Online course---Students are required to be online prior to 11 pm each Friday. They must also have completed addtional work prior to each Sunday night at 11 pm.
The student should acquire an understanding of the “sociological perspective.” This is an important term because it points to the fact that the discipline of sociology is more than just the facts that have been accumulated. Rather, it is a way of thinking about and viewing human behavior. The “common sense” knowledge of human behavior that we all acquire through living in society often contains a great deal of accurate information—it must if we are to survive in society. However, it also contains much that is erroneous—under rigorous investigation it simply turns out to be false. The sociological perspective goes beyond the level of common sense knowledge by using scientifically sound procedures to understand human social behavior and human group life. This perspective involves an understanding of both how a sociologist does his or her work—the scientific method as it is utilized in sociology—as well as the knowledge that sociologists have acquired concerning the organization of groups and society.
You will also receive a grade for your Participation at the end of the semester (worth 66 points). This participation will be based on responses to the discussions that I post and the responses to your classmates post as well as what you read from the other students postings (they webCT system does keep track of everything you do so I can keep track of this---It’s really an amazing system). I will post one to three questions for each chapter. I want actual dialogue here rather than simply responding by saying “I agree” or “I disagree.” I want to see some thought put into your responses and some evidence of support for what you say. I’m especially looking for answers that are informed “after” having read the chapters. I need to be able to tell that you’ve read the chapter. Please remember to be civil…..(define this…no cursing, don’t put someone down, provide each other with an open environment for discussing and disagreement, but be careful of the manner in which you do so). I will post discussion questions for each chapter (sometimes I do this a couple weeks in advance for those who read ahead or so that students know what questions will have to be answered as they’re reading the chapter). You are to post YOUR response to the questions BY FRIDAY EVENING AT 11:00 PM. This gives everyone the weekend (through Sunday night at 11:00) to respond to the postings of at least 3 (THREE) other students. This is required!! Also, once the week is over, you will not get any credit for going back and posting late since this doesn’t do your fellow classmates any good at all. Please know that it is unfair for you to not post your initial posting by Friday at 11:00 pm because if you post your initial posting on Sunday, that doesn’t give your classmates the opportunity to respond to your posting. Remember that part of your participation grade is based on your READING the postings of the other students too.
GRADING for Participation:
The weekly discussions are graded according to the following:
Plus 2 for posting your initial posting by Friday at 11 pm *and* for responding to the postings of your classmates by Sunday at 11PM
Plus 2 for reading at least 4/5 (four-fifths) of the postings of your classmates by Sunday at 11 pm
Plus 2 for posting such that it is evident that you are drawing from material that you have read for the current week (quality). If you fail to post the required postings, you can’t expect to get points for quality either.
I will drop students who miss 2 weeks worth of postings throughout the semester. You will be dropped with an F. Therefore, if you see that you will be missing two weeks worth of postings, I think it best if you drop yourself so that you may do so with a “W.”
CURRENT EVENT AND MUSIC ANALYSIS:
You will have two assignments to turn in (dates will be listed on the link for turning them in). Each will be worth 17 points. You will choose a current event and analyze it sociologically, using as many concepts from your text as are relevant to explaining the phenomenon sociologically (expect to at least write 2 pages, but possibly more depending on how in-depth an article you choose as well as how thorough you are). You will also choose a song and analyze it using as many of the concepts as are relevant to explaining your song. When on-campus students did the music paper, they loved it. This means that you’re applying what you’re learning and this helps to make certain that you’re understanding the sociological perspective. One example that I remember is No Doubts song “Just a Girl” analyzed according the gender issues (from what the text has to say about gender). Another popular topic were songs related to deviance/crime (and there are plenty of those!) analyzed according to the theories of deviance. I hope this gives you some ideas for what I expect here.
See additional information on this topic from the "expectations" section.
Exam 1 100 points
Exam 2 100 points
Exam 3 100 points
Exam 4 100 points
Participation grade 66 points (see requirements above for what I expect)
Current event AND Music analysis 34 points (17 points each---This added to the participation points equals a test grade
500 points possible. To average your grade, add up all points and divide by 5 (unless you drop a grade and then you’ll divide by 4).
Grades will be determined by the following scale:
A = 90-100
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = below 60
No late papers accepted.