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  • 1. EDISON STATE COLLEGE Division of Arts and Sciences Dept CRN SUBJ Course Sect Course Title Bldg Room Days Time SOC 20931 SYG 1000 380** INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY D 204 T 1730 - 2010 PROFESSOR: John R. Carlson, Ph.D. OFFICE LOCATION: G-105 (Science Building) E-MAIL: jcarlson1@edison.edu PHONE NUMBER: ext. 5603 OFFICE HOURS: by appointment SEMESTER: Spring 2010 I. COURSE NUMBER AND TITLE, CATALOG DESCRIPTION, CREDIT HOURS SYG 1000 – 380; INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY – AA – 3 CREDIT HOURS This course is a systematic study of human society with primary emphasis on social interaction culture, socialization, social groups, social institutions, social causation, and social change. II. PREREQUISITE: None III. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION: Topic Outline: Sociological approach  Sociological view of culture  Social structure and organization  Social interaction  Socialization  Deviance and social control  Social inequality, differentiation, and stratification  Social institutions  Social change IV. LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ASSESSMENT: GENERAL EDUCATION COMPETENCIES: General education courses must meet at least four out of the five following outcomes. All other courses will meet one or more of these outcomes. Communication (COM): To communicate effectively using standard English (written or oral). Critical Thinking (CT): To demonstrate skills necessary for analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. VPASA: Revised 07/09 Page 1
  • 2. EDISON STATE COLLEGE Division of Arts and Sciences Technology/Information Management (TIM): To demonstrate the skills and use the technology necessary to collect, verify, document, and organize information from a variety of sources. Global Socio-cultural Responsibility (GSR): To identify, describe, and apply responsibilities, core civic beliefs, and values present in a diverse society. Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning (QR): To identify and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods. ADDITIONAL COURSE COMPETENCIES: At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following additional competencies: LEARNING OUTCOMES ASSESSMENTS GENERAL EDUCATION COMPETENCY Students will demonstrate an Students will be assessed COM, CT, GSR understanding of the “sociological through class discussion and/or imagination.” examinations. Students will demonstrate and Students will be assessed QR, CT, COM understanding of the strengths, through means such as in class weaknesses and relevance of discussions, in class exercises, quantitative and qualitative course examinations, and/or the research methods in sociology completion of a written paper assignment or class presentation requiring interpretation and discussion of both quantitative and qualitative sociological research. Students will demonstrate an Students will be assessed COM, CT, GSR, TIM understanding of sociological through class discussion, in class constructs such as culture, exercises, and/or course institutions, inequality, socialization, examinations. interaction, social groups, social dynamics Students will demonstrate an Students will be assessed TIM, COM, CT, GSR understanding of the four major through group exercises in class, sociological theoretical perspectives class discussions, and/or course and understand the use of theory in examinations. sociological research VPASA: Revised 07/09 Page 2
  • 3. EDISON STATE COLLEGE Division of Arts and Sciences V. DISTRICT-WIDE POLICIES PROGRAMS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Edison State College, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the college’s guiding principles, offers students with documented disabilities programs to equalize access to the educational process. Students needing to request an accommodation in this class due to a disability, or who suspect that their academic performance is affected by a disability should contact the Office of Adaptive Services at the nearest campus. Lee Campus Taeni Hall S-116A (239) 489-9427 Charlotte Campus Student Services SS-101 (941) 637-5626 Collier Campus Admin. Bldg. A-116 (239) 732-3918 Hendry/Glades Ctr. LaBelle H.S. (863) 674-0408 VI. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STUDENTS: The assigned textbook (see section XII, below) readings and lecture material will be supplemented by DVD presented documentaries and experiential activities conducted during the class sessions. Students should read the assigned chapter(s) (see section, XII, below:) and be fully prepared to discuss the chapter material. More specifically, lack of preparedness (i.e., not constructively responding to a discussion question) will result in no participation points being granted. See below section VIII. VII. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance/participation in class discussions (i.e., chatroom discussions, blog submission’s), is expected. Full positive participation facilitates an understanding of the subject matter as well as serving as an important method for assessing the level of comprehension of the course material Participation score will be regularly posted (i.e., 0 – 1 pt./week). VPASA: Revised 07/09 Page 3
