 (on Liquidated).
There will be three exams. Each exam is worth 100 points (300 points total or 30 percent of your course grade): exams will be timed and online with short essay and multiple choice questions.
Policy on Plagiarism: For cheating and plagiarism 0 points on that exam. Policy on missed exams: Email me immediately if you can not take the exam during the open 3 day window. If you have a verifiable emergency, we will reschedule your online exam. This will be done only in exceptional cases. Keep in mind that you have a full 72 hours to take the exam. PLEASE SCHEDULE AHEAD….including work schedules!
Exam # OPEN DATES Points Discussions Type of Exam
#1 Feb 22- Feb 24, 2013 100 points 1, 2, 3, & 4 Timed, essay, multiple choice
#2 April 5-April 7, 2013 100 points 5, 6, 7, & 8 Timed, essay, multiple choice
#3 May 10-May 12, 2013 100 points 9, 10, 11, 12 Timed, essay, multiple choice
A large portion of the exam will come from the podcasts. Make sure to listen to all podcasts under content. For helpful hints on many of the essay exam questions see the reading guide under content for the Henslin articles.
There will be 12 online discussions for this course worth 40 points each (480 points total- 48 percent of course grade). The discussions will last between 7 and 14 days each. The more in-depth discussions will have a 14 day window (about 4 discussions) while the less involved discussions will have a 7 day open window (about 8 discussions). You will be asked to make your original or initial post within a few days of the discussion opening (most Sundays starting Sunday, January 20, 2013 by 10:00pm). These initial postings require that you read the material in the texts and under content. You MUST also listen to the podcasts for each discussion and respond to a series of questions listed under each discussion. You will then be asked to make two meaningful responses to other students. The first response will be due on Monday while the second response will be due on Tuesday. To get the full 40 points for a discussion, you will have to do the initial post plus the two responses in a meaningful and timely fashion. There will be no minimum or maximum post lengths. You just need to answer the questions posed by the instructor in the discussion sections in a meaningful way that follows the guidelines below. Quality is more important than quantity. Please note that you are REQUIRED to read a minimum of 75 percent of the other student posts as well (see below for grading).
Well-constructed discussion posts will include the following seven (7) elements:
1) In your discussion posts I am looking for the use of critical thinking. Critical thinking shows or requires careful analysis before judgment.
2) Provide pertinent information to the class discussion from assigned readings (both the textbook & podcasts). Posts will be graded lower if they do not include information from podcasts and the textbooks.
3) Keeping all remarks positive, but at the same time questioning things with which there is disagreement. . It is okay to disagree with somebody but do it in a respectful way. No personal or ad hominem attacks allowed (This includes such attacks on the instructor as well).
4) Sharing personal experience, other classes, websites, and other relevant information.
5) Building on commentaries from other students with proper citation of sources.
6) READ at LEAST 75 percent of other students posts. Since this is a discussion based course, you must read other class member posts. Reading less than 75 percent of other students posts will result in a lower grade. Note that the D2L system keeps track of your reading of posts and the time of your participation.
7) Please do not simply say you like what they said or agree with them. Add depth and meaning to your responses. Please use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Try to avoid internet-speak, especially the “caps language” (LOL, LMAO, BRB, etc.). This is a classroom environment and not facebook. Please be respectful and thoughtful at all times.
Online discussion Schedule for Spring Semester 2013 (See Discussion Section)
