appliedsocsylf11 - APPLIED SOCIOLOGY SOC 321K Unique: 45355...

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SOC 321K Dr. Penny A. Green Unique: 45355 Office: Burdine 540 11:00-11:50 MWF Phone: 232-6306 Burdine 208 Office Hours: M 10:00-10:15 and 3:00-4:30, W 10:00-10:15 and 2:15-3:00, and F 10:00-10:15 and by appointment Fall 2011 Email: pennygreen@mail.utexas.edu SYLLABUS COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides an overview of applied sociology, with an emphasis on helping students learn about applications of sociological knowledge and methods in the nonacademic world. The course will be divided into five basic parts. The first will address the question of what applied sociology is and why it’s important. The second will examine the relationship between theory and applied sociology. In the third part of the course, we’ll look at examples of applied sociology in the areas of criminal justice, education, health care, community organizing, and diversity in the workplace, among others. The fourth part of the course will examine careers in applied sociology, both freelance and within the context of organizations. Finally, we’ll consider some important challenges faced by applied sociologists. These include working with the media, client interests, political influences, public perceptions, as well as the role of values and ethics. Class format will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and group activities. Guest speakers will be invited where appropriate. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES : Attendance: Regular attendance and punctuality are expected . You’re allowed three non-penalized absences during the semester, excluding our introductory class meeting on August 24 th . Students who miss more than three classes, regardless of the reason for the absences, will have their semester grades reduced by one full percentage point for each absence beyond the three allowed. In accordance with University policy, the one exception to my attendance policy concerns absences for religious reasons, assuming that advance, written notification is given. Role will be taken regularly, typically daily. If you’re late to class, it’s your responsibility to touch base with me after that class to make sure you’re counted as present. It’s also your responsibility to keep track of your absences. You're free to leave class if I haven’t arrived by 11:15, unless other arrangements are announced prior to that time. GRADING: a) Class Participation : You’re expected to come to class prepared to answer questions about and discuss the assigned readings. You’re encouraged to share with the class newspaper clippings or other materials that are relevant to what we’re reading and talking about. I’ll add between one and three full percentage
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