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LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

SSC 105 ON: Introduction to Sociology

3 Credits

Online Classroom

Fall 2015

 

                                          

Instructor

Dr. Rachel Francis

Phone

(570) 504-1588

 

 

 

 

Office

Healey Hall: Room 114

E-mail

francisr@lackawanna.edu

 

 

 

Response guaranteed within 24 hours

Office Hours                        

Online through Chat or

By appointment ONLY

 

 

 

 

Be sure to read this syllabus over thoroughly. The course syllabus is considered a contract between instructor and students. Your continued enrollment in the course equates to your signature on the contract, indicating your agreement to abide by the terms of this contract.

 

Text

Tischler, Henry L., (2014). Introduction to Sociology. 11th Edition. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

 

 

Description

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of the study of human behavior in society, including culture, social structure, and analysis of social interaction, socialization and social change

 

 

 

Objectives

  1. Explain how sociologists seek to explain human behavior
  1. Discuss the origins of sociology as a discipline and the major theories that are influential today.
  2. Describe how sociologists do research
  3. Identify the major elements of culture and the influence of culture on human behavior.
  4. Describe how society is structured and organized.
  5. Discuss the process of socialization and the major agents of socialization.
  6. Define and explain the concept of deviance, including the major theories of deviant behavior.
  7. Describe how society is stratified and the impact of stratification on life chances.
  8. Discuss issues of race and ethnicity
  9. Describe how the family should function as an agent of socialization.
  10. Describe how the institution of education functions as an agent of socialization.
  11. Define and discuss the major theories of social change

 

Online Course Attendance Policy:

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

 

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks without Discussion Allowed

Twice on any four days in a week

0

 

 You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT posts in all, minimum.

  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 

 

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

 

You MUST post no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 posts)

 30

 

 

 

Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 posts)

 15

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 posts)

 10

 

 

 

Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 posts)

 10

 

 

 

Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.

 10

 

 

 

Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both

 10

 

 

 

Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation

 10

 

 

 

Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette

 5

 

 

 

TOTAL POINTS for EACH WEEKLY DISCUSSION: 100

 

 

WITHDRAWAL POLICY:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Counseling Office, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 

INSTRUCTOR POLICIES:

Grades are non-negotiable.

Do not phone or e-mail me at the end of the semester and ask for a grade change. You grade will reflect exactly what you have earned. I will not give any extra credit assignments for students who did not do well all semester and then need a higher grade for whatever reason.

 

Do not come into the classroom late.

I will NOT tolerate students coming into the classroom late. If you are late you will not be allowed in class and this will count as an absence. You know class begins at 1 PM so make provisions to be here on time. Students cannot just enter the classroom whenever they feel like as it is disrupting to the class in progress.

 

There will not be any electronic equipment in use during the class.

All cell phones are to be put away when entering this classroom. I will not tolerate any student text messaging during class. If you are caught doing this, you will be asked to leave the room and not return. Headphones are to be removed before entering the classroom.

 

Hoods and baseball hats:

These are to be removed when you enter the classroom unless you are of the religion that you must keep your head covered. I am respectful of all religions.

 

PARTICIPATION:

At the college level, the role of the professor is to construct a context for learning.

Learning—and the development of the course—depends on student engagement.

Knowledge is not transmitted, but actively created.

Participation during class:

  • Note-taking.
  • Listening to your colleagues.
  • Contributing comments based on the reading.
  • Giving other students a chance to speak.

 

MISSED WORK AND MAKE-UPS:

You will be responsible for any work or assignments you miss. Your class schedule lists the dates and the material that will be covered. Sometimes, we deviate from the schedule or we may have class in a different area, so it is your responsibility to know what is happening in class. I suggest you get in touch with a fellow classmate if you miss class. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class so I suggest that you obtain a phone number or e-mail address from a fellow student. The dates of the exams are clearly marked on the class schedule, but if for some reason you cannot take the exam, you must see me ahead of time to make alternative arrangements. I do not give the same exam for make-ups nor do I give any make-up exam for the final unless you miss for a very good reason. If you miss an exam, you have 24-hours to get in touch with me and schedule a make-up. Do not come into the next class after the exam and ask for a make-up. Again, e-mail or call me to schedule a make-up exam and to give me your reason for missing the exam.

