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  1. 1. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. Sociology 10000: Introductory Sociology ONLINE via Blackboard Learn Spring 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 an emergency, or if the Blackboard Learn system is down/you cannot access the system, you may contact me at cpfeffer@pnc.edu or cpfeffer@umich.edu.OFFICE HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12-2pm (or by appointment)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 view complex 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 conflict theory and symbolic interactionism) and how they influence our views of the world. • examine their values, attitudes and relationships to other people ,of differingent backgrounds and experiences (with regard to race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, 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 are well-known and those who are not as well-known. • formulate critical and analytic responses to media depictions of social processes and events (including social values and social norms). • distinguish “folk wisdom” from empirical evidence, with the ability to analyze and critique each form of knowledge. • better understand the ways in which race, gender, class, sexuality, age, ability and other factors shape the experiences of individuals and groups. • describe social and cultural factors and processes that lead to both social stratification and social/cultural change. 1
  2. 2. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.SOME 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 courses are a unique format of instruction and are not“easier” than traditional format courses; they are not appropriate for all learners. If you havedifficulty managing your own time or working/studying independently, you may wish to enrollfor a non-online or hybrid (which blends traditional and online instruction) version of thiscourse. The reading expectations for this course are reasonable (approximately 35 pages/week),but you will be asked to read this material closely and carefully. It is critical, for your success inthe course, to make sure that you keep up with the readings so as not to fall behind. PowerPointslides will be available to you for each week of instruction and you should review these slides(and even print and make notes on them if that is useful to you) for each chapter. You should feelfree to utilize office hours whenever you would like face-to-face instruction or have questionsabout the course materials that would be best answered in person. This class is heavily orientedtoward online class discussion of central course concepts, as well as integration of mediaresources that exemplify course concepts. You are expected to master the material presented inthe readings, PowerPoint slides, media resources and online class discussions. You will also havechapter quizzes and learning assignments and activities each week that will help you study andprepare for the exams. A host of learning and study tools (digital flash cards, audio chapter inreview summaries, study plans, blog links, learning videos, etc.) are available for each of thechapters. Your success in this course will depend on carefully reading all assigned chapters,actively participating in online class discussions and using the array of learning/study tools andactivities that are available to you. You should also always feel free to ask questions, or forclarification, when material is unclear.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 cpfeffer@pnc.edu or cpfeffer@umich.edu. • 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 to access Blackboard Learn. • Blackboard Learn functions on Eastern Standard Time. Be sure to follow the syllabus timelines. If a paper is due at 10pm on the syllabus, the online system will report the due date as 11pm. The paper is actually due at 10pm Central Standard Time and must be submitted by that time in order to earn credit. • THE BLACKBOARD LEARN SYSTEM TIMES OUT EVERY NINETY MINUTES AND YOU WILL LOSE YOUR WORK IF YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY LOGGED OUT AND HAVE NOT SAVED WHAT YOU ARE 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 visit http://www.pnc.edu/distance/studentsupport.html 2
  3. 3. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.We 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,computer, 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 not be read.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 3
