Soc1113 Syllabus


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OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY: SOC 1113 COURSE SYLLABUS: Fall, 2011 Instructor: Kevin W Spencer, M.S. email:[email protected] Office: MUR 405 Phone: (405) 744-8118; 744-6105 Office hours: MWF 8:15-9:15; or by appointment Class: Section 003: MWF 9:30-10:20 CLB 222 Section 004: MWF 10:30-11:20 CLB 208 Required Text: Macionis, John J. 2010. Society: The Basic (11 th ed): With Additional Readings in Sociology (2 nd edition) . New York: Pearson. COURSE DESCRIPTION : SOC 1113 explores some of the ways social scientists explain human behavior. In contrast to psychology, sociology shows how the structure and collective experience of groups influence how people live. Among characteristic questions are: Why are some people wealthy and others poor, and how does this mold their lives and views of one another? How are adult roles developed, and how are children brought up to occupy them? Why do conflicts develop between groups within a society, and how can they be managed? Why do societies designate some behavior as “deviant,” and how are individuals recruited into deviant patterns of behavior? By grappling with these questions, students should develop an appreciation of differences between groups and of the complexities of social life. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Following satisfactory completion of this course, you will be able to: (a) demonstrate knowledge of basic sociological concepts about social processes (e.g., socialization, deviance, social control, and stratification by class, gender, and race) and social institutions (e.g., the family, religion, and the state); (b) summarize theoretical or explanatory arguments in sociology; (c) apply these arguments to contemporary events or personal experience; and (d) display knowledge of cultural, class, religious, and other differences within and between societies. Brief Course Outline: The course generally follows the outline of the text. The course is designed to cover about one chapter per week. But be prepared, the course starts off slow then accelerates throughout the semester. See our tentative readings schedule for details (attached).
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Exams and Major Assignments: During the course of the semester, we will have three major examinations. These tests will consist of various question formats. Scattered throughout the semester you will also have the opportunity to write short narratives (approximately one page each) in class for up to ten points each. Narratives will NOT be pre- announced. In addition to the tests and in-class exercises, students must complete three short homework papers (3-5 pages). Class Grading Policies: Assignment: Points Possible: Grade: Points: Test One 75 A= 450 + Midterm 75 B= 400 - 449 Short Papers ([email protected]) 150 C= 350 - 399 Narratives ([email protected]) 100 D= 300 - 349 Final Exam 100 F= 0 - 299 Total: 500 Attendance Policy: If you wish to pass the course, you should consider attendance mandatory. My experience has shown that grades tend to go down as the number of absences
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