Grading Final grades will be calculated based on the point distribution below. •Top 10 Reading Quizzes @ 10pts each 100pts •2 Midterm Exams @ 200pts each 400pts •Final Project (Instructor Graded Portion) 100pts •Final Project (Group Member Ratings) 100pts •Attendance @ 100pts 100pts •Top 50 Participation Polls @ 2pts each 100pts •Top 5 Activity Reflections @ 20pts each 100pts Total: 1000pts
9 There are 1000 possible points for the course. Letter grades will be assigned as follows: 980-1000 A+ 930-979 A 900-929 A- 880-899 B+ 830-879 B 800-829 B- 780-799 C+ 730-779 C 700-729 C- 680-699 D+ 630-679 D 600-629 D- 599 or Less FGrade-Related Requests Students are encouraged to check their grades regularly throughout the semester and contact the GA and/or the instructor with any concerns. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of extra credit opportunities throughout the semester. Students who have questions about a grade earned on a particular assignment must contact the GA and/or the instructor, via email, within one week of the date on which the grade was posted. Grade adjustments will be made only in the event of a grading or calculation error. In fairness to the class as a whole, students will not be allowed to complete individualized extra credit. Course Schedule (Subject to Change) Part I: The Study of Sociology 1.08.18 Class 1 Introductions and Expectations Read Before Class: None Listen Before Class: None 1.10.18 Class 2 Thinking Like a Sociologist Read Before Class: Textbook, Chapter 1 –only pg. 1-16 Listen Before Class: This American Life. “Three Miles.” (13 March 2015) Optional Listening: 99 Percent Invisible, “Turf Wars of East New York” (16 May 2016) 1.15.18 Class 3 Theories of Social Order Read Before Class: Textbook, Chapter 1 –only pg. 17-41 Listen Before Class: Planet Money. “When Salaries Aren’t Secret.” (2 July 2014). 1.17.18 Class 4 Consuming Sociological Research Read Before Class: Textbook, Chapter 2 –only pg. 45-58 Listen Before Class: Hidden Brain. “The Scientific Process.”(24 May 2016) Optional Listening: Freakonomics, “Are Payday Loans Really as Evil as People Say?” (6 April 2016) 1.22.18 Class 5 Producing Sociological Research Read Before Class: Textbook, Chapter 2 - only pg. 58-70 Listen Before Class: WBUR. “Studying Urban Crime by Befriending a Neighborhood.” (22 May 2014).
10 Part II: The Individual and Society 1.24.18 Class 6 Culture and Society Read Before Class: Textbook, Chapter 3 - read pg. 78-92 and 102-106; skim section on media Listen Before Class: Sporkful. “Other People’s Food Pt. 2: What’s ‘Poor Peoples Food?”(28 March 2016) Optional Listening Hidden Brain. “How What Makes You Laugh (And Cringe) Reveals Your Hidden Biases.” (8 December 2015) Pop Culture Happy Hour. “Nerd Culture and the Return of Regrettable TV” (25 January 2013).