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SOCI 1101 Syllabus

ATLANTA METROPOLITAN COLLEGE
 
The Division of Social Sciences
Course Outline for SOCI 1101 Spring 2010
Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction to Sociology
Prerequisites Exit from Learning Support English and Reading
Instructor Michelle Geisert, MA
Office S156
Phone 404-756-4711
Office Hours: M/W 11:00-12:00, T/R 12:30-1:30 and by appointment
 
 
Catalog Description
An introduction to the methodology and basic concepts of sociology with emphasis on those relative to social organization, social institutions, and social change.
 
Course Goals
Students read material and analyze explanations for conflict and order in culture, groups, gender, race and ethnicity, relationships, marriages, and family forms worldwide, including biological, sociocultural, historical, and religious components. Students investigate current and historical issues utilizing their own experiences, and integrating these aspects in order to make connections across national, regional, cultural, and gender lines and develop steps that can be taken to improve communication and problem solving.

Required Textbook
Newman, David M. 2006. Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life (6th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. ISBN: 1-4129-2814-1

Learning Outcomes
1. Personal/Social Development 
Successful students will:
a. Familiarize themselves with current and
    historical sociological issues.
b.  Be able to understand and appreciate the diversity and
    commonlities among world cultures. 

2. Oral Proficiency
Successful students will:
a. Demonstrate confidence in ability to communicate orally and on
    paper
b. Contribute constructively to class discussion.
c. Use terminology appropriate to the Social Sciences.

3. Reading Proficiency

Successful students will:
a. Use a dictionary for unfamiliar terminology.
b. Draw inferences and generalize from material presented in textbook.
d. See similarities and differences in their views and the views of the author/s.

4. Writing Proficiency
Successful students will:
a. Conduct scholarly research utilizing appropriate sources and technology that focuses on historical, current, and global positions.
b. Formulate and express thesis topic.
c. Provide adequate support for topic.
d. Develop papers with a clear focus, logic and order.
e. Understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing and quoting as well as write and cite sources according to professional guidelines.
f. Use words, sentences and paragraphs that are complete, clear, correct, and concise.
g. Proofread for grammar and spelling.

Course Content
The following activities will take place in the course:
a. Lecture and discussion of assigned readings.
b. Writing assignments appropriate to readings and projects.
c. In class group projects.
d. Examinations

Grading System

Exam I                            30% 

Exam II                           30%

Exam III                          30%

Activities/Participation     10%  

Total                              100%  

Percentages and Point Totals

90% and above  = A

80-89%             = B

70-79%             = C

60-69%             = D

Below 60           = F

Content Outline (Any changes to the course schedule will be announced in class.)

PART 1: THE INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

Chapter 1: Taking a New Look at a Familiar World

Chapter 2: Seeing and Thinking Sociologically

PART 2: THE CONSTRUCTION OF SELF AND SOCIETY

Chapter 3: Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge

Chapter 4: Building Order: Culture and History

Chapter 5: Building Identity: Socialization

Chapter6: Building Image: The Presentation of Self

Chapter 7: Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Family

Chapter 8: Constructing Difference: Social Deviance

PART 3: SOCIAL STRUCTURE, INSTITUTIONS, AND EVERYDAY LIFE

Chapter 10: The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class and Inequality

Chapter 11: The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity

*Chapter 12: The Architecture of Inequality Sex and Gender

*If there is time

Policies

1. Make-up Exams: DO NOT ASSUME YOU AUTOMATICALLY ARE ENTITLED TO A MAKE-UP EXAM. Missed examinations are at the discretion of the instructor and are usually essay and only provided for documented emergencies. Students are expected to notify the instructor as soon as possible and provide written verification of emergency.  An example of an emergency is a hospital stay.

2.  Problems related to the grading policy for this course or other course management concerns should be first brought to the attention of the professor for the course.  However, a resolution of unsettled problems or concerns may be pursued by following the grievance procedures outlined in the AMC Student Handbook and the Academic Catalog.

3. Attendance: Attendance is strongly encouraged and will likely affect one's grade .*Students are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the courses in which they enroll are included in the approved degree plan and program map for their program of study.  Students must periodically check their enrollment status in this course during the semester. The student is responsible for determining changes, if any, in enrollment status and taking necessary steps (e.g. pursing re-instatement in this course) following the procedures outlined in the AMC catalog.

