College of Southern Idaho by X973L5E


									                                      College of Southern Idaho
                                              Social Science

                                            Sociology 101
                                      Introduction to Sociology

Spring 2009
Ryan Torngren MSW, LMSW                                           Office Hours: By Appointment                                             Office Phone: (208) 436-9494

                                        The CSI Mission Statement
The College of Southern Idaho, a comprehensive community college, provides educational, social and
cultural opportunities for the diverse population of South Central Idaho. In this rapidly changing world,
CSI encourages our students to lead enriched, productive and responsible lives.

General Education Criteria: This course satisfies all eight criteria for general education. It is designed
1. provide a broad-based survey of a discipline and show the interconnectedness of knowledge.
2. develop a discerning individual.
3. practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
4. promote awareness of social and cultural diversity in order to appreciate the commonality of
5. foster the balance between individual needs and the demands of society.
6. reinforce reading, writing, speaking, and/or quantitative skills.
7. encourage and inspire life-long learning.
8. encourage creativity.

                             Social Science Department Mission Statement
The mission of the Social Science Department is to provide educational, social, and cultural opportunities
which encourage enriched, productive and responsible lives primarily by instructing students to
understand, interpret, and apply Social Science discipline coursework.

Social Science Department Goals: This course addresses the following Social Science Department
goals, which are to:
1. help students understand important facts, concepts and theories of Social Science subjects.
2. help students acquire techniques and methods used to gain new knowledge in the disciplines.
3. help students learn to distinguish between fact and opinion.
4. teach students to use evaluation, analysis and synthesis to interpret and solve problems.
5. teach students to use different perspectives from the social sciences to make better-informed decisions
6. help students acquire an informed understanding of various cultures.
7. prepare students to transfer to a university.
                                  Sociology Program Mission Statement
The Sociology Program provides an understanding of the social forces which help shape our lives and the
interconnectedness of all peoples. It also prepares students for transfer to upper division sociology
programs at the college or university of their choice, and helps them to form rational and constructive
relationships with their fellow human beings.

Sociology Program Objectives:
1.       To introduce students to major sociological theories and sociologists.
2.       To provide insights into the relationship between the social organization of group life and its
subsequent impacts
         on the thinking, acting, and interaction patterns of individuals.
3.       To offer a General Education choice for the Social Sciences.
4.       To contribute to the knowledge base for Criminal Justice Administration, Social Work and other
related careers.
5.       To furnish quality courses for the first two years of a Sociology major.
6.       To prepare students to excel in their upper division programs.

                                 Pre-requisites and Prerequisite Skills

                                      Catalog Course Description

The basic concepts, principles, and processes in sociology. An introduction to material relating to culture,
social interaction, institutions, and social change.

Required Textbook: Macionis, John J., SOCIOLOGY 11th ED., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 2005

Course Outcomes:                                                         GE          SS           SOCY
1. Define sociology, identify the basic components of the               1,2,6     1,2,3,4,7     1,2,3,4,5,6
   perspective and understand the major sociological theories.
2. Become familiar with the historical development of sociology.        1,2,6      1,3,47       1,2,3,4,5,6
3. Understand normative systems and the impact of culture upon          4,6,8     1,2,3,4,7        3,5,6
4. Identify the importance of a global perspective and the              4,5,6       1,6,7          3,5,6
interdependence of
   our world’s nations and peoples.
5. Understand the major features of social stratification systems.       1,2        1,3,7          3,5,6
6. Define various forms of social organizations and understand          3,7,8      1,2,4,7         2,5,6
the relationship
   between social structure and human behavior.

