BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.1Sociology 10000: Introductory SociologyONLINE via Blackboard LearnMaymester 2013 at Purdue University North CentralPROFESSOR: Dr. Carla A. PfefferOFFICE ADDRESS: Schwarz 30G OFFICE TELEPHONE: (219) 785-5264EMAIL: Please send all course-related correspondence via Blackboard Learn Email. In anemergency, or if the Blackboard Learn system is down/you cannot access the system,you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.OFFICE HOURS: Online and telephone by appointment (send a Mail message via Bb Learn)COURSE DESCRIPTION:Sociology is a social science seeking to better understand how individuals, groups, socialsystems/structures and cultures shape (and are shaped by) one another. Some of the socialinstitutions we will study include race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, politics, the family andeducation. A primary goal of this course is to introduce you to the perspectives, researchmethods and empirical findings of sociology. Equally important is the goal of cultivating yourskills for analyzing the social situations and events that you encounter in your everyday lives.Throughout this course, emphasis will be placed on developing critical and integrative ways ofthinking about sociology, social processes and their relevance to everyday life.COURSE GOALS:After completing this course, you should be able to:• further develop analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to better understand viewcomplex social situations.• distinguish sociology from other social sciences and professional disciplines (e.g.,psychology and social work).• understand and apply the concept of the “sociological imagination.”• understand the key sociological theories (e.g., structural functionalism, social conflicttheory and symbolic interactionism) and how they influence our views of the world.• examine their values, attitudes and relationships to other people ,of differingentbackgrounds and experiences (with regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexualorientation, etc.). ethnic, racial and/or gender groupings.• describe and understand the methods that sociologists use to study the social world.• name at least five key figures in the development of sociology, including those who arewell-known and those who are not as well-known.• formulate critical and analytic responses to media depictions of social processes andevents (including social values and social norms).• distinguish “folk wisdom” from empirical evidence, with the ability to analyze andcritique each form of knowledge.• better understand the ways in which race, gender, class, sexuality, age, ability and otherfactors shape the experiences of individuals and groups.• describe social and cultural factors and processes that lead to both social stratification andsocial/cultural change.
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.2SOME NOTES ABOUT THIS ONLINE COURSE:This is a fully online course. This means that we do not meet in class and you are responsible forcompleting all instruction online. Online and accelerated summer courses are a unique format ofinstruction and are not “easier” than traditional format courses; they are not appropriate for alllearners. If you have difficulty managing your own time or working/studying independently, youmay wish to enroll for a non-online or hybrid (which blends traditional and online instruction)version of this course. The reading expectations for this course are moderate (a bit more than 100pages/week). It is critical, for your success in the course, to make sure that you keep up with thereadings so as not to fall behind. PowerPoint slides will be available to you for each chaptermodule and you should review these slides (and even print and make notes on them if that isuseful to you) for each chapter. You should feel free to email me or utilize office hours wheneveryou have questions about the course materials. This class is heavily oriented toward online classdiscussion of central course concepts, as well as integration of media resources that exemplifycourse concepts. You are expected to master the material presented in the readings, PowerPointslides, media resources and online class discussions. You will also have chapter quizzes andlearning assignments and activities each week that will help you study and prepare for the exams.A host of learning and study tools (digital flash cards, audio chapter in review summaries, studyplans, blog links, learning videos, etc.) are available for each of the chapters. Your success in thiscourse will depend on carefully reading all assigned chapters, actively participating in onlineclass discussions and using the array of learning/study tools and activities that are available toyou. You should also always feel free to ask questions, or for clarification, when material isunclear.BLACKBOARD LEARN:You will be using Blackboard Learn extensively in this course and your access to a reliable andfast internet connection, several times each week, is essential to your success. You will access allcourse-related materials directly from the Blackboard Learn site for our class. You will alwayshave access to the syllabus, course assignments, your grades, and lecture slides via BlackboardLearn. This system does occasionally crash and, in those instances, you may contact me directlyat firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.