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Kennesaw State UniversityPrinciples of SociologySOCI 2201 04Fall 2009Classroom: University College Rm 205 Instructor: Gail MarkleClass Hours: MW 5:00 – 6:15 Office: SO 4057Office Hours: MW 2:30 – 3:20 Dept Phone: 770-423-6739 Or by appointment E-mail: [email protected] Description: Sociology is the systematic study of human interaction, group behavior andsocial structure. This course will introduce you to the sociological perspective as well as sociological research methods in order to understand how society works. We will use our “sociological imaginations” to examine a variety of topics including culture, socialization, race, class, gender, family, religion, deviance, work, social movements and the media.Course Goals:- Develop an understanding of key sociological principles and theories- Illustrate the applied use of sociology by introducing the basic methods of social inquiry- Explore the ways in which social reality is constructed- Examine how social institutions shape our lives and our interactions with others- Become conscious of the impact of race, class and gender on individuals in society- Examine and discuss social change- Cultivate the ability to think critically- Improve analytical reading and writing skillsPrincipal Text: Kimmel, Michael, and Amy Aronson. 2009. Sociology Now. Boston, MA: Pearson Allyn and Bacon. (ISBN:978-0-205-40442-1). Additional readings have been placed on electronic reserve. Class Format: Class meetings will include a mixture of lectures, films, and discussions. Expectations: Please turn off your laptops cell phones, Blackberries, iPods, and other electronicdevices. Students are expected to read assignments prior to the class period, to listen to class presentations, and to participate in class discussions. You are under no obligation to agree with the authors or the instructor. Rather, your obligation is to demonstrate comprehension and thoughtful consideration. Critical thinking, a willingness to explore the ideas of others, and respect for other students are essential. Attendance: Regular and punctual attendance in class is required. If you must be absent please be aware that you are responsible for all announcements, assignments, and material covered during class time. Your attendance record will affect your grade. For perfect attendance 2 points will be added to your final grade. For 1-2 absences 1 point will be added to your grade. Beginning with the 4th absence 1 point will be deducted from your final grade. For each successive absence an additional point will be deducted from your final grade. For example, five absences would result in a 2 point deduction from your final grade; six absences would result in2a 3 point deduction, and so on. Absence for KSU business, religious holidays and mandatory court appearances may be excused with proper documentation.Class Requirements and Grading:Analysis Papers (3) 33%Exams (3) 67%Analysis Papers: Choose a current newspaper, magazine or journal article relating to a topic that has been or will be covered in class. If you are unsure whether your article is sufficiently sociological, please ask me. You may choose another type of media source but please check with me in advance. Provide a two (not one and a half) to three page double spaced typed analysis of the article from a sociological perspective. Begin your analysis with a one paragraph summary ofthe article. Identify the sociological concept(s) that relate to the article. Good articles for this assignment will generally contain more than one concept. Thoroughly explain the sociological concept(s) giving examples. Then discuss how the concept(s) are related to the events or ideas featured in the article. Include in your analysis how well you think the article illustrates these concepts and why. Turn in a copy of the article along with your paper. Due dates: September 2, October 7 and November 11. There is an example on WebCt. These three assignments are each worth 11% of your total grade and will be graded according to the following rubric: 15% Choice of article: How well does the article lend itself to sociological analysis? 20% Article summary: Does your summary provide a well-stated interpretation of the article? 25% Explanation of the sociological concepts: Do you demonstrate a good understanding of the sociological concept(s)? 25% Analysis: Do you make a clear connection between the article and the sociological concepts? Do you support your analysis with relevant examples? 15% Overall writing quality: Do you use correct grammar, spelling, and an engaging writing style?Please do not e-mail me your papers. They are due at the beginning of class on the scheduled date. Late work will be penalized ten points per day (24 hour period) unless you have made priorarrangements with me.Exams: Exams will consist of multiple choice and short essay questions. They will cover lectures, videos, discussions, and reading assignments. Exams will be given on September 21, October 26 and December 3. Make-up exams will be given only for exceptional cases with appropriate documentation. Grading Scale: 100-90 = A; 89-80 = B; 79-70 = C; 69-60 = D; 59 and below = FEarning Grades: Grades are “earned” and are not arbitrarily “granted” in this class. Thus, unless I make an error in calculation, I will not change your grade at the end of the semester for HOPE eligibility, graduation requirements, or any other reason.Academic Honesty: You are required to adhere to the tenets of the Kennesaw State University Policy on Academic Honesty. This policy can be found at: OF TOPICS AND ASSIGNMENTSDate Topic Assignment August 17 Introduction August 19 What is Sociology Kimmel Ch 1 August 24 How do We Know What We Know? Kimmel Ch 4 August 26 Research Ethics, Video Quiet Rage August 31 Culture and Society Kimmel Ch 2September 2 Culture

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