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  1. 1. Sociology Syllabus Ms Robinson TEXTBOOK: Jon M. Shepphard and Robert W. Greene. Sociology and You. Glencoe, New York, 2008. COURSE Description: 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 be explored: A. Sociological perspectives; basic concepts of sociology and methods of sociological research. 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 events analysis. Course Rationale: 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. Course Units: Sociological perspectives 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. 4. Culture and Social Structure Culture 1. The basis of culture. 2. Language and Culture. 3. Norms and Values. 4. Beliefs and material culture. 5. Cultural diversity and similarity.
  2. 2. Social Structure and Society 1. Social Structure and Society. 2. Social Structure and roles. Groups 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. Social Institutions The Family 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 Social Inequality Social Stratification 1. Dimensions of stratification. 2. Explanations of stratification. 3. Social classes in America 4. Poverty 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. 3. Ageism. STUDENT EXPECTATIONS: 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
  3. 3. 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 100%-94% 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+ 79.9%-77% C 76.9%-74% C- 73.9%-70% 2. Assessments: D+ 69.9%-67% - Tests D 66.9%-64% D- 63.9%-60% F 59.9%-0% COMMENTS: 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 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) Ex: . 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: 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. 4. 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.