  4. 4. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. COURSE 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%Weekly Chapter Quizzes 20%Chapter Analysis and Reflection Papers (7% each, 3 papers due over term) 20%Active Participation 20%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 final grade 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 the readings, PowerPoint Chapter in Review lectures, media resources and online class discussions. You will have two hours to answer the fifty questions. SAVE ALL OF YOUR EXAM ANSWERS AS YOU WORK! THE BLACKBOARD LEARN SYSTEM TIMES OUT EVERY NINETY MINUTES AND YOU WILL LOSE YOUR WORK IF YOU ARE LOGGED OUT!!!Are the exams cumulative? No, the exams are non-cumulative. Each exam covers four chapters except for the fourth exam, which covers only three (we are skipping Chapter 13).When will I take the exams? Exams will be held online according to the following schedule: Exam 1: Available online Friday Feb 8th at 10am - Sunday Feb 10th at 10pm. Exam 2: Available online Friday Mar 8th at 10am - Sunday Mar 10th at 10pm. Exam 3: Available online Friday Apr 12th at 10am - Sunday Apr 14th at 10pm. Exam 4: Available online Friday May 3rd at 10am - FRIDAY May 10th at 10pm.How do I take the exams? You will access each exam under the “Assignments and Tests” tab under the appropriate Module week in Blackboard Learn. Extensions will not be granted for technological issues or troubles with internet access—so be sure to take the exam as early as possible during the exam period in case you encounter technological difficulties. Please contact Information 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 then finish it later. You will have two hours to complete each exam. 4
  5. 5. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER.What 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 advance arrangements made directly with the instructor. Make-up exams, when offered, are essay exams. Again, technological difficulties do not constitute an adequate excuse for missing an exam, so be sure to take the exam early enough in the exam period to ensure that you are able to resolve any potential technological issues before your examination period expires.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 and Tests” 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 the information about which you’re still unclear for each chapter. Once you discern where your weak spots are, you can devote more time to studying those sections of the chapter. The links to the weekly quizzes will disappear the 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 fifteen chapter quizzes in this course. You will receive 1% of course credit for each quiz that you complete. If you complete and pass (receiving a score of 60% or greater) all fifteen quizzes, you will receive an additional 5% bonus. Not completing or not passing even one of the quizzes means that you are not eligible to receive this bonus. Weekly quizzes, therefore, are worth up to 20% of your final grade.What is the format of the chapter quizzes? Chapter quizzes will contain twenty multiple-choice questions from the material presented in the textbook. All chapter quizzes will be completed online and will be posted to the Assignments and Tests link under the Module for each chapter on Blackboard Learn. You may take each quiz as many times as you would like.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 of times, but you must complete each chapter quiz prior to the day that the exam covering that chapter is released. So, for example, you must take each of the chapter quizzes over chapters 1-4 by February 7th (prior to the release of the first exam on February 8th). Ideally, you should take each chapter quiz no later than Sunday at 10pm on the week we cover that particular chapter.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., with official correspondence from physicians) and preferably with advance arrangements made directly with the instructor. Technological difficulties do not constitute an adequate excuse for missing a chapter quiz, so be sure to take each quiz early enough to ensure that you are able to resolve any potential technological issues should they arise. In order to receive the full 20% for chapter quizzes, you must complete and pass ALL fifteen chapter 5
  6. 6. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. quizzes. Missing or failing even one chapter quiz will reduce your total points possible on quizzes to 15% or less.How can I raise my exam scores? TAKE AND PASS EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER QUIZ! Be sure to use the interactive studying 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 and reflect on the course materials for a week. They also provide a way for me to ensure that you are completing your readings in a timely fashion. Because they are posted to the Discussion portion of Blackboard Learn, they also provide another opportunity for students to interact with one another as well as to encounter differing perspectives and opinions 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 