SOC-101-90, Introductory Sociology (SU14)
INSTRUCTOR: Meryl Damasiewicz
SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: On-Line, Web-based, 05/30/2014-07/25/2014
This course is designed to introduce you to sociology and for you, the student, to gain an understanding of how sociology relates to everyday life. You will be exposed to various topics of interest within the field and will be expected to understand how they relate to sociology. You will also gain an understanding of what sociologists actually do and how sociological research is conducted. By the end of the term, it is expected that your ability to think and analyze the world sociologically will increase. You should also become more socially aware, be able to evaluate issues from a sociological perspective, and recognize the impact of sociology within your own life.
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
• Begin to communicate effectively in the presentation of sociological material: write proficiently, read and synthesize sociological literature, speak confidently on sociological issues.
• Begin to "take the role of other" -- i.e., understand how people from varied backgrounds are shaped by and experience a social world that includes diversity, inequality, social issues, social institutions, social structures and processes.
• Begin to exercise their sociological imagination and apply multiple theoretical perspectives to sociological questions and social issues/problems.
As this course is entirely online, we will be communicating in various ways. The information will be presented on Joule via Powerpoint; lecture notes will be available in Notes View. Additionally, there will be videos to watch that will enhance what we are covering; some will be used for assignments and others simply for use as an additional clarifying tool. Some, too, will be used as a basis for discussion. Students will be expected to participate in both groupwork and on the discussion boards. REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Assignment Points Grade
Exam 1 100 A = (90%-100%)
Exam 2 100 B = (80%-89%)
Exam 3 100 C = (70%-79%)
Exam 4 100 D = (60%-69%)
Group Activities (12) 120 F = (< 60%)
Quizzes and Activities (12) 120
Team Evaluations (2 @ 15 pts. each) 20
Discussion board 240
Please note that much of this course is self-paced with a stop for the exam every two weeks. Please also note that chapter mastery must be demonstrated (85% proficiency) in order for the chapter activity to become available. Details are in the syllabus.
REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS:
Conley, Dalton. (2014). You May Ask Yourself, 3rd ed. (or ebook). New York: W. W. Norton and Company.
RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS:
READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:
None. Try to ensure that you are comfortable with Joule!