PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY
Course: SOCY 1150; Section 34008
Meeting Time: T/R 8:00-9:15 a.m.T-142
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tue & Thu Instructor: Michelle A. Smith, Ph.D.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wed Office: B-2044
or by appointment!!
Phone: (440) 525-7159
COURSE DESCRIPTION. During the next 15 weeks we will be exploring the social world as understood and explained by sociologists. The sociological investigation of society provides perspectives that are unique and often times insightful -- an introduction to theoretical models along with an overview of the research methods used by sociologists are two primary components of this course. Sociological concepts will be used to analyze such things as inequality in society, work, power, and social movements.
BY THE END OF THE COURSE STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF (the following language is taken from the Transfer Assurance Guide, State of Ohio): 1. The sociological perspective, the theoretical foundations (Functionalism, Conflict, and Symbolic Interactionism), and the contributions of major theorists to the development of these perspectives. 2. The ways in which sociologists gather, interpret, and evaluate data, including both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. 3. The components of culture and their impact on shaping human behavior and world view. 4. The elements of social structure and the organization of society.
REQUIRED TEXT. Keirns, Nathan, et al. 2013. Introduction to Sociology. Houston, TX: Openstax College, Rice University.
This text is available to you in a digital version. If you choose to access the text via the internet, the book is free of charge. You can access the digital version using the following link: http://openstaxcollege.org/textbooks/introduction-to-sociology/get
If you prefer, a hard copy of the text is available through the bookstore.
You are expected to keep up with current events; this will be beneficial for participation in class discussion. You can use multiple sources for example: The New York Times or Washington Post or Chicago Tribune or The Wall Street Journal (or other legitimate news source). Many of these papers are available free in the LCC library or you may go on-line at: www.nytimes.com ; www.washingtonpost.com ; www.chicagotribune.com .
COURSE REQUIREMENTS & GENERAL INFORMATION. You are expected to read all of the required material prior to the class period for which it is assigned. If you are having problems with the content of the course you need to talk with me! Use the office hours listed above, call the office, e-mail me (if you e-mail me, you must include our class title and time in the subject of the e-mail). You may also talk with me to schedule an appointment.
Attendance. Regular attendance is expected. You are responsible for all material covered during class time; your best access to this material is through your presence (both physical and mental) during class time. If you miss a class, it is up to you to find out what material was covered and get notes from another student for that class period. Course grades typically reflect class attendance (i.e. students who attend the class regularly tend to earn higher grades in the course). You will earn 1 point per day for attendance for a total of 30 points possible for the duration of the semester. You must be present for the entire class period in order to earn attendance points. If you are not able to attend class, you do not earn the point for that period.
Time Devoted to Coursework. In addition to regular class attendance, you are expected to spend a minimum of nine additional hours per week reading, studying, and preparing assignments for this class.
Exam Policy. You are expected to take exams on the dates noted in the course outline. Make-up exams will be given to...
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