 

GRADES AND EXAMS:

I DO NOT give you your grades, you earn them. Please do not come to me before final grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments. This would not be fair to those who attended classes and did well on their exams. If you are having difficulty, see me before the end of the semester. There will be four exams each worth 20% of your final grade, one in-class assignment worth 10% of your final grade, and one picture reflection paper worth 10% of your final grade. The exams will cover all of the material prior to the date of the exam, but nothing from the previous exam, in other words the exams are not comprehensive. Format of the exams are multiple choice, matching, and true/false. The dates of the exams are clearly listed on your Class Schedule and also are listed on the portal.

 

Below are the corresponding numerical scores and the letter grades.

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

 

DUE DATES AND LATE PENALTIES:

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-assignment will be dropped one (1) letter grade.
    • If you do not notify me within 24-hours after missing an exam you will receive a “O” for that exam.
    • Anyone not participating in the in-class project will receive a “O.” There are no make-ups for this project.
    • There will be no “extra credit” assignments.       Seek tutoring if you are not doing well in the class, but do not wait until the end of the semester.

 

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.

 

DISABILITY STATEMENT:

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs. Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab. If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LACKAWANNA COLLEGE NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATION

 

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu

 

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, colaa@lackawanna.edu or Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Students, Angeli Hall, Room 104, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1579, lamagnad@lackawanna.edu.  

 

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT:

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 colaa@lackawanna.edu OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or lamagnad@lackawanna.edu.

 

PORTFOLIO AND COURSEWORK:

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, assessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

FINAL COMMENTS:

Throughout the course, each student should keep a record of his/her grades so you should have a very good idea of how you are doing. I DO NOT change any grades unless I have made a mathematical error; you get exactly what you earn so do not ask for a higher grade because you need it to pass or to increase your GPA.

 

All lectures are given via PowerPoint or Prezi and these are on the portal. You need to read each chapter in your text in conjunction with the Power Points.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me; don’t wait until the end of the Semester to voice them. Do not come to me before the final exam and ask what you need to pass the course. Do not come to me before final grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments to bring up your grade. This is not fair to those who have attended class and did well on their exams and in-class assignments. If you are having any problems I will make every reasonable effort to help you. If you want to learn about Cultural Anthropology, I am willing to help you learn. Make sure you have a text and keep up with the reading and the Power Points.

 

 

Course Schedule

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1

Introductions & cover syllabus

 

Introduction to Sociology; The Sociological Perspective

Explain how sociologists seek to explain human behavior

Discuss the origins of sociology as a discipline and the major theories that are influential today.

 

PowerPoint lectures with class participation and discussion

2

Major sociological theoretical perspectives

Origin of sociology and the major theories

PowerPoint lectures with class discussions

3

Sociological Research

Describe how sociologists do research

 

In-class research project working in groups

4

Culture and human behavior

Identify the major elements of culture and the influence of culture on human behavior. Describe how society is structured and organized.

 

PowerPoint lectures; Class discussion; Short Youtube video

5

Socialization and Development; Social Interaction; Social Groups and Organizations

Identify the major elements of culture and the influence of culture on human behavior.

Describe how society is structured and organized.

In-class project; PowerPoint Lecture with class discussion

6 & 7

Deviant Behavior and Social Control

Discuss the process of socialization and the major agents of socialization.

Define and explain the concept of deviance, including the major theories of deviant behavior.

Describe how society is stratified and the impact of stratification on life chances.

 

Video; PowerPoint lecture; Class discussion

8

Social Class in the United States: Global Stratification

Describe how society is stratified and the impact of stratification on life chances.

Describe how society is structured and organized.

Discuss the process of socialization and the major agents of socialization.

 

 

PowerPoint lectures; In-class project; Class discussion;

9

Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Describe how society is stratified and the impact of stratification on life chances.

Discuss issues of race and ethnicity

 

Class discussion to enhance the PowerPoint discussions;

10

Gender Stratification

Agents of socialization

Define and discuss the major theories of social change

 

PowerPoint discussions with class participation

11

Marriage & Changing Family Arrangements

Describe how the family should function as an agent of socialization.

 

Class participation with PowerPoint discussions;

 

12

Religion;

Education

Describe how the institution of education functions as an agent of socialization.

Define and discuss the major theories of social change

 

 

PowerPoint and class discussions; Video

13

Political and Economic systems

Stratification and life chances

Define and discuss the major theories of social change

Describe how society is structured and organized.

