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


Introduction to Sociology SOC-101

  • Fall 2012

  • Section 09

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012

  • Modified 09/11/2012



Contact Information


Instructor

     Alan Lamb

Instructor's Contact Information:

     Office: Fort Sherman Officers Quarters 202

     Phone: (208) 769-3453

     E-mail: Alan_Lamb@nic.edu

Instructor's Office Hours:

     Online Office Hours: MW 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

     Face-to-Face Office Hours: TTh 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Meeting Times


This course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in Siebert (SBT) 209

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


Text Title: Essentials of Sociology

Author: Brinkerhoff et al.

Publisher: Thompson-Wadsworth

Edition/Year: 8th Edition/2011

ISBN: 0-495-81295-1

The NIC bookstore sells this text.  For other purchasing/renting options you can visit the following website:

Publisher's website for this text.

 

Outcomes


General Education Abilities

In conjunction with North Idaho College's general education mission and goals, nine general education abilities have been developed which are to be obtained and measured during the student's time at NIC. These nine abilities are: (1) Aesthetic Response; (2) Communication; (3) Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving; (4) Historical, Cultural, and Global Awareness; (5) Information Literacy; (6) Mathematical, Scientific, and Symbolic Reasoning; (7) Social Responsibility/Citizenship; (8) Valuing/Ethical Reasoning; and (9) Wellness.

The development of the following abilities are primarily focused upon in this course:

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.  This ability will be measured through weekly quizzes, a critical thinking/reflective assignment, and exams.

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. This ability will be measured through weekly quizzes, a critical thinking/reflective assignment, and exams.

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.  This ability will be measured through weekly quizzes, a critical thinking/reflective assignment, and exams.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students, upon completion of the course, will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the following outcomes: 

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.

These outcomes will be measured through quizzes, participating in in-class activities, a critical thinking/reflective assignment and exams.

Assessment


GENERAL--This course requires fairly well-developed reading and writing skills.  Students are expected to keep up on the text reading, attend class, take the weekly quizzes, complete exams on time, complete a critical thinking/reflective assignment, and to participate in class activities.

 

GRADING:   

Note:  Each of these will be explained in greater detail below.

Attendance/Participation = 80 points

Exams (3 exams worth up to 100 points each) = 300 points

Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment = 100 points

Weekly Quizzes (12 highest quiz scores, worth up to 10 points each)  = 120 points

Total possible = 600 possible

 

Letter grades will be assigned based upon the following percentage breakdown:

92.5-100% (555-600 pts.) = A            

90.0-92.4% (540-554 pts.) = A-                     

87.5-89.9% (525-539 pts.) = B+                     

82.5-87.4% (495-524 pts.) = B                       

80.0-82.4% (480-494 pts.) = B-                        

77.5-79.9% (465-479 pts.) = C+

72.5-77.4% (435-464 pts.) = C

70.0-72.4% (420-434 pts.) = C- 

67.5-69.9% (405-419 pts.) = D+

60-67.4% (360-404 pts.) = D

Below 60.0%  (Below 360 pts.) = F

                   

ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION (80 pts.)--Class participation is encouraged and expected.  Participation can take the form of being an active listener as well as being a vocal contributor.  During class all students are expected to participate and contribute.  Attendance is important to student academic success, especially in classes where a high degree of participation is stressed.  In this class, we will engage in numerous in-class activities and discussions important to your learning.  As a consequence, this class has an attendance policy whereby students are allowed a total of 2 weeks worth of absences before grades become impacted. For this class, which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays this translates into a total of 4 absences. After 4 absences, students will start losing 8 points for each additional absence (up a maximum of 80 points).   Students with an A and 2 or fewer absences will not be required to take the final exam.  Students with a B and 1 or fewer absences will also not be required to take the final exam (unless they are trying to improve their grade to an A, of course!).

Be to class on time!  Students showing up to class late disrupt the flow of concentration for both the instructor and other students.  Because of this, three late arrivals to class will count as one absence.  In addition, leaving early also disrupts class and the student misses class time as well.  If you need to leave early, please let me know so before class starts. Keep in mind that leaving class early also counts as a third of an absence. 

CRITICAL THINKING/REFLECTIVE ASSIGNMENT: The Critical thinking/reflective  assignment will give you several options in terms of topics, of which you will need to select one.  This assignment will be worth up to 100 points out of the 600 points possible in this class.  The instructions for this paper will be posted on the course website sometime during the first 2 weeks of this course.    The due date for this assignment is specified in the weekly schedule.  Submissions for this assignment will be through a Turnitin.com assignment submissions box that will be made accessible in this assignment’s folder (Turnitin.com is a plagiarism detection service the college subscribes to).  To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please go to the following website: http://www.plagiarism.org/

Late Critical Thinking/Reflective Papers: Late critical thinking/reflective papers will only be accepted if an extension is granted prior to the paper due date.  Extensions will only be granted for compelling reasons.

