SOCI-1010: Introductory Sociology ( Split, Web-Assisted | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Denise Malloy

Instructor Rank

Instructor

Instructor Email dmalloy@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

Union Ave. Campus, Building A Room 211-B. 

 

Office Hours

Union Campus: MW 1pm - 3pm | Tues 10:40 am - 12:20 pm | Thurs 2pm - 4pm |  Fri 10am - Noon

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-5318 | However, THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS EMAIL.

Department Phone

(901) 333-5195

Course Information
Course Description

SOCI 1010 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY: 3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the field of sociology, its concepts, methods, findings, people, theories, and its relevance to their own lives. The goal of sociology as well as that of this course is to help us better understand society. This course is designed to enhance specific skills in critical thinking, diversity and global awareness.

Student Learning Objectives

This course will familiarize students to the field of sociology, its concepts, methods, theories and theorists. The sociological perspective is used in examining social interaction, social structures and social change. The course has several objectives: 1. to teach a number of principles, theories, and methodologies that guide social research; 2. to learn how to apply these themes and ideas to issues such as inequality, race and gender relations, healthcare, the environment, the economy and education; 3. to examine why these issues are relevant and how they impact societies differently.

Learning Outcomes students will demonstrate the ability to:  1. Recognize, describe, and explain social institutions, structures, & processes & the complexities of a global culture & diverse society.  2. Think critically about how individuals are influenced by political, geographic, economic, cultural, & family institutions in their own & other diverse cultures & explain how one’s own belief system may differ from others.  3. Explore the relationship between the individual & society as it affects the personal behavior, social development & quality of life of the individual, the family & the community.  4. Examine the impact of behavioral & social scientific research on major contemporary issues & their disciplines’ effects on individuals & society.  5. Using the most appropriate principles, methods, & technologies, perceptively & objectively gather, analyze, & present social & behavioral science research data, draw logical conclusions, & apply those conclusions to one’s life & society.  6. Take ethical stands based on appropriate research in the social & behavioral sciences.  7. Analyze & communicate the values & processes that are used to formulate theories regarding the social context of individual human behavior in the social & behavioral sciences.

 

Prerequisites

ENGL 0810

LS Writing

READ 0810

LS Reading

Corequisites

None

Instructional / Learning Methods

Learning objectives will be met through a variety of instructional methods.  There will be a substantial portion of the class completed online, including discussion and debate, quizzing, and lecture segments. Class meetings will focus on interaction, application, and cooperative learning.  Students are required to do the readings and complete the asssigned online activities BEFORE class and to actively participate in class discussion and cooperative learning. You can expect:

  • Lecture and Discussion
  • Online class assignments
  • Online Quizzes 
  • Videos
  • Projects that include short writing assignments
  • Extra Credit maybe offered but is not a guarantee.  Please concentrate on completing projects and assigned tasks for the course.
Specific Course Requirements
  • Students are required to take attendance each time class meets. If you forget to participate in an attendence activity, or you are not present to take attendance, it will count as an absence and you will not recoup any attendance points for that day. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Students are required to read assigned chapters before each class meeting in order to prepare for class lecture and discussions.
  • Students must have an active Southwest email account.
  • Students are required to participate in class activities, actively participate in their cooperative learning groups, watch recorded topics online for lecture content, read assigned chapters and complete assigned activities before coming to class or while inclass as the activies are taking place.  
  • Quizzes are all given online and some may require you be in-class to take them. Students will be made aware of mandatory in-class assignments.
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Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Hardware/Software Requirements

Internet Access, Gmail account and Google Docs account. If you don't have any of these you must acquire them early in the semester. Since STCC provides every student on every campus with computer labs, all of these requirements can be met.

Required Text

Macionis, Society The Basics,  14th Edition, Pearson, 2017. | ISBN 10: 0-13-420632-0

Please note: The eletronic version of the textbook costs significantly less than the bound version. However, some people have found it difficult to print pages from the electronic version. If you are comfortable with downloading your textbooks to read them, then the elcetronic version might be a good suit for you. If you have trouble using computers to read a textbook, then the bound version might be better for you.

