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  • 1. SOC 3063 Collective Behavior Fall, 2013 MWF 10:00-10:50 MH 3.02.18 Instructor: Email: Michael Miller Office Address: Office Hours: MS 4.02.26 MWF 12:00-1:00 Assigned Materials: All reading, video, and audio materials will be made available online through this syllabus. Course Description: SOC 3063 addresses the study of emergent, relatively unstructured social events, activities, processes, and behaviors, as well as the collective context in which they occur, by examining major concepts, theories, and empirical findings. Forms of collective behavior to be addressed include group dynamics, fads and crazes, rumors and urban legends, mass hysteria and moral panics, crowds, mobs, stampedes and riots, disasters and disaster–relevant behavior, social protest actions, and terrorism. The course objective is to provide you with an opportunity to derive depth understanding of collective behavior, and its impact on human well-being. This will be sought through class lectures and discussions, readings, video and audio assignments, and a group project and class presentation. This section of SOC 3063 is a hybrid course in the sense that it combines conventional in-class teaching with supplemental instruction derived through online resources. Specifically, you are required to devote considerable out-of-class time to examining various video and audio programs and clips linked to the course via this syllabus. Degree-Program Requirement Successful completion of SOC 3063 satisfies 3 hours of upper-division electives. Course Management System Blackboard Learn is available by virtue of enrollment in this class. It is an important resource which will allow you access to the course syllabus, assigned materials, and course grades. (Let me know immediately if you have any difficulties with this site.) Student Contributions The course requires your active involvement. At the minimum, you are expected to attend class, read text assignments and cover assigned Internet materials prior to class, and take examinations as specified. You are responsible for adhering to all rules concerning conduct, including those relevant to scholastic dishonesty (see The Student Code of Conduct). You are also expected to reflect the
  • 2. Roadrunner Creed in your behavior. To additionally facilitate your success, consider the following suggestions: 1. Do not be a “spectator.” Your success in the class will be proportional to your engagement. This is your class—actively participate. Ask questions, discuss experiences, offer opinions... Get to know other students (exchange phone numbers/email addresses). Talk about the course, share lecture notes, hold study sessions before exams... 2. Read / watch / listen to assigned text and Internet materials before the presentation date. It will be helpful to take notes as you watch videos and listen to audios. 3. Should you have any concern or problem that is affecting, or may affect, your academic status or class involvement, please communicate with me about it. If posted meeting times are inconvenient, you may arrange a conference at another time. Note: all e-mail communication should be directed to me at Support services, including registration assistance and adaptive equipment, are available to those with documented disabilities through the Office of Disability Services. Course Policies and Practices 1. Student Survey. During the first week, please complete an online survey about yourself in order to better meet your learning needs. 2. Class Beginning. A few minutes before starting each class, a selection of popular music may be played that in some way relates to the topic to be discussed that morning. Please listen in silence and try to determine how the lyrics of the song are relevant to topic concepts. At the conclusion of the song, volunteers will be called on for brief discussion. Note: My knowledge of current popular music is quite limited—therefore, any song contribution from you would be appreciated (please e-mail suggestions to me with brief description of how the music applies to concepts). 3. Attendance. Attendance will be taken on a regular basis. 4. Coming Late. Please enter and take a seat without disrupting others. 5. Notetaking. PowerPoint slides are regularly used in class to overview key ideas. Such slides will include images, graphics, animations, and video. Understand that your notetaking effort should also be directed to what I am saying, rather than solely the slides. Slides are not posted to Blackboard. 6. Class Ending. Do not attempt to pack-up until the class is over. Class ends at 10:50—please let me know if I run past that time. 7. Technology Use. Avoid embarrassment: turn your cell phone off before class starts. Under no circumstances can a cell phone be out during an exam. The use of laptop or tablet computers is permitted during class for course purposes only. 8. Grade Reporting. All evaluation results (except those for the final exam) will be returned to you in class (no one else may pick these up for you). Grades will also be made available to you on Blackboard (grades cannot be reported to you by telephone, fax, or e-mail). 