Introduction to Sociology Syllabus

Introduction to Sociology SSC-105-OA

Spring I, 2019

January 22nd, to March 15th, 2019  

Three Credit Course

Instructor:         Gail Scaramuzzo, Ph.D.

Phone: 570-241-2014

E-mail: gail.scaramuzzo@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Location:        On-line at the above e-mail address

Office Hours:            Students can reach me through the falcon’s e-mail or my cell

                                   Phone. I will answer e-mails within 24 hours and I can be reached

                                   On my cell phone between the hours of 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

                                   Please leave a message if I am not available and I will return your

                                   Call as soon as possible after your message is left. Please do not use any other email to communicate with me, other than the falcons email. I will not open any other email address.

 Resources:

Primary Text Reference:

Introduction to Sociology, 11thEdition, Tischler, Henry L. ISBN 978-1-333-58808-5 (A reference copy is available for use in the reference section of the library). You may also use other editions of the book. Power Point outlines are attached in the Handouts as reference also.

Secondary Reference: Go to: openstaxcollege.org, click on “Our Books” then click on the Introduction to Sociology 2e book cover. There are then links to the book and student resources on the right.

Additional External Resources (These are optional, but contain pertinent information regarding the creation of society from pre-historic times to the present):

The Chalice and the Blade – Rianne Isler, author

Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond, author

 

Description:

 Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social interaction. All of us, of course, already have considerable experience living in society and interacting with other people. Sociology, however, is an unfamiliar way of looking at the familiar. It should help us understand our experience in a more critical way, and, therefore, to use that experience more effectively. As an introduction to the discipline of Sociology, this course is organized as a skills as well as a survey class. That is, in addition to acquainting you with the basic concepts used by sociologists to explain everyday social interaction; this course will give you elementary skills with which to “decode” society and social life. It is also designed to help you gain some insights on how to act on this knowledge.

  

This course and its syllabus are built around Henry Tischler’s, Introduction to Sociology. You will be presented with all of the basic concepts, methods, and theories common to the discipline and will be given examples of actual work activities of sociologists when they study diverse social behaviors as well as controversies, which are ongoing in Sociology. In addition to developing skills for understanding social life in the United States, we will be making comparisons of social life as experienced by people globally

Objectives:

By the end of this course, the student shall be able to satisfy the following outcomes and expectations:

1.     Describe, analyze, and contrast the basic value positions, or perspectives, which generate and shape our goals

2.     Observe, analyze, and understand the basic processes of social life, which includes developing a critical understanding of the social research methods by which we discover these processes

3.     Comprehend the patterns and direction of social change

4.     Gain an appreciation for the interconnectedness of U.S. and Global Affairs

5.     Develop an understanding and appreciation of diversity and multi-cultural issues

6.     Develop the skills to enable you to understand the social world, to draw conclusions about aspects of it, and to develop policies designed to effect changes necessary for remaking the world.

 

Requirements:

The Study of Sociology

Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective

Chapter 2: Doing Sociology: Research Methods

 

Topics covered:

1.       To discover what makes sociology a social science

2.       To discover how sociology is different from and similar to other disciplines

3.       To understand how sociological perspectives were developed and employed by early sociologists, first in Europe, and then later in the United States

4.       To understand the major theoretical perspectives used by sociologists

5.       To explore the research process in order to develop criteria for evaluating sociological research, as well as understanding where researchers can go wrong...

6.       To understand how bias creeps into social research, and what steps sociologists take to try to avoid it.

The Individual in Society

Chapter 3: Culture

Chapter 4: Socialization and Development

Chapter 5: Society and Social Interaction

Chapter 6: Social Groups and Organizations

Chapter 7: Deviant Behavior and Social Control

 

Topics covered:

1.       To understand what makes us different from other animal species and what makes human society unique

2.       To understand how individuals develop and learn how to be a member of society

3.       To understand how and why children develop as they do

4.       To understand the various elements of human interaction

5.       To understand the dynamics of human behavior in groups

6.       To understand the nature of social groups and organizations

7.       To understand what determines deviant behavior and features of the criminal justice system in the United States

Social Inequality

Chapter 8:   Social Class in the United States

Chapter 9:  Global Stratification

Chapter 10: Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Chapter 11: Gender Stratification

 

Topics covered:

1.       To understand social inequality and the extent of economic inequality in the United States

2.       To understand the unequal distribution of privilege, rewards, opportunities, power, prestige, and influence differences that exist in the world

