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

Sociology SOC-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 14
  • 3 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/27/2012

Contact Information

Office: Molstead 209, cubicle A. I am present only during office hours. Please make an appointment to see me through our course message area for a face to face conference.

Phone: 208-665-5078

E-mail: Use our Blackboard message tab because I check this multiple times during the day, Monday through Friday, and occassionally on week ends. Use the NIC e-mail only if you have difficulty using our course messaage function at [email protected] Be sure to designate 101 online course in the subject box when using the NIC mail so your message will not get deleted as spam.

Meeting Times

Because this is an online course only, there are no face to face meeting times.

Online weekly "Office Hour": Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

I am very willing to meet face to face with students at the NIC main campus Molstead 209 office, located to the left of the computer lab upstairs above the library, cubicle A, by appointment only. Thursdays would be the most available day for face to face meetings.


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 Text:

Brinkerhoff, White, Ortega, and Weitz. (2011) Essentials of Sociology, 8th Edition .   Thomson Wadsworth, CENGAGE Learning, Inc. ISBN:  10: 0-495-81295-1



Order books from the NIC Bookstore at and have a credit card ready for your order or go to to order the book and or an e-book. Type in Brinkerhoff Sociology; Click on ichapters and select the Author, 8th edition, and 2011 in order to find the book. While waiting for your book to arrive, you may use the copy at the NIC library desk in order to do assignments.

Supplies: A computer with the appropriate browser settings for Blackboard online learning is required. Make certain you have completed the browser check list found on your log-in page. All programs must have a green check mark in front of them. For any technical questions, please call our NIC Help Desk at 208-769- 3280.


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.


Course Requirements and Grading:

Introductory Bonus Activities on the Welcome Page:  must be completed the first week for attendance purposes! You will be marked absent from this course if a brief bio and instructor syllabus message and completion of an easy syllaby quiz is not completed by noon Thursday, 8/30.  1.) Brief bio posting in Welcome page. 2.) Instructor E-mail message within our course regarding the reading and understanding of the syllabus. 3.) Syllabus quiz found on the Welcome page. Note: Introductory activities must be completed by noon Thursday, 8/30 for attendance purposes! Introductory activities will earn 10 points total, with 5 points for the syllabus quiz, 3 points for a syllabus message to the instructor, and 2 points for posting your bio.

An assignment report choosing one question out of two requiring internet research.  A summary of all relevant text book information on the topic you choose for each chapter must be provided, and inclusion of one hyperlink with a summary of the web article is required in your assignment posting for each chapter. You are expected to use university sites with .edu in the address, government sites with .gov in the address, poling sites such as the census, or organizational sites with .org in the address for each chapter's internet source. Only one web address and summary of the information for each chapter report is required. Each report is worth 30 points. Question answers over 15 chapters x 30 = 450 points possible.

YouTube video reaction summaries:  View the YouTube video for each chapter and thoroughly summarize the content applying it to our text book's information. Provide your general reaction also. Each video summary is worth 20 points. 20 x 15 = 300 points possible.

Quizzes: will be made available with each chapter and will remain available until the end of our summer semester, 11:59 PM Thursday, December 20th. Each quiz has 10 true - false questions. A second chance to take the quiz is available for our first week only. Each quiz allows one hour for completion, so this should be plenty of time for everyone! Each quiz is worth 10 points. 15 quizzes at 10 points each = 150 points possible.

Midterm Exam: A fill in the blank exam with 20 questions. 20 x 1 = 20

Final Exam: A fill in the blank exam with 35 questions. 35 x 2 = 70

Total Number of Points Possible = 1000  

Extra Credit:  You may earn bonus points within your chapter report assignment each week if you can find an appropriate current events news article from sources such as the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, any newspaper such as the Spokesman Review or the Cd'A Press, or ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN or public television source. As much as 5 bonus points can be earned if you include the readable online article by posting the complete web address within your weekly report. You must also mention how this article is related to our chapter of the week, explaining in detail the sociological concept or social issue related to this news article. The challenge is to find an appropriate article related to the regularly scheduled week we are discussing within our Discussion Forum. Most extra credit reports earn 1 or 2 points only because the news article is not applied to an idea or concept within our chapter for that week. 

Letter grades will be assigned based upon this percentage breakdown:

92.5-100% (925-1000 pts.) = A

89.5-92.4% (895-924 pts.) =  A-

87.5-89.4% (875-894 pts.) =  B+

82.5-87.4% (825-874 pts.) =  B

79.5-82.4% (795-824 pts.) =  B-

77.5-79.4% (775-794 pts.) =  C+

72.5-77.4% (725-774 pts.) =  C

69.5-72.4% (695-724 pts.) =  C-

67.5-69.4% (675-694 pts.) =  D+

62.5-67.4% (695-674 pts.) =  D

Below 59.5%(595-and bellow) F

Strategies for Success

  • Stay in contact with the instructor via the course e-mail if you have any questions or problems.
  • Log-on at least once every day or two and read everything carefully. Since all on-line communication is written, you may find it's easy to get confused or behind, so stay current in your assignments as much as possible!
  • Make paper copies of the syllabus and schedule, and assignment pages.  Students tell us it's easier to refer to a paper copy than to log back on to check a small detail.
  • Use the cookie crumbs (on the top toolbar) if you get lost and can't find your way back to a page.
  • Stay focused and motivated! This requires a great deal of self-discipline!
  • Use a thumb drive to keep your reports on in case of a malfunction within Blackboard. You can always post your report again if something happens that your report is not saved within the discussion forum.
  • Stay on schedule.  Don't get further than one week behind in your assignments. You will find it very difficult to catch up and to participate in the discussion forum.  Maximum learning in this class requires that you participate with your classmates each week.  If you are behind, where is the participation??? (Assignments will be docked 20% from your original grade if posted the following week without a valid and excused reason.)
  • Keep a good sense of humor!!! The learning curve can be steep at first.  If you expect mishaps, computer glitches, and a little confusion, then you will enjoy this class without too much undo stress!
  • Send comments and questions through our course message area .  Whenever points are unclear or contradict each other, or there are points you do not understand be certain to raise them by sending your questions to me by course e-mail or by calling me (665-5078) or setting up an appointment to visit me in Molstead Hall, above the Library, room 209.

