Intersession Syllabus

Intersession - Online Standardized Syllabus

SSC 320 OA: Mind, Self, & Society - Syllabus

3 credits

                                           

Instructor

Rebecca Tomlinson

Phone

Office: 570-955-1468

Office

Healey Room 217

E-mail

tomlinsonr@lackwanna.edu

Office Hours

Via Email for Intersession

 

 

 

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REQUIRED: 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap by Dr. Maura Cullen


REQUIRED: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

 

OPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCE: Social Psychology & Human Nature by Baumeister & Bushman, 2017, 4th edition, Cengage

 

Description

This course will explore the relation of the individual to the sociocultural environment, with special reference to personality development, interpersonal role behavior, motivation, and social attitude.

 

Objectives

Objective: 1. Understand the relationship between individuals and the society in which they live.
Objective: 2. Explore the diversity of the human self to be aware of the impact one’s surroundings can have.
Objective: 3. Read, analyze, and understand how we change our attitudes and behavior; and social cognition involves our own understanding of our own behavior and motivations.
Objective: 4. Recognize the validity of the relationship between mind and society using relevant theories and methods.
Objective: 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the theories that sociologists use as conceptual tools for the study of social life.

 

Requirements

Online Course Preliminary Requirements

1-3 Weekly Discussion Posts (500 words each)                              satisfies objectives 1-5

Four Weekly Discussion Replies (200 words each)                       satisfies objectives 1-5

Two Reflection Papers (2 pages each)                                                satisfies objectives 1-5

Two Formal Learning Assessments (mid & final)                           satisfies objectives 1-5

Two 2-part KWL Quizzes                                                                        satisfies objectives 1-5

Two Analytical Assignments                                                                  satisfies objectives 1-5

 

Evaluation

Beginning Online Requirements Participation                                5%

Weekly Discussion Posts & Replies                                                     40%

Two Reflection Papers                                                                             20% (10% each)

Formal Learning Assessments  (exams)                                            15%

Quizzes                                                                                                         5%

Assignments                                                                                                15%

 

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?

 

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
  • Students are required to use the portal to upload assignments and complete online discussions and assessments for this course. The college has a computer lab that you can use free of charge. Saying you do not have access to a computer is not a justifiable excuse for not completing work on time. The use of a computer to submit assignments is a mandatory requirement. Assignments will not be accepted any other way unless the instructor requests it.
  • I DO NOT GIVE GRADES—YOU EARN THEM! Grades are non-negotiable.  If you are struggling in the class, come see me during office hours or make an appointment with me after class so we can set you up on a plan for success as soon as your grades start to slip.  The longer you wait, the less likely your grade will recover. If you wait until the end of the semester, your procrastination and lack of concern throughout the semester will earn you no opportunity to improve your grade.
  • Communicate in a respectful manner via course discussions. Inability to do so will result in a deduction for your discussion grade for the day. Students will be issued a disciplinary warning after ANY behavior that I deem as disruptive to the learning environment. Oppressive, derogatory comments will not be tolerated.
  • An academic warning will be issued if a student’s average falls below 2.0 at any time during the semester, and I will request that you meet with me to improve your performance. 
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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

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties

********As this is a junior level course, my grace period is not as lenient*******

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
    • THIS IS A PRIVILEGE AND IS ONLY FOR SOME ASSIGNMENTS SUCH PROJECTS & TESTS FOR EXAMPLE. I AM NOT REQUIRED TO ACCEPT A LATE ASSIGNMENT. I WILL NOT ALLOW LATE DISCUSSIONS OR PEER REPLIES OR ASSIGNMENTS BEYOND THE LAST DAY OF THE COURSE.
  • There will be no “extra credit” except what I offer to the entire class.

 

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

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1

Jan 2 – Jan 6

Cullen Book

 

Assigned PowerPoint lectures

1-5

Academic Integrity Pledge (1/3), Course Nav Quiz (1/3), Syllabus Quiz (1/3)

 

Assignment 1 (Journal) Due (1/4)

 

2 Discussion Posts:

   1. DQ1 post due 1/4, replies due 1/6

   2. DQ2 post due 1/4, replies due 1/6

 

Extra Credit: Time Management Assignment Due 1/6, Quiz on Syllabus PowerPoint & Week 1 PowerPoint: Due 1/4

 

Readings to be done for dq2: Cullen Book

2

Jan 7 –

Jan 13

 

1-5

Quiz due in two parts: first by Monday 1/7 (EARLY!!!!) I WILL OPEN IT EARLY IN CASE THIS TIME FRAME DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU. WE NEED IT TO DECIDE THE TOPICS FOR STUDENT GENERATED CONTENT THIS WEEK.

 

3 Discussion Posts:

1 is providing an article due 1/9—this is just a website link for an article.

 

The second is DQ1: Manson book discussion. Post due 1/11. 2 Replies due 1/13.

The third is DQ2: Student Generated Discussions. Post due 1/11. 2 Replies due 1/13.

 

MID-TERM DUE 1/10

 

Paper 1 Due 1/13 (Cullen Reflection)

 

Second part of Quiz due 1/13.

 

Readings to be done for dq’s: Manson ch 1-4, student generated articles via discussion supplement

 

Extra Credit: Quiz on Week 2 PowerPoints

 

3

Jan 14- Jan 18

 

1-5

Quiz 2 Part 1 due in two parts: first by Monday 1/14 (EARLY!!!!) I WILL OPEN IT EARLY IN CASE THIS TIME FRAME DOES NOT WORK FOR YOU. WE NEED IT TO DECIDE THE TOPICS FOR STUDENT GENERATED CONTENT THIS WEEK.

 

Student Generated Post of Website, DQ1 Post, and DQ2 Post  due on 1/15

 

Role Play due 1/16

 

Extra Credit: PowerPoint Review due 1/16

 

Paper 2: Manson Reflection due 1/18

 

Peer Replies for Manson Discussion and Student Generated Discussion Questions due 1/18

 

Final exam & Quiz 2 Part 2 due 1/18

 

Readings to be done for Manson Discussion ch 5-end. Student generated articles via discussion supplement

 

Examinations (THIS LIST EXCLUDES EXTRA CREDIT)

 

1/3: Online Course Requirements: Pledge, Nav Quiz, Syllabus Quiz

1/4: Journal, DQ1 & 2 Posts

1/6: Peer Replies to DQ 1 & 2

 

1/7: Quiz 1 Part 1

1/9: Website Post

1/10: Mid-term

1/11: DQ1 & 2 Posts

1/13: Paper, Quiz 1 Part 2, DQ1 & 2 Replies

 

1/14: Quiz 2 Part 1

1/15: Website Post, DQ1 & 2 Posts

1/16: Role Play

1/18: Final Exam, Quiz 2 Part 2, Paper, DQ 1 & 2 Replies