SOCIOLOGY ON DEMAND
 

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
Course Syllabus

Spring 2019

SYLLABUS AGREEMENT

This syllabus is an agreement between instructor and students. As participants in this course, students should abide by the information, policies and requirements in this document. It is students’ responsibility to read the syllabus carefully and address any questions or concerns about the terms of the syllabus as soon as they are perceived or anticipated. The instructor reserves the right to amend the syllabus (including the class assignment schedule) at any point during the semester. In the event of such a change, all students will be notified via email and announcements made in-class.

COURSE INFORMATION:
Course Name and Number:
Introductory Sociology - Sociology 1113
Section: 401 CRN: 21206
Section: 640 CRN: 22942
Section: 402 CRN: 23245
Start Date: 01/14/2019
End Date: 05/12/2019
Format: On-campus lecture

Class Meetings
Day(s), Time(s), Campus/Room #:
MW, 09:30-10:50 am, WCLIBA 136

MW, 01:00-2:20 pm, WCLIBA 140

CONTACTING THE INSTRUCTOR
Instructor: Dr. John Lamberton
Email: john.lamberton@tulsacc.edu Student emails are generally returned within 24 hours. In case of an emergency, a faster email response may be accomplished by emailing
 drj@drjohnlamberton.com (Not for regular use.)

RESUME ONLINE AT:
www.drjohnlamberton.com
Campus/Office #: WCS 128     Phone: (918) 595-7118
Office Hours: Appointments may be scheduled on Mondays and Wednesdays 11 am-12:30 pm; 2:30 pm-3:30 pm

School Office Information
School: School of Liberal Arts and Communication
Campus/Office #: MCS18
Phone: (918) 595-7123

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.
Safety and Wellness information is available on the
MyTCC Safety and Wellness page.

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND PREREQUISITES:
This is a general survey of the discipline of Sociology. This course examines the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives in Sociology. Topics include the nature of society and the foundations of social life, along with specialized areas as groups, culture, social class, social institutions, and social change. Sociological concepts are used to help students to understand the social influences in everyday life. Course Prerequisites: There are no course prerequisites for Introduction to Sociology.

NEXT COURSE IN SEQUENCE:
Sociology 2113 – Social Problems in America

TEXTBOOKS, SUPPLIES, & OTHER RESOURCES:
Required Online Textbook
Title: Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World
Website:
https://open.lib.umn.edu/sociology/ This book is part of the OER common book library system. That means the book is free. A link to the website where the textbook can be accessed is posted on Blackboard.

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 students to become active participants in their education rather than passive receivers of information which they may have experienced in high school. While working together in a student-centered learning community, students are asked to:
  1. take responsibility for their education through active participation
  2. share unique experiences, values and beliefs
  3. be open to the views of others
  4. honor the uniqueness of their colleagues
  5. appreciate the opportunity that we have to 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. Students have the opportunity to become friends or acquaintances in class which tends to reduce the social barriers of novelty.
  2. Student attendance tends to increase
  3. Students grades improve
  4. Study groups are fostered outside the classroom
  5. Students become more active participants in their educational experience

Beginning the first day of class and at the beginning of many class periods throughout the semester, students will be asked to interact with fellow classmates by greeting each other and learning each classmate’s first name (at a minimum). Students 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.

INSTRUCTOR’S BELIEFS REGARDING SUCCESS IN THIS CLASS
Fear, apprehension, fatigue and lack of focus in class may negatively affect students’ ability to hear, listen, remember, memorize and think critically among other skills sets. This class is
designed to reduce or eliminate any normal social barriers that are naturally inherent in new and different social situations in order to build a successful learning community.
Students should not let personal biases diminish success in this course. It is the instructor’s opinion based upon years of teaching at seven colleges and universities in Oklahoma and multiple successes 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. Whether students simply seek a score or grade in this class or whether students actually want to learn and become well-educated, the study of Sociology can create personal and social value and help students succeed in college or in a professional occupation. For instance, students should demonstrate a positive attitude and passion for their daily actions in order to be competent. Students’ educational experience to date may have been and continue to be one in which students were "pushed" by parents, teachers, or other significant others in order to become competent. However in college, the quality and success of students’ educational experience is up to each student through their daily choices. College is like an academic buffeteria in which students 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 each student. The principles taught in this class are designed to help students become more self-directed and successful.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
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. Students are, therefore, responsible for all assigned text reading, as well as all of the information that is discussed or otherwise included in class. Students should be aware of all assignment, presentation, and exam dates that are listed in the accompanying calendar without reminder from the instructor. Students are expected to be prepared (completed assigned readings) to discuss pertinent topics each class period as scheduled. Students who attend class unprepared should expect their 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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:


Institutional 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; and 4. Social Responsibility.


Program Learning Outcomes:


To access program learning outcomes specific to a 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 Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will compare and contrast major theoretical perspectives in Sociology
  • Students will analyze research methods used to study social life.
  • Students will explain major issues related to social inequalities
  • Students will evaluate the role of social institutions in society
  • Students will apply key sociological concepts to culture, socialization, deviance and social change

TEACHING METHODS:
Class sessions will include lectures, whole group discussion, computer lab work, small group work, and formal workshops (guest speakers). In the small group sessions, students will discuss reading and course assignments, practice applications of new concepts, and perform critical thinking exercises. Students are expected to master independent study during the course of the semester. 