for essays 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 course and you must write a total of THREE papers over the course of our 16-week semester. This means that you will get to choose which papers you will write. Each Chapter Analysis and Reflection Paper is worth 7% of your final grade. Your papers will each be scored from 0-7 points, depending on how well they demonstrate critical analysis and reflection on that week’s materials. If you receive a perfect score on each paper, you will actually receive a score of 21/20 on your papers and I will allocate your extra percentage point as extra credit. If you receive a low score on a paper, you may submit additional papers to replace your lowest score(s). You may submit as many papers as you like, earning up to a total of 21/20 for the paper component of your final grade. YOU MUST SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR THREE PAPERS BEFORE THE SECOND EXAM COVERING CHAPTER 5-8. This policy is place to ensure that students do not stress themselves out by saving all of the papers until the final weeks of the course. It also allows me to provide each student with feedback on their written work early enough in the term for it to make a difference.When are Critical Analysis and Reflection Papers due? You must submit each reflection paper online no later than SUNDAY at 10pm for the week under study. For example, if I wish to post a Critical Analysis and Reflection Paper on the material from week 1 (Chapter 1), I must submit that paper no later than 10pm on Sunday January 20th. Once again, YOU MUST SUBMIT AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR THREE PAPERS BEFORE THE SECOND EXAM COVERING CHAPTER 5-8. This policy is place to ensure that students do not stress themselves out by saving all of the papers until the final weeks of the course. It also allows me to provide each student with feedback on their written work early enough in the term for it to make a difference.How do I submit my papers? These critical analysis and reflection papers should be posted under the “Assignments and Tests” link for the appropriate week on Blackboard Learn. Write and save your paper in Word or Works and then post it as an attachment so that it is easy for me to read. You will be submitting your papers through the SafeAssign system, which is a plagiarism 6
  7. 7. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. detection software program; so be sure that the work you submit is original and all your own.What should these papers be about? Each Critical Analysis and Reflection Paper should incorporate your analysis of the readings, online discussion and/or media and online learning resources covered that week. 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 of the theories, ideas, terms, and concepts discussed in the textbook and the PowerPoint Review slides for that week. YOU MUST DISCUSS AND EXPLAIN THESE IDEAS, CONCEPTS, THEORIES, AND THEORISTS IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Copying the textbook authors’ words is both inadequate and may constitute plagiarism. Always use quotation marks and citations to page numbers whenever using the exact language or a quote from the text. And, whenever possible, work to describe these ideas in your own words and using your own unique examples rather than those from the text. I want these papers to demonstrate that you really understand what it is that the material for that week is all about. You don’t have to cover every single term, idea, theory, or theorist covered in the chapter for that week—but do be sure to capture a broad cross-section of the chapter’s materials, from start to finish. It may be helpful to use bold font to highlight the key terms, ideas, and concepts that you’re discussing from the text. The reflection part of this paper is that you must also bring in examples from your life and/or the news/real world/Learning Activities to demonstrate these course theories, ideas, terms and concepts. Please do avail yourselves of the resources provided by the Student Writing Center. 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 grading rubric 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 work prior to submission. Most papers that receive full credit demonstrate close engagement with a substantial portion of the material covered across the chapter and are well written and 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 your name/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 are only required to submit three papers over the course of the semester and you may submit as many papers as you like. I will drop your lowest scores and keep your highest scores, up to 21/20 points.ACTIVE PARTICIPATION:What is Active Participation? Despite the fact that this is a fully online class, you will be required to actively participate in class discussions on the course materials and to meet with me at least once over the course of the semester during office hours. This is a 3-credit course. Think about the 3- credit courses that you take in a traditional format; you usually spend about 2.5-3 hours per week sitting in a classroom chair in addition to all of the work that you do in 7
