GradesGrades will be based exclusively on written work. Papers will be graded for their sociological reasoning, and not for writing mechanics or language skills per se, but students’ weaknesses in expository writing and 3
inattention to details of presentation will be noted and can affect grades, especially when they obscure or weaken students’ sociological thinking. Successful papers are original, well-organized, well-researched and well-supported, with ideas clearly expressedin solid prose. Papers submitted that literally reflect the guidelines of course assignments, even if they do so in apolished way, are considered “good work,” and can be expected to earn a grade of B. As an incentive for creative thinking and writing, grades higher than a B should reflect students’ original contribution to the course material, weaving together themes and material from different parts of the curriculum, reflecting students’ creativity, imagination, initiative, independent scholarship and special insights in ways that show initiative, diligence, and add value to the assignment. Grading ScaleThe grades for the three major assignments for this course, as well as the final course grade, will be set using letter grades and the standard 4-point GPA scale. That scale will determine the weighted point value of each letter-graded assignment grade toward a final course grade.See : A (4), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1), D- (0.7). Course MaterialsThe majority of course readings will be found in in. The Production of Reality: Essays and Readings on Social PsychologyFifth Edition., by Jodi O’Brien (Thousand Oaks, CA. Pine Forge-Sage, 2011). It is available in the Cal Student Store. A copy will be made available on reserve in Moffitt.Additional required materials will be made available at the course website at bcourses in the FILES section.PowerPoint slides, some lecture notes and occasional study guides, and some occasional, supplementary documents will be posted online. These will summarize and supplement lectures and conversations in class. These items will be posted at the bcourses equivalent of the “Resources” tab at the course site. Please use these materials to help integrate readings, lectures and class discussions in your understanding of the course.Course Schedule and ReadingsNote: This segment of the syllabus is a map, not a train schedule. Lectures may fall out of sync with the schedule of assigned readings. Please read on schedule to manage the material assigned for the class.Course ScheduleNote: This segment of the syllabus is a map, not a train schedule. Lectures may fall out of sync with the schedule of assigned readings. Please read on schedule to manage the material assigned for the class.