INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Putting Sociology To Work

TCC Concurrent and Dual-Credit Students
 2019 Fall Semester
 
GAME PLAN
Syllabus

If you require success before commitment, you will have neither. Seth Godin


GAME PLAN

Every college course includes a management plan known as a Syllabus that describes the requirements for success the course.  In this class, the Syllabus is called a GAME PLAN.  I believe that learning should always be fun – like playing games.  It should never be a boring duty that you endure to earn a college degree.  The most important aspect of social interaction is communication.  This Syllabus is an instructional blue print that communicates the requirements of Tulsa Community College, the Liberal Arts Division, the Social Science Department and myself.  As players in this course, we will abide by the information in GAME PLAN for the entire semester.  It is your responsibility to read GAME PLAN carefully during the first week of class and let me know immediately if there are any questions or concerns that you perceive regarding your ability to understand and abide by the terms and conditions of GAME PLAN.  You should also review GAME PLAN at the end of each quarter to refresh your memory of our learning outcomes and your commitment to the student-learning community.  GAME PLAN outlines the specific learning outcomes that we will pursue to understand the scientific discipline of Sociology.  Your performance on the learning-outcomes assessment metrics will determine how many points you score and what final grade you achieve for the course.  Not me!

GAME PLAN is much more than a Syllabus.  GAME PLAN goes beyond course requirements to reflect the skill and excitement of learning Sociology by playing a game.  GAME PLAN is designed to stimulate your personal Imagination ad your Sociological Imagination.


 Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Albert Einstein


The final section of GAME PLAN is a segment called PLAYBOOK.  PLAYBOOK is a unique instructional rubric that chronicles the step-by-step procedures you should follow to achieve key learning-outcomes.  The goals of PLAYBOOK are to achieve (1) an understanding of the basic principles of Introduction to Sociology and (2) a satisfactory final grade in this course.  The assessment metrics in PLAYBOOK have been replicated and validated over years of rigorous instruction.  Your final course grade should be an authentic numerical representation of your basic knowledge of Sociology.


LIVING PLAN:  GAME PLAN is a “living” document and is a reference tool that can be use continuously during the semester.  I reserve the right to amend GAME PLAN and PLAYBOOK at any point during the semester.  In the event of such changes, you will be notified via email, announcements on Blackboard and announcements made in-class. 


Bring your GAME PLAN BINDER to every class. 


THE GAME OF AMERICAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The game we will play is American College Football.  You are the player.  I am the referee.  You may select your own college football team to play the game.  Your team is: ___________________________________.  (Please fill-in-the-blank)


WHAT IS INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY?

Sociology is the study of social behavior.   A minimum of two people is required for a personal situation to become social.  The basic building block of Sociology is the Dyad which is Latin for two-people.  The Dyad is the theoretical point at which Sociology separates from psychology and becomes its own distinct social science. 


COURSE INFORMATION

Course Number and Name: Sociology 1113 – Introductory Sociology

Section:  632     CRN:  13587

Section:  633     CRN:  13759

Start Date:  08/19/2019

End Date:    12/10/2019

Format:  On-campus lecture

Class Meetings

Day(s) and Time(s): SOC 1113.632 - TTH, 08:20-09:40am; SOC 1113.633 - TTH, 09:50-11:10am

UCA Room #:    1711


CONTACTING YOUR PROFESSOR

Instructor:  Dr. John Lamberton

Campus/Office #: None

Office Hours: TBD

Phone: My TCC email is sent directly to my cell phone.

Email: john.lamberton@tulsacc.edu

I normally attempt to return student emails within 24 hours.

Website:  drjohnlamberton.com which is posted on Blackboard

School Office Information

School: Concurrent Enrollment Programs

TCC Conference Center/Office #201B

Phone: 918-595-7959


STUDENT SUPPORT

Technical Support

Call2000 at 918-595-2000 or email call2000@tulsacc.edu for help with technology, such as Blackboard, TCC email, or MyTCC. Technology issues are not an excuse for failing to complete an assignment on time.


Academic & Student Services

Information about Student Resources is available on the TCC Website and Safety and Wellness information is available on the MyTCC Safety and Wellness page.


Microsoft Office

If you do not have Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), you can download it from MyTCC on the My Account tab. Look for the “Student Software Downloads” link in the Student Quick Links box.   


COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PREREQUISITES

Course Catalog Description

Examine the origin and development of social institutions and social processes.  Sociological concepts and theories are used to explore the social influences in everyday life. 

Course Prerequisites:  Reading proficiency or concurrent enrollment in a reading course

Next Course in Sequence:  SOCI 2113 – Social Problems in America


COMPUTER ACCESS

Continuous computer access is mandatory for succeeding in the course. The text and most of the class content is posted on the internet.  When assignments are posted or textbook chapters assigned through Blackboard, it's your responsibility to make sure you have access to that information. You are legitimate TCC students and have full access to any of the on-campus computer labs, even though your class is at the Union Collegiate Academy.  There is no excuse for not having continuous computer access.  If you do not have computer access at home, computer access is available at each campus of TCC.


TEXTBOOKS, SUPPLIES, & OTHER RESOURCES

Required Textbook(s)

Title: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World

Publisher: University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

This textbook is an Open Education Resource book, which means it is free for you to access at the following link: https://www.oercommons.org/courses/sociology-understanding-and-changing-the-social-world/view. No purchase is necessary.


STUDENT-REGULATED LEARNING COMMUNITY

TCC students represent a rich variety of backgrounds and perspectives.  This course is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity.  That commitment will be manifested through the development of a student-centered learning community in this class.  Student-centered learning encourages you to become active participants in your education rather than a passive receiver of information which you may have experienced in your high school classes. While working together in a student-centered learning community, you are asked to:

1.     take responsibility for your education through active participation

2.     share unique experiences, values and beliefs

3.     be open to the views of others

4.     honor the uniqueness of your colleagues

5.     appreciate the opportunity that we must learn from each other in this class

6.     value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner

7.     be respectful of discussions in class

8.     create a safe learning environment

Benefits of collaborative learning include:

1.     You have the opportunity to become friends or acquaintances in class which tends to reduce the social barriers of novelty.

2.     Your attendance tends to increase

3.     Your grades should improve

4.     You may participate in study groups that are fostered outside the classroom

5.     You will become a more active participant in your educational experience

Beginning the first day of class and at the beginning of many class periods throughout the semester, you will be asked to interact with fellow classmates by greeting each other and learning each classmate’s first name (at a minimum).  You should learn basic social facts about other students in class as well as share personal facts that will contribute to the rich social fabric of a well-formed student-centered learning community. 


Human Beings can’t help it; they need to belong.  Seth Godin


SUCCESS IN THIS CLASS:  The F-words

Fear and fatigue often result in failure.  These F-words may negatively affect your ability to hear, listen, remember, memorize and think critically among other important skills sets.  GAME PLAN is designed to reduce or eliminate most normal social barriers that are naturally inherent in new and different social situations. You should not let personal biases diminish your success in this course.  It is my observation based upon years of teaching at seven colleges and universities in Oklahoma and establishing multiple businesses working as an entrepreneur in the private sector that successful achievement in this class, in college, and in life is directly correlated with motivation, attitude and perspective.


“Not yet” is the safest, easiest way to forestall a learning opportunity.


Whether you simply seek a score or grade in this class or whether you actually want to learn and become well-educated, the study of Sociology can create personal and social value and help you succeed in college or in a professional occupation.  For instance, to be successful you should demonstrate a positive attitude and passion for your daily actions.  Your educational experience to date may have been and continue to be one in which students were “pushed” by parents, teachers, or other significant others to become successful.  However, in college the quality and success of your’ educational experience is up to you through your daily choices.  College is like an academic buffet in which you have the option of taking part of an exciting and diverse course curriculum or choosing to participate very little or none at all.  The choice is up to you.  The principles of Sociology taught in this class are designed to help you become more self-directed and successful.  Please read the index page of this website:  https://www.theclassroom.com/causes-students-fail-courses-college-4060.html


TOUCH DOWNS = LEARNING OUTCOMES

Institutional Touch Downs (Learning Outcomes):

Tulsa Community College graduates’ value cultural diversity, ethical behavior, and the unique role of public education in sustaining a free society. The following institutional learning outcomes function independently and in concert. TCC graduates demonstrate:

       1.  Communication Skills

       2.  Critical Thinking

       3.  Personal Responsibility

       4.  Social Responsibility

Program Touch Downs (Learning Outcomes):

To access program learning outcomes specific to your degree or certificate, go to the online catalog and click Programs, then select your program from the list and scroll down to Program Learning Outcomes.

