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Spring 2012 Socy 100 syllabus

Spring 2012 Socy 100 syllabus - Introduction to Sociology...

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Introduction to Sociology SOCY100 – Fall 2011 Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm Art-Sociology 3203 Instructor: Michelle Smirnova Office: 1103B Art-Sociology Building Office Hours: Thursdays 230-330 & By appointment Email: [email protected] (write SOCY100 in subject heading) COURSE DESCRIPTION This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to the sociological perspective and provides an overview of sociology's major theoretical perspectives and approaches. Through the texts, lectures, videos and classroom discussions we will explore socialization and how socially constructed concepts help shape the reality of our lives. We will focus on social processes and the social systems that maintain social hierarchies and institutions as well as, how society affects our choices and life chances. This course exposes students to diverse norms, values, legal and economic systems, and histories - all of which are essential to understanding our world. With sufficient effort and participation, at the end of the semester each of you should be able to: · Demonstrate a basic understanding of the sociological imagination. · Use the sociological perspective or imagination to interpret the real world. · Apply sociological concepts to observable events and social issues. · Appreciate the major ethical and value issues confronting the sociological researcher. READINGS Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology . 6th Edition . Susan J. Ferguson. McGraw Hill. ISBN #978-0073528076. Noted in course outline as “MSL.” Online Readings posted to Blackboard http://elms.umd.edu . Noted in course outline as “Online”
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RULES OF THE GAME 1. Be respectful 2. Be responsible 3. Class starts and ends on time 4. Turn off and put away cell phones, ipads, ipods, etc. 5. No laptops unless medically required. RULES OF THE GAME, CONT’D… Attendance and Deadlines This course requires a high level of student interaction, participation and involvement. I expect you to come to class on time, prepared and ready to discuss the reading material. Each class meeting you are expected to have read all the assigned readings in order to come to class prepared to actively discuss the materials. The course starts promptly at 3:30pm. I will take “pop” attendance 5 times at the start of class and will count for 5% of your grade, so be on time. When you do need to miss class, it is your responsibility to get the notes and an update from a classmate and to contact me regarding your absence. If you have to miss a class for a legitimate reason (i.e., holiday, religious observance, illness, family emergency, etc.), let me know ahead of time and submit written documentation about the nature of the absence. Otherwise, absences will be counted as unexcused. Classroom Environment In this class, we will openly discuss controversial topics. Some of the issues we will address may challenge or transcend your comfort zone, values, beliefs, and personal tastes. Such material may offend some students or make them feel uncomfortable. While we will consider all course material sociologically and maturely, some students may have difficulty with course content.
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