• Sociology 110- Introduction to Sociology Syllabus

    Text: Sociology by John Macionis

    Course Description: A scientific approach to the analysis of culture, socialization, social organization, the development of society, study of social processes, human groups, social institutions, and the effects of group relations on human behavior.

    Course Goals:

    Sociology is the scientific study of human interaction and the body of knowledge which has been accumulated through that study.  This course is a survey of concepts, theories, research, and ideas that comprise the core of body knowledge.  In addition to learning the core of the discipline it is desired that students come to appreciate and perhaps acquire certain values and ways of thinking about human interaction which is often called “the sociological perspective.”

    Through this perspective it’s hoped that the student will derive the intellectual enjoyment from life through an enriched understanding of the social world.

    Scientifically, the purpose of the course is to describe what sociology is and what sociologists do.

    Second, by studying sociology, you will learn a way of analyzing world events and human behavior through sociological methods and techniques.

    Third, to present a clear overview of the sociological perspective in a way practical to the everyday experiences of students.

    Fourth, to understand that individuals are products of social environments.  Who they are, what they believe, what they strive for, and how they feel about themselves are all dependent on others and the society we live.

    Last, to make occasional references to other cultures (cross cultural) by highlighting, through comparison, distinctive aspects of American society that might otherwise be taken for granted.

    It is also desired that through this course, students develop, reinforce, and value such basic learning skills as:

    1. Self discipline, as applied to study habits, meeting deadlines, and completing assignments. The minimum standard guideline is at least 2 hours of reading and study time for each hour of class time, or 6 hours a week to successfully complete the course.


    1. Reading, writing, studying and comprehending the English language.


    1. Independent and critical thinking.

    It is also hoped that students will acquire the conceptual foundations in this course which will allow them to successfully complete additional courses in sociology (such as Minority Group Relations, Social Problems, Marriage and Family, Juvenile Delinquency and Criminology) and related disciplines (such as Psychology, Political Science and Economics)


    Course Competences and Objectives:


    1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills and improve writing for better expression of our analyses of social life.


    1. Identify sociological concepts and understand research methods in analyzing social behavior.


    1. Appreciate social diversity – both within our own culture and across cultures and societies by using sociological perspectives and sociological imagination.


    1. Explain history and development of Sociology as a science and a discipline.


    1. Apply sociological concepts and theories to one’s personal and social lives.


    1. Analyze the major social institutions (economics, government, religion, education, and families) and their significance.


    1. Explain the dynamics of population, urbanization, ecology, medicine, health, and environmental issues.


    1. Analyze the socialization process, gender stratification / roles, and how we become social beings.


    1. Explain social stratification / social inequality, race, ethnic relations, and aging in the United States and other societies.


    1. Explain interaction, group dynamics, bureaucracy, and social structure.


    1. Define, explain, and understand sexuality, deviant and collective behavior.


    1. Analyze the importance and dimensions of social change.



    Exams: Three exams will cover all assigned readings from the text and everything covered in lecture. The exam questions will be identifications and short essays.  The final exam is not comprehensive.  Each Exam is roughly 100 points.  If a class is cancelled on a test day due to inclement weather, the test will be given on the next class day.


    Quizzes: Each week or unit (other than the first) will have a quiz covering the prior class lecture and reading.  The quiz will be 30 question of which you are required to only answer 25.  This gives you a selection of questions to consider, choose the ones you are sure about.  You only answer 25, more than this is considered one wrong point for each one over twenty five.  There will also be one short answer to complete based on the principles of either the Structural Functional, Conflict, or Symbolic Interactionist view on sociology.  Students will have 2-4 short answers to choose from. Please bring a No. 2 Pencil for exams.


    Projects: There will be a few projects throughout the semester, some will be in place of the weekly quiz.


    Notecards: For each unit students will complete 5-8 notecards over key information from the chapter, these notecards will be turned in by the day of the quiz and are part of the quiz grade


    Make Up Exams:

    All make up exams will need to set up an appointment with the instructor and must follow the Social Studies retake policy.


    Cheating: Academic Integrity

    Any student caught cheating will receive an “F” for the course.


    Refer to the DMACC Student Handbook: http://www.dmacc.edu/handbook/welcome.asp


    You are expected to complete your work without cheating or plagiarism.  These constitute academic misconduct, and disciplinary action will be taken. Penalties include failure on the quiz, exam or paper, failure for the course, and filing an Academic misconduct Form that will be placed in your college records.  Information on avoiding plagiarism can be found at http://www.library.dmacc.edu/PublicPages/Plagiarism.htm


    Attendance – Participation

    Attendance and class participation are important in sociology.  Class attendance is strongly recommended.  Missing classes can harm your grade.  The student will be responsible for all Missed Notes.   Much of the substance of sociology is debatable.  Questions, rebuttals, and debate are always welcome.  Your values, attitudes, and beliefs may differ from others.  Differences do not mean one view is right and the other is wrong.  Respect differences since education tolerates diversity of opinions.  Derogatory terms and name calling are not acceptable. Express your opinions in acceptable language and exhibit appropriate behavior at all times.  Students are expected to arrive on time.  Students who disrupt the class will be asked to leave.


    Cell Phone Usage: Unless otherwise directed by the instructor, cell phones should not be out during class.  If this becomes an issue students will be asked to put their cell phones on the front desk.