3.       To understand how race or ethnic background, gender, and age have been used historically as a basis for unequally distributing rewards and privileges

4.       To understand the definition of gender and the implications for gender distinction

Institutions

Chapter 12: Marriage and Alternative Family Arrangements

Chapter 13: Religion

Chapter 14: Education

Chapter 15: Political and Economic Systems

 

                 Topics covered:  

1. To understand the different forms of the family in today’s society

2. To understand the elements and major types of religious belief

3. To understand what goes on in our classrooms and our schools and the

    organization and operation of our educational system

              4. To understand some of the social issues facing American education today

5. To understand what power is, how it is exercised, how and why the

     government is organized the way it is, and how the economic system  

     influences politics and the government and vice-versa

 

Social Change and Social Issues

Chapter 16: Population and Urban Society

Chapter 17: Health and Aging

Chapter 18: Collective Behavior and Social Change

 

Topics covered:

  1. To understand he basic functions of the state and the basic features of

         capitalism

2.       To be able to describe the basic features of political democracy

3.       To be able to understand the link between demographic factors and health and to be able to describe the three major models of illness prevention

4.       To be able to understand the life cycle of social movements and to describe the attributes and types of crowds

5.       To be able to contrast differing ideologies and show how they influence social change

 

Evaluation:

On or before Saturday of the first week of the course January 26th, 2019 by 11:55 PM) you will be asked to write an autobiography. Please make certain it is in-depth and speaks to the reasons you are choosing to obtain a college education and why you feel this course will be of benefit to you. This will count as 30 points toward your grade. I require at least 300 words of substantive information. You will also be asked to complete a Course Navigation Quiz and a Syllabus Quiz.  The Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus quiz are in the assignment area as online quizzes, and the autobiography is located in the Discussion forum under the Topic “Let’s Get to Know One Another”. These MUST be completed by the deadlines listed on the homepage of the course and in this syllabus, by 11:55 PM on the dates assigned, or you will not be given credit. If they are not posted correctly, you will not be given credit. The Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus Quiz are worth 35 points. You will find these and the directions for each in the Assignment section of your course page. Each quiz MUST be completed as instructed. Please make certain that you follow these instructions. I CANNOT accept any assignment that is late or that is not submitted properly. Please don’t ask me to do this. Have a backup computer in case yours doesn’t work, give yourself enough time to make alternate arrangements if there’s a glitch. PROCRASTINATION CAUSES FAILURE! This is a very intense course and all assignments and requirements must be posted timely and in the right places for you to succeed. You will also find other pertinent study and research aids in the HANDOUT area. During the first week of class I expect you to complete your autobiography and comment on a fellow learner’s autobiography, as well as complete answers to the initial discussion questions, and the replies to fellow learners or to me. There will be a teamwork project during this course. Teams will be assigned by me. Each week assigned, by Wednesday of that week on or before 11:55 pm, each team member of the team assigned to them will find and post an article that is pertinent to one of the topics I list that is pertinent to your research paper. Then, by the end of the week (Sunday, at 11:55 PM for the weeks assigned), each team member of a given team will synopsize another team member’s posted article and state why it helped to expand the topic in question. If you do not understand, or are confused by this assignment, please contact me as soon as possible so you don’t lose points.

 

Each week there will be two (2) discussion questions posted.  You must participate and reply to each question by Thursday of each week on or before 11:55 pm. This is done so that there is time to expand the discussion prior to the end of the week. (I expect substantive answers. You must contribute pertinent content that relates to your text and submit external research you have found that will contribute to the topic discussion. Perhaps you can find something you can use in the teamwork articles that are posted.) You must respond to each DQ question topic, first giving your input regarding the topic and then participating in a discussion about the topic with fellow learners. Your grade will depend on the depth and breadth that you give to each topic. I expect to see at least an initial post to the two initial questions and then at least 2 additional replies during the week that are substantive and on point regarding the topics.  (One or two sentence replies with general comments like, “great reply.” Or, “I wish I said that.”  Will not be counted. You must post at least 200 words of critical thought for each reply,  with at least one external resource added as an in-text citation).Each initial reply to the two initial questions is worth up to 10 points for a total of 20 points for the week. You must reply at least 4 times during each week. One post to answer each Initial Question, (due before 11:30 PM on Thursday of each week), and then reply at least two more times before the end of each week. Additional replies are worth 9 points each for a total of 18 points each week. As you know, this course is a very condensed method of learning. I must have full participation so that we can cover all of the work necessary for you to absorb the extensive material that is being provided. I too, will be participating in the Threaded Discussions as the moderator and I will interject some comments and questions. It doesn’t matter what time of day that you respond) since this is an on-line course where you work at your own pace in your own time frame, as long as you follow the deadlines for each assignment.. However, you must post and reply at least 4 times during the week, and post your article and synopsis, each week that is assigned, or you will be dropped from the course. (This is how attendance is tracked.)  So, in order to document that you are in class for that period, you must post the required number of times each week, or you will be dropped from the course