EXAMS (300 pts.)--There will be a total of 3 exams given in this course; 2 midterm exams and a final, all worth 100 points each for a total of 300 points out of the 600 points possible in this class.  The final exam will not be comprehensive and will carry the same weight as the other exams. All exams will consist of multiple choice questions (neither quizzes nor exams have essay questions). Exams will be accessible online through the course's website for a one week period of time in which you get to choose the one hour block in which to do the exam. Exams are randomly computer generated from a pool of questions covering the material...this means that each person's exam will be different, though the same material is covered. Because of this, I do not require people to take in-class or proctored exams--exams can be taken from your home or wherever and are open-text (though open-text, if you have not read the material and studied for the exam you will not do well...1 hour is not enough time to try to look up all of the answers for the 50 multiple choice questions in these exams). You will be allowed up to three attempts on each exam, the highest score of which will be the one that counts. Because the exams are randomly generated, the exam for your second attempt will differ from the exam of your first attempt (and the third attempt will differ from your second attempt), though the same material is covered.

Make-ups:

Since the tests have been scheduled well ahead of time, all students are expected to be present for them. Any make-up tests will require proof of the student's incapacitation.  Make-up tests can be scheduled ahead of time if the student knows that he or she cannot take a test on time and can show legitimate reason.

WEEKLY QUIZZES (120 pts.)--Quizzes will be given every Tuesday with the exception of the week of advising day, when it is given on a Thursday.  There will be a total of 15 quizzes given, the 3 lowest scores of which will be dropped.  Quizzes will be based only on the reading material assigned that week and are intended to help you keep up with your reading assignments.  They will consist of true-false questions and will not be difficult providing you have read the material.  Since there is a buffer of 3 quizzes there are no makeup opportunities for missed quizzes--Please do not ask...this buffer is to accommate being ill, out of town, family emergencies, etc.

 

Course Policies


MISC. COURSE POLICIES & PROCEDURES:

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.

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please go to: http://www.nic.edu/policy/ Student Code of Conduct; 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.   To learn more about plagiarism and how to avoid it, please go to the following website: http://www.plagiarism.org/
• 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.


ASSISTANCE--I am more than willing to help or assist students on material presented in class that they do not understand. If you don't feel like bringing something up in class for clarification I encourage you to view my office hours (or appointments) as a chance to do this.

BEHAVIOR--Behave in a mature, courteous manner in class. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. All discussions must be respectful of others. This means that you can not assume that others automatically agree with your religious or ideological views. This does not mean you can't disagree with someone. Indeed, we will find that people may disagree with one another quite a bit in this class. The key is to do it respectfully and tactfully (critically examining issues is fine, personal attacks on people because of their views is not). Remember that this is a course in Sociology. We should try to set aside our biases in our attempt to understand the beliefs of others.

CELL PHONES--Cell phones are very disruptive and need to be turned off or silenced for class. If your job requires that you keep your cell phone on, please set it to vibrate. For exceptions to this rule, see the instructor to discuss.


DISABILITIES--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, 665-4520, or 

http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=16&pageID=1993

EXTRA CREDIT--There will be extra credit opportunities in this course worth up to a total of 20 points.  When these will occur is not scheduled.  In addition, I will let students make-up (erase) up to 2 absences with take home essay assignments. These assignments will need to be typed, double-spaced and be 1 to 2 pages in length (you can basically select anything that has to do with sociology and write about it--my preference is that you apply whatever you write about to your life or the life of someone you know, but that is not a requirement...the big thing is to be careful to cite properly if you cite or quote anything).

MISSED LECTURES/DISCUSSIONS--Please do not try to get information regarding missed lectures from me. It is your responsibility to get the notes for missed days, not mine. I am always willing to discuss lectures with you that have points you don't understand but I am are not willing to redo them for you.

PERSONAL COMPUTERS--I will allow students to use personal computers for taking notes only if one is very quiet in terms of their typing. If I catch someone using a personal computer to play games, working on materials from other classes, browsing the Internet, or any other non-class related activity I will no longer allow that person to use a personal computer in my class. I am very strict on this rule!

PROBLEMS WITH COURSE--If you have any problems with instruction please make an appointment to see me--this is 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!