Discuss the process of socialization and the major agents of socialization.

 

 

Class participation and PowerPoint lectures

14

Health and Aging

Describe how the family should function as an agent of socialization.

 

In-class project;

PowerPoint lectures with class participation

**Syllabus is tentative and subject to change

Requirements

Biography PAPER:

This assignment is also worth 10% of your final grade. For this assignment you write a short (2-3 page) biography where you highlight the sociological factors that have influenced your life. Those could include social class, religion, race/ethnicity, position in the global social structure, or any other topics covered in class. You will also identify a source from the media which has impacted you in a similar way. You can see on the class schedule when this paper is due (Monday, Nov. 2nd). Any late papers will be deducted one (1) letter grade so you will be starting off with a “B” if your assignment is late. I do not want to hear any excuses as you walk out of the classroom on this date.

The paper grade will be based on the following criteria:

 

Criteria

 

Points

Identify and address the impact of the sociological factors that have influenced your life. Provide clear and concise context for the impact these factors have had. Correct use of media article in paper.

  40

Writing: paraphrasing, active voice, clear & specific writing, spelling, grammar. Is the paper at least 3-4 pages?

   20

 Referencing in text and reference page: attribute the source of your information properly in your paper if you refer to any material other than yourself.  Be sure you make it very clear where your information is coming from.

  20

 Format: font, margins, title page, reference pages, etc. all conform to directions. All papers are in Times New Roman, 12-point font.

    20

 

Total:

 

     100

 

IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT:

There will be one in-class assignment worth 10% of your final grade. Students will work in groups of two or three (no more than three) and each group will cover any area in this course that they find interesting. You do not have to approve your topic with me, but I will be happy to give you direction or answer any questions you may have regarding this project. You will present your material during class on the assigned day. All members of the group must participate, but I will leave the sharing of the assignments up to each individual group. You will be graded on content, presentation, manner of dress, how much effort you have put into this project and how you respond to questions asked by the class. You may use audio or visual props. I strongly urge students to use PowerPoint for their presentations, but again, this is your assignment. Due date: Monday, Nov. 2nd and Wednesday, Nov. 4th.

 

Again, this assignment is worth 10% towards your final grade. If you do not participate, you will be given a “0”. I do not want to hear how you weren’t in class and didn’t know about this project since I am giving ample time (the first day of class) for you to be prepared for this work.

OPTIONAL EXTRA CREDIT – You are not REQUIRED to complete this assignment, but if you choose to complete this assignment, 5 points will be added to your final grade.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is being presented Saturday, September 26th @ 7:30pm. Sherlock Holmes is an expert Sociologist and uses the “science of deduction” to investigate why people interact and act the way they do. For this assignment, please sign up to participate with me so that you get a ticket to attend the show. Once you attend the show, you will write a reaction paper to the play, and answer one of the questions below citing examples from the play. Your reaction and answer to ONE of the questions below should be 2-3 pages in length.

  1. What causes people to behave in predictable ways – their character or their environment?
  2. What do cultural habits and trends tell us about ourselves or our values?
  3. How does class status, gender, and race influence our beliefs that something is ‘natural’ or ‘normal’?
  4. Why does inequality exist?

EVALUATION:

I expect students to attend class and to participate. You need to keep up with the reading and be prepared for each class. Once you have missed the allotted number of absences, you will be dropped from the course.

 

FINAL COMMENTS:

Throughout the course, each student should keep a record of his/her grades so you should have a very good idea of how you are doing. I DO NOT change any grades unless I have made a mathematical error; you get exactly what you earn so do not ask for a higher grade because you need it to pass or to increase your GPA.

All lectures are given via PowerPoint and these can be found on the portal. You need to read each chapter in your text in conjunction with the PowerPoints. Each chapter of PowerPoints are on the portal so there is no excuse for not reading and studying them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me; don’t wait until the end of the Semester to voice them. Do not come to me before the final exam and ask what you need to pass the course. Do not come to me before final grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments to bring up your grade. This is not fair to those who have attended class and did well on their exams and in-class assignments. If you are having any problems I will make every reasonable effort to help you. If you want to learn about Introduction to Sociology, I am willing to help you learn. Make sure you have a text and keep up with the readings and the PowerPoints.

 

I wish you the best of luck with your other courses!