Jon M. Shepphard and Robert W. Greene. Sociology and You. Glencoe, New
Sociology is an elective course that explores the social context in which people
live. This course examines the way in which groups influence people; especially
the way people are influenced by society. There are four general themes that will
A. Sociological perspectives; basic concepts of sociology and methods of
B. Culture and social structures.
C. Social Institutions with a focus no family and relationships.
D. Social inequality; race, gender and social class.
A variety of instructional methods will be used in the course in presenting these
themes. These include but are not limited to; discussion, lecture, multimedia
materials and technology, research projects, student presentations, and current
Sociology studies human social behavior. It assumes a group rather than an
individual perspective. Sociologists look for the patterns in social relationships.
Individuals can benefit by using the sociological perspective to understand their
personal lives. Perhaps the greatest challenge facing humanity is coming to an
understanding of what motivates each individual within the greater social
construct. Through understanding we can develop a sense of fairness and justice
and ultimately a world built on respect and dignity for all.
Basic Concepts of Sociology
1. Sociological perspectives.
2. The origins of sociology.
3. Theoretical perspectives.
Methods of Sociological Research
1. Research methods.
2. Causation in science.
3. Procedures and ethics in research.
Culture and Social Structure
1. The basis of culture.
2. Language and Culture.
3. Norms and Values.
4. Beliefs and material culture.
5. Cultural diversity and similarity.
Social Structure and Society
1. Social Structure and Society.
2. Social Structure and roles.
1. Primary and secondary groups.
2. Other groups and networks.
3. Social interaction.
4. Formal organizations.
Social change and collective behavior
1. Social change.
2. Collective behavior.
3. Social movements.
1. Cross cultural perspectives of family.
2. Family and marriage in the United States.
3. Changes in marriage and family.
Education, Power, Religion, and Sports
1. Conflict and functionalist perspectives.
2. Symbolic interactionism
3. Power and authority
4. Religion and society
5. Religion in the United States
6. The nature of sport
7. Social issues in sport
1. Dimensions of stratification.
2. Explanations of stratification.
3. Social classes in America
5. Social mobility
Race and ethnicity
1. Minority, race and ethnicity
2. Theories of prejudice and discrimination
3. Minority groups in the United States
Gender and Age
1. Sex and gender identity.
2. Gender inequality.
You are important in this class, and your timely attendance will help make
this class successful. Class time will be used to discuss key concepts. Freedom
of expression must be in balance with class learning goals. If you differ from an
idea or opinion, you must challenge the idea and not the speaker. Class time
may be used to complete activities related to topics and to discuss conclusions
reached on assignments. Discussions will be used to go beyond the text material.
GRADING And EVALUATION:
Exams and chapter tests will be given periodically. Written assignments must be
word-processed and will also be assessed along with projects and class
activities. Late assignments will not earn points but must be turned in
to receive credit for the course. Students will be expected to turn in typed
assignments at the beginning of the class period on or before the due date. If you
are absent for the entire day, refer to the student handbook for make up days.
Grading: Each student will earn a percentage total
based on the following areas:
A- 93.9 %-90 1. Assignments:
B+ 89.9%- 87% - In class and homework responses
B 86.9%-84% - Positive Participation
B- 83.9%-80% - Projects and presentations
C- 73.9%-70% 2. Assessments:
D+ 69.9%-67% - Tests
1. I will be enforcing the rules of the school as written in the school handbook.
2. You will need to join the class wiki for sociology. The wiki will have the
objectives for each day and a word or pfd document of all assignments. You may
print off extra copies in case you are absent the day I handed out the assignment
or you lose your copy. It is imperative you ask to join the wiki to help you stay
current on the daily work and learning’s of the class. Go to wikispaces.com and
register for an account, do not create your own wiki. Use your school email
account, not hotmail, yahoo, etc. Your school email is the first letter of your first
name, the first five letters of your last name, 01 (unless there are more than one
of you in the district such as john smith and a jen smith, both would be jsmith)
@isd77.k12.mn.us. Ex: firstname.lastname@example.org . Your password is a g infront
of your password number. After registering for a wikispaces account, you will
need to confirm in your school email and then go to:
http://mankatoeast147.wikispaces.com and request approval for membership.
Remember, I will only approve East email addresses.
2. Assignments: Late assignments will not be accepted for full points.
As seniors, you have the responsibility to hand in assignments on or before
designated due dates. Every assignment relates to a part of the required course
standards and must be completed to receive credit towards graduation.
3. Late tests: Make up tests will be taken in the classroom before school or after
school the day you return unless you are absent for more than one full day. See
the school handbook for make up test/homework policy. The make up test
will be different from the scheduled test.
4. Current events will be included on a daily basis for discussion as they relate to
subject matter. We will be discussing school and local news along with state,
national, and international events.