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

Introduction to Sociology SOC-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 20/21
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 09/08/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Tiffany Renner

Office Hours

  • Saturday, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Molstead 209

Please let me know you want to meet, sometimes I am at other locations.

Meeting Times


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


Sociology: Pop Culture to Social Structure

  • Author: Brym and Lie
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Edition: 3rd


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.



Weekly Discussions

Instead of a lecture format where you need to attend class, we will be relying on an interactive discussion format, where you log on, compose and post your personal response regarding issues related to the chapter assigned for each week, look at what others have written, and personally comment on the postings of others in the course. You can log on at any time of the day or night to do this. The topics for each of the weekly discussions can be found in the Lessons page of this course.

Weekly discussions have 2 components: (1) Your written personal response to the chapter discussion assignment and (2) participation, which are your written reactions to the postings of other students each week. Each week's discussion can be found in the Weekly Discussions folder for each of the weeks in this course (accessible from the "Main Page" page of the course to the left column).  

Late Weekly Discussion Assignments: Please no late assignments, you have a week to do it all, so that should be plenty of time.

Quizzes can be found in Quizzes/Exams folder for each of the weeks of this course.  The Quiz folder can be found on the Left Columns on the Main Page for this course.  Quizzes will be based only on the reading material assigned the particularly week they occur and are intended to help you keep up with your reading assignments. Quizzes consist of true-false, multiple choice questions and will not be difficult providing you have read the material assigned for that week.

Quizzes can only be taken sometime during the week that particular chapters are assigned. This week-long window should allow you to take the quiz at a time that works for your schedule. You will have up to 2 times at doing each quiz, allowing you to improve your score (only the highest score is counted). Each quiz is timed and will only allow its completion within a certain number of minutes (if you do not complete it within the allotted time you will be scored only on what you have completed). What this means is that if you haven't read the material and intend to take a quiz thinking you can look up the answers as you go, you will find yourself running out of time for the quiz--you will not succeed on these unless you have read the material ahead of time. The amount of time allotted for the completion of each quiz is 20 minutes. A student that has read the material should be able to easily complete the quiz in this time. Note: quiz questions and their order are selected at random by the computer program used for the quizzes in this course. This means that the quiz you retake will not be the same as the first time you took it, though it covers the same material.

There will be a total of 2 exams given in this course worth 100 points each. The final exam will not be comprehensive and will carry the same weight as the other exam. Both exams will consist of multiple choice questions (neither quizzes nor exams have essay questions--the weekly discussions provide enough essay type assignments in this course). Exams will be accessible from the course "Quizzes/Exams" page 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 come in to take 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 100 multiple choice questions in these exams). You will be allowed up to two 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.

Late exams: The exams have a whole week in which you can choose a time to do them. If you cannot do an exam during this time you need to contact the instructor, providing a reasonable excuse in order for an extension to be granted and a makeup opportunity to be set up (when I say "excusable reason," I mean that it will need to be something very serious or important...). Extensions will only be granted if you communicate with the instructor prior to the regular time allotted for the exam expiring. Keep in mind that you are given a week in which to complete the exam, which is plenty of time to be able to do the exam on time. Waiting until the last moment to try to do the exam risks failing the exam (in addition, waiting until the last minute will not give you an opportunity to retake the exam to improve your score). I will not grant an extension for second or third attempts on the exam (if you waited until the last minute to do the exam and have done poorly, that is your fault).

Course Policies


Course calendar and related activities
When Topic Notes
Internet Schedule
8:00 AM - 5:00 AM

Soc 101-20/21 -- Introduction to Sociology
Online – Fall 2012

Week 1 (8/27-9/2): Reading: Chapter 1 Introducing Sociology

Note: weekly discussions have two components, (1) your response to the weekly discussion assignment and (2) your active participation in the weekly discussion, where you react to the postings of at least 2 other students.  

Week 2 (9/3-9/9): Reading: Chapter 2 Culture

Week 3 (9/10-9/16): Reading: Chapter 3 Socialization

Week 4 (9/17-9/23): Reading: Chapter 4 From Social Interaction to Social Organizations

Week 5 (9/24-9/30): Reading: Chapter 5 Deviance, Crime, and Social Control

Week 6 (10/1-10/7): Reading: Chapter 6 Social Stratification: US and Global Perspectives

Week 7 (10/8-10/14): Reading: Chapter 7 Globalization, Inequality, and Development 

Week 8 (10/15 to 10/19): Midterm Week Ch. 1-8 100points NO Discussion this week Reading: Chapter 8 Race and Ethnicity 

Week 9 (10/22-10/28): Reading: Chapter 9 Sexuality and Gender

Week 10 (10/29-11/4): Reading: Chapter 10 Families

Week 11 (11/5-11/11): Reading: Chapter 11 Religion and Education

Week 12 (11/12-11/18): Reading: Chapter 12 Politics, Work and the Economy


Week 14(11/26-12/2): Reading: Chapter 13 Health, Medicine, Disability, and Aging

Week 15(12/3-12/9): Reading: Chapter 14 Collective Action and Social Movements

Week 16(12/10-12/16): Reading: Chapter 15 Population, Urbanization, and the Environment

WEEK 17: (12/17 to 12/20) Final Exam Ch. 9 – 15 100 points No Discussion this week

Additional Items


Course Requirements and Grading

Weekly Discussion Questions: 14 weeks at 20 points each week = 280 points

Weekly Discussion Participation: You are expected to react/respond to the weekly postings of others a minimum of 2 times per week 14 weeks at 10 points per week = 140 points

Note: Weekly discussion questions and weekly discussion participation total up to 420 points

Weekly Quizzes:  14 quizzes worth 15 points each = 210 points

Exams: 2 exams worth 100 points each = 200 points

Total Number of Points Possible = 830

Letter grades will be assigned based upon this percentage breakdown:

92.5-100% = A

90.0-92.4% = A-

87.5-89.9% = B+

82.5-87.4% = B

80.0-82.4% = B-

77.5-79.9% = C+

72.5-77.4% = C

70.0-72.4% = C-

67.5-69.9% = D+

60.0-67.4% = D

Below 60.0% = F

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.