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

Introduction to Sociology SOC-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 18
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 10/15/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 10/02/2012

This class meets from Oct. 15 to Dec. 20, 2012.

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. Ula L. Moody

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, Thursday, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Home Phone: 509 284-2711

Leave a message with your name and phone number very slowly and I will return your call.  Thanks.

Also, leave questions on Questions for Dr. D Discussion Forum.  I answer there every day.

Meeting Times

This is an Internet class.  All work is to be completed within the Blackboard course site.

The biography must be completed by Oct. 19 at noon or NIC requires that the student be dropped for non-attendence.

Other important dates:

Oct. 17 You may drop and get refund, no record

Oct. 19 Withdraw with refund, recorded


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


Required Materials

Sociology, Your Compass for the Future, by Brym and Lie 2nd edition, 2007
Thomson - Wadsworth Publishers, 2007
ISBN: 049509912
This text is available at the Mica Peak Exchange


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.



Discussion Forum topics and responses 20 points each asignment. (320) Exams (Midterm and Final)100 points each, 200 points
Quizzes: There will be 16 10 point quizzes. You may drop 2 of the grades for a total of 140 points.

Class Participation: This is an important component of this course. You are expected to respond and contribute to the Discussion postings of others. This doesn't mean responding to every single posting, but at least respond to five or more postings per week. Your responses don't have to be lengthy, just relevant. Please say more than, "I agree." Instead say why you agree or disagree, and support your answers with examples or with excerpts from your reading assignments. 10 points each assignment . 
Letter grades will be assigned based upon the following percentage of maximum points
93% to100% A 73% to 76% C
90% to 92% A- 70% to 72% C-
87% to 89% B+ 67% to 69% D+
83% to 86% B 63% to 66% D
80% to 82% B- Below 63% F
77% to 79% C+

There will be a total of two (2) exams; one will be available around mid-term and the other near the conclusion of the course.
Since all written work is to be word processed and submitted electronically, access to a word processor and computer with Internet is required. No late papers will be accepted without penalty. Students will post their papers on the Discussion Forum.

A new policy of NIC is attendence must be taken each week  All materials must be turned in by Sunday at noon to get a "present" for the week.  Anything less is an "absence".

Instead of attending a "bricks and mortar" classroom to discuss our learning, we will rely on an interactive discussion forum where you log on, respond to issues assigned, look at what others have written, and discuss by posting responses. The Forum is open anytime for your access. That's the beauty of on-line courses - you can do your work at any time of the day or night, from anywhere with on-line Internet access.
The topics for each week will be listed under assignment numbers (Week #). Your original postings as assigned and your responses to others' postings are very important. Look at other student's ideas and give feedback whenever possible; look at instructor feedback/comments and respond whenever necessary, and try to be timely in your responses. Your responses need not be lengthy, but should not be simply statements such as "Well put!" or "I agree with you 100%". Such comments do little to let others know what you think and why.

Course Policies

Assistance & Behavior

Assistance: Your instructor is more than willing to assist students on material not understood. If you don't feel like bringing something up for clarification in the Discussion Forum, please send me an e-mail message through the course e-mail system. Or, you may make an appointment for phone conference. Also, use the Questions for Dr. D in the Discussion Board..
Behavior: Behave in a mature, courteous manner in class. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. All employees and students of NIC have the right to learn, study, and work in an environment free from disruptive, hostile, or violent behavior. This type of behavior will not be tolerated. Such behavior may result in disciplinary action up to, and including, expulsion and/or dismissal.
You need to be aware of the feelings of others and behave in a mature, courteous manner in forums or via e-mail. Any deviation from this will be considered disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Given that a college course is an arena for the exchange of ideas, it is important that all students feel free to participate without fear of offense. For example, you may feel reluctant to contradict the religious statements of others out of respect or as a means of avoiding disagreement over what are generally irreconcilable points of view. Or, you may become offended by what others perceive as an attempt to impose a particular religious interpretation on the historical and anthropological information presented in this class. To avoid misunderstanding and offense, follow these guidelines related to the extent to which personal ideological or religious beliefs should enter into course discussions:

• All discussions must be respectful of others. This means that you may not assume that others automatically agree with your religious or ideological views. You should consider that your own strongly held beliefs may be regarded by others as simple prejudice.

• Unless it is of direct historical relevance, citing religious texts as an explanation of causality should be avoided. While religious scripture may represent absolute truth to some, for others it holds no such validity. Furthermore, by questioning the veracity of religious doctrine those in disagreement are by extension questioning the private faith of another and, therefore, likely to cause offence.

• Remember that this is a course in sociology. The basic premise of sociology is that we try to set aside our biases in our attempt to understand the societies of others. It is important to try to cultivate an objective view when studying the beliefs and practices of unfamiliar cultures.


Course Schedule

Activities and dates will be listed elsewhere on the course site. Please pay special attention to the due dates for each assignment.
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The instructor reserves the right to change or amend this syllabus or the class schedule in the event of extenuating circumstances

Additional Items

Protocol & Suggestions for Success in This Course

Every time you log on, check the course Announcements and email for messages, suggestions, comments, etc...
Don't get behind on your assignments. The interactive component of this course relies on students staying on the same material on a week-by-week basis. Each discussion forum will be released one week ahead of time and will be available for two weeks. After that deadline, the forum will "evaporate" and will no longer be available. Treat assignments with the same rigor you would for on-campus classes. The assignments you turn in have the same level of expectations for spelling, grammar, etc.
Have a "B-Plan"! The Internet is sometimes prone to a number of problems. For example, a network at the college of at your Internet service provider may be having difficulties or may be operating slowly; this can cause frustration. You might also have problems with your home computer. Avoid last minute problems by getting assignments done and submitted before deadline. Locate another computer at a friend's home, a library, or school you might use if yours isn't working.
The keys to making Internet courses work well for you are to be flexible, have patience, and always have backups of your work. Also, you should let your instructor know if you are having difficulties, if you must be away from the course for more than a few days, or if you have found a something in the course site not working. The main thing is to not get behind; Internet courses require a high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline.

Getting Help

If you find that you are having difficulty accessing the course web site or sending and receiving assignments or email, please contact the NIC computer help desk at 769-3280 or via the toll free number, 1-877-404-4536 x3280. They should be able to help you solve your computer problems, but they can't help you with your questions about assignments or other course-specific information.

Organization of Course Site

General Information contains this syllabus, course description and other basic information.
Announcements will take you to a day-by-day, week-by-week announcement area. You should check this every time you log on. I will be updating it frequently to keep you apprised of current information.
Lectures will take you to the links for your assignments and exams.
Course E-Mail will take you to the private e-mail area. You can send private messages to other member of the course or the instructor from here. In other words, this is an email system for course members, only. You cannot send " regular" e-mail from here.
Discussion Forum will take you to the forum/discussion page. From there you can select a topic to visit and/or compose a message. You may access this from the course page and in the assignments.
Other Resources will take you to a world of information. You want more information on some topic? LOOK HERE! This is a fantastic resource to the internet and many sources of information regarding just about any topic in anthropology you can think of.
How to... provides information on processes necessary of working in an online course environment.

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: 

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:

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: 

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.


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.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

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:

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:

Additional withdrawal information:


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.