 

Your teamwork project will be as follows:  

Each week assigned, you will do some research and find an article that is pertinent to the topic I assign to your team.  This will be posted in the teamwork section of the course before each Wednesday at 11:55 PM during the weeks assigned). Then each team member will read another team member’s article and create a synopsis of the article and post the synopsis as a reply, and explain how it pertains to one of the topics for the research paper.

 

Please contact me immediately if you have any questions. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward helping you to collect research for your research paper.

 

Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5 points for the article posted and up to5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.) Teams will be assigned by me. Please check the Team assignments in the Discussion area of the course in the first week’s discussion area of the course. Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit.

 

In response to your assignments, your grades will include the following format:

1.       What was expected (see the criteria listed above)?

2.       What you did well (I will comment at the top of your completed research paper).

3.       Where you could improve (I will comment at the top of your paper).

4.       Writing skills (Since you are a college student, I will require that you provide scholarly writing and resources. PLEASE do not use Wikipedia as a resource. It will not count and I will deduct 2 points for its use.)

5.       Why you received the grade that you did (I will explain at the beginning of your competed research paper).

You will also have points deducted for:

1.     Incorrect spelling (up to 10 points)

2.     Absence of scholarly input. Please do not use slang, or text shorthand. (up to 5 points)

3.     Incorrect usage of in-text references (up to 5 points)

4.   Less than 200 words in each of the 4 answers in the discussion forum (2 DQ posts and 2 replies) each week. (up to 3 points for any absence)

5.  Absence of an exterior research source in your discussion posts. (3 point deduction)

 

 

Please feel free to call on me for any difficulties you may be having. Again, I respond to all e-mail within 24 hours. You may also post general questions on the course page in the GENERAL QUESTIONS posting area on the course page. I answer telephone calls between the hours of 10:0 AM and 10:00 PM each day the course is in session. If I don’t answer immediately, leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

 

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 making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add will automatically be dropped from the course.

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

 

 

 

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.

Good Discussions in Course Resources 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!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?
  • Did I meet the criteria for the number of words required in each post and reply?
  • Did I include an in-text scholarly citation that supported my input in each post and reply?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.

 

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 Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, 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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • If your assignments are not handed in on time, you will receive a zero
  • If you do not post properly and on time, each week, you will receive a zero and be dropped from the course.
  • If your input is not substantive, communicated well with research added, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 

Grading

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

 

Grading:

This course is graded on a point scale. 500 points equals a grade of 100 percent. 

 

You are required to post four answers each week.  Deliver input into the Teamwork section consisting of research articles and synopsis and analysis of these articles during the timelines listed in the syllabus and complete the Course Navigation Quiz, your autobiography and syllabus quiz on time and completely. You will be graded on all seven weeks’ worth of work. 

Academic Integrity Statement                                                                          4 points

Course Navigation Quiz on or before the end of the first week of class                35 points

Autobiography on or before the end of the first week of class                        30 points

Syllabus quiz on or before the end of the first week of class                           35 points

2 initial DQ posts each week                                                           140 points   -- 20 points each week

2 additional posts each week                                                           126 points   -- 18 points each week

1 teamwork posting each week assigned                                                    30 points     -- 10 points each week

1 Research Paper                                                                                             100 points

 TOTAL POINTS FOR COURSE                                                                500 points

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • If your assignments are not handed in on time, you will receive a zero
  • If hey are not submitted in the proper forum or assigned online area, you will not receive credit. No assignment will be accepted through email. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • If you do not post each week, you will receive a zero and be dropped from the course.
  • If your input is not substantive, communicated well with research added, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 

Rubrics:

Rubric for Discussion Question Posts

20 points per week for a total of 140 points

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Post answers to both discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation 2 posts per week containing at least 300 words. Initial posts are due on Thursday of each week by 11:55 PM. An external scholarly article citation must also be included in each post each week.

