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Introduction to Sociology

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Course Description
    Instructor: Dr. Myron T. Strong
    Time: 6 weeks, Sunday through Saturday
    Total study hours: 50 hours
    Credits: 4
    Sociology is the academic discipline concerned with the systematic investigation and understanding of human action and interaction. This broad definition includes everything from the actions, attitudes and beliefs of individual persons to the structures and cultures of entire societies and global regions. Sociologists study all manner of topics, from race relations to sports to religious rituals to immigration patterns (and many other things as well), and they do so through large-scale surveys, interviews, participant observation, documentary analysis and other means of measurement. What unites such a diverse set of interests, methods and units of analysis is a common perspective. In the simplest terms, sociology is concerned with the contextual understanding of human behavior, where the context is relational, cultural, institutional, historical, or (most commonly) some combination of these.
Required Text
  • Sociology (13th Edition), John Macionis.
Course Objectives
  • Understand the main concepts, issues, theoretical perspectives and methods used in the discipline.
  • Have a sufficiently developed sociological imagination or understanding of the relationship between the individual and society.
  • Deepen your understanding of American culture and analyze other societies from the viewpoint of cultural relativism: recognizing that every culture is unique and valid rather than judging cultural variations from an ethnocentric perspective.
  • Appreciate the importance of empirical evidence to support arguments and assertions.
Grading Policy
    This course is worth 100 points and the passing score is 60%.
Evaluation.
  • Unit Assignments (including Unit Quizzes and Homework Assignments) --> 60%
  • Midterm and Final Exams --> 30%
  • Quizzes --> 10%
  • Total = 100%
Descriptions of Evaluation Assignments
  • Participation
  • Attendance and class participation can affect borderline grades.
  • Exams
  • There will be a midterm and a final over the five week term. Each exam will be worth 15% of the final grade.
  • Quizzes/Homework
  • Multiple self-assessment quizzes and homework assignments will be offered for students to practice their concept understanding and to prepare for the lectures. These quizzes and homework assignments will be posted on a weekly basis. Many of these assignments will be discussed during the discussion session. Late homework will NOT be accepted, except in the case of a documented medical reason (documentation is required).
  • Group Leader Assignments
  • Every student will be a group leader in tutorial. The group leader will FACILITATE discussion in a small group setting on the appropriate attached questions for the assigned dates. At the following tutorial a 250-500 word report will be submitted. The exercise is valued at 10%. Details on the report will be provided early in the course.
Teaching Remark/ Class Management Rules.
  • 1. Online tests must be completed within a limited time. Students are required to adjust their learning progress by completing the unit and all course contents and online quizzes before the end of the course, including interim and final examinations.
  • 2. Attendance and participation are expected. Students with disabilities and special needs should consult with the professor early in the semester.
  • 3. Academic Honesty
  • Defining academic misconduct as any act by a student that misrepresents the students’ own academic work or that compromises the academic work of another scholastic misconduct includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations; plagiarizing, i.e. misrepresenting as one’s own work any work done by another; submitting the same paper, or substantially similar papers, to meet the requirements of more than one course without the approval and consent of the instructors concerned; sabotaging another’s work within these general definitions, however, Instructors determine what constitutes academic misconduct in the courses they teach. Students found guilty of academic misconduct in any portion of the academic work face penalties ranging from lowering of their course grade to awarding a grade of F for the entire course.