Sociology Syllabus - Introduction to Sociology History,...

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Introduction to Sociology History, Technology and Society 1101A Spring 2008 Class time: Tuesdays / Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Beth Ruddiman, Ph.D. Office hours: Tuesdays / Thursdays, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Office: Smith, room 103 Phone: 404-894-9629 E-mail: beth.ruddiman@hts.gatech.edu Assistant: Yu Tao, yutao@gatech.edu Course overview This course will introduce you to how the field of sociology relates to you and your life. Understanding sociology can give you new insights into the many roles you play (such as student and friend), the groups you belong to (like campus clubs or athletic teams), the institutions you’re involved with (for example, Georgia Tech), and society as a whole. Also, as you witness current events and observe social problems, a sociological perspective will help you appreciate the factors that underlie them. Objectives By the end of this course, each student will be able to: 1. Understand and discuss the major sociological concepts and topics. 2. Apply the major sociological concepts to everyday life and current events. 3. Research, analyze, and discuss social issues. Books Text: Henslin, James M. 2007. Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach, 7 th ed. Boston, Mass.: Pearson. Reader: Henslin, James M., ed. 2007. Down to Earth Sociology: Introductory Readings, 14 th ed. New York City, NY: Free Press. Expectations The way to get the most out of this class and to do well is to keep up with the reading assignments, attend all classes and pay attention, periodically review the reading and your class notes, and do your best on all assignments and exams. Also, you are encouraged to continuously think about how what you are learning applies to you and the world around you. 1
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Attendance will be taken during every class and five percent of your grade will be based on attendance. Five or fewer absences will earn five points. Six or more absences will mean that you will not earn these five points. All electronic communication equipment is to be turned off during class. If you choose to use a laptop to take notes, please sit in the front row of the classroom. Exams There will be three exams. Exam 1 will cover the material to that point. Exam 2 will cover the material between Exam 1 and Exam 2. Exam 3 will cover material from the entire semester. Grading Exam 1 20% Exam 2 20% Exam 3 25% Presentation 20% Article response 10% Attendance 5% Changes to this syllabus Please be aware that there might be changes to this syllabus during the semester. Any changes will be announced and well publicized to all students. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in accommodating changes to the syllabus that might occur. 2
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