Course Touch Downs (Learning Outcomes):

       1.  Compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives in Sociology

       2.  Analyze research methods used to study social life

       3.  Explain major issues related to social inequalities

       4.  Evaluate the role of social institutions in society

       5.  Apply key concepts to culture, socialization, deviance, and social change

       6.  Defend sociological arguments with scholarly evidence


Successful students don’t have things happen to them.  They do things.  Seth Godin


INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

First, your input is welcomed and appreciated in this class.  Secondly, our classes will include lectures, group discussion, computer lab work, small group work, and formal workshops (guest speakers).  In small group sessions, you will discuss reading and course assignments, practice applications of new concepts, and perform critical thinking exercises. You are expected to participate in the student-learning community and to master independent study during the semester. 


FOUR QUARTERS

The course content and assessment metrics are divided into FOUR QUARTERS during the semester.  The dates for the end of each quarter are posted on PLAYBOOK.  The cumulative score for the assessment metrics for each quarter will be entered on Blackboard.     


WATCHING FILM

You should “watch film” or review the text, your reading assignments, your notes and your assessment metrics during weekly blocks of time that you have pre-scheduled on your GAME PLAN calendar.

 

(1) Monday Status Report - Review the learning objectives scheduled for the new week.

 

(2) Friday Status Report - Review your attendance, your participation in class, assessment metrics and the course content that was presented during the week. 

 


TAKING NOTES

COLLEGE INFOGEEK

CAMPUS EXPLORER

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE at San Diego 


LISTENING

LISTENING 


ASSIGNMENTS & ASSESSMENT METRICS  

All of your Assignments are scheduled in PLAYBOOK.  You will be regularly assessed over all the course content through metrics that include tests, unannounced quizzes, writing assignments, class projects, presentations, class discussions, class participation and attendance.  Scoring is measured on sliding scales.

 

(1)  GAME PLAN BINDER

You should create and maintain a personal copy of GAME PLAN in a three-ring BINDER beginning the first day of class.  (You don't know what GAME PLAN is about.  No worries!  I will explain the first day of class.).  The BINDER must have a plastic cover.  Create a thoughtful and creative cover sheet that you slide inside the plastic cover of the BINDER.  The cover sheet is your personal creation.  It may feature items such as a single or multiple photograph(s), a collage of some type and/or art work.  You may think of something else.  The cover sheet can be black and white or color.  You may change your cover page anytime you wish.  In fact, changing your cover sheet is encouraged.  The cover sheet should also contain three lines of typing along with your visual creation.  The first line should read "GAME PLAN."  The second line should read "Introduction to Sociology."  The third line should display your name.  The font you use for the three lines of typing should be large enough to read from a distance.  Probably at least a 24-point font.  If you have major questions about the Binder assignment, you may wait until the first class period to complete the assignment.  However, give it a try.  See what you can do.

 

GAME PLAN BINDER should include content Dividers or Tabs marked with headers on the Tabs on the dividers that read GRADED ASSIGNMENTS, SYLLABUS, READING SCHEDULE, CALENDAR OF ASSIGNMENTS AND EVENTS, NOTES, HAND-OUTS, AND CAMPUS SERVICES FLIERS, etc.  You will store your ASSIGNMENTS & ASSESSMENTS in GAME PLAN.  GAME PLAN may also be created and maintained on a laptop or tablet as long as the electronic file contains all the required documents in ONE complete pdf file.  (Hardcopy handouts and returned assignments should be scanned and filed as part of your electronic file).

If you have questions, bring them with you on Tuesday morning, August 20.

 

I will evaluate the GAME PLAN BINDER at the end of each quarter of the semester for quality, content, appearance, organization and completeness.  The evaluations are worth a maximum of 25 points each.  The total score possible for the GAME PLAN BINDER is 100 points.  The GAME PLAN BINDER can be used as a reference during each scheduled Exam.  The GAME PLAN BINDER measures student competencies in note-taking, information organization, acquiring and evaluating information, organizing and maintaining files, time management, comprehension and reliability.