4. Cheating and Plagiarism:  Cheating is passing off someone else’s work as your own and includes copying exam answers, using notes or books during examinations, and handing in someone else’s work. Plagiarism is the copying of materials directly from a source without quotation marks and the appropriate citations. It is claiming another person’s work, ideas as your own. If there is a suspicion of plagiarism, the students will be asked to submit notes and copies of research materials (books and articles). Cheating and plagiarism is grounds for failure in this class and dismissal from AMC!

5. Please turn cellphones off /silent during class.  Cellphones are not allowed during exams.

6.  Students may choose to do two extra credit activities which must be approved by the professor. Students who take part in the activity for another purpose may not also receive credit from this class.  A two page summary of the activity incorporating sociological concepts is to be typed and handed in to me with supporting documentation.  Examples of an extra credit activity are: Martin Luther King Center, APEX Museum, AMC school activities, The High Museum of Art, dining at a restaurant from an unfamiliar culture (ie. Ethiopian, Indian, Thai- NOT Chinese, Mexican, Italian), AMC activities.  Although care will be taken with all assignments, the professor is not responsible for any assignment handed in at a time other than with the rest of the class.

7.  Respectful decorum and attire is expected withing the classroom.  If you must leave during class, or you come in late, please do so discreetly so as not to disrupt the class.  DO NOT come to the front to pick up papers off my desk, or ask what's going on.

8.  Procedure regarding long-term emergency closure of the college:

 

In the event of an emergency that forces the college to close for an extended period, students must contact the instructor of this class within 48 hours using the contact information (e.g., email address, VISTA 8 Access Code or telephone number) on the syllabus to obtain directions for continuing the course.   The instructor will provide directions for the transmission and submission of course assignments and course assessments, including due dates. 

 

The student is responsible for submitting valid, accurate contact information, including an active AMC email address to the instructor by the end of the first week of the course.  Students can obtain an Atlanta Metropolitan College Student email address in the Academic Support Center on the third floor of the Library Building.

 

If the instructor for the course cannot be reached within the specified period of time (within 48 hours),  the chair of the division responsible for the course can be reached at the email address posted  on the college’s  website.

CLASS SCHEDULE

Week and Topic

Week 1 and 2 Jan 11-20

Introduction to the course

Chapter 1: Taking a New Look at a Familiar World

Required Reading: "Body Ritual Among the Nacirema", Miller, H.

Week 3  Jan 25-27

Chapter 2: Seeing and Thinking Sociologically

Week 4  Feb 1-3

Chapter 3: Building Reality: The Social Construction of Knowledge

Chapter 4: Building Order: Culture and History

Week 5  Feb 8-10

Movie: The Gods Must Be Crazy

Week 6  Feb 15-17

Monday Feb 15 Exam 1 Chapters 1-4                                              

Chapter 5: Building Identity: Socialization

Week 7  Feb 22-24

Chapter 5 cont.

Chapter 6: Building Image: The Presentation of Self

Week 8 March 1-3

Chapter 7: Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Family

March 3  Midpoint Last day to Withdraw without penalty

March 8-12 Spring Break :)

Week 9 March 15-17

Chapter 8: Constructing Difference: Social Deviance

Week 10 March 22-24

Documentary: Bowling For Columbine

Week 11 March 29-31

Monday March 29 Exam 2 Chapters 5-8

Chapter 10: The Architecture of Stratification: Social Class and Inequality

Week 12 April 5-7

Chapter 11: The Architecture of Inequality: Race and Ethnicity

Required Reading: Tuskegee Syphilis Study", Brandt, A.

Week 13  Apiril 12-14

Movie: Remember the Titans or Crash

Week 14 April 19-21

Chapter 13: The Architecture of Inequality Sex and Gender

Week 15 April 26-29

Movie: TBA

Last class:     April 29       Final Exam:  TBA

Supplemental Material

American Sociological Association.(1984). "Code of Ethics." Washington D. C.

Babbie, Earl. (1995). The Practice of Social Research. 7th Edition. Bemong CA:

Wadsworth.

Bernard, Jesse. (1972). His and Her Marriage. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 2nd edition, pp. 250-256. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Chamblilss, William J. (1973). The Saints and the Roughnecks. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 33-37. NY: The Free Press.

Davis, Kingsley. (n.d.) Extreme Isolation. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 72-80. NY: The Free Press.

Dorkenoo, Efua and Scilla Elworthy. (1992). Female Genital Mutilation. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 4th edition, pp. 382-389. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Edgerton, Robert B. (n.d.) Sick Societies. In James M. Henslin (ed.) Down to Earth Sociology, 8th edition, pp. 347-354. New York: The Free Press.