GRADING POLICY
& SPECIFIC LEARNING ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES
Students will be regularly assessed over all of the course material through quizzes, writing assignments, class projects, presentations, tests, and class discussions.

1. INFORMATION ORGANIZER(IO)
Students should develop and maintain a three-ring binder beginning the first week of class with Dividers or Tabs to store the GRADED ASSIGNMENTS, SYLLABUS, READING SCHEDULE, CALENDAR OF ASSIGNMENTS AND EVENTS, NOTES, HAND-OUTS, AND CAMPUS SERVICES, etc. The IO will be evaluated several times during the semester. Refer to the COURSE SCHEDULE for exact dates. IO’s may be maintained on a laptop or tablet if the electronic file includes all of the documents that are to be maintained in a three-ring binder. (Handouts and returned assignments should be scanned and filed as part of the electronic file).

LIVING FILE:
The INFORMATION ORGANIZER (IO) is a "living" file designed to organize and
USE all course information. The IO is not merely an onerous assignment created for the purpose of receiving a grade. The IO should be a "living" reference tool that can be use regularly during the semester. The IO will be evaluated two times during the semester: at mid-term and before the final exam. The evaluations will be worth 25 points each evaluation. The evaluations are based upon IO content, appearance and organization. The IO is valued at 50 total points. The IO can be used as a reference during each scheduled Exam. The Information Organizer measures student competencies in note-taking, information organization, acquiring and evaluating information, organizing and maintaining files, time management, comprehension and reliability.

2. UNANNOUNCED ASSIGNMENTS & QUIZZES
There may be several unannounced in-class and out-of-class writing assignments or pop-quizzes covering the material and chapters presented in the text at the time. If students are absent the day of an unscheduled in-class assignment or are absent on a day when a homework assignment is due, students will not receive credit for that assignment unless the absence was an Excused Absence. Excused absences are only granted for very special circumstances are deemed reasonable by the instructor. However, out of class assignments may always be submitted
before the due date. Assignments and quizzes are valued at 10 points. Unannounced quizzes measure competencies in listening, memory, and time management.

3. WRITTEN PAPER
The written paper assignment will be a minimum three page essay summarizing a service learning project in which each student participated during the semester and how service learning is a major academic strategy. A discussion of service projects will be given by the Southeast Campus Student Activity office. The value of the essay paper is 100 points. The essay paper measures competencies in writing, comprehension, information organization, goal setting and social interaction.

4. ORAL PRESENTATION
All students will perform two 10 minute oral presentations using a visual aid such as Power Point, Presi, Emaze or other computer-based application. There is no make-up available for missed oral presentations. If students are not in class on the day their presentation is scheduled, students will not receive credit for the written or oral assignments. If a scheduling conflict arises significantly BEFORE the date of a presentation students are encouraged to contact their instructor in order to schedule the presentation at a more convenient time. (The discretion for granting a rescheduled presentation rests solely with the instructor.) The ORAL PRESENTATION measures competencies in critical thinking, information organization, communication, and presenting information in a social situation and is valued at 100 points.

5. EXAMS
There will be four exams during the semester that will be comprised of objective questions including of True-False, Multiple Choice and Fill-in-the-Blank and short answer questions. Each exam will be worth 100 points. Although the Final exam 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 Exam. Reviews and sample test questions may be posted on Blackboard one class period before the scheduled test date. Students may use their class notes on each of the Exams. TCC FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE Exams measure competencies in memory, information organization, note-taking, critical thinking and test-taking.

6. ATTENDANCE & ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
Regular class attendance is required in order to be successful in this course. If students accumulate 4 or more unexcused absences, the final grade may be reduced a minimum of one-letter grade and/or students may be automatically administratively withdrawn from the course depending upon the circumstances. Student may obtain an excused absence by emailing the instructor about the absence prior to the class absence unless there is an emergency situation which necessitates an email after the absence.

Students should regularly and actively participate in class discussions. By the end of the semester, students may accumulate up to 100 points for their attendance and participation in class discussions which will be judged according by two criteria: (1) a student’s attendance record; (2) the subjective evaluation of the instructor evaluating a student’s class participation. Participation points will be posted on Blackboard twice during the semester: at mid-term and during Finals Week. Attendance measures competencies in reliability, dependability, goal setting, time management, critical thinking and social interaction.

7. EXTRA CREDIT
Extra Credit Assignments may be scheduled intermittently during the semester based upon the frequency of various TCC Campus events. These assignments will include information about TCC presented by representatives from a variety of TCC Campus Services such as the Campus Police, Reading and Writing Center, Library, Student Life, etc.

COURSE GRADING:

  • A = 90 – 100%.
  • B = 80 – 89%.
  • C = 70 – 79%
  • D = 60 – 69%
  • F = 59% or below.

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.


STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY
:
Student input is welcomed in this class. It is also 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 mandatory reading and will be included in the class discussion and exams. Students are, therefore, responsible for all assigned text reading, as well as all of the information that is discussed or otherwise included in class. Students are to be aware of all assignment, presentation, and exam dates that are listed in the accompanying calendar without reminder from the instructor. Students are expected to be prepared (completed assigned readings) to discuss pertinent topics each class session as scheduled. Those who attend class unprepared should expect their 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. There are no exceptions. Again, this means sickness, no printer cartridge, computer error, illness, funerals, flat tire, no parking place etc.

ATTENDANCE/PARTICIPATION:
Regular class attendance is
mandatory in order to be successful in this course. If students accumulate more than two unexcused absences without the approval of the instructor, students final grade may be reduced by a letter grade or students may be automatically administratively withdrawn from the course depending upon the circumstances. Students may receive an approved absence by emailing the instructor prior to the beginning of the class detailing the reasons for the impending absence which should include student name and course number.

LATE ARRIVAL:

Students should arrive seated in class on time. Class begins at 12:30 PM. Students who find they are unable to arrive to class on time should speak with the instructor. If a student is late to class on more than one occasion she/he will be asked not to enter the classroom unless she/he can arrive on time. Each student must be responsible for her/his learning and her/his actions.


TIME COMMITMENT:
This is a three credit hour course. Studies indicate that, on average, for every one hour of course credit, students 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 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.


LATE ASSIGNMENTS AND MAKE-UP WORK:
The score for late assignments will be reduced by a letter grade unless the late assignment is approved by the instructor accepted by discussing the reason for a late assignment with the instructor prior to the due date.

COURSE WITHDRAWAL:
See
Course Enrollment and Withdrawal for information on withdrawing from a course. Students may be Administratively Withdrawn for excessive unexcused absences. If students determine that they will not be completing the course, it is responsibility of students to officially withdraw from the course through Admission/Registrar's office. After the withdrawal deadline, students will receive the grade earned based on completed work for the semester. Failure to follow this procedure may result students receiving a regular grade of "F" at the end of the semester.

Students should begin the process of withdrawal with a discussion with the instructor. Withdrawal after the drop/add period can alter the financial aid award for the current and future semesters. Students may receive an outstanding bill from TCC if the recalculation leaves a balance due to TCC. Students who stop participating in the course and fail to withdraw may experience financial aid consequences.

PROCEDURES FOR WITHDRAWAL:
Talk with the instructor. There may be other options open to students besides withdrawal. Students should always discuss their situation with the instructor before they decide to withdraw from a course. Both TCC and the instructor want each and every student to perform well academically and to complete the course and to learn the fundamentals of Introduction to Sociology.

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
When severe winter weather hits, STUDENTS 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 students 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 as long as 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.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY:
Academic Integrity is a foundational value of TCC and students are expected to behave as responsible members of the college community and to be honest and ethical in their academic work. This link provides access to guidelines for academic integrity, as well as forms of academic dishonesty.

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 in an attempt 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.

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.

LIBRARY
The Library is located on the 2nd Floor of the Information Commons Building. The Library can also be accessed online at
http://library.tulsacc.edu/home.

READING AND WRITING CENTER
Students may find help with reading, writing, and study skills by visiting the Reading and Writing Center located in the Technology Learning Center I-116, in the Information Commons building. It is preferable to call for an appointment. This is an excellent service offered to students free of charge. It is highly recommended that students take advantage of the exceptional staff and their services in order to meet the many demands necessary to succeed in college classes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Each student is 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. Students will be notified of any changes to the syllabus by email and class announcements.

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

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.

 

Tentative Class Assignment Schedule

(Subject to change)

January 14 - Introduction to Sociology

January 16, JENNIFER CHAMPION: Student Life, Syllabus Review, Chapter 1: Introduction

January 21-23 – TCC CLOSED JANUARY 21 FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, Chapter 2: Research

January 28-30 – Chapter 3: Culture, Chapter 4: Socialization

February 4 - Symbolic Interaction Theory, Chapter 5: Social Interaction

February 6 – Exam #1

February 11-13 – Chapter 6: Groups & Organizations, Chapter 16: Education

February 18-20 – Environment, Sustainability, Green Living, Sustainability Conference

February 25-27 – Chapter 7: Deviance, Social Control; Chapter 10: Race & Ethnicity

March 4 – Chapter 10: Race & Ethnicity

March 6 – Exam #2

March 11-13 – Technology, Cultural Change

March 18-24 – TCC CLOSED FOR SPRING BREAK

March 25-27 – Poverty, Immigration, Chapter 18: Health & Poverty

April 1-3 - Chapter 13: Work & Economy, Chapters 8 & 9: Stratification

April 8 – Money, Wealth, Taxes, Urbanization

April 10 – Exam #3

April 15-17 –Chapters 11: Gender, Chapter 15: Family

April 22-24 – Chapter 12: Aging, Retirement

April 29-May 1 - Chapter 14: Politics & Government

May 6-8 – Chapter 17: Religion

May 12-16 – FINALS WEEK