House Bill 2504 Spring 2012 Course Syllabus SOCI-1301-M40 - Introduction to Sociology
Spring 2012 Course Syllabus
SOCI-1301-M40 - Introduction to Sociology
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|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||Basic skills competency in reading required and a desire to learn.|
|Required Textbooks||Sociology, 8th Edition, Prenctice Hall Publishing, 2001.John J. Macionis|
|Attendance Policy||Students should be present for every class scheduled. Due to confinement, some considerations wil be taken.|
|Course Grading Scale||90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F|
|Determination of Final Grade||Exams - 12.5%, Quizzes, in-class work and/or homework - 25%, Final Exam - 25%|
|Final Exam Date||May 17, 2012 - 6:00 PM|
|Major Assignments||Final assignment and all make-up work: due May 8, 2012.|
|Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates||
Examines will be announced one-two weeks prior to examinations date. All assignments and exams will be graded and returned for discussion during the following class meeting from the day the assignment was due.
Part I: The Foundation of Society
[Ch. 1] The Sociological Perspective
Part II: The Foundation of Society
[Ch. 3] Culture
[Ch. 4] Society
First Exam (Feb. 28)
[Ch. 5] Socialization
[Ch. 6] Social Interaction of Everyday Life
[Ch. 7] Groups and Organizations
[Ch. 8] Deviance
[Ch. 9] Sexuality
Second Exam (Mar. 27th)
Part III: Social Inequality
[Ch. 10] Social Stratification:
[Ch. 11] Social Class in the United States
[Ch. 13] Gender Stratification
[Ch. 14] Race and Ethnicity
Third Exam (April 24th)
[Ch. 2] Sociological Investigation (April 24th & May 1st)
|General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes||
|Program Student Learning Outcomes||
Reading: Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials.
Writing: Produces clear, correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Speaking: Communicates orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion, and audience.
Listening:Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken language.
Critical Thinking 1: Applies qualitative and/or quantitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter.
Critical Thinking 2:Demonstrates the ability to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies.
Intercultural Competence 1: Demonstrates awareness of similarities and differences between cultural groups.
Intercultural Competence 2: Demonstrates the ability to recognize global interconnectedness.
Intercultural Competence 3: Demonstrates a general knowledge of cultural evolution.
|Course Student Learning Outcomes||
1.Communicates with appropriate modes of expression to individuals or groups.
A. Demonstrates thesis clarity
B. Organizes information
C. Uses support
D. Presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression
2. Demonstrates awareness of cultural differences and similarities.
A. Identifies cultural characteristics (beliefs, values, perspectives, or practices)
B. Interprets works of human expression within cultural context
C. Shows awareness of one’s own culture in relation to others
3. Uses critical thinking skills
A. Identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed)
B. Differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation
C. Constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences
D. Uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion
4. Demonstrates technology literacy
A. Locates needed information using the appropriate technological tool or device
B. Displays organizational skills with the use of technology
C. Presents information using the appropriate technological tool or device
5. Transfers to a baccalaureate program
A. Exhibits student contact hours completed at LSC-PA
B. Number of AA majors who graduate
C. Number of AA graduates who request transcripts sent to other universities
6. Applies mathematical and scientific principles
A. Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
B. Uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
C. Applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task
Students will be able to:
1. Explain the major social groups that function in society, including racial and ethnic groups;
2. Discuss the history and evolution of the discipline of sociology;
3. Describe the role of gender across different cultures;
4. Define deviance and to compare the major methods of social control;
5. Contrast the myths and facts concerning social stratification;
6. Apply processes of socialization in explaining how different social groups function;
7. Appraise the major methods and concepts used in the systematic study of society
|Academic Honesty||Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.|
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Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester,
by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally.
No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class,
including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or
painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.
Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.
Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.
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|HB 2504||This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.|
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