• Download and Install the Mozilla Firefox Web Browser (http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/) on your computer and try to ONLY use the Firefox browser toaccess Blackboard Learn.• Blackboard Learn functions on Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to follow thesyllabus timelines. If a paper is due at 10pm on the syllabus, the online system willreport the due date as 11pm. The paper is actually due at 10pm Central StandardTime and must be submitted by that time in order to earn credit.• THE BLACKBOARD LEARN SYSTEM TIMES OUT EVERY NINETYMINUTES AND YOU WILL LOSE YOUR WORK IF YOU AREAUTOMATICALLY LOGGED OUT AND HAVE NOT SAVED WHAT YOUARE WORKING ON—SAVE YOUR WORK OFTEN!!!• For any technological issues that you are experiencing with Blackboard Learn,please contact Information Services directly at (219) 785-5511 or visithttp://www.pnc.edu/distance/studentsupport.htmlWe will be depending upon technology for this course. That said, you must establish acontingency plan now—a back-up plan for when something goes wrong with your electricity,
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.3computer, Internet, etc. We all have to deal with technological hiccups. If something goes wrong,complete your assignments at a neighbors, friends, local library, coffee shop, or at on-campuslab. No technology excuses will be accepted. In the event that Blackboard Learn crashes during atesting or assignment submission period, deadlines may be extended. Keep an eye on theAnnouncements tab in this event.REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:The Real World: An Introduction to Sociology (3rd Edition; 2011) by Kerry Ferris and Jill SteinISBN: 978-0-393-91217-3. Two copies of the textbook are on 2-hour loan at the PNC Library.EMAIL ETIQUETTE:Whenever you are addressing an email to someone other than a good friend, you need to followbasic email etiquette. This means that you should have a proper greeting (Hello ProfessorPfeffer, etc.), a message body that follows the rules of Standard Written English (capitalization,spelling, grammar and mechanics, etc), and a closing (“Thank you for your help,” or “Thank youfor your time”). It is always polite to thank the person for reading the email and trying to assistyou. Also, be sure to sign the email with your own first and last name. The subject line of youremail should be clear and formal. Messages that do not follow this format will be deleted withouta response.ACCOMMODATIONS:If you have a disability that may affect your performance or active participation in this class,please speak with me about accommodations. I am happy to work with you to make this classmore accessible. Please contact Disability Services at (219)785-5374; Schwarz 38 for details.ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:Cases of academic dishonesty (including cheating on quizzes, submitting someone else’s work asyour own, submitting work that you have submitted for another class for this class, orplagiarizing by failing to give proper credit when incorporating the work of others in yourwritten submissions) will result in a score of zero for the quiz or paper in question and may alsoresult in a student receiving an “F” for the entire course. When you copy our textbook authors’exact words or phrases, directly from the book and without using quotation marks or citing pagenumbers, you are committing plagiarism. Remember, I am able to Google the same things youare able to Google. I am also able to note changes in the “voice” of your essays and to cut andpaste sections of what you have written into Google to see if the passage is your own creation orsomeone else’s. I take academic cheating VERY seriously. Cases of academic dishonesty will bereported to the Dean of Students. For more information about plagiarism and academicdishonesty, see: www.pnc.edu/engl/plagiarism.htmlCOURSE EVALUATIONS:Just as you will be evaluated for your performance in this course, your evaluations of myperformance as an instructor are a critical way for you to help me improve the course. I will askfor anonymous midterm feedback online and also request that you complete your end-of-semester course evaluations through Digital Measures here:https://www.digitalmeasures.com/login/pnc/student/authentication/showLogin.do