9. Drop Procedure. Should you decide to no longer attend, be sure to follow appropriate UTSA withdrawal procedures. Evaluation Exams Three exams, including a non-cumulative final exam, will be administered over the semester. Each exam will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions, and collectively, exams will account for 80 percent of your final grade. Please note: exams from previous semesters are not made available as study aids, nor are exams taken during the semester released. If you miss an exam for a valid reason, you must submit a written request (paper copy) for a make-up exam, including documentation for your absence, at the
  • 3. time of your return to class. All make-up exams will consist of essay-length questions and will be administered immediately after completion of the final exam. Video Clip Assignment Working in a group with three other students, you will locate an online video clip that is highly relevant to social stratification. The clip should be available through streaming (be sure to provide its URL), and should be no less than 2 minutes and no longer than 8 minutes in length. An appropriate lesson context plan for its classroom use should then be developed. Specifically, the plan must describe how the clip will enhance understanding of social stratification, and as well, include a set of questions that could be asked relative to the classroom application of the clip. Toward the end of the semester, your group will present the clip and the lesson to the class. In addtion, the clip and a summary of the lesson will be uploaded to the course blog for class display. The assignment will account for 20 percent of your final grade. Grading Scale Exam scores and final average should be interpreted on the following basis: A = > 89 B = 80 – 89 C = 70 – 79 D = 60 – 69 F = < 60
  • 4. Course Outline (reading and video assignments are still tentative) Date Topic Week 1 Aug 28 Topic: Course Orientation Aug 30 Topic: Peruse: Defining the Subfield Collective Behavior Week 2 September 2 No Class September 4 Topic: Read: Perspectives on Collective Behavior Collective Behavior Overview September 6 Topic: Read: Social Contexts of Collective Behavior Hippie Watch: The Millenials Are Coming! Week 3 September 9-11 Topic: Inspect: Fads, Fashions, and Crazes Fads of the Century Videos: Beatlemania Fads of the 1990s September 13 Topic: Reading: Collective Behavior and Role of Rumor Rumor
  • 5. Week 4 September 16 Topic: Reading: Urban Legend Urban Legend Inspect: September 18 Topic: Reading: Collective Delusions & Mass Hysteria Mass Delusions and Hysterias September 20 Topic: Video: Collective Delusions & Mass Hysteria (continued) Salem Witch Hunts Week 5 September 23 Topic: Student Meetings / Topic Selection September 25 Exam 1 September 27 Exam Review Week 6 September 30 Topic: Reading: Tutorial on Multimedia Presentations A System for Integrating Online Multimedia Into College Curriculum. October 2-4 Topic: Readings: Group Dynamics / Structural Properties of Groups Kitty Genovese Group Think and Deindividuation Crowdsourcing Video: Why the Other Lines Seem to Move Faster than Yours
  • 6. Week 7 October 7 Topic: Video: Group Dynamics / Structural Properties of Groups (continued) 12 Angry Men October 9-11 Topic: Readings: Sociology of Disasters: Natural National Geographic Website: Natural Disasters Infographic: Earthquakes with 1,000 or More Deaths Since 1900 Week 8 October 14 Topic: Video: Sociology of Disasters: Natural (continued) Japan’s Killer Quake October 16-18 Topic: Readings: Sociology of Disasters: Man-Made A Survival Guide to Catastrophe,9171,1810315-1,00.html List of Accidents and Disasters by Death Toll Video: How Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Plant Disaster Happened,32068,833602970001_2059584,00.html Week 9 October 21 Topic: Videos: Sociology of Disasters: Man-Made (continued) Triangle Fire Storm that Drowned a City October 23-25 Topic: Readings: Crowd Disasters Human Stampedes
  • 7. How to Keep Yourself Safe If There's a Crowd Crush or Fire… Week 10 October 28 Exam 2 October 30 Exam Review November 1 Topic: Student Meetings – Presentation Work Hour Week 11 November 4-8 Topic: Reading: Riots Riot Videos: Black Wall Street (view pts 1-12) Detroit Riot, 1967 Orangeburg Massacre Attica Prison Riot, 1971 FYI: Annotated Bibliography on Riots and Protest Week 12 November 11-13 Topic: Assignments: Social Movements / Protest to be determined November 15 Topic: Assignments: Terrorism to be determined Week 13 November 18-20 Topic: Assignments: Societal Collapse to be determined
  • 8. November 22 Topic Course Conclusion Week 14 November 25-27 Group Presentations Week 15 December 2, 4, 6 Group Presentations _____________________________________________________________________________________ December 11 Final Exam (Wednesday, 7:00-9:30)