# Open dates Initial Post by 1st Response by 2nd Response by Topic
1 Jan14-Jan 22 Sunday, Jan 20 Monday, Jan 21 Tuesday, Jan 22 Soc. Imag.
2 Jan 23-Feb 5 Sunday, Feb 3 Monday, Feb 4 Tuesday, Feb 5 Soc.Theory
3 Feb 6-Feb 12 Sunday, Feb 10 Monday, Feb 11 Tuesday, Feb 12 Research
4 Feb 13-Feb 19 Sunday, Feb 17 Monday, Feb 18 Tuesday, Feb 19 Education
--------------------EXAM #1 ---------------Includes Discussions #1-#4 Above----
5 Feb 20-Mar 5 Sunday, Mar 3 Monday, Mar 4 Tuesday, Mar 5 Culture
6 Mar 6-Mar 19 Sunday, Mar 17 Monday, Mar 18 Tuesday, Mar 19 Socialization
7 Mar 20-Mar 26 Sunday, Mar 24 Monday, Mar 25 Tuesday, Mar 26 Gender
8 Mar 27-Apr 2 Sunday, Mar 31 Monday, Apr 1 Tuesday, Apr 2 Deviance
-------------------EXAM #2--------------Includes Discussions #5-#8 Above---------------
9 Apr 3-April 16 Sunday, Apr 14 Monday, Apr 15 Tuesday, Apr 16 Religion
10 Apr 17-23 Sunday, Apr 21 Monday, Apr 22 Tuesday, Apr 23 Race
11 Apr 24- 30 Sunday, Apr 28 Monday, Apr 29 Tuesday, Apr 30 Stratification
12 May 1-7 Sunday, May 5 Monday, May 6 Tuesday, May 7 Collective
--------------------EXAM #3--------------Includes Discussions #9-#12 Above------------
Instructions and questions for these Twelve (12) discussions are posted for your viewing on D2L under discussions. Outlines, podcasts, and documents for each discussion are posted under content. You can work ahead somewhat but the actual posting cannot occur earlier than the above listed open discussion dates.
Make sure to listen to all audio files or pod casts in the content area that are given for each discussion BEFORE you do your postings. Also check the content section to see if there are any additional handouts for each discussion or any video clips that need to be viewed. Again….include podcast information/detail in your postings!
Grades are based on what you earn from your 3 Exams (300 points), 2 papers (220 points), and 12 online discussions (480 points). A maximum of 1,000 points is possible. I will not be using a curve to assign grades; they will be determined in this way:
Grade Points %
A 900-1,000 90-100
B 800-899 80-89
C 700-799 70-79
D 600-699 60-69
F 599 and below 59 or Below
CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR and RESPONSE TIME:
You may contact me by phone (651-450-3545) OR email. When sending a message PLEASE state which class you are in and put your name at the bottom. Use proper English and avoid internet speak. Email is preferred and the best way to get in touch with me. I will make every effort to respond within 48 hours. I cannot guarantee an email or phone reply back on a weekend. If you are having trouble navigating through the course we can sit down together and I can guide you through it. It is much better to solve a small problem before it becomes a large problem.
Note: Inver Hills is now a smoke free environment
We have discussed a number of sociological patterns in class. Review your notes and browse through the textbooks for the course. Look for a topic that you would like to read more about. Many people find criminal justice, employment, culture, sporting events, education and religion interesting topics. After you choose a topic, search through the professional sociological journals for an article in your area. The article CANNOT be a summary of other research. It must be primary/original research with a methods and data section. The average length of this type of article is 20 pages. These articles can be accessed through the Inver Hills library system: http://www.inverhills.edu/Library/ In the content section of this course there is a hand out entitled: Library Handout to Look Up Professional Sociological Journal Article. This should help you get a sociological journal article.
Additionally, the librarians have created a tutorial (video) on how to look up a professional sociological journal article to be used with Written Assignment #1. Cut and paste the following url you’re your browser: mms://stream.inverhills.edu/faculty/aschrod/Sociology_article_search.wmv
Read the article and write a paper answering all of the questions below. Make sure you photocopy the abstract page and attach it to your final paper.
1) What theoretical viewpoint does the author write from? Is the author more of a functionalist, conflict theorist, symbolic interactionist, or social exchange theorist? Explain. Describe three pieces of evidence from the article that demonstrates clearly the theory the author is employing.