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.4COURSE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION AND GRADINGGRADING SUMMARY:Your final grade in this course is based on your achievements on course requirements as follows:Exams (10% each, 4 exams over the term) 40%Chapter Quizzes (2% each, 12 quizzes over the term;1% bonus to complete/pass all) 25%Chapter Analysis and Reflection Papers (10% each, 2 papers due over term) 21%Active Participation 15%TOTAL 100%GRADING SCALE: (Final letter grades based on standard percentages, not curves, as follows):97 -100% ...A+ 93 - 96% ... A 90 - 92% ... A- <60% ... F87 - 89% ... B+ 83 - 86% ... B 80 - 82% ... B- Those who receive this course77 - 79% ... C+ 73 - 76% ... C 70 - 72% ... C- grade will not receive credit67 - 69% ... D+ 63 - 66% ... D 60 - 62% ... D- for taking the course.THE DETAILS ABOUT GRADES / FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)EXAMSHow many exams will I take in this course and how much of my grade is each exam worth?HHoThere are four online exams in this course. Each exam is worth 10% of your finalgrade in the course (so exams comprise 40% of your final grade in the course).What is the format of the exams?Each exam will contain fifty multiple-choice questions from material presented in thereadings, PowerPoint Chapter in Review lectures, media resources and online classdiscussions. You will have two hours to answer the fifty questions. SAVE ALL OFYOUR EXAM ANSWERS AS YOU WORK! THE BLACKBOARD LEARN SYSTEMTIMES OUT EVERY NINETY MINUTES AND YOU WILL LOSE YOUR WORK IFYOU ARE LOGGED OUT!!!Are the exams cumulative?No, the exams are non-cumulative. Each exam covers three chapters.When will I take the exams?Exams will be held online according to the following schedule:Exam 1 (Ch. 1-3): Available online Friday May 17that 10am - Sunday May 19that 10pm.Exam 2 (Ch. 6-8): Available online Friday May 24that 10am - Sunday May 26that 10pm.Exam 3 (Ch. 9-11): Available online Friday May 31stat 10am - Sunday Jun 02ndat 10pm.Exam 4 (Ch. 14-16): Available online Friday Jun 7that 10am - Sunday Jun 09that 10pm.How do I take the exams?You will access each exam under the “Assignments and Tests” tab under the appropriateModule week in Blackboard Learn. Extensions will not be granted for technologicalissues or troubles with internet access—so be sure to take the exam as early as possibleduring the exam period in case you encounter technological difficulties. Please contactInformation Services at (219) 785-5511 if you do encounter any technological difficulties.You will have only one chance to take each exam. You cannot start the exam and thenfinish it later. You will have two hours to complete each exam.
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.5What if I miss taking an exam?Make-up exams will not be given. Exceptions to this rule are made only in dire,unavoidable circumstances (e.g., serious illness or emergency) that are fully documented(e.g., with official correspondence from physicians) and preferably with advancearrangements made directly with the instructor. Make-up exams, when offered, are essayexams. Again, technological difficulties do not constitute an adequate excuse for missingan exam, so be sure to take the exam early enough in the exam period to ensure that youare able to resolve any potential technological issues before your examination periodexpires.How can I raise my exam scores and what are these chapter quizzes all about?I have created a chapter quiz for you to take each week under the “Assignments andTests” link under the Module for each week. The quizzes consist of twenty multiple-choice questions. Taking these quizzes will help you to develop a better sense of theinformation about which you’re still unclear for each chapter. You may take and retakeeach quiz as many times as you would like. Only your highest score will be recorded inthe grade book. Once you discern where your weak spots are, you can devote more timeto studying those sections of the chapter. The links to the weekly quizzes will disappearthe morning that your exam (covering those chapters) is posted.CHAPTER QUIZZESHow many chapter quizzes will I take and how much of my grade are they each worth?HHoThere are twelve chapter quizzes in this course. You will receive 2% of course creditfor each quiz that you complete and pass. In other words, each quiz is credit or no creditbased on you taking and completing each quiz, during the testing period, with a passing(60% or higher) grade. If you complete and pass all of the quizzes, you will receive a 1%bonus. Altogether, quizzes are worth up to 25% of your final grade.What is the format of the chapter quizzes?Chapter quizzes will contain twenty multiple-choice questions from the materialpresented in the textbook. All chapter quizzes will be completed online and will beposted to the Assignments and Tests link under the Module for each chapter onBlackboard Learn. You may take each quiz as many times as you would like and onlyyour highest score will be recorded in the grade book.Are the chapter quizzes cumulative and when will I take them?No, each quiz covers only one chapter You may take each quiz an unlimited number oftimes and you must take the quiz prior to the close date for the particular exam thatincludes that chapter. In other words, you must complete the chapter 1, 2, and 3 quizzeson or prior to the close of Exam 1 (10pm on May 19).What if I miss taking a chapter quiz?Make-up quizzes will not be permitted. Exceptions to this rule are made only in dire,unavoidable circumstances (e.g., hospitalization) that are fully documented (e.g., withofficial correspondence from physicians) and preferably with advance arrangementsmade directly with the instructor. Technological difficulties do not constitute an adequateexcuse for missing a chapter quiz, so be sure to take each quiz early enough to ensure thatyou are able to resolve any potential technological issues should they arise. In order toreceive the full 25% for chapter quizzes, you must complete and pass ALL twelve
