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Section 4 (MWF 10:00 – 10:50 am): Monday, December 5, 3:00 pm, 204 Kethley
Section 5 (MWF 8:00 – 8:50 am): Wednesday, December 7, 8:00 am, 204 Kethley
Meeting Time and Place:
|5||Monday, Wednesday & Friday||8:00 − 8:50 a.m.||204 Kethley|
|4||Monday, Wednesday & Friday||10:00 − 10:50 a.m.||204 Kethley|
|Professor: Dr. Alan Barton|
|Office: 201F Kethley Hall|
Monday: 9:00 − 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 am − 12:00 noon
Tuesday: 3:00 − 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 − 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 am − 12:00 noon
Thursday: 3:00 − 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 − 10:00 a.m.; 11:00 am − 12:00 noon
If you cannot make one of these times, contact the professor to set up an appointment.
Course Web Page:
Reading and writing are important elements in this course, as they are in the discipline of sociology. The following materials are REQUIRED.
Richard T. Schaefer. 2006. Sociology: A Brief Introduction. 6th Edition. McGraw Hill, Boston, MA. ISBN: 0-07-296158-9.
Ralph B. McNeil, Jr. and Kathleen A. Tiemann. 2005. Intersections: Readings in Sociology. Pearson Custom Publishing, New York, NY. ISBN: 0-53-693871-7.
Roaring Springs Paper Products Writing Notebook; “The Original Marble Cover–80 Sheets,” College Ruled.
The text, reader and writing notebook are available at the campus bookstore. You should purchase the text and reader, or otherwise make arrangements to access the course reading assignments. YOU MUST PURCHASE A WRITING NOTEBOOK. Bring your notebook to each class session.
•Click here for tips on how to study the course readings.
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16.9% of Mississippians have a college degree. For the U.S., the figure is 24.4% (Source: U.S. Census, 2000).
When you finish your degree, you will join an elite group. What is your strategy for finishing your degree?
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48
Will you be ready to live up to the responsibilities of a college graduate?
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YOU are responsible for learning the course material and for your progress in the course. Illnesses and emergencies MUST be documented. If you must miss class due to illness or another personal emergency, notify the instructor BEFORE the missed class period either by e-mail or telephone. If you cannot notify the instructor in advance, bring a note from a doctor or other professional to the next class meeting.
Illnesses and emergencies pertain only to the student, not to the student’s family, friends or others.
If you must miss class for an official university activity, you should make arrangements with the instructor BEFORE the missed class. Appropriate documentation is required.
If you miss a quiz or an assignment due to an illness, emergency or official university activity, this will count as your drop grade.
If you are absent, and do not notify the instructor or bring a note, it will count as one full absence. If you notify the instructor before the absence, the missed class will count as one-half absence. If you bring a note from a doctor or other professional, the first two missed classes will count as excused, and will not count as an absence. After two excused absences, each additional excused absence counts as one-half absence. One or two absences during the semester will result in a one point deduction from your attendance and participation grade; three or four absences will result in a two point deduction; five or six absences will result in a four point deduction; seven or eight absences will result in a six point deduction; nine or ten absences will result in an eight point deduction.
You are responsible for all material presented in all classes, even during an excused absence. You should get class notes from another student for all class sessions you miss.
It is in your interest to provide the instructor with written notification (e.g. a note or e-mail) to document any missed classes. It is risky simply to tell the instructor and expect him to remember.
Make sure that you sign the roll sheet at each class meeting.
Class participation is an important element in this course. The purpose of class discussions is to provide you with an opportunity to practice thinking skills in a safe environment. In discussions, you are encouraged to explore ideas presented in the readings and lectures, to think about and apply concepts, and to develop arguments and evaluate evidence.