Additional Text

N/A

Supplementary Materials

N/A

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My. Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below in the "General Software Requirements" is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

General Software Requirements Operating System: * Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista ( Windows XP Service Pack 2 recommended) * Mac OS X (up to 10.4) (OS 10.4 recommended) * Linux Windows Supported Browsers: * Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0 * Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 * Firefox 1.5, 2.0 * Opera 9.0 Mac OS X Supported Browsers: * Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 * Firefox 1.5, 2.0 * Opera 9.0 * Current Anti-Virus protection * Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

It would be helpful for you to have Microsoft Office products installed on your computer. The products most useful to this course is: MS Word, Powerpoint, and a program such as QuickTime that allows you to download and view content on the web.

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Because this is a general syllabus presented to different classes, you need to consult with your PAWS course shell associated with your specific class for scheduled assignments. In the course shell, due dates will be available in the events column on the home page and the assignments' grading/scoring criteria will be tied to that  assignment. The information below just lists the types of assignments to expect, not what they are worth. That decision is more specificly addressed with in the grade book within each course's shell.

  • EVALUATION (Grades are based on the following accumulation of points):

  • Course Calendar in PAWS will have due dates for assignments.

    PROJECTS (4): 400 point

    ATTENDANCE: 50

    QUIZZES (10) 150

    DISCUSSIONS (4): 200

    ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION ARE MANDATORY. If you miss a project, you will miss points and cannot make them up. 

    800 TOTAL Possible points to earn excluding, bonus points

Grading Scale

Grades are averaged. On the PAWS system, your grades will be displayed as a fraction. The points you have earned will be the numerator (top number). The denominator (bottom number) is the total number of graded points to-date. You will need to divide the numerator by the denominator to determine your grade, or GPA.  Use the following percent-scale to determine your class average at any given time in the semester.

GRADING SCALE:  

100% - 90% = A      720 - 800 points

  80% - 89% = B      640 - 719 points   

 70% - 79% = C       560 -639 points

  60 - 69% =   D       480 -559 points

Below 60% = F       below 480 points

Testing Procedure / Policy

There will be four 100 point projects. They will cover both lecture notes and reading assignments. Projects are may include peer reviews and may consist of multiple choice and true / false questions. A scantron is NOT required for the projects. The final exam is NOT comprehensive. Rather, it is a culminating project that demonstrates your thorough understanding of a theoretical perspective.  No make-up projects allowed; a missed project will earn the score of zero.. 

Every enrolled student must be present in class on project days. If you miss a day for working on a project assignment then those points cannot be made up. Your classmates cannot make up the points for you, even if you have an emergency.

*An emergency is something that happens suddenly, is absolutely out of your control, and keeps you from being able to come to class. It is the descretion of the instructor what constitues an emergency. For example, an emergency is not: a court date, a doctor's appointment (for you or any relative), an illness (yours, or a relative or friend), a planned or unplanned trip, the birth of a baby (unless the birth is premature), a marriage ceremony, an engagement/party, a baby shower, or anything party related, a meeting with an advisor or another instructor, an appointment in the financial aid office, a meeting of any other sort, nor trouble with transportation.  The list above is not conclusive.  Whatever the excuse, the "emergency" will be evaluated by the instructor as either valid or not. No makeup projects will be provided. No exceptions.

 

Major Assignments

QUIZZES:  Each chapter will have an online quiz.  Students will take these quizzes in or ouside of class and will be given multiple opportunities to complete them.  Each quiz is worth on less than 15 points each.  Quizzes will open at the beginning of each unit and close at the end of unit.

COOPERATIVE LEARNING:

Cooperative Learning is a teaching methodology in which students work together to improve the learning and performance for all students in the group. Each student in this class will be assigned to a cooperative learning team, and will remain in that group throughout the semester. You and your group will work together on various activities, and will be responsible to and for each other for the academic success of the group as a whole. This is NOT a group project in which one or two members bear the burden of completion. All group members must work together to ensure each member of the team contributes in some way to the whole.

Cooperative Learning results from team participation. Activities may take place in class, and groups are encouraged to spend time outside of class studying, preparing for exams, and assisting with assignments.