  8. 8. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. preparation, homework, studying, reading, etc. This course is no different in terms of time expectations. As such, I expect each student to spend about 2.5-3 hours/week ONLINE engaging in Learning Activities, completing chapter quizzes, watching learning videos, completing online interactive studying activities, and reading and contributing to Discussion Board posts. This is in addition to the time you spend each week reading the chapter, writing your Chapter Analysis and Reflection papers, and studying for quizzes and exams.How much of my grade is Active Participation worth? Active participation is worth 20% of your final grade for this course.How do I actively participate? Active participation will be determined by both the quantity and quality of your contributions to online class discussions and/or course engagement in other ways (e.g. coming to office hours, posting course-related comments and responses online via the Blackboard Learn Chat or Discussion features). In general, you should make at least three substantial posts to the Discussion board each week (in addition to posting your Critical Analysis and Reflection Paper for that week if you choose). You should post your first discussion post no later than THURSDAY at 10pm each week. I encourage you to both create new Discussion topics as well as to add to ongoing Discussion topics. Often, Discussions can be created by focusing on how interactive online studying tools or current events in the news connect with the themes and topics from that week’s readings. Be sure to use full sentences when posting to the discussion board and to proofread and spell check your posts prior to submission. I think that it is important for students to be aware that your time and online activities are tracked extensively in Blackboard Learn and I use reports generated by the system to help me determine your level of active participation in this online class. I am able to generate reports on how many hours you have spent online, how many chapter quizzes you have taken, how many online interactive studying tools you have used, how many learning activity videos you have watched (and for how long), etc. In many ways, Blackboard Learn could be renamed Big Brother (Google it, for those of you born after 1984).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 are encouraged to push beyond your own comfort zone in this course and to think more deeply and critically about course materials. You should note, however, that voicing your opinions will not be enough; you must also support your reasoning and ideas with empirical evidence (research) from the textbook and/or external documented sources. In addition, we will discuss a number of controversial topics in this course and you are expected to be both thoughtful and respectful when discussing these topics. Please remember to critique ideas and perspectives, not individuals or the people who voice these ideas and perspectives. Inconsiderate or inflammatory posts will be deleted in order to maintain a non-hostile learning environment and you may be asked to come to office hours to discuss any such postings. Another critical aspect of active learning is listening. I fully expect you to read a good deal of the discussion posts that your classmates post to the board. Failing to do so demonstrates a lack of active listening and often leads to uninformed responses and posts. Imagine walking into a traditional classroom and placing earplugs into your ears as soon as you sat down—screening out the voices and contributions of your instructor and classmates during all or most of the class. You are 8
  9. 9. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. doing the exact same thing in an online class if you fail to read and engage with the online discussion board posts and online materials for this course. Not engaging regularly online will result in a much lower Active Participation score.Am I required to attend office hours as part of my Active Participation grade? Each student must have a one-on-one office hours meeting with me at least once over the course of the semester to discuss how the course is going for you. For your convenience, you may schedule your one-on-one meeting with me in person, through online Blackboard Chat, or via telephone. Not having a one-on-one office hours meeting at least once over the course of