 

(2)  TEAM TALKS - CLASS PARTICIPATION

TEAM TALKS are discussions that occur every class period when we analyze sociological topics.  You should regularly and actively participate in TEAM TALKS.  Small discussion groups are known as HUDDLES.  We will HUDDLE-UP during the semester for you to experience a more personal instructional strategy with your classmates.  You may score points TEAM TALK and HUDDLE points through your informed participation.  TEAM TALKS will be scored according to my evaluation of your informed participation in class discussions. TEAM TALKS points will be posted on Blackboard at least twice during the semester: at HALFTIME and during the end of the FOURTH QUARTER the week before final exams. 

 

(3) 4th & 2 PLAYS:  4th & 2 PLAYS include short writing assignments, short unannounced assignments and pop quizzes covering the material and chapters presented in the text. You may be able to score up to ten-points on Fourth and 2 Plays.   There may also be several unannounced in-class and out-of-class writing assignments or pop-quizzes  If you are absent the day of an unannounced assignment or are absent on a day when an 4th & 2 PLAY is due, you will not receive credit unless the absence was an Excused Absence.  Excused absences are granted only for very special circumstances.  However, 4th & 2 PLAYS may always be submitted before the due date.  4th & 2 PLAYS measure competencies in listening, memory, and time management.

 

(4) LONG PASS:  You are also required to give a 5 to 7-minute prescheduled  PRESENTATION using a visual aid such as Power Point, Presi, Emaze or other visual computer-based application using a  sociological concept to analyze a current event.  You should use your own Sociological Imagination to apply to a real-life situation. We will review the terms of an acceptable PRESENTATION and schedule your LONG PASS during the latter part of the semester.  There is no make-up available if you do not give your PRESENTATION when scheduled.

 

If a scheduling conflict arises before the date of your PRESENTATION, you should contact me to reschedule your PRESENTATION at a more convenient time. (The discretion for granting a rescheduled PRESENTATION rests solely with me.)  Your PRESENTATION measures competencies in critical thinking, information organization, communication, and presenting information in a social situation and is scored at a maximum of 100 points.

 

(5)  DRAW PLAY:  There is a five-page DRAW PLAY WRITING ASSIGNMENT due at HALFTIME on OCTOBER 15, 2019.  (See PLAYBOOK).  You will use a sociological concept to analyze an issue in popular culture.  The criteria for the DRAW PLAY will be discussed during the second week of class.  You could score up to 100 points on the DRAW PLAY.  A DRAW PLAY measures competencies in writing, comprehension, information organization, goal setting and social interaction.

 

(6)  BLITZES:  EXAMS

There will be four BLITZES during the semester that will be made up of objective questions including of True-False, Multiple Choice and Fill-in-the-Blank and short answer questions.  You may score up to 100 points on each BLITZ.  Although the Final BLITZ will cover the final 25% of course content, it may also contain questions covering all of the material presented in the course.  There will be Reviews before each scheduled BLITZ.  Reviews and sample test questions may be posted on Blackboard one class period before the scheduled test date. You may use your class notes on each of the four BLITZES.  BLITZES measure competencies in memory, information organization, note-taking, critical thinking and test-taking. 

 

(7)  GAME ATTENDANCE

ATTENDANCE:  By enrolling in this course as a college student, you have accepted the adult responsibility of attending every class period during the entire semester.  There are a very few exceptions for non-attendance, i.e., personal sickness, family illness where you are the primary care-giver, pregnancy or emergency child-care, and funerals of close family members or friends.  Regular, consistent attendance and participation are required and essential to be successful in this course.  If you accumulate four or more unexcused absences, the final grade may be reduced a minimum of one-letter grade and/or you may be automatically administratively withdrawn from the course depending upon the circumstances.  Unexcused absences are absences for which you do not inform me of your impending absence by email before the absence occurs.  You may obtain an excused absence by emailing me about your absence prior to the class absence unless there is an extreme emergency which necessitates sending me an email after the absence.  Attendance and participation measure competencies in reliability, dependability, goal setting, time management, critical thinking and social interaction.  GAME ATTENDACE is scored by your official attendance record.

 

(8)  EXTRA POINTS

Extra credit assignments that are scheduled intermittently during the semester are called EXTRA POINTS.  EXTRA POINTS may include but not limited to information presented by representatives from a variety of TCC Campus Services such as the Campus Police, Reading and Writing Center, Library, Student Life, etc.  EXTRA POINTS are worth 5 to 25 points depending upon the rigors of the task.

 

(9)  TWO MINUTE DRILLS:  LATE ASSIGNMENTS AND MAKE-UP WORK

The scores for late assignments may be reduced by a letter grade or more unless I approve the late assignment by prior to the due date.