 140 for the course

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least 2 more replies, to fellow learners and/or the instructor. Each reply must contain at least 200 words and must be submitted before Sunday for each week. An external scholarly article citation must also be included in each post each week.

 126 for the course

 

 

 

Make certain you use correct grammar, spelling and syntax. Also make certain you use proper netiquette

-2 for each error

 

 

 

Please respond to other learners and to your instructor in a civil manner using proper netiquette. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Scholarly input is educational not adversarial.

 

 

 

 

To make certain you understand, remember and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said”, “I see”, “I agree”, or “Good thinking” are NOT acceptable. You must also make certain you don’t repeat what others have said. You will not receive credit for these types of answers.

No credit

 

 

 

Read the Good Discussions document in the HANDOUTS and LINKS section of the course and in this syllabus. It 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.

 

 

 

 

Be certain all responses are clear and substantive. The initial posts for the discussion questions

 

 

 

 

Make certain that all responses are detailed and relate to the course readings and notes, your own everyday lie, or both. This will ensure that you provide your fellow learners with something that is not generic and will help all of us learn from what you have contributed.

 

 

 

 

Additional Participation Rubric:

What should I do:  Please make certain that after you answer the initial questions, that you post at least two replies as additional input in the discussion area for that specific week.  These posts must be substantive and pertain to the topics relating to the questions and your text and to the contributions of your fellow learners or to me. They must be at least 200 words in length and must be supported by scholarly sources that are posted with your answers. (Please use APA citation form).

Points Available: Each answer is worth up to 9points depending on the depth and content of the answers. 3 points will be deducted if word content is less than 200 words, or if a citation is missing.

Did I do this: You can use this section to help you to monitor your own progress and double check that you have met each requirement successfully.   _____________________________________________

Where? Please identify exactly where you believe you have met each requirement. If there are outside sources that are required, maintain a record in case you need to validate your efforts to your instructor. ________________________________________________________

Points earned: You will find the points earned after each assignment            has been completed in the assignment tab of your course.

Teamwork Rubric

Point Value: 10 points

  • Choose an article that expands the body of knowledge regarding the topic assigned.
  • Post the article in your team’s teamwork assignment area by Friday for the first week and by Wednesdays for the second and third week. Make certain the article is posted on time and is from a scholarly source that will expand our knowledge base specific to the topic assigned.
  • Synopsize a fellow learner’s posted article and indicate why it is pertinent to the topic that we are discussing.
  • The article posting is worth up to 5 points and the article synopsis is also worth 5 points.

Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • No Late work will be accepted. No exceptions!
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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, in a classroom of any type, 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.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

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 Disability Services 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: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@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.   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing 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.

 


 

Course Schedule

 

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Day One

General Overview of course

Creates the groundwork for functional participation in course

Scavenger Hunt, Plagiarism Quiz and Syllabus Quiz

 

Weeks One through Seven

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week One

The definition of sociology; the major sociological theories; sociological research methods

Objectives  #1, #2 and #3

 

Research articles and discussion of pertinent information in specific to chapters #1 and #2 in the text

Week  Two

Discussion of socialization and development in children and adults. Input is also given regarding function of social groups as agents of socialization. Utilization of case studies to develop a deeper understanding of the subject.

Objective #6

Review of assigned teamwork project and assessment of discussion input. Review of Chapters 4, 5 and 6

Week Three

Discussion of Deviance and its definition in different cultures

Objectives  #4, #5 and #7

 

Teamwork project input examines the depth of knowledge each learner brings to the table. Review of Chapters 3 and 7.

Week Four

The topic which is studied this week is race and ethnicity and the issues confronting society today, as well as the institution of marriage and its evolution over the last two centuries

Objectives #9,  #10 ad #12

 

Review of ongoing research for paper in the teamwork section. Article postings pertaining to topic. Review of Chapters 10 and 12

Week Five

The topic today concerns how society is stratified and the impact stratification has on the life chances as well as social class structure in the U.S. and Globally. Discussion includes social class and gender stratification. This week will also include input regarding religion and education as a major factor in social change and evolution

Objectives #8, #11 and #12

Input from learners regarding the topic in the discussion area indicates growing knowledge of the subject.  Review of Chapters8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 will be reviewed

Week Six

Discussion will include the impact that political and economic systems have on society as well as health care and the aging of society

Objective #5, 12 and 8

The assignments in the teamwork section will support assessment of the goals that require achievement. Chapters 15 and 16 will add depth to the discussion.