If you repeatedly engage in disruptive behaviors during class discussions, you will be asked to leave the classroom.
|• You must demonstrate appropriate respect for the opinions and ideas of other students during class discussions. It is acceptable (and encouraged) to disagree with the perspectives of other students or the instructor, but you should phrase this to show disagreement with the idea or opinion, not with the person presenting the idea or opinion. If you repeatedly show disrespect for other class members, you will be asked to leave the classroom.|
|• Class discussions are NOT a time to chat with other students about topics not related to the course. Talking privately with other students while the rest of the class is trying to carry on a discussion is disruptive, bothersome, and disrespectful to other students and to the professor. If you repeatedly speak when you do not have the floor, you will be asked to leave the classroom.|
|• Class is NOT a time to catch up on your sleep. If you are not prepared to stay awake and participate in class discussions and other activities, you should not come to class. If you continually fall asleep during class sessions, you will be asked to leave the classroom.|
If you are asked to leave the classroom for disruptive or disrespectful behavior, you cannot make up any work that you miss as a result.
Electronic Devices (Cell Phones, Pagers, etc.):
Please make sure that all cell phones, pagers, and similar electronic devices are turned off during class time. If your phone or pager repeatedly interrupts class, you will be asked to leave the classroom.
DO NOT bring cell phones or other portable communication devices to class during quizzes, exams, or in-class assignments. If the instructor sees a cell phone or other device during a quiz, exam or in-class assignment, you will receive a grade of zero on the quiz, exam or in-class assignment, and you will be asked to leave the classroom.
If you must have a cell phone or pager (e.g. if you are a volunteer fireman or emergency responder), you MUST make arrangements with the instructor in advance.
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(1) Attendance and Participation (20 points)
(2) Quizzes (20 points)
(3) Informal Writing (10 points)
• You must purchase the notebook indicated in the required materials section above.
• Bring your notebook to each class session; we will use them frequently for informal essays.
• Keep up with the informal writing in your notebook; you will be asked to submit your notebook occasionally for the instructor to review.
• You are expected to do your own work on these essays. The policy on plagiarism and cheating will be enforced with no exceptions.
(4) Book Review and Discussion (30 points)
(5) Final Exam (20 points)
• Each student must take the final exam.
• The exam includes multiple choice, true-false, short answer, matching terms, and essay questions.
• The exam tests your ability to absorb and synthesize course material presented in the readings and lectures.
• The final exam is comprehensive.
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(6) Engagement (+/- 10 points)
• A total of 10 points may be added or subtracted from your final grade to reflect the degree of engagement in the course that you exhibit.
• Engaged students demonstrate qualities such as motivation, extra effort, interest in the course material, improvement over the course of the semester and leadership.
• Lack of engagement is manifested by frequent absences, talking with others or dozing off in class, lack of interest in the course material, lack of preparation, and lack of participation in course activities.
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Introduction to Sociology
Course Policies and Expectations
Ch. 1, pp. 1–26
|The Sociological Imagination||C. Wright Mills, "The Promise"|
Intersections Reader, pp. 12–23
Social Research: How We Learn About Society
|The Scientific Method and the Social Sciences||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 2, pp. 27–36
Methods of Social Research
Ch. 2, pp. 36–49
|Theory and Methods||Robert K. Merton, "The Bearing of Empirical Research upon the Development of Social Theory"|
Intersections Reader, pp. 41–58
Structure and Culture
LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
|Basics of Social Structure|
Social Institutions Table
Ch. 5, pp. 106–117
|Cultural Building Blocks||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 3, pp. 53–58, 62–68
Social Structure, Social Change, Social Action
|Social Structure and Social Change||George Ritzer, "The McDonaldization of Society," Intersections Reader, pp. 129–145|
|Social Structure and Social Action||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 5, pp. 102-106; 117–125
|Social Movements and Social Change||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 16, pp. 423–429; Ch. 14, pp. 379–385
