Professor: Robin Rogers Graduate Assistant: Jan Haldipur
252 Powdermaker Hall bb 252 Powdermaker Hall N
Office Hours: 12:15am- 1:15am Office Hours: Mon 12:30pm-1:00pm
Introduction to Sociology
Course Description: Sociology gives us the opportunity to develop an intellectually rigorous
understanding of the world around us. Students will be introduced to the core concepts and theories of
sociology, be challenged to look at research evidence, think analytically and dig into the complex
patterns of social interaction that make up our everyday world. This class will have a sub-focus on
higher education. Examples in class and optional readings will highlight the social forces that affect
college admissions, what is taught, and student experiences.
Blackboard: Our class meetings are supplemented with a course website that will allow you to
access important information and study told such as PowerPoint presentation, chapter outlines,
assignments, and announcements. You can access Blackboard from the Queens College homepage
via the “Quick Links” heading on the main page → “Online Student Services,” and then clicking on the
Online Participation: Follow me on twitter and my blog.
Midterm Exam 40%
Final Exam 40%
Online Quizes 20%
Class/Online Participation Extra Credit
Classroom Rules: Respect, Read, and Respond.
Zero tolerance cell phone policy – Absolutely no talking or texting.
No computers in class without permission from the instructor. Permission will be granted for students to
take notes on a computer, but WILL BE WITHDRAWN if a student used the internet during class.
No talking with classmates –Individual conversations are not permitted.
Class Starts and Ends on Time – You are expected to be in class on time and to remain in class
until it ends. If you must leave before the end of class, make sure to have made arrangements with the
instructor ahead of time.
Honor Code – All work submitted must be original (not plagiarized) and truthful. If any student is found
to have plagiarized, falsified data, or to have cheated during an exam, he or she will receive a failing
grade and further disciplinary action may be taken.
Challenge ideas but respect the speaker: Students are encouraged to
express their thoughts and respond to others as long as the people
expressing the ideas are respected.
Required Texts: You May Ask Yourself: And Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist, By Dalton
Conley, (Second Edition)
E Book Version: http://books.wwnorton.com/nortonebooks/logon.aspx?siteId=conley2_ebook
Study Tools: FREE study plans, chapter outlines, self quizzes etc.
Monday Wednesday Chapter/Topic
1: Sociological Imagination
xx Sept 5th
3: Culture & Media
xx Sept 19th
4: Social Construction of Reality
xx 5: Groups & Networks
6: Social Control & Deviance
xx Oct 10th
14: Capitalism & the Economy