Course Outcomes Aligned with Course Assessment Activities:
         Quizzes                Papers            Presentation/Final                 Class Participation
1           X                                                                                X
2           X                      X                       X                                 X
3           X                      X                       X                                 X
4                                  X                                                         X
5                                                          X                                 X
6           X                      X                       X                                 X
Grading System: Based on percentages.
Quizzes              40%
Papers               30 %
Presentation/ Final   20%
Class Participation   10%

Quizzes (100 Points)
There will be weekly quizzes at the beginning of each class to assess each student’s
comprehension of the material. Each quiz will have twenty questions reviewing the previous
week’s lecture and reading. The quiz will consist of multiple choice questions. The lowest test
score will be dropped and 10 points will be awarded for that quiz.

Papers (82 Points)
Culture Paper: (62 Points) “What type of culture were you raised in and how does it affect your
socialization in society today?” The paper is an I paper and is about YOU. The paper is intended
to introduce you to the APA writing format used within Sociology. Also, the paper is intended to
assist students with applying concepts from class to their own lives in an attempt to better
understand their cultural influences. Two weeks before the papers are due a draft of the paper
will be brought to class for peer review, and questioning of the teacher. 10 Points will be
awarded for bringing a draft and engaging in the review. (A sample paper will be distributed to
demonstrate what an A paper looks like.) Papers are to be APA formatted: 12 point font, double
spaced, 1 inch margins, title page, and references page. The paper must also include at least
three sources, two of which must be journal articles.

Video Analysis: (20 points) Towards the middle of the term a film demonstrating sociological
concepts will be shown. Students will be asked to take notes on the film, noting various
concepts. These notes will then be used to assist the students in writing a 3-4 page paper about
the various concepts and terms. The paper will need a title page and will be double spaced.

Group Presentation/Final (55 Points)
Students are given the option of choosing to engage in a group presentation or take a final exam.

Students choosing the group presentation will be broken into groups from which class
presentations will be made. These presentations will take the place of the final exam; therefore,
the student will not be accountable for the examination. The various groups will present on a
chapter from the text. The group will be responsible for the dissemination of text concepts.
Presentation length will be determined by the number of groups presenting, and also by the
number of participants in the group. The group will be graded on Course concepts discussed,
presentation quality, meeting the time requirement, and the demonstration of group cohesion.
Also, as this is a group process the group is also involved in the grading to encourage all group
member participation. (30 points will be awarded from the instructor; the other 25 points come
from an individual evaluation of participation to be completed by each member of the group.
Each member has the opportunity to score their group members to help ensure that each member
is an active participant.)
Students opting to take the final exam will be given a comprehensive review of class information
which will assist them in preparing for the final. The class period before the final will be a
review period. The test will be 100 comprehensive questions covering all chapters discussed in

Class Participation (28 Points)
Students will receive these points for attendance and participation in classroom discussions.
Without these points an A grade cannot be obtained.

Course Evaluation: (5 extra credit points)
Two weeks before the end of the course a class evaluation is put online for students to evaluate
the course. Those students completing the evaluation and then bringing in the printout of the
completed evaluation will receive 5 extra credit points. This is the only extra credit offered.

Grading Breakdown By Percentages (Based on a Total of 265 points)

100%-90%       265-236       A
89%-80%        235-210       B
79%-70%        209-183       C
69%-60%        182-155       D
59%-0%         154-0         F

The student is responsible for attendance in class each week. No formal role will taken in class;
however, as there will be weekly quizzes attendance will be monitored. Students missing class
will miss the quiz or other activity and these activities may not be made up (see Make Up/Late
work). Also, this informal attendance will assist in the determination of class participation

Makeup/Late Work
Quizzes may not be made up. If students miss one of the quizzes, the quiz missed automatically
becomes the lowest quiz and is thrown out. Absences are the student’s responsibility, meaning it
is the student’s responsibility to contact fellow students and read the text chapter for the material
covered in class as I will not forward lecture slides.

Papers not turned in on time automatically will be docked 30%. They may be turned in before
the due date, but those coming in after will receive the penalty plus remain subject to paper
grading criteria. Therefore, a late paper could only potentially receive a 70% if everything else
in the paper is perfect. However, if an assignment is late it is still in the best interest of the
student to turn in the assignment as the final overall grade will be influenced dramatically if the
assignment is not turned in.