Social Change: Social Movements, Technology and Population
|Technological Bases of Social Change|
Technological Revolutions Table
Ch. 16, pp. 429–443
|Title and Theme Essay Due|
Demographic Bases of Social Change
Ch. 15, pp. 388–398
|Population and Poverty||Donella H. Meadows et al., "The Driving Force: Exponential Population Growth"|
Intersections Reader, pp. 24–40
Socialization: Becoming a Social Being
|Quiz No. 1|
Learning Social Roles
Ch. 4, pp. 79–92
|The Effects of Socialization||Kingsley Davis, "Final Note on a Case of Extreme Isolation," Intersections Reader, pp. 73–83|
|Agents of Socialization||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 4, pp. 92–99
Social Structure: Groups and Organizations
Emile Durkheim, "What is a Social Fact?" Intersections Reader, pp. 1–11
|Types of Groups||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 6, pp. 128–135
|Formal Organizations and Bureaucracies||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 6, pp. 135–142
Social Structure: Keeping People in Line
Deviance and Social Control
|Authority and Obedience||Philip Meyer, "If Hitler Asked You to Electrocute a Stranger, Would You? Probably," Intersections Reader, pp. 98–109|
Social Structure: Stratification and Social Inequality
Social Groups and Stratification
Max Weber, "Class, Status, Party," Intersections Reader, pp. 84–97
|Stratification and Poverty in the United States||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 9, pp. 202–222
|A New Global Order: Stratification in the World System||Schaefer Text|
Ch. 9, pp. 222–235
|Social Relations: Race and Ethnicity|
Prejudice, Discrimination and Institutionalized Discrimination
|Quiz No. 2|
Race and Ethnicity in the United States
Ch. 10, pp. 255–267
|The Effects of Racial Discrimination||Joe R. Feagin, et al., "Black Students at Predominantly White Colleges and Universities: The Rhetoric and the Reality," Intersections Reader, pp. 59–72|
SEMESTER Fall 2016 Introduction to Sociology (SOC101) Assignment No. 03 Due Date: 16-01-2017 Assignment marks: 20 Social stratification and social mobility Objectives The Aim of the Assignment is to: Develop the understanding of students on the concepts related to social class and stratification. Enhance student’s understanding regarding social mobility. Question 01: A high level of economic and social disparity exists in Pakistan. Not every individual has access to the same type of education, health and job. There is a large amount of gap between wealthiest and poorest which need to be addressed. How do you see the existing social inequalities in Pakistani Society? Justify with help of any theory of social stratification and suggest how these inequalities can be reduced. (Marks = 08) Question 02: Ahsan, Ali and Talha were three engineering students at UET, Lahore. Ahsan moved to UAE along with his family to work in Descon private limited after completing his studies. Ali has to leave his studies because his father encountered loss in family business. Ali joined his father in family business and after ten years he became one of the top businessmen in Pakistan. Talha has joined NESPAK as project manager for a construction project on contract for one year. After completing the tenure with NESPAK, he joined SPARCO as project manager for the period of 3 years at almost same salary. Now your task is to identify the types of social mobility in the given cases and also justify the reason behind the identification. (Marks: 3*4 = 12) Note: Only in the case of Assignment, 24 hours extra / grace period after the due date is usually available to overcome uploading difficulties which may be faced by the students on last date. This extra time should only be used to meet the emergencies and above mentioned due dates should always be treated as final to avoid any inconvenience. Important Instructions: Please read the following instructions carefully before attempting the assignment solution. Deadline: Make sure that you upload the solution file before the due date. No assignment will be accepted through e-mail once the solution has been uploaded by the instructor. Formatting guidelines: Use the font style “Times New Roman”/ “Arial” and font size “12”. It is advised to compose your document in MS-Word. Use black and blue font colors only. Solution guidelines: Every student will work individually and has to write in the form of an analytical assignment. Give the answer according to question. For acquiring the relevant knowledge don’t rely only on handouts but watch the video lectures and use other reference books also. Rules for Marking Please note that your assignment will not be graded or graded as Zero (0) if: It has been submitted after due date The file you uploaded does not open or is corrupt It is in any format other than doc (MS. Word) It is cheated or copied from other students, internet, books, journals etc…