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.6chapter quizzes. Missing or failing even one of these quizzes will reduce your highestpossible quiz grade to 24%How can I raise my exam scores?TAKE AND PASS EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER QUIZ! Be sure to use the interactivestudying tools that are posted for each chapterONLINE CHAPTER ANALYSIS AND REFLECTION PAPERSWhat are Chapter Analysis and Reflection Papers?Chapter Analysis and Reflection papers provide an opportunity for you to analyze andreflect on the course materials for a chapter. They also provide a way for me to ensurethat you are completing your readings in a timely fashion. Because they are posted to theDiscussion portion of Blackboard Learn, they also provide another opportunity forstudents to interact with one another as well as to encounter differing perspectives andopinions on the class materials. In these papers, I am not looking for lists or word-for-word recounting of what your textbook author had to say. Instead, I am looking foressays that critically analyze and reflect on the materials.How much of my grade are they worth and how many do I have to submit?Chapter Analysis and Reflection papers are worth 20% of your final grade for this courseand you must write a total of TWO papers over the course of our 4-week semester. Thismeans that you will get to choose on which chapters you wish to write and submit apaper. Each Chapter Analysis and Reflection Paper is worth 10% of your final grade.Your papers will each be scored from 0-10 points, depending on how well theydemonstrate critical analysis and reflection on that week’s materials. If you receive a lowscore on a paper, you may submit additional papers to replace your lowest score(s). Youmay submit as many papers as you like, earning up to a total of 20 points for the papercomponent of your final grade.When are Critical Analysis and Reflection Papers due?You must submit each reflection paper online no later than SUNDAY at 10pm for theweek under study. For example, if I wish to post a Critical Analysis and Reflection Paperon the material from week 1 (Chapters 1, 2, and/or 3), I must submit that paper no laterthan 10pm on Sunday May 19th. YOU MUST SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE PAPERBEFORE THE MIDTERM POINT OF THE SEMESTER (DURING WEEKS ONEAND TWO) AND AT LEAST ONE PAPER AFTER THE MIDTERM POINT OF THESEMESTER (DURING WEEKS THREE AND FOUR).How do I submit my papers?These critical analysis and reflection papers should be posted under the “Assignmentsand Tests” link for the appropriate week on Blackboard Learn. Write and save your paperin Word or Works and then post it as an attachment so that it is easy for me to read. Youwill be submitting your papers through the SafeAssign system, which is a plagiarismdetection software program; so be sure that the work you submit is original and all yourown.What should these papers be about?Each Critical Analysis and Reflection Paper should incorporate your analysis of thereadings, online discussion and/or media and online learning resources covered in onechapter. It is very obvious when students have not read the material closely and carefully(or have only skimmed the chapter). Each paper should offer a critical summary of many
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.7of the theories, ideas, terms, and concepts discussed in the textbook and the PowerPointReview slides for that chapter. YOU MUST DISCUSS AND EXPLAIN THESE IDEAS,CONCEPTS, THEORIES, AND THEORISTS IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Copying thetextbook authors’ words is both inadequate and may constitute plagiarism. Always usequotation marks and citations to page numbers whenever using the exact language or aquote from the text. And, whenever possible, work to describe these ideas in your ownwords and using your own unique examples rather than those from the text. I want thesepapers to demonstrate that you really understand what it is that the material for thatchapter is all about. You don’t have to cover every single term, idea, theory, or theoristcovered in the chapter—but do be sure to capture a broad cross-section of the chapter’smaterials, from start to finish. It may be helpful to use bold font to highlight the