It is advised that should an unforeseeable problem (that could interfere with class performance) occur, notify the instructor so that alternate arrangements may be made.  The material accompanying the text and handouts should be treated as required reading and may be included in the class discussion and exams. You are, therefore, responsible for all assigned text reading, as well as all the information that is discussed or otherwise included in class.  You should be aware of all assignment, presentation, and exam dates that are listed in the accompanying calendar without reminder from the instructor.  You are expected to be prepared (completed assigned readings) to discuss pertinent topics each class period as scheduled.  You who attend class unprepared should expect your grades to be negatively affected as a result. All assignments are to be turned in at the beginning of class on the date due unless otherwise instructed.  Any assignment handed in late on the date due will receive no credit unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor to submit a late assignment.  There are no exceptions.  Again, this means sickness, no printer cartridge, computer error, illness, funerals, flat tire, no parking place etc.


TOTAL POSSIBLE COURSE POINTS

1.     Game Plan Binder:                   100

2.     Team Talks:                         100

3.     4th & 2 PLAYS:                      100

4.     Long Pass                         100

5.     Draw Play:                          100

6.     Blitzes:                            400

7.     Game Attendance:                    100

8.     Extra Points:                        50

9.     Total Points Possible:             1000

  

COURSE GRADING:

·       A = 90 – 100%.       900-1000 points

·       B = 80 – 89%.         800-899 points

·       C = 70 – 79%.         700-799 points

·       D = 60 – 69%.         600-699 points

·       F = 59% or less.          599 points or less

MEANING OF LETTER GRADES

A:  Earned by work whose excellent quality indicates a full mastery of the subject and course assignments are of extraordinary distinction. 

B:  Earned by work that indicates a good comprehension of the course material, a good command of the skills needed to work with the course material, and the student’s full engagement with the course requirements and activities.

C:  Earned by work that indicates an adequate and satisfactory, comprehension of the course material and the skills needed to work with the course material and indicates the student has met basic requirements for completing assigned work and participating in class activities.

D:  Earned by work that is unsatisfactory but that indicates some minimal command of the course materials and some minimal participation in class activities that is worthy of course credit.

F:  Earned by work that is unsatisfactory and unworthy of course credit.


TECHNICAL SKILLS REQUIREMENT

Writing assignment should be submitted through Blackboard, unless I post other instructions.  I utilize the plagiarism detector for every writing assignment that PLAYBOOK has scheduled unless PLAYBOOK specifies a submission procedure outside of Blackboard. 


READING AND WRITING CENTER

You may schedule assistance with reading, writing, and study skills by visiting the Reading and Writing Center located on each campus.  The Southeast Campus is only a few miles from Union High School.  As a TCC student, you have complete access to these facilities.  It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the exceptional staff and their services in order to meet the many demands necessary to succeed in college classes.   This is an excellent service offered to you free of charge.  It is preferable to call for an appointment.  

 


LIBRARY

Mission:  Information literacy forms the basis of lifelong learning. Library instructors support the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills through an instruction program that is integrated with the curriculum. We are committed to developing individuals into discerning users of information who can identify when information is needed, as well as have the ability to locate, evaluate and use the information effectively.  The TCC Library can be accessed online at http://library.tulsacc.edu/home.

Core Functions: 

·       Provide access to information and discovery through the Library's services, resources and technology.

·       Teach information literacy and help you develop critical thinking skills.

·       Provide space for knowledge exchange, collaborative learning, and meaningful study.

·       Connect with students, faculty, and staff by building relationships which facilitate learning and transform thinking.


OSSAA ELIGILITY STATEMENT FOR SYLLABUS

Unlike high school teachers, I may not be updating grades on a weekly basis. Instead, I may update the Blackboard grade book at the end of each quarter and/or after grading assignments. The “grade-to-date” column in the Blackboard grade book will reflect your current grade for eligibility purposes. 


LATE ARRIVAL

You should be seated in class when class begins at 8:20 am or 9:50am.  If you determine that you are unable to arrive to class on time, you should speak with me immediately.  If you are late to class on more than one occasion, you may be asked not to enter the classroom until you can arrive on time.  You are responsible for your education and responsibilities.