Course Policies

Feedback Response Time: Students can expect the instructor to respond to their e-mail questions within a 24 hour period of time Monday through Friday. In general, this instructor checks into the course at least twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The only time this is not valid is when the instructor is away at conferences, and she will let you know how long she may be out of contact. Weekends are generally not work days, but the instructor always checks in at least once to see if there are any urgent e-mails or messages that need to be answered.

Attendance:  Attendance during the first week of  class is essential in order to avoid being dropped from this course. Attendance will be determined by your participation in our Welcome area of the course as well as the first two chapters in the Week One Learning Module.  Attendance will mean that you have posted a bio, sent the instructor a course e-mail message after having read the syllabus and agree to the policies, and have completed the syllabus practice quiz. These three activities must be complted by noon Thursday, 8/30 for attendance records! Completion of the first chapter assignments is also required the first week.

Course Problems: If you are experiencing any technical computer problems, please call the NIC help desk at 208-769-3280 or use the Blackboard Help function on the sidebar. There are certain problems that I can help you with, but if you have any problems with instruction, please make an appointment to see me. I am very open to discussion. Please keep in mind that I am here to help you to the best of my ability---Your education is very important to me!

Assistance: Please use the course message area to contact me privately. I am more than willing to help or assist students on material presented that they do not understand. If you do not feel like bringing something up in the Q and A discussion area for clarification, I encourage you to send me a private message through our course or call me at 208-665-5078 at my office, or make an appointment to see me in Molstead 209.

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

Late Work: Make every effort to stay on track each week. I will allow one week later than the week we will be discussing, and no later. In other words, if you are consistently more than one week behind, please drop this class by filling out a withdrawal card at the registrar's office. Starting with Week 3 assignments, I will penalize late postings 20% from your original score without a valid excuse. Assignments should be completed by the end of our weeks, 11:59 PM Sundays. Students will not lose points if they have a valid excuse for not getting their work in on time. However, this is not something to be abused! As your monitor/instructor, I will have to stop believing the excuses and start docking points. All assignments for fall semester MUST be completed no later than the last day of class, Thursday, December 20th!

Extra Credit: A chance to earn bonus points (5 maximum) each week can be accomplished by posting a current news event article related to the topics of the week. In order to earn all 5 points, you must include the web address of the news article and provide a complete summary and explanation of how the article fits with our chapter this week. Information must be specific and thoroughly described.

Withdrawal: Withdrawal from the 2012 Fall semester courses or from college must be completed by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 11/12. The last day to receive 100% refund on the course if you decide to withdraw early is Friday, 9/7, 2012. This instructor does not withdraw students! You must go to the registrar's office and fill out a withdrawal slip for this class. If you do not do this before 11/12, the last day to resign from courses, a grade of F will be given for the course if assignments are not satisfactorily completed. There are no Incomplete grades in this class!!

Important Note: This instructor does not withdraw students, nor does she give grades of Incomplete. Students must go to the registrar's office and fill out a withdrawal card before November 12th in order to avoid a grade of F for the semester.
Please also Note: The instructor reserves the right to change or amend this syllabus or the class schedule in the event of extenuating circumstances. Sufficient notice will be provided when and if this occurs.



Week 1: 8/27 to 9/2

Introductory activities: Post a bio in the Welcome area and send a message to the instructor after reading the syllabus to let her know you have read it and agree to the policies. Complete the syllabus quiz. These are mandatory for attendance purposes and will earn you 10 points! Continue to the Lessons page for our Week one, chapter 1 activities and assignments which must be completed before the end of our week, .

Complete a chapter report, a video summary, and quiz for each chapter per week.

Chapter 1: The Study of Sociology

Week 2: 9/3 to 9/9

Chapter 2: Culture

Week 3: 9/10 to 9/16

Chapter 3: Socialization

Week 4: 9/17 to 9/23

Chapter 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction

Week 5: 9/24 to 9/30

Chapter 5: Groups, Networks, and Organizations

Week 6: 10/1 to 10/7

Chapter 6: Deviance, Crime, and Social Control

Week 7: 10/8 to 10/14

Chapter 7: Stratification and a 20 question midterm fill in the blank exam.

Week 8: 10/15 to 10/21

Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Week 9: 10/22 to 10/28

Chapter 9: Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

Week 10: 10/29 to 11/4

Chapter 10: Health and Health Care

Week 11: 11/5 to 11/11

Chapter 11: Family

Week 12: 11/12 to 11/18

Chapter 12: Education and Religion

Week 13: 11/19 to 11/25

Thanksgiving Vacation: No activities and assignments!

Week 14: 11/26 to 12/2

Chapter 13: Politics and the Economy

Week 15: 12/3 to 12/9

Chapter 14: Population and Urbanization

Week 16: 12/10 to 12/16

Chapter 15: Social Change

Week 17: 12/17 to 12/20

Final Exam:  Finish late assignments and complete the final fill in the blank exam of 35 questions worth 2 points for a total of 70 points. Every late assignment and the final exam MUST be completed by noon Thursday, 12/20!


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 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 for the spring term: November 12, 2012. The last day for 100 percent refund for fall semester is Friday, September 7, 2012.

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, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 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.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.