Week Seven

This discussion is student-based and is used to determine and assess the student satisfaction and outcomes learners feel they have completed since beginning the course.

Objective #1 through #12

Review of all Chapters. Analysis of input from learners regarding their assessment of their satisfaction regarding their education regarding sociology as a whole and the problems and their resolution.

 

 

 

Each week you will respond to two Threaded Discussion Topics. All assignments must be submitted by 11:55 PM of the day they are due. See the homepage each week for due date schedule.

 You are also required to submit one (1) paper during week six. It must be submitted through the file exchange.  Pease make certain it is submitted in RTF or WORD format. Any other format will not be accepted.  Please do not submit it through any other method.  You will not receive credit

You are required to reply to topic input each week with a minimum of four submissions each week, one to answer each discussion question (2 initial replies, due on Thursday of each week at 11:55 PM) and two  other replies to respond to another learner’s reply for each topic before the end of each week..

You are required to participate in the Teamwork section of the discussion forum of the course on the weeks listed. Weeks 2, 4 and 7) Please make certain you participate in all the weeks posted. These weeks are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences. You will be given a topic and must research and post a scholarly article that is pertinent to the topic given. This article must be posted in the teamwork section by Wednesday of each week by 11:55 PM. The analysis of other learner’s articles must be posted by Sunday of each week assigned by 11:55 PM.

 

You are required to submit one (1) paper. It must be submitted through the file exchange in the proper format.  Please do not submit it through any other method.  You will not receive credit

You are required to reply with topic input each week with a minimum of four replies. You must submit 2 posts for each initial question and 2 replies during the week to other learners or to me.  See the deadlines listed on the home page each week. You are required to participate in the Teamwork section of the discussion forum of the course on the weeks listed. Please make certain you participate in all the weeks posted. These days are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences. (Don’t forget, your article must be posted before each Wednesday at 11:55 PM to receive credit).

 

Week One:

  1. Completion of Course Navigation Quiz and Syllabus Quiz.

You will be required to complete the Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus Quiz listed in the Assignment section of this course before Friday, January 25th, at 11:55 PM. These quizzes are worth 35 points.  No credit will be given if a Quiz is not completed by 11:55 PM on Friday, 1/25/2019. No exceptions!

 

  1. Complete Autobiography.

I would like each student to introduce themselves, as I feel this is a very good way to validate the importance of each of you. We can recognize the diversity of people and experiences present in the “classroom” and create an atmosphere of informality, safety and mutual respect. I would also like you to tell me why you chose this course and what you expect to learn from it. Your biography posting is worth 30 points. This autobiography must be completed by Saturday, 1/26/2019 by 11:55 pm.

 

  1.  Complete Academic Integrity Statement

 Make certain you follow the instructions to complete the Academic Integrity statement pertaining to plagiarism. This must be completed by Thursday, 1/24, 2019 by 11;55 pm.

 

Week One: January 22 to January 27, 2019  

#1 Complete Autobiography.  Complete Course Navigation Quiz and Syllabus Quiz.

#2 Complete Discussion Questions one and two.

#3  Read Chapter One and Two and Three for this week’s discussion.

#4  Read Instructions and information regarding your research paper for this course.

#5  Complete Academic Honesty and Integrity Statement.

 

  1. Please read Chapters , 1, 2 and 3 in your references and use the power points for This week’s discussion.
  2. Your teamwork project will be as follows: 

Each week assigned, (Weeks 2, 4, and 7) you will be given a subject to research. Each member of the team will find a "scholarly" article to contribute on the subject and then each team member will read another team member's article and create a synopsis of the article and then post the synopsis as a reply and explain how it pertains to one of the papers that are listed as approved topics for the research paper due on March 3, 2019 at 11:55 PM. The articles must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week and the synopsis must be posted before 11:55 PM by the end of the week (Sunday at 11:55 PM). The topics that will be researched can be used to create your research paper. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward research for the three topics that are listed for the papers. Please contact me immediately if you have any questions.