the semester will negatively impact your class participation score for this class. I strongly encourage each of you to make use of my office hours whenever there is material that you would like to review or cover in-person rather than online. I would be more than happy to talk with you about any ideas, challenges and/or concerns you might have about the course material, and about sociology more generally. It makes sense to schedule your one-on-one office hours meeting earlier rather than later in the semester. If you meet with me relatively early in the semester, and there are issues with your grade your participation, it will be more possible for us to discuss strategies and techniques for you to address these issues or to raise your grade. If you wait until the end of the semester, it may be too late.When are office hours, where are they held, and do I need to make an appointment? You can meet with me in person, call on the phone (219-785-5264), or initiate a Blackboard Chat session with me anytime from 12-2pm every Tuesday and Thursday in Schwarz 30G. If these days/times do not work for you, I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you at a day/time that works better in your schedule. Remember that regular office hours will not be held during university holidays, Spring Break or Final Exams Week. 9
  10. 10. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. COURSE TOPIC SCHEDULE, REMINDERS & READINGS BY WEEK DATE FOCUS TOPIC READINGS WEEK #1 Thinking Sociologically and Doing Sociology Chapter 1Jan 14 - Jan 20 Sociology and the Real World pp. 2-37 WEEK #2 Thinking Sociologically and Doing Sociology Chapter 2Jan 21 - Jan 27 Studying Social Life: Sociological Research Methods pp.39-65 WEEK #3 Framing Social Life Chapter 3Jan 28 - Feb 03 Cultural Crossroads pp. 68-95 WEEK #4 Framing Social Life Chapter 4 The Self and Interaction EXAM 1 THIS WEEK ONLINEFeb 04 – Feb 10 pp. 96-121 FEB 08 10AM - FEB 10 10PM COVERS CHAPTERS 1-4 WEEK #5 Framing Social Life Chapter 5Feb 11 - Feb 17 Separate and Together: Life in Groups pp. 123-151 WEEK #6 Framing Social Life Chapter 6Feb 18 - Feb 24 Deviance pp. 153-179 WEEK #7 Understanding Inequality Chapter 7Feb 25 - Mar 03 Social Class: The Structure of Inequality pp. 185-219 WEEK #8 Understanding Inequality Chapter 8 Race and Ethnicity as Lived Experience EXAM 2 THIS WEEK ONLINEMar 04 - Mar 10 pp. 221-245 MAR 08 10AM – MAR 10 10PM COVERS CHAPTERS 5-8 10
  11. 11. BE SURE TO PRINT A COPY OF THIS SYLLABUS. YOU WILL NEED TO RETURN TO IT OFTEN OVER THE COURSE OF THIS SEMESTER. COURSE TOPIC SCHEDULE & READINGS BY WEEK WEEK #9 SPRING BREAK YAY!Mar 11 - Mar 17 SPRING BREAK!!!! NO CLASSES!!! NONE WEEK #10 Understanding Inequality Chapter 09Mar 18 - Mar 24 Constructing Gender and Sexuality pp. 247-279 Examining Social Institutions as WEEK #11 Chapter 10 Sites of Everyday LifeMar 25 - Mar 31 The Macro-Micro Link in Social Institutions pp. 285-321 Examining Social Institutions as Chapter 11 WEEK #12 Sites of Everyday LifeApr 01 - Apr 07 The Economy, Work, and Working pp. 323-355 Examining Social Institutions as WEEK #13 Chapter 12 Sites of Everyday Life Life at Home EXAM 3 THIS WEEK ONLINEApr 08 - Apr 14 pp. 357-381 APR 12 10AM – APR 14 10PM COVERS CHAPTERS 9-12 SKIP CHAPTER 13! Examining Social Institutions as WEEK #14 Chapter 14 Sites of Everyday LifeApr 15 - Apr 21 Health and Illness pp. 411-437 Creating Social Change and WEEK #15 Chapter 15 Envisioning the Future City and Country: The Social World and the NaturalApr 22 - Apr 28 pp. 440-481 World Creating Social Change and WEEK #16 Chapter 16 Envisioning the Future Social Change: Looking Toward TomorrowApr 29 - May 05 FINAL EXAM (COVERS CHAPTERS 14, 15, 16) pp. 483-507 ONLINE MAY 03 10AM – MAY 10 10PM 11
  12. 12. CHECKLIST FOR DOING WELL IN THIS COURSE Doing 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. POST COMPLETE POST CHECK DISCUSSION COMPLETE ATTEND POSTED CHAPTER PRINT/STUDY WEEKLY BLACKBOARD ITEMS ON EXAMS OFFICE WEEK / DATE READING LEARNING ANALYSIS & POWERPOINT CHAPTER BOARD HOURS ACTIVITY & REFLECTION SLIDES QUIZ ONCE MON WED FRI 1 2 3 DISCUSSION PAPER (3x) 1 2 3 4 WEEK 01 Chapter 01 JAN 14 – JAN 20 WEEK 02 Chapter 02 NA JAN 21 – JAN 27 WEEK 03 Chapter 03 JAN 28 – FEB 03 WEEK 04 Chapter 04 Feb FEB 04 – FEB 10 08 WEEK 05 Chapter 05FEB 11 – FEB 17 WEEK 06 Chapter 06 FEB 18 – FEB 24 WEEK 07 Chapter 07 FEB 25 – MAR 03 WEEK 08 Chapter 08 Mar MAR 04 –MAR 10 08 WEEK 09 SPRING NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NAMAR 11 – MAR 17 BREAK! WEEK 10 Chapter 09MAR 18 – MAR 24 WEEK 11 Chapter 10MAR 25 – MAR 31 WEEK 12 Chapter 11APR 01 – APR 07 WEEK 13 Chapter 12 AprAPR 08 – APR 14 12 WEEK 14 Chapter 14APR 15 – APR 21 WEEK 15 Chapter 15APR 22 – APR 28 WEEK 16 Chapter 16 MayAPR 29 – MAY 05 03 12

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