Syllabus%20Fall%202011%20Flex%20T%20Th[1] - SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology Department of Social Sciences Valencia College COURSE SYLLABUS Instructor

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_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________ Course Description: This is an introductory survey of sociology, covering its scope, methods, and general principles. Topics emphasized include group behavior, race relations, gender relations, sexuality, population, social institutions, social change, and social stratification. The purpose of the course is to assist the student in acquiring an understanding of society. Course Objectives : Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to: 1) Demonstrate comprehension of the qualitative and quantitative research techniques by which knowledge is discovered and organized, as well as how research is conducted 2) Recognize and identify definitions and examples of the major concepts and theories of the discipline 3) Apply those concepts and theories in the analysis of real-life situations 4) Demonstrate knowledge of the topics listed in the course outline These objectives require that you learn to see social organization, understand the individual’s relation to the powerful conditioning forces of culture and social structure, acquire a healthy skepticism regarding oversimplified conceptions of the social world, discover the relevance of social thought to your own personal life, and appreciate the need to know what is in order to achieve what ought to be. Several methods will be employed to implement these objectives including the use of popular culture films for application of concepts. Some of these films may be rated “R” due to language, sexual situations, violence or nudity. Each film has been chosen because of its ability to highlight or expand upon specific sociological concepts in an entertaining format for the purposes of an assignment and discussion. Each film’s rating will be announced and the reasons for an “R” rating presented prior to the viewing of any film. Students who may find the content objectionable or traumatizing will need to inform the instructor prior to the film being shown. One method of teaching and learning utilized in this class is the debate. Previous students have found this practice both entertaining and informative. The instructions for debates will be explained in detail prior to a debate taking place. It is important for the student to remember that all opinions must be respected and presented in a calm and courteous manner. Any student who does not behave appropriately during debates will be asked to leave and counted as absent for that class period. SYG 2000: Introduction to Sociology Department of Social Sciences Valencia College COURSE SYLLABUS Instructor: Dr. Deborah Barr Term: Fall 2011 Phone: 407-582-1203 Class Meeting Days: Tues/Thurs. E-Mail: [email protected] Class Meeting Hours: 6:00 to 8:05 p.m. Classroom: WC-011 room 315 Office Hours: T & R 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (library rm. 325) 1
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Course Outlook: In this class the primary goal is to see old information with new eyes.
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