 


PROCEDURES FOR WITHDRAWAL:

You should discuss your academic situation with me anytime during the semester.  Talk with me before you decide to withdraw from the course.  There may be other options open to you besides withdrawal.  I want you to perform well academically, to complete the course and to learn the fundamentals of Introduction to Sociology.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL

You may drop classes and receive a “W” on your transcript. The deadline to drop this class is November 8, 2019.  See Course Enrollment and Withdrawal for more information on withdrawing from a course.

If you miss more six hours of class, are guilty of academic misconduct, and/or fail to turn in a significant number of assignments, you may be withdrawn from the class, which will result in an “AW” on your transcript.  A “W” and an “AW” are grade-point neutral, but non-completion of a class may affect financial aid. I will notify the office of concurrent enrollment if I have to withdraw you. Talk to your high school counselor to initiate withdrawal from a course (“W” grade).  Contact the Counseling Office at any TCC campus to initiate withdrawal from a course ('W' grade) or to change from Credit to Audit. Check the TCC Academic Calendar for deadlines.


ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (PLAGIARISM)

Academic Integrity is a foundational value of TCC and you are expected to behave as a responsible member of the college community and to be honest and ethical in your academic work. Academic Dishonesty is one of the worst transgressions that you can commit in college and will follow you throughout your college career.  This link provides access to guidelines for academic integrity, as well as forms of academic dishonesty.  Read this information very carefully.  There is no excuse for you to engage in accidental plagiarism.  In case of academic dishonesty (plagiarism), the following penalties will apply: (1) a grade of zero on the assignment or test, or (2) a grade of “F” for the semester.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (CHEATING)

Academic Dishonesty (Cheating) is defined as the deception of others about one’s own work or about the work of another.  Academic dishonesty or misconduct is not condoned nor tolerated at campuses within the Tulsa Community College system.  Academic dishonesty is behavior in which a deliberately fraudulent misrepresentation is employed to gain underserved intellectual credit, either for oneself or for another.  Academic misconduct is behavior that results in intellectual advantage obtained by violating specific standard, but without deliberate intent or use of fraudulent means.  Tulsa Community College adopts a policy delegating certain forms of authority for disciplinary action to the faculty. Such disciplinary actions delegated to the faculty include, but are not limited to, the dismissal of disrespectful or disorderly students from classes. In the case of academic dishonesty, a faculty member may:

 

·       Require the student to redo an assignment or test, or require the student to complete a substitute assignment or test;

·       Record a "zero" for the assignment or test in question;

·       Recommend to the student that the student withdraw from the class, or administratively withdraw the student from the class;

·       Record a grade of "F" for the student at the end of the semester.

 

Faculty may request that disciplinary action be taken against a student at the administrative level by submitting such request to the Dean of Student Services.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

You are responsible for being aware of the information contained in the TCC Catalog, the Student Handbook, and the Academic Calendar. All information may be viewed on the TCC website.


SYLLABUS CHANGE

Occasionally, changes to the syllabus may be necessary.  You will be notified of any changes to the syllabus in writing.


SYLLABUS ATTACHMENT 

The Syllabus Attachment provides critical student information for all TCC courses and is considered to be a part of this syllabus.  You are responsible for reading the statements contained within. 


TIME COMMITMENT

This is a three-credit hour course.  Studies indicate that, on average, for every one hour of course credit, you should expect to spend two hours of outside time on course work per week i.e., reading, homework, discussion, studying etc.  For this course, that means a minimum of six hours of outside time per week.  Some students may spend more, depending on their level of expertise.


CELL PHONES/TEXTING/WORKING ON OTHER CLASS ASSIGNMENTS, BROWSING THE INTERNET OR PLAYING GAMES ON A LAPTOP COMPUTER:  DON’T DO IT - Be a responsible and respectful student in this course


ANNOUNCEMENTS

There may be announcements about procedures or assignments made in this class or posted on the TCC Course website or distributed through a course group email.

FINAL ADD/DROP DEADLINE

The final add/drop deadline this semester is November 8, 2019.  That’s the last day you can drop the course with a ‘W’ instead of a letter grade on your transcript. 


FAILURE TO WITHDRAW POLICY

Do not allow the difficulties of a situation to exert a negative effect on an academic transcript.  Be responsible, attentive, and proactive.  AN “AW” WILL NOT BE ASSIGNED FOR STUDENTS WHO FAIL TO EXERCISE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. 


