Wayne State University
Department of Sociology
Soc 2000 - Introduction to Sociology
Instructor: Rodney Lake
Office: 2262 Faculty Administration Building
Email: email@example.com (E-mails from my Wayne State University’s e-mail
account are forwarded to the above address.)
Office Hours: MW 4-6:30pm by appointment
"In Conflict and Order" by Eitzen & Zinn, 2007 Allyn & Bacon.
This course provides an overview of the field of sociology. Particular emphasis will be
placed on the practices and institutions which people develop in the processes of social
maintenance and change.
The majority of the course materials will come from the textbook and in class lectures.
Class discussion and participation is mandatory. Each student is expected to add
insightful and intellectual ideals and comments to class discussions. Also, each student is
expected to respect the comments from other students, realizing that no one’s opinions
are the same. There may also be additional reading materials provided.
Four exams will be given during the semester, which will be a combination of multiple
choice and true/false. The exams will cover lectures, the textbook, articles discussed in
class, as well as the group presentations. The course schedule indicates the dates for the
exams and the chapters to be covered. Any changes in the schedule will be announced in
class. You are responsible for knowing about any changes.
Late Assignments or Missed Exams
Late assignments will not be accepted. If a student misses an exam, a make-up exam will
only be allowed with appropriate documentation for an excused absence.
Unless the university is officially closed, class will meet as scheduled. This includes
whatever assignments and scheduled exams for that day to be done. For example, if it
snows on a day class is scheduled; all assignments due for that class session will still be
collected. In addition, if a test is scheduled for that day it will still be administered.
Plagiarism is the inappropriate representation of another’s work as one’s own. A
discussion will take place on the first day of class. Any act of plagiarism will result in a
failing grade for the assignment with the potential for a failing grade for the course and
possible dismissal from the university.
Percentage Point Breakdown
Exams 6 @ 100 pts 500 pts
Students with Disabilities
If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, you will need to
register with Student Disability Services for coordination of your academic
accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David
Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services department.
SDS telephone number is 313-577-1851 or 313-577-3365 (TDD only). Once you have
your accommodations in place, I will be glad to meet with you privately during my office
hours to discuss your special needs. Student Disability Services’ mission is to assist the
university in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an
equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at Wayne State
Each will compose a literature review on a topic related to sociology. The review should
be no less than 12 pages, double spaced, and consist of at least 20 references. Additional
details will be discussed in class each week.
Week 1 Course syllabus, overview of Sociology
Week 2 Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
Week 3 Chapter 2: The Structure of Social Groups
Week 4 Chapter 3: The Duality of Social Life: Order and Conflict
Week 5 Chapter 4: The Individual in Society: Society in the Individual
Week 6 Chapter 5: Socialization
Week 7 Chapter 6: Social Control
Week 8 Chapter 7: Deviance
Week 9 Chapter 8: Structural Sources of Societal Change
Week 10 Chapter 9: Social Stratification
Week 11 Chapter 10: Class
Week 12 Chapter 11: Racial Inequality
Week 13 Chapter 12: Gender Inequality
Week 14 Chapter 16: Education
Week 15 Final Exam