Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: SOCI-1301- Section: 02
Introduction to Sociology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Lawanda Brown
Phone(409) 984-6185
Location:Student Center - Room: 308
Student Advising
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description The scientific study of human society, including ways in which groups, social institutions, and individuals affect each other. Causes of social stability and social change are explored through the application of various theoretical perspectives, key concepts, and related research methods of sociology. Analysis of social issues in their institutional context may include topics such as social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance.
Prerequisites Competency in reading.
Learning Outcomes 1. Compare and contrast the basic theoretical perspectives of sociology. (PSLO 1,2,& 5) Measured by embedded test questions, video assignment, group discussion, and/or research project rubric
2. Identify the various methodological approaches to the collection and analysis of data in sociology.(PSLO 1, 2, 5, Alpha) Measured by embedded test questions, video assignment, group discussion, and/or research project rubric; pre-test/post-test
3. Describe key concepts in sociology.(PSLO 1,2,3,5,alpha) Measured by Measured by embedded test questions, group discussion, and/or research project rubric; pre-test/post-test
4. Describe the empirical findings of various subfields of sociology.(PSLO 1, 2,3,5, alpha) Measured by Measured by embedded test questions, group discussion, and/or research project rubric; pre-test/post-test
5. Explain the complex links between individual experiences and broader institutional forces.(PSLO 1,2,5, Alpha) Measured by Measured by embedded test questions, group discussion, and/or research project rubric; pre-test/post-test
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Teamwork: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills � Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills � Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills � Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.
Textbooks Sociology/John J. Macionis, 16th Edition,Pearson, 2014.
Lecture Topics
Module I: Wk 1-3
Class Introduction, Pre-Test, Class Expectations and Syllabus Review
The Foundations of Sociology
Chapter 1: The Sociology Perspective
Chapter 3: Culture

Exam I: Sept. 20th

Module II Wk 4-6
The Foundations of Sociology and The Foundations of Society
Chapter 4: Society
Chapter 5: Socialization
Chapter 6: Social Interaction of Everyday Life

Exam II Oct. 11th

Module III Wk 7
Chapter 2: Sociology Investigation
Discussion of Research Outline

Module IV Wk 8-11
The Foundations of Society and Social Inequality
Chapter 7: Groups and Organization
Chapter 8: Sexuality and Society
Chapter 9: Deviance
Chapter 10: Social Stratification

Exam III Nov. 15th
Research Assignment Due Nov. 15th

Week 13th Thanksgiving Break

Module V WK 14-15 - Student Lead Discussions
Chapter 11: Social Class in the United States
Chapter 13: Gender Stratification
Chapter 14: Race and Ethnicity
Post-Test: Dec. 6th
Final Review

Dec. 13th
Final: Exam IV

Major Assignments
Week 1 Pre-Test
Oct. 25th - Topic due for Research Assignment
Nov. 15th - Research Outline is due
Nov. 29th - Student Lead Discussions
Dec. 6th Post-Test
Final Exam Date December 13, 2018 - 5:00 PM   Through  December 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM
Grading Scale 540-600 = A 480-539 = B 420-479 = C 360-419 = D
359 - Below= F
Determination of
Final Grade
4 in class and/or homework assignments and pop quizzes (25pts each)
4- exams including the final exam (100pts each)
1- Research outline Assignment (50pts)
10 Exit Tickets (Checking for understanding.) (5pts each)
Total 600 points

67%, Test
33%, Assignments and quizzes
There will be 20 extra point available though out the semester.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Respect yourself and your classmates. Students should not leave class without permission.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with three or more absence may be dropped from the class.
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.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
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