Sociology 1010: Introduction to Sociology SS 2013
Teaching Professor Robert O. Keel
- E-mail: email@example.com (I'll try to reply to contacts within 24 hours--except on weekends)
- Office: 712 SSB Tower
- Phone: 516-6052
- Prof. Keel 's Homepage: http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr
- Curriculum Vitae
- Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 AM-12:15 PM and 3:00-3:45 PM; Wednesday 1:00-2:00 PM. Please call or e-mail in advance to insure my availability. If these specific times do not work for you, contact me and we can try to arrange an appointment at another time. Try "BB-IM," too.
This syllabus contains:
Required: Connect Plus (eBook) Sociology, 13th edition, Richard Schaefer, McGraw-Hill, 2012. ISBN-13 9780077427887 (there are other options at the book store--you can purchase a spiral-bound, paper copy of the text (ISBN: 0077670507) with Connect+, or a used copy--but, no matter what, you will need the McGraw-Hill "Connect" package. To register your eBook and McGraw-Hill Connect access code (you can purchase the eBook/Connect access code directly from McGraw-Hill, or through the bookstore). Go to the "Course Modules" area of our class MyGateway site, open Module 1, and click on the link for the LearnSmart tutorial for chapter 1. This will prompt you to register your access codes and/or give you the opportunity to purchase them online. You can also purchase access to "Connect Plus" (includes eBook) or "Connect" stand-alone (but you will still need a copy of the eBook or text) via this site.
- Optional (recommended but not required): Primis: Readings in Sociology, Robert Keel, Primis Division, McGraw-Hill, 2005. ISBN: 0-390-54904-5 (most of these readings will be available online).
- There will a variety of "Virtual Handouts" (WWW sites, online essays, and cyber-reports to read and explore) assigned as additional readings throughout the semester. Accessing some of these handouts will require that you log on to "Roksworld" web site (username: student, password: umsl). The "section web address" for this class (SS13) at McGraw-Hill Connect is: http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/r_keel_ss13.
- Please do not print this document or other course materials unless absolutely necessary. All documents available online are meant to be used online and are accessible from any internet location--save paper, save a tree.
- There are students from two "sections" enrolled in this course: a day section (001) meeting on Tuesdays 12:30-3:00 PM, and an Internet-only section (002). The REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS are exactly the same.
- MyGateway Class Pages: http://mygateway.umsl.edu. Here you will find a link to the class MyGateway site, all class information, communication tools, assignments, and grades. See this for information on logging onto and using the MyGateway site, as well as an outline of the contents in the class MyGateway site.
- Minimum Technology Requirements (especially, but not just for online students) and a variety of useful technology tutorials.
- Course Tools and Campus Computing Resources
Lectures and Discussion:
students are expected to "attend" two class sessions each week.
- All sessions
will be broadcast, recorded, and archived using Collaborate.
from any section that miss a live class session are expected to playback
the Collaborate archive(s) from that day.
Section 001 meets:
- Tuesday 12:30-3:00 PM in 449 SSB.
- Internet-only section (002): Students are expected to attend
class using Collaborate (live sessions OR if your schedule doesn't allow you to attend the
live classes, you can review the archived Collaborate recordings and receive attendance credit by posting comments in the relevant discussion forum found in each module.
- See Collaborate for information on using Collaborate to "attend" class,
and for information on playing back archived class sessions. Archives
of Collaborate class sessions should be reviewed
prior to the start of the following class session. See, "Attendance"
for more information.
- Class Homepage: http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr/010/intro.html
- Roksworld (username: student, password: umsl)
- Sociology Department
This course is an introduction to sociological theory. It provides an overview of both classical and contemporary sociological theory. Special emphasis is given to the historical context and the philosophical background out of which sociological theory emerges as well as the individuals responsible for identifying and developing the core concepts and perspectives which serve as the basis for sociological theorizing.
The main objective of this course is help students understand the relevance of sociological theory to their everyday lives--to place personal experiences into the broader perspective of sociological understanding, and to understand the human being as a truly social being.
Objectives, Learning Goals, and Expectations:
The basic objective of this course is to provide the introductory student with a general survey of the discipline of sociology, and to place modern social thought in a historical perspective. Lectures, reading assignments, discussions, small group interactions and critical thinking activities will be used to familiarize students with the theories, methods and concepts of sociological analysis. Specifically, students will be expected to:
- Formulate a conception of social theory as not only an abstract interpretation of social processes, but as a practical tool for decision and policy-making.
- Develop a sense of the sociological perspective and apply it to reach an understanding of their own lives in a post-industrial/post-modern society.
- Assess social scientific research in terms of theory, methods and ethics.
- Develop an analysis of current social problems using the sociological perspective
- Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms and historical course of social change
and its impact on their lives, values, and beliefs.
Students are expected
to consider each of these objectives, goals, and expectations when contributing
to class discussions and in completing their written work. The understanding
and application of the assigned readings and class discussion is a necessary
part in earning a top grade in this course.