2) Is this deductive or inductive research? If it is deductive research, list off the hypotheses that the author begins the research with. Make sure you identify independent (X), dependent (Y), and interactive (Z) variables. If the author is using inductive research, list off the hypotheses that are created at the conclusion of the study. Again, make sure you identify independent (X), dependent (Y), and interactive (Z) variables. In cases of both inductive and deductive research give your opinion of the significance of the listed hypotheses.
3) Review the data collection and methodology sections of the article you have chosen. What type of research design did the author choose for the research (Survey, Experiment, Participant Observation, etc.)? Describe the type of data that the author presents. Describe any errors you find in the collecting of the data. Do you think this is a valid study? Explain. Do you think this study will have reliability? Explain.
4) Review the conclusions of the article. What are the main conclusions drawn by the researcher? How important are these conclusions? Explain. What could be done to strengthen this study? What could be done differently? What did the author leave out? What is the greatest strength of this particular research article? What are the weaknesses of this research? Finally, give your opinion on the practical/applied uses for this research (i.e. how much does this research help the people of the world?).
Please type this assignment and include a copy of the abstract. As to length: don't ask! It depends on how many words it takes you to answer all the questions above. The paper could be anywhere from 1 to 25 pages (it depends on how many words and the quality of words you can get on a page). Do whatever it takes. What is important is that you think and give creative examples in your paper AND ANSWER ALL OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE IN A MEANINGFUL MANNER. Hand in this paper via the dropbox on D2L.
Some examples of professional journals where you can find a research article:
American Journal of Sociology American Sociological Review
Berkeley Journal of Sociology Contemporary Sociology British Journal of Sociology
European Sociological Review Great Plains Sociologist Journal of Social Change
Qualitative Sociology Social Forces Social Research
Sociological Inquiry Science and Society Journal of Social Structure
Sociology of Education Sociology of Sport The Sociological Quarterly Sociology Rural Sociology Sociological Insight
Do Not Use Non-Sociological Journals such as medical, biological, or law review journals!
Read the book: The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life by Elijah Anderson. As you read the book, take notes on the questions below. This will save you time when it comes to writing the paper.
1) What theoretical viewpoint does Elijah Anderson write from? Is he more of a functionalist, conflict theorist, social exchange theorist, or symbolic interactionist? Explain. Describe three pieces of evidence from his book that demonstrates clearly the theory the Anderson is employing. Make sure to cite the page number of each piece of evidence. It is possible that he is usimg more than one theory by the way. Just provide evidence for your theory selection.
2) Is this deductive or inductive research? If it is deductive research, list off the hypotheses that the author begins the research with. Make sure you identify independent (X), dependent (Y), and interactive (Z) variables. If the author is using inductive research, list off the hypotheses that are created at the conclusion of the study. Again, make sure you identify independent (X), dependent (Y), and interactive (Z) variables. In cases of both inductive and deductive research give your opinion of the significance of the listed hypotheses. Note that both inductive and deductive elements can exist in a single study.
3) Review the data collection and methodology sections of this book. What type of research design did Anderson choose for his research (Survey, Experiment, Participant Observation, etc.)? Describe the type of data that the author presents. Describe any errors you find in the collecting of the data. Do you think this is a valid study? Explain. Do you think this study will have reliability? Explain.
4) Review the conclusions of the article. What are the main conclusions drawn by the researcher? How important are these conclusions? Explain. What could be done to strengthen this study? What could be done differently? What did the author leave out? What is the greatest strength of this particular research? What are the weaknesses of this research? Finally, give your opinion on the practical/applied uses for this research (i.e. how much does this research help the people of the world?).
Please type this assignment. As to length: don't ask! It depends on how many words it takes you to answer all the questions above. The paper could be anywhere from 1 to 25 pages (it depends on how many words and the quality of words you can get on a page). Do whatever it takes. What is important is that you think and give creative examples in your paper AND ANSWER ALL OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE IN A MEANINGFUL MANNER.
Hand in this paper via the dropbox on D2L.