 

  1. Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5 points for the article posted and up to 5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.)Your teamwork assignment begins on week 2 of the course. Teams will be assigned by me. Check the Team Listing Topic in week 1 to see in which team you will participate.  This research will assist you in the creation of your final paper. If each of you research the topic in the Teamwork topic area it will help all of you because you will have information to be used for your papers that is collected by the team groups, instead of individually. Make certain your articles are pertinent and a lot of the work for your papers could be completed before you start! Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit; neither will duplicate synopses or duplicate analyses.
  2. #5 You are required to write a 6-8 page paper. Here are the instructions:

There is one paper for this course, due at the end of the 6th week of the course (3/3/2019) before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style and must use the RTF or WORD format. The paper should be between 6-8 pages. (Less than at least 6 FULL pages will cause a deduction. The title page, the abstract page and the reference page do not count toward the total number of pages for the report). I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct. You will have three topics listed below which your teams will be researching, to choose from, that must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources you and your teammates collect.

  1. The topics are listed below (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners).  Provide detail regarding the topic that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts.

Please create your paper around the topics of:

1.   Would gun control laws that include background checks, restrict the use of semi-automatic weapons and/or violate U.S. Citizen’s constitutional rights? Please include a history of the NRA and the concept of the right to bear arms.

2    Should the Government pay for fertility treatments and or psychological counseling for veterans who require these services because of combat-related injuries? Should the Government pay for hormonal treatment for active transgender soldiers and veterans also? If so defend your position. If not, defend your position.

3.     Discuss Racial and Ethnic Prejudice around the world in the 21stcentury. How does it differ from the racial and ethnic prejudice that was pervasive in the 19thand 20thcentury in the U.S.? Has segregation really been eliminated? What groups were more prevalent in the past, and what groups are more prevalent now?

 

Week One: 1/22 to 1/27/2019

 Description: this week’s research gives a brief historical perspective on the development of Sociology in Europe and in the United States, and the methods that have been proven to assist in sociological studies.  Discussion as to how sociology explains human behavior through the major theories that are influential today and the changes in research methods since the origins of sociology.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Is it true that suicide rates are influenced by group cohesion and social stability?  Do you think this view is valid today? Do you think that the study of sociology is a science?
  2. Research has evolved over the past century. Discuss some of the methods used to do research in the early part of the twentieth century and give examples of some studies that would be considered unethical today.
  3. Please read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 in your resources for next week’s  discussion
  4. Please check your Team listings for next week’s Teamwork assignment
  5. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 

Week Two: 1/28/to 2/3/2019

Discussion this week will give input regarding socialization and development, social interaction and social groups and organizations.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Every social group has their own specific culture. Discuss the distinctive lifestyles, values, norms and beliefs associated with certain segments of the population within a society. These can include, but not be limited to ethnic, occupational, religious, political or geographical social classes. Discuss at least two social groups, preferably two that can be contrasted.
  2. How do you think society’s values have changed since the introduction of technology? Give specific examples and state whether they have improved aspects of society or they have downgraded aspects of society. Comment on the Case Study listed in this week’s discussion area.

3. Please read Chapters  3 and 7 in your resources for next week’s discussion

4. Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.

      5. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 

 

Week Three: 2/4 to 2/10/2019

This week we will discuss the concept of deviance including the major theories of deviant behavior as well as world culture and its impact on different societies in our global community.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Do you think there is such a thing as a “victimless crime”?  If so, please defend your position and if not, please defend your position. Do you think that the perpetrator, in the end, would be considered a victim? Defend your position with documentation rather than opinion.

2.          Do you think that today’s criminal justice system is biased toward certain ethnic and racial minorities. Should drug users be incarcerated or should they be given the opportunity to detox? What are the new thoughts on these issues here in the U.S. What do the experts say? Are there any changes occurring in Pennsylvania today?

3.    Please read Chapters 10 and 12 in your references for next week’s discussion.

     4.  .  Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

    

 

Week Four, 2/11 to 2/17/2019

This week we will discuss racial and ethnic diversity and its problems as well as marriage and changing family arrangements.

  Threaded Discussions:

  1. What ethnic or racial group in the United States is least likely to marry interracially and which is most likely to do so, in your opinion. Are arranged marriages and forced marriages still existent in the United States?  What are the differences between the two? Please list the reasons for your opinion and document the topic with research.

2.    Should we worry about having a high divorce rate? Has the rate increased or declined over the last 50 years in the U.S.? Does it suggest a social and cultural failure? What other factors may impact these statistics?

