Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: SOCI-1301 (Section: 71, CRN: 92029)
Introduction to Sociology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Maria Garcia
Email garciamd@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6330
Office Educational I - Room: 131
Office Hours By Appointment Only. This can be virtual or via phone.
Additional Contact Information
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.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Introduction to Sociology, 3e, OpenStax, Rice University, 2021. Free Online Textbook. (OER)
Additional Materials/Resources None.
Corequisites/Prerequisites TSI complete in reading.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will: Compare and contrast the basic theoretical perspectives of sociology. Identify the various methodological approaches to the collection and analysis of data in sociology. Describe key concepts in sociology. Describe the empirical findings of various subfields of sociology. Explain the complex links between individual experiences and broader institutional forces.
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.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Lecture Topics Outline Please see the below Outline/Class Schedule. 

SOCI 1301: Introduction to Sociology
Fall 2023: August 28 – December 14 (Online)
Instructor: Maria D. Garcia
Class Schedule(Instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule as needed during the course.)
Note: All Assignments are due on the Sunday @ 11:59 pm

Reading Assignment and Activities Assignments Due
1 August 28 – September 3   -Complete Introductions
-E-mail instructor acknowledging Syllabus and retrieving book.
-Submit the signed Plagiarism Contract.
2 September 4 – September 10 -Read Chapter 1: An Introduction to Sociology
-Review Chapter 1 PowerPoint
-Read Chapter 2: Sociological Research
-Review Chapter 2 PowerPoint
-Complete Chapter 1 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 1 Discussion Questions/Responses
-Complete Chapter 2 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 2 Discussion Questions/Responses
3 September 11 – September 17 -Read Chapter 3: Culture
-Review Chapter 3 PowerPoint
-Complete Chapter 3 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 3 Discussion Questions/Responses
-Select a Current Event and write a summary about in Blackboard
4 September 18 – September 24 -Read Chapter 4: Society and Social Interaction
-Review Chapter 4 PowerPoint
-Have a live session regarding the Journal 1: Current Event Paper with examples and discuss the next steps
-Complete Chapter 4 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 4 Discussion Questions/Responses
-Select a sociological theory and write a summary about it in Blackboard
5 September 25 – October 1 -Read Chapter 5: Socialization
-Review Chapter 5 PowerPoint
-Complete Chapter 5 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 5 Discussion Questions/Responses
-Complete the last paragraph of the Journal 1: Current Event Paper
6 October 2 – October 8 -Read Chapter 6: Groups and Organization
-Review Chapter 6 PowerPoint
-Working groups will be assigned to meet during the week regarding Journal 1: Current Event Paper
-Complete Chapter 6 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 6 Discussion Questions/Responses
-Meet with groups assigned - Peer Review Journal 1: Current Event Paper
7 October 9 – October 15 -Read Chapter 7: Deviance, Crime and Social Control
-Review Chapter 7 PowerPoint
-Complete Chapter 7 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 7 Discussion Questions/Responses
-Journal 1 Assignment: Current Event Due
8 October 16 – October 22 *Midterm Exam (Chapters 1-7)
9 October 23 – October 29 -Read Chapter 8: Media and Technology
-Review Chapter 8 PowerPoint
-Complete Chapter 8 Quiz
- Complete Chapter 8 Discussion Board Questions/Responses
10 October 30 – November 5 -Read Chapter 9: Social Stratification in the United States
-Review Chapter 9 PowerPoint
-Complete Chapter 9 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 9 Discussion Board Questions/Responses
11 November 6 – November 12 -Read Chapter 10: Global Inequality
-Review Chapter 10 PowerPoint
-Work on Journal Assignment 2
-Complete Chapter 10 Quiz
- Complete Chapter 10 Discussion Board Questions
12 November 13 – November 19 -Read Chapter 11: Race and Ethnicity
-Review Chapter 11 PowerPoint
*Journal Assignment 2 Due
-Complete Chapter 11 Quiz
- Complete Chapter 11 Discussion Board Questions/Responses
13 November 20 – November 26 -Read Chapter 12: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
-Review Chapter 12 PowerPoint
-Read Chapter 13: Aging and the Elderly
-Review Chapter 13 PowerPoint
-Complete Chapter 12 Quiz
- Complete Chapter 12 Discussion Board Questions/Responses
-Complete Chapter 13 Quiz
- Complete Chapter 13 Discussion Board Questions/Responses
14 November 27 – December 3 -Read Chapter 14: Marriage and Family
-Review Chapter 14 PowerPoint
-Study for Final Exam
-Complete Chapter 14 Quiz
-Complete Chapter 14 Discussion Board Questions/Responses
15 December 4 – December 10 *Final Exam (Chapters 8-14)
Assignment Details and Grade Determination

Your grade will be determined by the following:
Details Percentage of Final Average
Discussion Board Questions/Responses There will be weekly discussion board questions.  You will respond to two questions and reply to two of your classmates responses. These are due on the Sunday of that week at 11:59 pm. There will be 14 discussion board questions. Each will be worth 2% of your overall grade. 28%
Chapter Quizzes Each week there will be a quiz over the weeks chapter reading. These quizzes will close at the designated deadline and cannot be made up if the deadline is missed. These are due on the Sunday of that week at 11:59 pm. Overall there will be 14 quizzes for the semester. Each quiz grade is worth 2% of overall grade. 28%
Midterm and Final Exams There will be a midterm and a final exam. The midterm will cover the content from Chapters 1-7 and the final exam will cover the content from Chapters 8-14. Each exam will be worth 15% of overall grade. 30%
Journals There will be two journals in the semester. Each is worth 7%. These are due on the Sunday of that week at 11:59 pm. 14%
TOTAL 100%

Major Assignments Schedule SOCI_1301_71_202390_P00343162.pdf
Final Exam Date December 4, 2023 - 12:0 AM   Through  December 10, 2023 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale
Determination of
Final Grade
Discussion Board Questions/Response - 28% Chapter Quizzes - 28% Midterm and Final Exams - 30% Journals - 14%
Course Policies
Instructor Policies - No Late Assignments will be accepted.
- I will not discuss grades via e-mail. If you want to discuss your grade, we can make a virtual or phone appointment to discuss.
 -When contacting the instructor, please wait for 24 hours for the instructor to respond. Contact instructor at garciamd@lamarpa.edu
Attendance Policy Even though this is an online course, students are still expected to login to Blackboard on a regular basis. 
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Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431