Fernea, Elizabeth W. and Robert A. Fernea (nd). A Look behind the Veil. In Garth Massey (ed.) Readings for Sociology, 3rd edition, pp. 107-113. New York: W.W. Norton.

Friedan, Betty. (1993). My Quest for the Fountain of Age. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 4th edition, pp. 251-257. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Gupta, Giri Raj, Love, Arranged Marriage, and the Indian Social Structure. (1979). In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 2nd edition, pp. 262-270. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Hostetler, John A. (1980). Amish Society. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Macionis, John J. (1997). Sociology. 6th Edition. Upper Sandle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Mead, Margaret (1935). Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 3rd edition, pp. 209-214. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Miner, Horace. (1956). Body Ritual Among the Nacirema. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 33-37. NY: The Free Press.

Mitford, Jessica. (1992). Fashions in Childbirth. In Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, 2nd Edition, pp. 74-84. Newman, David M. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Rosenhan, David. L. (1973). On Being Sane in Insane Places In James M. Henslin (ed.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 239-250. NY: The Free Press.

Sidel, Ruth. (1996). Keeping Women and Children Last: America’s War on the Poor. New York: Penguin.

Smith, Jane I. (1987). Women and Islam. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 4th edition, pp. 340-346. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Stack, Carol B. (1990). "Different Voices, Different Visions: Gender, Culture, and Moral Reasoning." In Faye Ginsburg and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing (eds.), Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture. Boston: Beacon Press, pp. 19-27.

Tannen, Deborah. (1990). You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation. New York: Ballantine Books.

Thorne, Barrie. (1993). Boys and Girls Together…But Mostly Apart. In Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, 2nd Edition, pp. 102-113. Newman, David M. (ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

Wolf, Naomi (1990). The Beauty Myth. In John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis (eds.) Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Readings in Sociology, 3rd edition, pp. 215-221. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Zimbardo, Philip G. (1972). The Pathology of Imprisonment. In James M. Henslin (eds.) Down to Earth Sociology, 5th edition, pp. 232-238 . NY: The Free Press.

Periodicals: Supplemental Reading

Blackwood, Evelyn. (1984). Sexuality and Gender in Certain Native American Tribes: The Case of Cross-Gender Females. Signs, 10, 27-42.

Jacobs, J. (1993). Gender, race, class and the trend towards early motherhood: A feminist analysis of teen mothers in contemporary society. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 22, 4, 442-462.

Riley, Nancy E. (1997). Gender, Power, and Population Change. Population Bulletin, 52 (May): entire issue.

Simon, Rita J., Angela J. Scanlan, and Pamela Madell. (1993). Rabbis and Ministers: Women of the Book and Cloth. Sociology of Religion, 54, 1, 115-122.

Sociologist’s for Women in Society. (1986). Facts about Pay Equity. (April): entire issue.

Weitzmaq, Lenore J., Beborah Eifler, Elizabeth Hokkada, and Catherine Ross. (1972). Sex-Role Socialization in Picture Books for Preschool Children. American Journal of Sociology, 77, 1125-1150.

West, Candance, and Don Zimmerman. (1987). Doing Gender. Gender & Society, 1, 125-151.

Wright, Erik O., David Hachen, Cynthia Costello, and Joey Sprague. (1982). The American Class Structure. (December). American Sociological Review, 47, 709-726.

Online resources

1. Student Study Site: http://www.pineforge.com/newman6study

2. African-American Family History Texts Bibliography http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~women/bibs/bibl-aframerfam.html

3. African American-American Women
On-line Archival Collections Special Collections Library, Duke University http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/collections/african-american-women.html

4. American Women’s Self Defense Association (AWSDA) http://www.awsda.org

5. Angela Shelton-Break the Silence http://www.searchingforangelashelton.com

6. Asian American Concerns and Issues http://janet.org/~ebihara/aacyber_concerns.html

7. Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research: Native American Resources http://www-bcf.edu/~cmmr/Native_American.html

8. Colonial Life: Redefining Family http://history.org/life/family/essay.htm

9. Dr. Phil http://drphil.com/

10. Life Innovations, Inc. http://prepare-enrich.com/

11. The National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute http://www.nlffi.org/

12. Sociology web site http://www.sociology.wadsworth.com

13. U. S. Department of Justice http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov

14. Unusual laws on record http://www.dumblaws.com