Presentations may not be made up. However, the absent student will receive 80% of the grade
the rest of the group receives based upon the actual in-class presentation. These points will then
be combined with the points awarded from their group’s assessment of their participation in the
presentation preparation. However, if a student takes no active part in the preparation (by their
group’s report) and they do not show up for the presentation, they will receive no credit.

Plagiarism/Cheating Policy

Cheating and Plagiarism is very serious. Anyone caught plagiarizing or cheating will
automatically fail the project which the offence occurred upon. To assist in prevention of
cheating, no electronic devices will be allowed during quizzes.

CSI E-mail

E-mail is the primary source of written communication with all CSI students. Students automatically get
a CSI e-mail account when they register for courses. Messages from instructors and various offices such
as Admission and Records, Advising, Financial Aid, Scholarships, etc. will be sent to the students’ CSI
accounts (NOT their personal e-mail accounts). It is the students’ responsibility to check their CSI e-
mail accounts regularly. Failing to do so will result in missing important messages and deadlines.
Students can check their CSI e-mail online at Student e-mail addresses have the
following format: At the beginning of each semester free training sessions
will be offered to students who need help using their CSI e-mail accounts.

Dates                         Topics and Reading Assignments

January 21                        Introductions

January 28                        Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
                                  Chapter 2: Sociological Investigation

February 4                        Chapters 3 & 4: Culture; Society
                                  Quiz 1-Chapter 1& 2

February 11                       Chapters 5 & 6: Socialization; Social Interaction
                                   in Everyday Life
                                  Quiz 2-Chapters 3 & 4

February 18                       Writing Discussion instruction/Resource Gathering
                                  Chapter 8: Sexuality
                                  Quiz 3-Chapter 5&6

February 25                       Chapter 9: Deviance
                                  Quiz 4-Chapters 8

March 4                           Chapter 10 & 11: Social Stratification; Social Class in the
                                  United States
                                  Quiz 5-Chapter 9
March 11                              Culture Paper Draft Peer Review
                                      Video Discussion

March 18                               **Spring Break**

March 25                              Chapter 14: Race and Ethnicity
                                      Quiz 6-Chapter 10 & 11

April 1                              ** Video Analysis Due**
                                      Chapter 16 & 20: The Economy and Work, Education
                                      Quiz 7-Chapter 14

April 8                               Chapter 18 & 19: Family; Religion
                                      Quiz 8-Chapter 16 & 20

April 15                              Chapter 22 & 24: Population; Social Change: Traditional,
                                      Modern, and Postmodern Societies
                                      Quiz 9-Chapter 18 & 19

April 22                              Quiz 10-Chapter 22 & 24
                                      Group Presentation
                                      **Culture Paper Due**

April 29                                Group Presentation/ Final Review

May 6                                  Final

May 13                                    Final Week

On-line course evaluation
          Students are strongly encouraged to complete evaluations at the end of the course. Evaluations are very
important to assist the teaching staff to continually improve the course. Evaluations are available online at: Evaluations open up two weeks prior to the end of the course. The last day to complete
an evaluation is the last day of the course. During the time the evaluations are open, students can complete the
course evaluations at their convenience from any computer with Internet access, including in the open lab in the
Library and in the SUB. When students log in they should see the evaluations for the courses in which they are
enrolled. Evaluations are anonymous. Filling out the evaluations should only take a few minutes. Your honest
feedback is greatly appreciated.

Disability Policy
Any student with a documented disability may be eligible for related accommodations. To determine eligibility and
secure services, students should contact the coordinator of Disability Services at their first opportunity after
registration for a class. Student Disability Services is located on the second floor of the Taylor Building on the Twin
Falls Campus, (208)732-6260.

**Syllabus Disclaimer** This Syllabus is subject to change, pending changes are deemed necessary.

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