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Sociology 1101 Class Objectives & Learning Outcomes

Text:  Essentials of Sociology by James M. Henslin, 8th edition, Pearson.  
Class Objectives/Learning Outcomes: The most important objective of this class is to enhance your understanding of how societal forces influence your life.  We live in a society made up of a culture (values, beliefs, norms, language, and material things) and a social structure (positions and roles).  Both of these are powerful influences in your life.  In addition, your behavior is influenced by membership in a variety of groups.  Hopefully studying culture, social structure and group processes will give you greater insight into why your parents are overprotective, why your room mates never study, and the like.  
  • To meet the first outcome, students will learn three social theories, which we will apply during the semester.  These theories will guide our search for understanding of social processes.  In addition, we will apply these theories to examine the major social institutions in society including the family, education, politics, economy, and religion.  You will gain an appreciation of how your position(s) in these various social institutions influence your life.  Being a “son” or “daughter” is much different than being a “father” or “mother.” The class will emphasize how these social influences impact your life.  
  • The second learning outcome will be for students to complete an overview of several substantive areas in sociology such as crime, family, religion, race relations, education, social change and stratification.  Sociologists usually specialize in specific areas and this class will introduce you to the major areas of sociological study.
  • The third learning outcome will be for students to further develop their critical thinking and writing skills. You are required to engage in critical thinking and writing in order to complete the newspaper analysis, the research paper, and the essay questions on the examinations.  I read all of your written work and try to edit most of it so that you receive feedback on analysis and writing.

Critical Analysis and Writing: The following assignments will help you develop these skills:

1. Newspaper Analysis: You are required to write a one-page paper. Select an article in a newspaper or news magazine that interests you and then discuss the article in terms of the material we have been covering in class. The purpose of these papers is to give you experience in applying sociological theory and insights to explain every day events. An example will be passed out in class to help guide you. The date for submitting this newspaper analysis is included in the Class Schedule.

2. Research Paper:  A five page research paper discussing a sociological topic is required.  The purpose of this paper is to expose you to the social science literature and the research process.  The intent is not for you to write superficially about a broad topic, but for you to explore in detail a more narrow focus.  I expect your paper to contain information that is not known by your parents or friends.  I want you to discover (through library research) relevant information about a significant sociological topic of interest to you. An explanation of the paper and a sample outline will be provided to you.   The dates for submitting a topic and outline, a rough draft, and the final draft are noted in the Class Schedule. 

Learning Activities-Reading: You have the obligation to read the chapter(s) before the assigned date and be prepared to discuss the material in class. We will follow the class schedule, which is attached.  We’ll be a little flexible with the schedule to allow for greater discussion on topics of interest to the class. The material in the text is vital to our discussion of social processes, so please read it.  The multiple choice questions included in the exams will primarily be taken from the text. Reading the text will help you do much better on this section of the exams.

Late Assignments/Make-UpsI will deduct points for papers turned in lateI don’t have much time to review past due assignments, so please get them in on time! If you miss a scheduled exam without making prior arrangements with me (and you have a very, very, very good reason for it-and I get to decide if it’s a good reason) you may take a make-up exam. However, I will automatically deduct 20 points from all of your exams. So yes, there is redemption, but it will come at a cost. So, don’t miss the exams.

Examinations: There will be three exams including the final.  All exams will be given in class. The final is not comprehensive, but will cover the material following the second exam. The examinations will include multiple-choice questions taken from the text. Short answer questions and essay questions will be taken from the material presented in class. Taking all tests is a requirement to passing the class.  Grading: Your grade will be determined by your performance on the three exams; a one-page newspaper analysis; and your research paper. Grades are based on the total number of points earned.

Exams:                                  300 points (100 points each)

Newspaper report:                   50 points

Sociological research paper:    150 points (25, 25, 100)

Total:                                     500 points

Management: Georgia View Vista will be used to report scores on papers and tests as soon as I have graded them.  I recommend that you keep track of your scores and points to make sure they are correct. After I have graded the final examination, your grades will be posted. If you have questions about your grades, don’t wait, contact me as soon as possible!

Class Schedule/Assignments

Note: This class schedule is subject to change as I deem it necessary. Use it as a guide. 

Week 1            Introduction/Ch. 1: The Sociological Perspective/Drop/Add Ends Friday 

Week 2            Ch. 1 Continued/Ch. 2: Culture

Week 3            Ch. 3 Socialization

Week 4            Labor Day-No Class Monday/Ch. 4: Social Structure and Social Interaction

                         Newspaper Analysis Due

Week 5            Ch. 4 Continued/Ch. 5: Social Groups and Formal Organizations                       

Week 6            Ch. 5 Continued/Exam on Chapters 1-5

Week 7            Ch. 6: Deviance and Social Control/Paper Topic and Outline Due

Week 8            Ch. 7: Global Stratification/Ch. 8: Social Class in the US                       

Week 9            Ch. 8 Continued/Ch. 9: Race and Ethnicity

Week 10          Ch. 10: Gender and Age/Exam on Chapters 6-10                       

Week 11          Ch. 11 Politics and the Economy/Rough Draft Due                       

Week 12          Ch. 12: Marriage and Family

Week 13          Ch. 13: Education and Religion 

Week 14          Ch. 14: Population and Urbanization/ Final Copy of Paper Due

Week 15          Ch. 15: Social Change and the Environment/Thanksgiving-No Class Wed.

Week 16          Ch. 15 Continued

Week 17          Wrap Up

December 13:  8:00am- Final Exam on Chapters 11-15


Additional Information: Rules of Class Conduct

And now for some other issues: You are all adults. McDonald’s may use “free” toys in their Happy Meals to dupe kids into convincing their parents to buy McFood. I however, will assume that you have enough intelligence to know that the most important thing you will learn in your education is that if you actually approach it as that –your education-you won’t need a “free” toy to induce you to learn and study hard. I will give you no free toys like credit for attendance, which frankly strikes me as about the most stupid, counter-productive pseudo-educational approach I can think of. I will frequently make important announcements about tests, etc. in class that I will not necessarily email you about. I will not carry on personal one-on-one email and other consultations with students who were not in class to get the information. Two other things: 1. I am anal-retentive when it comes to being here on time. I will be here on time and I expect you to be as well. 2. Don’t cheat! Cheating will be dealt with mercilessly. All suspected cases of cheating and plagiarism will be immediately reported and the student will receive a zero for the assignment.

Lastly, I expect everyone in my class to show respect to others when discussing potentially controversial topics. Rude, threatening, and/or antagonistic behavior toward anyone else in class will not be tolerated. If you have a question or would like to comment, raise your hand. Talking to others in class is not allowed. All electronic devices (phones, laptops, earphones, etc.) should be turned off upon entering the classroom. I expect you to pay attention to what is going on in class at all times. Yes that means no texting! If you disturb the class, you will have points deducted from your grade. No exceptions!


Instructor Contact:

Instructor: Mr. Josh Stovall

Office: Cartersville 124-10  Marietta D-169

Phone: Marietta: #678-915-5020

E-Mail: jstovall@highlands.edu

Office Hours:           Cartersville- MW 10:45AM-1:45P; Tues 1:00PM-3:00PM

Marietta- Tues 9:30A-11:30AM


Class Evaluations

I encourage you to complete the class evaluation for SOC 1101. These evaluations are very helpful to me and to the College. We use your feedback to improve classes in the future, so please help by completing them for this class!


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