keyterms, ideas, and concepts that you’re discussing from the text. The reflection part of thispaper is that you must also bring in examples from your life and/or the news/realworld/Learning Activities to demonstrate these course theories, ideas, terms andconcepts. Please do avail yourselves of the resources provided by the Student WritingCenter. You may make an appointment for assistance in writing course papers by calling(219) 785-5383 or visiting LSF 211. There are helpful writing support links and a gradingrubric for papers posted on our Blackboard Learn site.What format should I use for my papers?Your papers should be single-spaced (NOT 1.15 paragraph spacing), 2 FULL pages, 1-inch margins, and in 12-pt. Times New Roman font. Proofread and spell check your workprior to submission. Most papers that receive full credit demonstrate close engagementwith a substantial portion of the material covered across the chapter and are well writtenand clear. You will receive zero credit for papers that are not at least two full pages,according to the guidelines, above. Do not use fancy spacing or large headers with yourname/date/class/assignment to take up space.What if I miss a paper?Late papers will receive zero credit and there are no makeup papers. However, you areonly required to submit three papers over the course of the semester and you may submitas many papers as you like. I will drop your lowest scores and keep your highest scores,up to 20 points.ACTIVE PARTICIPATION:What is Active Participation?Despite the fact that this is a fully online class, you will be required to actively participatein class discussions on the course materials by responding on the discussion board toquestions associated with the Learning Activity for each chapter. This is a 3-creditcourse. Think about the 3-credit courses that you take in a traditional sixteen-weekformat; you usually spend about 2.5-3 hours per week sitting in a classroom chair inaddition to all of the work that you do in preparation, homework, studying, reading, etc.That amounts to 40-48 hours of classroom time per semester. This course is no differentin terms of time expectations. As such, I expect each student to spend about 10-12hours/week ONLINE engaging in Learning Activities, completing chapter quizzes,watching learning videos, completing online interactive studying activities, and readingand contributing to Discussion Board posts for this accelerated summer course. This is inaddition to the time you spend each week reading chapters, writing Chapter Analysis and
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.8Reflection papers, and studying for quizzes and exams. I think that it is important forstudents to be aware that your time and online activities are tracked extensively inBlackboard Learn and I use reports generated by the system to help me determine yourlevel of active participation in this online class. I am able to generate reports on howmany hours you have spent online, how many chapter quizzes you have taken, how manyonline interactive studying tools you have used, how many learning activity videos youhave watched (and for how long), etc. In many ways, Blackboard Learn could berenamed Big Brother (Google it, for those of you born after 1984).How much of my grade is Active Participation worth?Active participation is worth 15% of your final grade for this course.How do I actively participate?Active participation will be determined by both the quantity and quality of yourcontributions to online class discussions. Be sure to use full sentences when posting tothe discussion board and to proofread and spell check your posts prior to submission.Your Active Participation score will be generated by assessing the posts you make to thediscussion board in connection with each chapter’s Learning Activity. You must post onthe relevant chapter the week that chapter is being covered. In other words, you mustcomplete the Learning Activity and required discussion board posts on that LearningActivity, for chapters 1, 2, and 3 no later than Sunday May 19that 10pm.Is there anything I need to consider when participating actively in this class?Voicing your ideas and perspectives can be difficult for many people. You areencouraged to push beyond your own comfort zone in this course and to think moredeeply and critically about course materials. You should note, however, that voicing youropinions will not be enough; you must also support your reasoning and ideas withempirical evidence (research) from the textbook and/or external documented sources. Inaddition, we will discuss a number of controversial topics in this course and you areexpected to be both thoughtful and respectful when discussing these topics. Pleaseremember to critique ideas and perspectives, not individuals or the people who voicethese ideas and perspectives. Inconsiderate or inflammatory posts will be deleted in orderto maintain a non-hostile learning environment and you may be asked to come to officehours to discuss any such postings.
BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS.YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.9WEEKLY CLASS SCHEDULE AND TASKSWEEK #1 MAY 13 - MAY 19 WEEK #1Thinking Sociologically andDoing SociologySociology and the Real WorldChapter 1pp. 2-37Thinking Sociologically andDoing SociologyStudying Social Life: Sociological Research MethodsChapter 2pp. 39-65Framing Social Life Cultural CrossroadsChapter 3pp. 68-95EXAM 1 THIS WEEK ONLINE --- COVERS CHAPTERS 1-3MAY 17 10AM - MAY 19 10PMWEEK #2 MAY 20 - MAY 26 WEEK #2Framing Social Life DevianceChapter 6pp. 153-179Understanding Inequality Social Class: The Structure of InequalityChapter 7pp. 185-219Understanding InequalityRace and Ethnicity as Lived Experience Chapter 8pp. 221-245EXAM 2 THIS WEEK ONLINE --- COVERS CHAPTERS 6-8MAY 24 10AM – MAY 26 10PMWEEK #3 MAY 27 - JUN 02 WEEK #3Understanding Inequality Constructing Gender and SexualityChapter 9pp. 247-279Examining Social Institutions asSites of Everyday LifeThe Macro-Micro Link in Social InstitutionsChapter 10pp. 285-321Examining Social Institutions asSites of Everyday LifeThe Economy, Work, and Working Chapter 11pp. 323-355EXAM 3 THIS WEEK ONLINE --- COVERS CHAPTERS 9-11MAY 31 10AM – JUN 02 10PMWEEK #4 JUN 03 - JUN 09 WEEK #4Examining Social Institutions asSites of Everyday LifeHealth and IllnessChapter 14pp. 411-437Creating Social Change andEnvisioning the FutureCity and Country: The Social World and the NaturalWorldChapter 15pp. 440-481Creating Social Change andEnvisioning the FutureSocial Change: Looking Toward TomorrowChapter 16pp. 483-507EXAM 4 THIS WEEK ONLINEONLINE JUN 07 10AM – JUN 09 10PMCOVERS CHAPTERS 14-16
CHECKLIST FOR DOING WELL IN THIS COURSEDoing well in this fully online course will require that you keep very organized and on top of your readings and course requirements.Here is a quick checklist to keep you on track each week. Just cross off each task (or place a check in the box) as you complete it.10WEEK / DATE READINGCHECKBLACKBOARDCOMPLETELEARNINGACTIVITY &REQUIREDPOSTS TODISCUSSIONBOARDPOST CHAPTERANALYSIS &REFLECTIONPAPER(2 TIMES OVERTHE SEMESTER-1 PAPER FORWEEKS 1&2, 1PAPER FORWEEKS 3&4)COMPLETEEXAMS PRINT/STUDYPOWERPOINTSLIDESCOMPLETECHAPTERQUIZMON WED FRI 1 2 3 4WEEK 01MAY 13 – MAY 19Chapter 01Chapter 02Chapter 03 MAY17-19WEEK 02MAY 20 – MAY 26Chapter 06Chapter 07Chapter 08 MAY24-26WEEK 03MAY 27 – JUN 02 Chapter 09Chapter 10Chapter 11 MAY 31 -JUN 02WEEK 04JUN 03 – JUN 09 Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16 JUN7-9