INCLEMENT WEATHER AND CLASS CANCELLATION POLICY

Please consider opting in for TCC Text Alerts on your cell phone.  When severe winter weather hits, you may assume that TCC will be open for classes unless it is announced otherwise on television and radio stations.  TCC does not automatically close if Tulsa Public Schools close.  If this class is cancelled an email will be sent to each student an hour before the class is scheduled to meet.  It is always a good idea to check your email before coming to class for various announcements.   Please note; if class is being held as scheduled you are responsible for any assignments that are due.  There may not be an opportunity to make up missed assignments. Assignments may be emailed to the instructor if it is received before the time class begins. 


DISABILITY RESOURCES

It is the policy and practice of Tulsa Community College to create inclusive learning environments. Accommodations for qualifying students in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act are available.


COMPUTER SERVICES

Access to computing resources is a privilege granted to all TCC faculty, staff, and students.  Use of TCC computing resources is limited to purposes related to the College’s mission of education, research, and community service.  Student use of technology is governed by the Computer Services Acceptable Use Statements/Standards found in the TCC Student Code of Conduct Policy Handbook.  These handbooks may be obtained by contacting any Student Activities or Dean of Student Services office. 


CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE & STUDENT BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES 

The purpose of this information is to assist you in understanding proper classroom behavior. The classroom should be a learning-centered environment in which faculty and students are unhindered by disruptive behavior. You are a college student and are expected to act in a mature manner and to be respectful of the learning process, your instructor and your fellow students. Faculty members have the authority to manage their classrooms to ensure an environment conducive to learning.

Any person who shall accept the privilege extended by Oklahoma laws of attendance or employment at any state college, state junior college or state university shall by so attending or working at such institution be deemed to have given consent to the policies of the institution, the Board of Trustees and the laws of this state. Such policies shall include prohibition against disruptive activities at state institutions of higher learning.

 

  • Take responsibility for your education. There is a common myth among students that because they pay tuition, they deserve to receive credit for the class. This is not true. In fact, you pay only a portion of the cost of your education; taxpayers pay the balance. Instructors are here to create a learning environment. Whether you learn in college depends on your willingness to listen, ask appropriate questions and do the work necessary to pass the course. College courses are rigorous and demanding; you may have to work harder and seek more help in order to succeed.
  • Attend every class. You will find that if you attend every class, listen to your instructor and take good notes will be more likely to pass your course perhaps with a higher grade. If you have an emergency or illness, contact me ahead of time to let me know that you will be absent. A local study showed that those students who missed the first class meeting are more likely to withdraw from the course or fail.  Important note: If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to meet with me, outside of regular class time, to determine a plan to make up the missed work.
  • Get to class on time. Students who walk into the classroom late distract other students in the learning environment. Check the course syllabus for the professor's attendance policy.
  • Do not have private conversations. The noise is distracting to other students.
  • Turn mobile phones off. It is very distracting to hear someone's mobile phone go off in class.
  • Do not dominate other students' opportunity to learn by asking too many questions. It is good to ask questions and make comments, but if you dominate the class time with too many questions and/or comments, the instructor and other students cannot participate in class discussions. When asking questions and making comments, keep them related to the discussion at hand.
  • Respect your instructor. Openly challenging my knowledge or authority in the classroom is not appropriate. If you take issue with my information or instructional methods, make sure that your comments are made without confrontation or antagonism. You may want to discuss your issues with me privately. Instructors' classroom policies, procedures and teaching styles vary: Some instructors, for example, enforce attendance policies vigorously, while others are more lenient about attendance. Assignments and classroom activities are at the prerogative of the instructor. Each instructor has the freedom and authority to set the guidelines and policies for his or her classroom (within the overall policies of the College). Consult GAME PLAN for specific information pertinent to this class.
  • Your classmates deserve your respect and support. Others may have ideas and opinions that differ from yours, or they may struggle to understand information as quickly as their peers. But they deserve the same level of respect from you that you wish to receive from them.
  • Come to class prepared. Forgetting common classroom supplies (such as a pencil, paper, books, test materials, etc.) usually waste class time. Students who have not completed their assigned homework often ask questions that could have been answered through their assignments.
  • Turn in your work on time. It is important to plan ahead. If you wait until the last minute to do your work, you may score fewer points, earn lower grades and are more likely to miss deadlines. Study and complete your assignments every day and every week. Doing so ensures that if a problem occurs at the last minute, such as a computer malfunction, you will still be prepared. (Seminole State College of Florida)

SENSITIVE MATERIALS STATEMENT

Higher education fosters intellectual and personal growth through exposure to and interaction with a wide range of ideas, creative expressions, and information. You can expect to think critically about ideas and perspectives which may be very different from your own.  The information may be outside the range of your personal moral standards. The information may be challenging or uncomfortable. If you do not feel comfortable discussing your concerns in class during TEAM TALKS, you are encouraged to immediately discuss with me (one-on-one) any questions or concerns you may have about course materials or the content of TEAM TALKS.


