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

Introduction to Sociology SOC-101

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 19
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 10/15/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 11/16/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Jakki East-Peters

Office: LKH 218B

Office Phone: (208)676-7201

E-Mail: [email protected]

Office Hours: MW: 9:00 - 11:45 W: 2-3 online office hours  TH: 9-11 

Meeting Times

There are no scheduled meeting times for this course as it is an online course!


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


Essentials of Sociology

  • Author: Brinkerhoff, David, Lynn White, Suzanne Ortega, Rose Weitz
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Edition: 8th
  • ISBN: 978-0-495-81295-1


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.





9 weekly  participation points @ 10 Points each




A (90%) 333-370

9 Tests @ 20 Points


B (80%) 296-332

9 Weekly assignments @ 10 points


C (70%) 259-295

Course Quiz


D (60%) 222-258


370 Total

F  0-221


Weekly assignments:

Each week there will be an assignment due, referencing the reading for that week.

Weekly Exams: 

Timed tests will be given each week corresponding to the weekly assignments/reading and will include 20 multiple-choice questions.


There will be 2 discussion questions each week; please refer to course policies for detailed instructions.

Course Policies


Welcome to your online class. Sociology 101-19 is a 3 credit class. 

This class has been condensed from a 16 week course into 9 weeks.  Normally you would be expected to be in class 3 hours each week.  In this instance, you should expect to take 6 hours each week to do the required work for this class.  In addition, you should anticipate another 3-4 hours of study time each week.  BE PREPARED TO WORK FOR THE NEXT NINE WEEKS!!!!!!!!

You will need the following:

  1. Access to a computer with a web connection.  This must be a secure, reliable connection.  If you do not have a computer of your own, you may use a computer in the open student lab at NIC or one of the computers at your local library.  The technology is your responsibility.  If you are having issues with your comuter, Blackboard, or any other device you may be using it is your responsibilty to make sure you can access the information for this class and complete all work on-time!
  2. You need the textbook.  You can purchase this book in the bookstore or online. 
  3. You may need an internet plug-in to be able to access the videos in the course. 
  4. Communication for this class is crucial to success.  I am available by email and will answer all emails during the week within 24 hours.  I am not available by email from Friday 4:00 PM to Monday 8:00 AM. 
  5. NO late work is accepted.
  6. If you are unsure how to use any of the Blackboard system please refer to e-learning 
  7. As a student, in my class, I expect you to check your email on Blackboard and Cardinal mail at least once a day so that you do not miss vital information regarding the course.  It is always a good idea to check your email more than that, since this is a nine-week course, less than this will jeopardize your grade significantly by missing critical information in the class.
  8. Assignments/Quizzes... Please check your Course Weeks to be sure you know what assignments and exams are due each week.  I will also post them in the lessons folder at the start of each week. Assignments are due on Thursdays by 11:59 PM please do not wait until 10:00 PM to start your homework.  That late in the evening, there is no technical support and I am not available to help if there are problems with submissions. Exams are due on Sundays by 11:59 PM, plan your schedule accordingly, the test time allotment is 30 minutes.  Please note that while the tests are due Sundays, the tests become available at 8:00 PM Thursday evenings; therefore, you have plenty of time to work them into any work schedule.  If you work non-stop from Thursday night to Sunday night, this may be a problem for you!
  9. Information on Discussion Board and Rules Use both the special topics, PowerPoints, as well as the required readings each week to help answer the discussion board questions.
    1. Discussion question answer should be posted in a timely manner.
    2. The first discussion of the week will open on Sunday @ 11:59 PM after the previous weeks test.
    3. The second discussion of the week will open on Thursday morning @ 8:00 AM.
    4. First discussion will close on Thursday @ 8:00 PM.
    5. Second discussion will close on Sunday @ 11:59 PM when the next week’s discussion is opened.
    6. In this manner, it will be like a classroom where we discuss certain aspects of the chapters in a specific time-frame and move into the next topics together.
    7. Each post requires a response to the question and two additional posts as responses to the other classmates’ posts or additional thoughts you have about the overall discussion.
    8. Each week there are 10 participation points available, five for each discussion question.
    9. You must have 3 posts for each discussion topic as described in order to receive the full points.
    10. If you are unable to post for any reason, at some point in the week, you can still receive some points if you responded at least to one of the discussions for the week.
    11. Consistently missing the discussion board will negatively affect your grade.
    12. Please remember that respect is essential, you can post your thoughts, beliefs, understanding of the reading; however, attacking others’ thoughts, beliefs, and understanding of the readings is strictly unacceptable. BE RESPECTFUL, PLEASE!



*The following course calendar is tentative; therefore, it is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any changes will be announced in class and online. Always check online for additional reading, and assignments, as this is a hybrid course and not all hours are spent in class.  Aditional work online in the Blackboard system is a requirement of this course.

Key: ES = Essentials of Sociology Brinkerhoff, White, Ortega and Weitz



Assignments Due dates provided on Blackboard



  • Introductions (introduce yourself on the discussion board)
  • Read ES chapters 1 & 4
  • assignment #1
  • Discussion Board
  • Exam #1


  • Read ES Chapters 2 & 3
  • Assignment #2
  • Discussion board 
  • Exam #2



  • Read ES Chapters 13 & 5
  • Read Is Congress Really For Sale? 
  • Assignment #3
  • Discussion board
  • Exam #3


  • Read ES Chapters 8 & 9
  • discussion board
  • assignment #4
  • Exam #4


  • Read ES Ch. 7 & 14 
  • Discussion board
  • assignment #5
  • Exam #5


  • Read ES Chapters 10 
  • Listen to This American Life 391: More is Less and 392: Someone Else's Money- Link on Blackboard
  • discussion board
  • Assignment # 6
  • Exam #6
  • Read ES Chapter 11 & 12 
  • Assignment #7
  • Discussion board 
  • Exam #7
  • Read ES Chapter 6
  • Assignment # 8
  • Discussion Board
  • Exam #8


  • Read ES Ch. 15 
  • Assignment #9
  • Discussion board
  • Exam #9



*this schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor, you will be informed as soon as possible in the event of a change

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.