WRITING  ASSIGNMENTS:    Each unit will have at least one writing assignment. These assignments are designed to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of various class concepts in a manner that is less structured and more subjective than test taking. These assignments may be given through online lecture excerpts and should be completed as assigned.  Most written assignments will be required preparation for the next class period to provide a foundation for a group exercise. Unless otherwise instructed, these  assignments should be typed, double-spaced with an 12 pt Arial font and 1 inch margins. Papers should reflect proper usage and grammar, and will not be accepted after the due date. A hard copy shoud be brought to class for your use for participation (+5) and a copy will also be submitted through dropbox (+20).  All dropbox papers  will be run through a plagiarism check.

Writing assignments should be run through Grammarly.com and corrected before submitted in drop-box.   Our access code has been reset.  Sign up for an account (using your Southwest email) here: http://www.grammarly.com/edu/students/ Please use your Southwest Email address to sign up and sign in. 

DISCUSSIONS:  You will be asked to read and respond to the questions under "Join the Blog!" or "What do you think?" for 4 required topics from your text. These discussions will be opened and closed at published times throughout the semester. Please check the calendar for dates.

For each topic you are asked to post an initial thread answering each of the questions following the reading. (up to 25 points). Then respond to classmate's posts. You will receive up to 5 points for each response, based on the instructions for posts below (up to 25 points). You will not be able to read other student posts until you have completed your initial thread. These discussions are an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the course topics and as such, are a significant part of your grade. Please apply sociological terms and concepts to support your response. When you respond to posts it is not sufficient to agree, or simply repeat what you have previously posted. Please do not repeat the same information on multiple posts. You will be credited for duplicate information only once. Think of this as a conversation. You should advance the conversation by contributing information or raising additional questions.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is the only means of passing this course, and attendance will be taken each meeting. Students missing no more than 2 classes will have 50 points added to their semester total. Students with no more than 4 absences will receive 25 points. More than 4 absences, no points will be received.

Participation in the activity for each classroom meeting is expected. In this case, attendance not only includes being physically present, but actively participating. There are no excused absences and cooperative learning groups are responsible for catching up group members on any missed materials or information. Remember, you are responsible to the members of your cooperative learning group to attend and participate.

Punctuality is expected, as is staying for the entire class session. Attendance may be taken at the beginning or end of class. Any student arriving more than 15 minutes late will be recorded as absent for that day. Students staying for only a small portion of class time will bhave the same action taken against them. Excessive tardiness and leaving early can also result in a loss of extra credit opportunities and/or points.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

Classroom conduct should demonstrate respect and consideration of others and be conducive to a learning environment. Discussion is expected and though we may disagree, we must do so without becoming disagreeable. You are permitted to use smartphones in class for projects and assignments. You are not allowed to make or take phone calls during class session unless the call is for and about a project you are your group is working on for a group or class project. NO FOOD OR DRINKS are allowed into the classroom. Do not talk to others while instructor or other students are speaking to the class in general. Once class has begun, do not move around or exit the classroom until class is over. Violations of these codes of conduct will be interpreted as a lack of serious academic interest and further attendance in class or additional writing and participation opportunities may be restricted.

PLAGIARISM IN ANY FORM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Plagiarism can result in the assignment of an F for that paper, a loss of all extra credit points and opportunities, and/ or an F for the entire semester, to be determined by and at the discretion of the instructor.

Last, please:

  • Be tolerant of points of view different than your own
  • Be considerate when someone else is speaking
  • Allow your classmates the chance to explain herself/himself in class discussion so that we don't miss the point of what they are saying.
  • THINK BEFORE you react to what someone says. Listen with the intention of trying to understand a person’s position on a subject. If you disagree with what someone says in class or online, then offer empirical evidence (facts/proof) to support your position on the subject.
  •  Be fair
  • When online, limit your conversation to a professional one. Do not take what's said personally, and do not divulge too much personal information. Keep personal information at bare mininum. Watch your language. Keep a professional tone in all that you write online or say in class.
  • Do not insult or threaten anyone.
  • Do not submit written work nor post anything online in "text messaging code," always write complete, grammatically correct sentences written in standard English.
Additional Policies

See Semester Calendar for drop dates and holidays.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

I check email regularly, but there may be a time when I cannot check as often on a particular day. Please allow me a 24hr return time on your emails. Generally, I'll check email three times a day, if I do not answer your email right away, please give me about a day to get back with you.

