Fall 2009 Introductory Sociology
(Soc 1004; CRN 95167)
Theodore Fuller, 656 McBryde, 231-8969, Ted.Fuller@vt.edu
Class Time and Place:
TuTh 9:30-10:45, Seitz 313
Available through Blackboard
TuTh 11:15-12:00 or by appointment. Feel free to drop by my office, or
telephone, email me, or see me after class.
Michael Hughes and Carolyn Kroehler, Sociology: The Core,
9th edition, 2009.
From time to time I may post required readings on the course
webpage or email required readings to you. I expect that these additional readings will
total less than 100 pages.
The goal of Introductory Sociology is to help you become familiar with the
issues, approaches, concepts, and methods of sociology. It is anticipated that an
understanding of sociological concepts and orientations will enable you to gain a more
complete understanding of the social world in which we live. The course will also
provide an appropriate foundation for additional course work in sociology.
Three tests and a final examination will be given. The dates for the exams
are given in the "Tentative Schedule" below. Each exam will have a multiple choice
format, and perhaps some true/false questions. The first three tests will each count 18% in
determining the course grade. The final exam, which will be cumulative, will count 26%
in determining the course grade. There will be several in-class and out-of-class writing
assignments that will make up the other 20% of the course grade.
Policy on in-class writing:
You must be
to do the in-class assignments.
If you miss an in-class assignment, you get 0% on that assignment.
I understand that
other commitments come up from time to time. Therefore, I will “forgive” up one in-
class assignments for each five (or part of five) in-class assignments that we have. (IE, if
we have 1 to 5, I will forgive 1; if we have 6 to 10, I will forgive 2; if we have 11 to 15, I
will forgive 3; and so forth.)
Policy on out-of-class assignments:
Out-of-class assignments must be turned in on time.
(They may be turned in early.) Since you will know about out-of-class assignments ahead
of time, there is no “forgiveness” policy for out-of-class assignments.