INCLUSIVE INSTRUCTION & CLASSROOM POLICY

I do not discriminate in any way on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or national origin in my instruction or in the classroom.  My policy is designed to create a safe and productive learning environment for all students.


 

PLAYBOOK

 

THE FIRST QUARTER KICKOFF

 

AUGUST 20:    THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE: Read Chapter 1                          

AUGUST 22:    THE SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE: Read Chapter 1             
          

AUGUST 27:    SYLLABUS REVIEW

              SYLLABUS PODCAST                             

AUGUST 29:    RESEARCH METHODS: Read Chapter 2                     
                
         
SEPTEMBER 2: 
LABOR DAY - TCC CAMPUSES CLOSED

SEPTEMBER 3:  CULTURE:  Read Chapter 3

              SOCIAL CHANGE

SEPTEMBER 5:  CULTURE:  Read Chapter 3 

              SOCIALIZATION:  Read Chapter 4

 

SEPTEMBER 9:  CULTURE:  Chapter 3 

              SOCIALIZATION:  Read Chapter 4                

SEPTEMBER 10: SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY
                
SEPTEMBER 12: G
ROUPS & SOCIAL ORGANIZATION                
              
BLITZ #1 PODCAST
 REVIEW 

SEPTEMBER 17: END OF 1st QUARTER:  BLITZ #1

              GAME PLAN BINDER Assessment #1

 

THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND QUARTER 

SEPTEMBER 19: SEX & GENDER: Read Chapter 11   

SEPTEMBER 24: MARRIAGE & FAMILY:  Read Chapter 10   

SEPTEMBER 26: RACE & ETHNICITY:
  Read Chapter 7  

SEPTEMBER 30: 
INTERNET TECHNOLOGY:  Read Chapter 15

OCTOBER 1:    I
NTERNET TECHNOLOGY:   Read Chapter 15 
                
             
OCTOBER 3:    
EDUCATION & COMMUNICATION                            

OCTOBER 8:    RELIGION
       
                     

OCTOBER 10:   HEALTH:  Read Chapter 18

              BLITZ #2 PODCAST REVIEW          

OCTOBER 15:   HALFTIME: BLITZ #2
              
GAME PLAN BINDER Assessment #2             
             
Long Pass Writing Assignment Due

 

THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD QUARTER

 

OCTOBER 17:   ENVIRONMENT

 

OCTOBER 22:   ENVIRONMENT

OCTOBER 24:   SOCIAL DEVIANCE

OCTOBER 29:   SOCIAL DEVIANCE; ECONOMY, WEALTH & MONEY                 

OCTOBER 31:   ECONOMY, WEALTH & MONEY                           

NOVEMBER 5:   ECONOMY, WEALTH & MONEY

NOVEMBER 7:   POLITICS

              BLITZ #3 REVIEW PODCAST

 

NOVEMBER 12:  END OF 3rd QUARTER:  BLITZ #3

              GAME BOOK BINDER Assessment #3        

 

THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH QUARTER

NOVEMBER 14:   LONG PASS PRESENTATION

NOVEMBER 19:   LONG PASS PRESENTATION

NOVEMBER 21:   LONG PASS PRESENTATION     

NOVEMBER 26:   CURRENT EVENTS

DECEMBER 1:     THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY - TCC CAMPUSES CLOSED

DECEMBER 3:     CURRENT EVENTS

DECEMBER 5:     PLAYBOOK REVIEW 
                                FINAL
BLITZ PODCAST REVIEW

DECEMBER 10:   END OF THE GAME: 
BLITZ #4: FINAL EXAM
                                GAME BOOK BINDER Assessment #4

DECEMBER 15    SEMESTER CLOSES

JANUARY 13, 2020 - SPRING SEMESTER BEGINS