If you miss a class or two, find out from a classmate what you missed. Notes will not be email to you from the instructor. "Tell me what I missed" emails to the instructor is not acceptable and will not be answered. Requests about your grades or requests to meet with the instructor will be answered promptly. My email address is: dmalloy@southwest.tn.edu. Always include in your email your name, the course and course section of your class.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the online Discussion Forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

https://my.southwest.tn.edu/web/mycampus/home

Get Help If you have any questions about the portal or encounter a problem contact the Helpdesk

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Online Course Support

For access to PAWS for quizzes/tests, course material, etc. go to the following link: https://elearn.southwest.tn.edu/

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

COURSE CALENDAR - Subject to Changes Announced in Class -- Because this course syllabus is used for both Hybrid and traditional courses, please check your PAWS course shell for exact test dates, as they will be posted there.

 COURSE SCHEDULE - Check Calendar for specific dates

  Introduction to course

 Reading Assignment Unit 1: Chapter 1

 What is Sociology?

Research

Micro Theory: Symbolic Interaction

Macro Theory: Functionalist & Conflict Theory

Project # 1

Reading Assignment Unit 2: Chapters 2, 3, 4 

Culture & Society (Ch. 2)

Socialization (Ch. 3)

Social Structure & Social Interaction (Ch. 4)

 Project #2 

Reading Assignment Unit 3: Chapters 5 & 7

Groups, Organizations, & Social Control (Ch. 5 & 7)

What is Deviance? (Ch. 7) Theories of Deviance

Project #3

Reading Assignment Unit 4: Chapters 8, 9, 10 & 11

 Intro to Social Inequality & the US Class System

 US Class System & Inequality Theory (Ch. 8)

Project #4

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Student Disability Services (SDS)   http://www.southwest.tn.edu/dss/ Coordinator Sherri Scott

Accommodations arranged through the office of Student Disability Services are intended to provide flexibility and equalize opportunities for success for students with disabilities. All students with a disability who would like to receive special services must provide appropriate documentation. When academic modifications are required, it is the student's responsibility to present the updated accommodation form to each of his/her professors at the beginning of the semester.

SDS Contact Information: Macon Cove Campus Farris Room 2194 (Inside Testing Center Suite 2182) (901) 333-4223 (901) 333-4788 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Union Avenue Campus M Building Room 112A (Inside Admissions Suite - M Building 110) (901) 333-5116 (901) 333-5200 Tuesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students with a documented disability are encouraged to register with the SDS at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester in order to obtain accommodations and support services. All information related to a student's disability is kept confidential and may be accessed only by the SDS staff. Technical Support Help Desk Phone: (901) 333-4357

Campus Police Police Services/Public Safety Visit online: http://www.southwest.tn.edu/police/ Phone: (901) 333-4242 [Macon Cove] / (901) 333-5555 [Union Avenue] Fax: (901) 333-4443 [Macon Cove] / (901) 333-5742 [Union Avenue]

Semester Calendars, News and Events http://www.southwest.tn.edu/events/

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Each student is required to complete her/his assignment, with academic integrity. Please do not engage in academic misconduct of any sort. The following is considered Academic Misconduct, which can lead to suspension or expulsion from this collegiate system. "Plagiarism" Includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrasing or direct quotation of another person; unpublished work of another person without full or clear acknowledgment; unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials. "Cheating" Includes:

  • Unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or exams
  • Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor
  • Acquisition without permission of tests or other academic material before distributed by the instructor
  • Misrepresentation of papers, reports, assignments, or other materials as the product of a student’s sole independent effort
  • Failing to abide by the instructions of the proctor concerning test taking procedures
  • Influencing or attempting to influence any SWTCC official, faculty member, graduate student, or employee
  • Forgery, alteration, unauthorized possession or misuse of SWTCC documents pertaining to academic records "Possible Consequences for these offences: Grade of Grade of  "F" in the in the course, assignment, or course, assignment, or examination Suspension or expulsion

General Misconduct

Any student engaged in disruptive conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College will be subject to disciplinary action.

Please see page 33 of the 2011-2012 Catalog for more details about academic misconduct.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30

Gill

  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Whitehaven

  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.