  • 4. EDISON STATE COLLEGE Division of Arts and Sciences VIII. GRADING POLICY: The following grade scale will be for the most part, applied:: The following constitutes the basis for the grade point assignment:  Attendance/Participation in Class Discussion…..14 possible pts.; There are 4 in-class sessions scheduled (see section XII, below); .1/pt. will be issued for those who arrive on time to the class session; .9 possible pts. will be issued for those positively contributing to class discussion; Discussion questions will be posted in the CE6 discussion link pertaining to the chapters covered that week. Those unable to attend the in-class session, can answer the discussion question, to receive a maximum of 1 pt. for that week. Moreover, it is expected that students thoroughly review their test results, and furnish substantive comments regarding each test; posting their comments within the appropriate discussion week, designated exam debriefing. The discussion question(s)/exam debriefing input is due by the end of the assigned week, see section XII, below.  Class group presentation………………………….…6 possible pts.; This assignment entails the development of a power point presentation, summarizing an “approved” empirical article, related to their respective social institution (i.e., marriage and family, economic, religion, education or political system). This presentation should also address pertinent material found within the textbook This assignment is due by April 15th. Each group member, using a 10 pt. scale, from 0 to 10, (0 = person did not participate to 10 = this person contributed the most toward the development of this presentation) will undertake an evaluation their group members in terms of their relative contribution to preparing this power point presentation. This will be taken into account in arriving at the individual member’s group presentation pts.  4 Examinations: 20 pts/each……………………… 80 possible pts. All exam grades will take into account an item analysis of multiple choice questions, whereby, those questions deemed to be problematic (i.e., poorly worded, redundant choice(s)), will result in an adjustment in the exam grade. ____ Total………………………….. 100 possible points 90 – 100 = A; 80 – 89 = B ; 79 – 70 = C ; 60 – 69 = D; Below 60 = F VPASA: Revised 07/09 Page 4
  • 5. EDISON STATE COLLEGE Division of Arts and Sciences (Note: The “incomplete” grade *“I”+ should be given only when unusual circumstances warrant. An “incomplete” is not a substitute for a “D,” “F,” or “W.” Refer to the policy on “incomplete grades.) In addition, those students demonstrating improvement over time, typically receive the benefit of doubt in terms of their overall grade assignment, given that some students take time to become acclimated to test taking and the like V. REQUIRED COURSE MATERIALS: Textbook: Kendall, Diana. 2008. Sociology In Our Times. Seventh Edition. Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN: 9780495504276 VI. RESERVED MATERIALS FOR THE COURSE: None. VII. CLASS COMPETENCIES INVOLVED IN THIS COURSE. Demonstrate computer literacy (i.e, constructively participate in chatroom/blog discussion, submit essays using Microsoft Word or Open Office) and readily navigate CE6 site for this class. VIII. CLASS SCHEDULE: ** Jan 12th Course Overview ** Discussion wk. 1 Jan. 19tth Chapter 1 The Sociological Perspective Discussion wk. 2 **Jan 26th Chapter 2 Sociological Research Methods selecting empirical article for group Presentation; Discussion wk. 3Feb. 2nd Chapter 3 Culture Chapter 5 Society, Social Structure, and Interaction; focus on pgs. 138-139; 148-157; 169 (Macro Sociological Perspective) Discussion wk. 4 Feb. 9th E X A M I; Debrief Examination S O C IAL PSYC H O LO GY Discussion wk. 5 **Feb 16th Chapter 4 Socialization Chapter 6 Groups and Organizations Chapter 20 Collective Behavior, Social Movements & Social Change Discussion wk. 6 Feb 23rd Chapter 10 Race and Ethnicity Chapter 11 Sex and Gender Discussion wk. 7 March 2nd E X A M I I; Debrief Exam U R BAN S O C I O LO GY & S O C IAL PR O B LE M S Discussion wk. 8 March 16th Chapter 8 Class and Stratification in the United States Chapter 9 Global Stratification; Chapter 19 Population and Urbanization Discussion wk. 9 March 23rd Chapter 7 Deviance and Crime Chapter 12 Aging and Inequality Based on Age Chapter 18 Health, Health Care, and Disability Discussion wk. 10 March 30th E X A M I I I; Debrief Exam S O C IAL I NS TI TU TI O N S & G ROU P PRE SE N TAT I O NS Discussion wk. 11April 6th ** Chapter 14 Politics and Government in Global Perspective Discussion wk. 12 April 13th Chapter 13 The Economy and Work in Global Perspective; Chapter 16 Education Discussion wk. 13 April 20th Chapter 17 Religion; Chapter 15 Families… th Discussion wk. 14 April 27 F I N A L E X A M (based on chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16); VPASA: Revised 07/09 Page 5
  • 6. EDISON STATE COLLEGE Division of Arts and Sciences Debrief Final Exam ** on campus, please note that those that cannot attend the class session, have the opportunity to receive attendance pts. via providing input in the appropriate discussion section of the CE6 class link IX. ANY OTHER INFORMATION OR CLASS PROCEDURES OR POLICIES: No exam will be offered in advance of the scheduled exam dates (see Section XII, above) All make-up exams will be comprised of (a) essay question(s). VPASA: Revised 07/09 Page 6

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