3.     Please read Chapters 8, 9 and 11 in your references for next week’s discussion.

                   4.     Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

                     5.  Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.

 

 

Week Five, 2/18 to 2/24, 2019

This week we will discuss Social class in the U.S., Global stratification and gender stratification.

Threaded Discussions:

  1.  Please differentiate between roles and status. Examine the differences and give examples of each. Which are socially defined positions? Describe proper behavior that is associated with the role of different statuses…i.e. business person, wife, priest, waitress or others you wish to name. What role do you play in today’s society?  
  2. Women earn less money than men. There are theories as to why this occurs. Explain the phenomenon using either the functionalist or the conflict theory as an explanation of this occurrence. Do you think that women will ever be on the same plane financially as men in the workplace? Defend your position with scholarly research.

3.  Please read Chapters 13 and 14 in your references for next week’s discussion.

4.  Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 

Week Six, 2/25 to 3/3/2019

This week we discuss the global society’s view of religion and education and its impact on society in general. 

Note Well:

 

YOUR RESEARCH PAPER IS DUE THIS WEEK BY 11:55 PM, ON3/3/2019. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN IT IS UPLOADED THROUGH THE FILE EXCHANGE BEFORE THAT TIME AND IS IN RTF OR WORD FORMAT. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE MET ALL THE CRITERIA FOR THE PAPER. I HAVE GIVEN YOU INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE COURSE SCHEDULE, ON THE HOME PAGE AND IN THE HANDOUT SECTION OF THIS COURSE. I EXPECT THAT YOUR PAPERS WILL BE SPLENDID. DON’T DISAPPOINT YOURSELVES. GOOD LUCK!

You are required to write a 6-8 page paper. Here are the instructions:

There is one paper for this course, due on Sunday, 3/3/2019 before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course page for information.) The paper should be between 6-8 pages. I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct. You will have three topics listed below which your teams will be researching, to choose from, that must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources you and your teammates collect.

Please choose one of the following 3 topics, research the topic (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners) and provide detail regarding the topic that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts.

1.   Would gun control laws that include background checks, restrict the use of semi-automatic weapons and/or violate U.S. Citizen’s constitutional rights? Please include a history of the NRA and the concept of the right to bear arms.

2    Should the Government pay for fertility treatments and or psychological counseling for veterans who require these services because of combat-related injuries? Should the Government pay for hormonal treatment for active transgender soldiers and veterans also? If so defend your position. If not, defend your position.

3.     Discuss Racial and Ethnic Prejudice around the world in the 21stcentury. How does it differ from the racial and ethnic prejudice that was pervasive in the 19thand 20thcentury in the U.S.? Has segregation really been eliminated? What groups were more prevalent in the past, and what groups are more prevalent now?

 

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Do you know people who have changed religions or have left their religious practices fall by the wayside? Why do you think people change religions or discontinue their religious practices today? Do you believe that some sort of religious belief is an imperative in society? Do you think that organized religious practice is different than practicing spirituality?
  2. Do you think that a college education is an imperative in today’s society? If not, what alternatives would you recommend? Do you believe that if women were better educated in third world countries, there would be less violence and more prosperity?
  3. Read Chapters 15 and 16 in your references for Monday’s discussion.
  4.  Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 

  

Week Seven,  3/4  to 3/17, 2019

This week we discuss political and economic systems and health and aging in society today. 

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Do you feel that the middle class is shrinking in the U.S. today? What is being done to buoy up the economy to help working class people? How can we, as a society, work toward a more equitable distribution of wealth? As Baby Boomers age, do you think there will be a bigger need for geriatric physicians and an increase in services for the elderly in the U.S.?
  2. Has your knowledge improved regarding the societal influences in our world and the differences it can make in human behavior? Please discuss the changes in your thought process since taking this course. Please list what you have learned and how it will impact the way you view social problems going forward. Please list any changes and improvements that can be made to this course in order to help me and future learners to get the best possible results.
  3. Please answer the questions in week eight in order to complete this course properly.
  4. Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.
  5. Please use the PowerPoint Notes to help you organize your work.

 

Examinations:

Your paper will be considered as an examination Therefore they should be substantive and reflect your knowledge and ability to research the subjects so that it can be determined that you have absorbed the material being taught.

 

Welcome to Introduction to Sociology.