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Introduction to Sociology

SOC 1100-99

Spring Semester 2013

ONLINE

Inver Hills Community College

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota 55076

 

Credits: 4 Semester credits

ONLINE (1/14/2013 – 5/15/2013)

Instructor: David A. Berger              E mail:  dberger@inverhills.edu

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.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVE:

      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

                                                                                                                  (reread)

 

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

                                    

Feb 22-Feb 24, 2013       EXAM #1         Covers material above, all discussions during

      (Note 3 day window for exam)         this time, and any content area info/audio files

 

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

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013    ASSIGNMENT #1 DUE:     Analysis of One Professional       

                                                                                             Research Article

                   110 points….use  D2L drop box….assignment sheet attached to this syllabus

                               Due: by 10:00pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

 

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 5- April 7               EXAM #2               Covers material back to last exam,  Discussions,   (Note 3 day window for exam)    and any content area info/audio files

 

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)

 

May 10-May 12, 2013        EXAM #3                   Covers material back to last exam,  Discussions,   (Note 3 day window for exam)    and any content area info/audio

Files.

 

Monday, May 13, 2013  ASSIGNMENT #2 DUE:  Analysis of Liquidated book

         110 points….use  D2L drop box….assignment sheet attached to this syllabus

                             Due: by 10:00pm on Monday, May 13, 2013

 

  

*** Schedule subject to change.

 

 

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS:

 

     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).

 

EXAMINATIONS:

     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.

 

 

 ONLINE DISCUSSIONS:

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 contentYou 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:

     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

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Sociology

 Assignment #1

"Analysis of Sociological Journal Article"

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by 10:00pm.

110 POINTS

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASSIGNMENT #2

 

 

 

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Introduction to Sociology

Assignment #2

The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life

 by Elijah Anderson

DUE: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 10pm by dropbox

110 POINTS (11.1 percent of Course Grade)

 

 

 

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.