House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

SOCI-1301-73 (Intro Sociology)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorDuncan, William Beauregard
Phone(409) 984-6349
Liberal Arts
Chair:Glenda Dupuis
Telephone:(409) 984-6316
Hours:MWF: 9:00-9:50, 11:00-12:30; T Th: 8:00-9:30 and by appointment
Building:Faculty Offices Pavilion (FOP)
Room #:105
Course Information
Course ID #10154
Course Subject-Number-SectionSOCI-1301-73
Course TitleIntro Sociology
Course Description Sociology as a basic field of knowledge. Basic terms, concepts, theories of sociology applied to an explanation of human behavior, personality, groups, and society.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks Introduction to Sociology by Tischler, Henry L. 2011. 10th Ed. Wadsworth. ISBN# 0-495-804440-1.
Learning Objectives To provide the student with a basic understanding of the scientific study of society, its objectives, methods, and areas of interest. Of particular interest will be the inter-relationship between individuals, the groups to which they belong, and the structure of society itself. Social life is complex: most students are surprised to discover that individual behavior is usually not as individual as they might think. Much of the time how we think, act, and feel is influenced profoundly by the group norms and social structures that surround us. Concepts such as socialization, human development, social interaction, and social institutions will be studied in order to understand this complex phenomenon.
Major Assignments Final grades in the course will be based on a combiantion of four regular exams, a class project, on-line discussions, and any extra credit the student may have earned during the semester.
Discussion Topics 1/17-1/21         1/17 MLK Day—No Class

         Perspective                                Ch. 1

1/24-1/28         Culture                                Ch. 3        

1/31-2/4         Socialization & Development                Ch. 4

2/7-2/11         First Exam        

2/14-2/18         Interaction                                Ch. 5

2/21-2/25         Groups and Organizations                        Ch. 6

2/28-3/24         Deviance                                Ch. 7

         Second Exam

3/7-3/11         Spring Break: No Class

3/14-3/18         Social Class                                Ch. 8

3/21-3/25         Global Stratification                        Ch. 9

3/28-4/1         Ethnicity                                Ch. 10

4/4-4/8         Gender                                 Ch. 11

         Third Exam

4/11-4/15         Family                                Ch. 12        

4/18-4/22         Religion                                Ch. 13

4/25-4/29         Education                                Ch. 14

5/2-5/6         Political Economy                        Ch. 15

         Fourth Exam

5/9-5/13         Tuesday 5/10: Last Class

5/16-5/20         Wed. 5/11 thru Wed. 5/18: Comprehensive Final        

Attendance Policy Attendence does not apply
Determination of Final Grade The following is an explanation of how final grades are calculated.

                4 Regular exams (averaged)        70%

                1 Class Project:         20%

                5 On-Line Discussions:         10%


                                        + Extra Credit

= Final Grade

Final Exam Date May 11, 2011 - 5:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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