Dr. Penny A. Green
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
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.
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.
Regular attendance and punctuality are expected
You’re allowed three non-penalized
absences during the semester, excluding our introductory class meeting on August 24
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
You're free to leave class if I haven’t arrived by 11:15, unless other arrangements are announced
prior to that time.
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