READING--With the exception of the first week, you should have all reading done prior to the week assigned (this is primarily due to the fact that quizzes based on that reading occur at the beginning of each class period…you won’t do well if you haven’t read the chapter assigned for that week). 

READING MATERIALS OTHER THAN MATERIALS FOR THIS SPECIFIC CLASS--Reading newspapers, magazines, texts from other courses, etc. is very rude and not allowed in class during the class period. If you need to prepare for an exam in another class, simply don’t show up to this one and take the absence penalty. 

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE--Students have both rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. See www.nic.edu/ferpa/StudentCode/index.htm for more information.

TEXT MESSAGING--Text messaging in class is very disruptive and not allowed. If you need an exception to this, you need to see the instructor to discuss.

WITHDRAWAL--Withdrawal from Fall 2012 regular semester-length courses or from college must be completed by Monday, November 12, 2012.


SPECIAL NOTE: THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR AMEND THIS SYLLABUS OR THE CLASS SCHEDULE IN THE EVENT OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.

Schedule


Introduction to Sociology 
Soc 101-09 (TTh 9:00-10:15am)
Fall 2012 Weekly Schedule

 

Week 1 (8/28 & 8/30):

Reading:  Chapter 1 "The Study of Society"

Quiz 1 …a gift?

 

Week 2 (9/4 & 9/6):

Reading:  Chapter  2 "Culture"

Quiz 2 on 9/4 covers Chapter 2

 

Week 3 (9/11 & 9/13):

Reading:  Chapter 3 "Socialization"

Quiz 3 on 9/11 covers Chapter 3

 

Week 4 (9/18 & 9/20):

Reading:  Chapter 4 "Social Structure and Social Interaction"

Quiz 4 on 9/18 covers Chapter 4

 

Week 5 (9/25 & 9/27):

Reading: Chapter 5 "Groups, Networks, and Organizations"

Quiz 5 on 9/25 covers Chapter 5

***Access to Exam 1 begins at 5pm on Thursday 9/27--Exam 1 covers chapters 1 through 5

 

Week 6 (10/2 & 10/4):

Reading: Chapter 6 "Deviance, Crime, and Social Control"

Quiz 6 on 10/2 covers Chapter 6

***Access to Exam 1 ends by the end of the day on Thursday 10/4

 

Week 7 (10/9 & 10/11):

Reading: Chapter 7 "Stratification"

Quiz 7 on 10/9 covers Chapter 7

 

Week 8 (10/16 & 10/18):

Reading: Chapter 8 "Racial and Ethnic Inequality"

Quiz 8 on 10/16 covers Chapter 8

 

Week 9 (10/23 & 10/25):

Reading: Chapter 9 "Sex, Gender, and Sexuality"

Quiz 9 on 10/23 covers Chapter 8

 

Week 10 (10/30 is advising day; On 11/1 we meet):

Reading: Chapter 10 "Health and Health Care"

Quiz 10 on 11/1 covers Chapter 10 -- Because Tuesday 10/30 is advising day, this week's quiz is on Thursday 11/1. 

 

Week 11 (11/6 & 11/8):

Reading: Chapter 11 "Family”

Quiz 11 on 11/6 covers Chapter 11

***Access to Exam 2 begins at 5pm on Thursday 11/8--Exam 2 covers chapters 6 through 10

 

Week 12 (11/13 & 11/15):

Reading: Chapter 12 "Education and Religion"

Quiz 12 on 11/3 covers Chapter 12

***Access to Exam 2 ends by the end of the day on Thursday 11/15

 

Week 13 (11/20; Note that 11/21, 11/22, and 11/23 are Thanksgiving Holiday):

Begin Reading: Chapter 13 "Politics and the Economy"

Quiz 13 on 11/20 covers Chapter 13 

 

Week 14 (11/27 & 11/29):

Reading: Chapter 14 "Population and Urbanization"

Quiz 14 on 11/27 covers Chapter 14

***Critical Thinking/Reflective Assignment is due by the end of the day on Thursday, 11/29 (to be turned in via the Turnitin.com submission box accessible on the course website).   

 

Week 15 (12/4 & 12/6):

Reading: Chapter 15 "Social Change"

Quiz 15 on 12/4 covers Chapter 15 

 

Week 16 (12/11 & 12/13):

Finishing up the class—No quiz this week.

 ***Access to Exam 3 begins at 5pm on Tuesday 12/11--Exam 3 covers chapters 11 through 15

 

Finals Week (12/17-12/20):

Our final class meeting is TBA during finals week. 

***Access to Exam 3 ends by the end of the day on Tuesday 12/18

 

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 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 for the fall term: October 12, 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: 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, 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.