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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology


Introduction to Sociology SOC-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 15

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 08/26/2012



Contact Information


Instructor: Cathy Matresse, MS

Email: cathy_matresse@nic.edu
Office: Molstead Library 209
Website: nic.edu

Office Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Online

If necessary, we can make an appointment for times convenient to both of us.  

Assistance - I’m very willing to help students on material presented in class that they don’t understand.  

If you don’t feel like asking questions in class, I would encourage you to make an appointment to meet with me.  Also, you should let me know if you are having difficulties or if you have any problems with instruction please make an appointment to speak with me. This is common academic procedure. Keep in mind that I am very open to discussion and I am here to help you to the best of my ability. Your education is very important to me! You may also e-mail me with any questions you might have through our course email.

I am often online at various additional hours during the work week but may not be online during weekends.

I am often online at various additional hours during the work week but may not be online during weekends. 

Meeting Times


INTERNET - you are expected to log-on to our site at least every other day.

Description


This introductory course presents the fundamental principles affecting human social systems. The concepts of traditional as well as contemporary theorists will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the forces governing groups and the conditions that transform social life. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week

Materials


Authors:

Brym & Lie

Title:

Sociology, Pop Culture to Social Structure, 3rd Ed.

 

Publisher: Cengage

ISBN:

978-1-111-833862

FREE Online Study Guide

There is an on-line companion website for this textbook, which may be found at the link below.  Students may be asked to register with the site prior to access.  At this site, there are a variety of free study tools, both written and verbal, which you may explore and utilize to boost your grade.  This free resource is highly recommended for students. 

http://coursemate.cengage.com/CPReader/View/9781133044956/default.aspx?eISBN=9781133044956&anon=True#home

ALSO REQUIRED

Access to a word processor or computer is required as well as access to the Internet. 

All NIC students have access to Computer Labs on campus with student ID card.

Two hours of study for each credit hour. Therefore, 6 hours of study time will be required each week for this class.

If you do not have consistent access to the Internet, you should reconsider your enrollment in this course.

 

Outcomes


Sociology- 101
General Education Abilities and Learning Outcomes


General Education Abilities

1. Cultural, Environmental and Global Awareness: The world is becoming smaller and more cultures are coming into contact than ever before. In this course you will not only learn more about our own society, but other cultures as well and how they are connected to the larger socio-historical global whole. In the process of taking this course, you will gain a broader understanding of the similarities and differences from around the world-and within our own culture.

2. Scientific Reasoning: This class requires the ability to organize, develop, and integrate one’s own ideas, beliefs and feelings within an appropriate framework, i.e. readings, questions, answers, and comments exchanged in class regarding the various topics covered and discussed. Good communication requires a respectful, courteous manner in spite of differences in ideals and moral values.

3. Critical Thinking: At times during the course of the semester you will be presented with multiple—and perhaps even contradictory—explanations regarding issues surrounding social and cultural phenomena. You will need to understand the different perspectives offered and demonstrate the ability to critically apply the different perspectives put forth in this class.




Learning Outcomes and Assessment

1. Understand the origins of sociology and how sociology relates to the other social sciences. Explain what science is and the methods social scientists use to study their subject matter.

2. Relate how their behavior is social and how they fit into society and other social structures. Discuss the processes involved in social interaction, its impact on social structures, social change, and the socialization process.

3. Describe the nature of culture and its diversity within the United States and internationally. Display an understanding of issues surrounding cultural diversity and an understanding of cultural backgrounds other than their own.

4. Identify and give examples of the various levels of social structure, including social groups, formal organizations, communities, and societies.

5. Describe the properties and processes common to behaviors called “deviant” and the mechanisms of social control that may be applied.

6. Explain the significance and dimensions of social stratification in social structures, and be able to discuss the dynamics of stratification as it relates to race and ethnicity, gender, and age.

7. Describe the basic structures and functions of several social institutions, such as the family, economy, education, religion, and politics. Discuss how social institutions change and how they relate to each other and to other aspects of social structure.

8. Explain the basic elements of ecology and describe how urbanization and population changes influence the social and physical environment

9. Relate what is characteristic of collective behavior and social movements, gives examples of various types of each, and explain how these relate to social change.

Assessment


ASSESSMENT – GRADING – EVALUATION

 

Grades will be determined on the following scale and

will be posted in a timely manner.

 

 

 

   Intro assignments

    2 @ 5 points

     10   points

   Exams

   15 @ 20 points

   300   points

   Discussion Forum

   15 @ 25 points

   375   points

 

 

 

   Total Points Possible:

 

   685   points

 

 

 

Course Policies


In order for learning to take place, students must feel safe; this safety is due all students, not only those who share your values and beliefs. For this reason, courtesy, thoughtfulness, and acceptance are essential in our discussions in and out of the classroom.

Acceptance should not be confused with agreement; one need not agree with a person to listen, and one must listen well in order to disagree respectfully. Every student in this course has a voice and so deserves the courtesy of attentive listening and the freedom to express diverse ideas.

Schedule


Week

Assignment

Due Date

 

 

 

   1

Introductory Assignments

Sept 1

   2

Chapter 1      Introducing Sociology

Sept 8

   3

Chapter 2      Culture

Sept 15

   4

Chapter 3      Socialization

Sept 22

   5

Chapter 4      Social Interaction & Org

Sept 29

   6

Chapter 5      Deviance & Crime

Oct 6

   7

Chapter 6      Social Stratification

Oct 13

   8

Chapter 7      Globalization & Inequality

Oct 20

   9

Chapter 8      Race & Ethnicity

Oct 27

   10

Chapter 9      Sexuality & Gender

Nov 3

   11

Chapter 10    Families

Nov 10

   12

Chapter 11    Religion & Education

Nov 17

   13

Chapter 12    Politics, Work & Economy

Nov 24

   14

Chapter 13    Health, Medicine & Aging

Dec 1

   15

Chapter 14    Collective & Social Action

Dec 8

   16

Chapter 15    Population & Environment 

Dec 15

   17

Final Paper   

Dec 20

 

 

 

Additional Items


THIS IS A TENTATIVE CLASS OUTLINE.  Although every effort will be made to closely adhere to the weekly agenda, I reserve the right to make appropriate changes due to unforeseen circumstances.

 Your continued attendance and registration in this class stipulates your agreement to the terms herein.

GRADE SCALE

GRADES

   

   A

   =        100-93%        

   A -     

   =          90%

   B+

   =          87%

   B       

   =          83%

   B -     

   =          80%

   C+     

   =          77%

   C       

   =          73%

   C-      

   =          70%

   D+     

   =          67%

   D       

   =          63%

   F        

   =          Below 63%

   

 

Academic Dishonesty - Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated! Anyone caught violating this policy will receive an "F" for the course.

Division Policies


For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

 

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/ 

Institutional Policies


Student Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Payment

By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Withdrawal

Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:  http://www.nic.edu/calendar/

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336

Additional withdrawal information:  http://www.nic.edu/catalog

Incompletes

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement


DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.