Class Conduct, and Student Responsibilities (a must read!)
Requirements: The course consists of seven (7) Modules, each covering 2-4 chapters. The Modules contain the following assignments:
LearnSmart tutorials (one per chapter, 20 chapters, 100 points total)
Projects: (75 points possible)
(one test per module, 1 point per question, the number of questions various, ranging from 35-40, 280 points total)
quiz: due by Tuesday, June 25 by 12:00 Noon. (10 points possible)
(5 points per module, 35 points total).
who submit work past a due date are subject to penalties, point deductions,
or not having their work accepted for grading.)
Syllabus Quiz (10 points)
- The syllabus
quiz is required.
- Read the full
course syllabus (this document including links
to supporting documents).
- Access the syllabus
quiz by the link in Module 1 (Course Modules area) of the MyGateway course site.
- The syllabus
quiz must be completed, with a perfect score of 10, by Tuesday, June 25 by 12:00 Noon.
- If the quiz
is not completed with a perfect score of 10, NO points will
be awarded. If you complete the syllabus quiz with a score of 10,
you will be awarded 10 points.
- You can take
the syllabus quiz multiple times prior to Tuesday, June 25 by 12:00 Noon.
2. Sign of Life and Attendance: They
are all really just expected (35 points for the semester).
- Students may attend
class in a variety of ways: live--face-to-face (this is the preferred and
encouraged option), live via Collaborate,
or by reviewing the Collaborate archives. All
students are expected to "attend" two class
sessions each week. Live class sessions are held on Tuesday each week from
- You will be held responsible for the content of all class sessions.
- If you
can't attend a live class session, the Collaborate archives of that session should be reviewed prior to the next class session (or within 7 days) And you will need to post a comment in the current module's discussion forum to document your viewing of each archive (archive viewing documentation posts must follow the guidelines for SOL and include a detailed description of the class session).
- For someone unable to attend any of our live class sessions, that means 2 posts a week for attendance (two archives per class session) and 1 post per module for SOL. Click the link: Collaborate, for detailed instructions for using Collaborate.
- In any case, I consider attendance to involve more than simple
"presence," so "signs of life" (SOLs) are expected from every student during each module. Students are not only expected to "attend" class, you are expected to ask and answer relevant questions as well as participate in class activities and discussion.
- If you attend but do not participate in a live class, you will be responsible for making one contribution to the discussion forum available in the current course module.
- Students who can only view the archived class recordings will have to contribute to the online forums to earn their SOL points--one (1) 75 word contribution per module in addition to your archive viewing documentation posts.
- So, here's how it works: if you attend and participate in the the live class sessions each week (face-to-face or live via Collaborate), you will receive 5 points per module. If you do not attend the live sessions, you will be expected to document your engagement via the discussion board in each module. You'll find attendance and SOL forums in each module's discussion board.
- The instructor will provide prompts, questions, and/or assignments for the archive viewers during each class session.
- SOL postings must focus on the assigned readings, class discussions, and lecture notes
for the module. Your posts can also be what you found most
interesting (and why) and/or what might still be confusing to you (don't simply
state you don't understand something--demonstrate what you have done to
figure out an answer to your question so we can help steer you in an appropriate
direction) based on the class session.
- You are expected to provide evidence of your engagement
in the class and understanding
of the ongoing in-class discussion and presentations--a minimum of 75 words.
post in the SOL forum: from the class MyGateway site, select, Course Modules, open the relevant module, and then select the Module SOL Forum. You can create your own thread or reply to another student's comment.
- Be sure to use the "Submit"
button to post your reply. If you use the "Save" button,
your work will not be available to anyone other than yourself, and will
not be counted. You can detect a saved message by noting the designation
"(draft)" after the subject. You can "modify" a saved
(draft) message and submit it.
- Basic help
with using discussion forums can be found at: http://www.umsl.edu/technology/mgwhelp/stuhelp/studiscussion.html.
- Attendance and
SOL participation scores will be updated in the MyGateway class grade
book every few weeks. Announcements
will be made in class and MyGateway when scores are updated. See 72
- Seven Modules, three-six sessions per module, live attendance and participation during each session or 4 archive viewing documentation posts and one SOL posting in the discussion forum per module, 5 points per module, 35 points total.
Online and In-Class Participation. Class
participation, over and above the basic level of participation expected
as part of your attendance/SOL score, is
an optional component of the class. Students can earn
up to 15 points (up to 1-2 points per module) for
additional contributions to the current module's "SOL" forum).
messages indicating agreement (or just your presence) will earn less than
1 point, messages displaying an understanding of basic concepts, theories,
and ideas can earn 1-2 points, and messages extending and applying core concepts
and perspectives can earn up to 3 points (exceptional work).
Multiple messages posted on a single day to a single forum may not necessarily
count towards the semester total unless they each contribute substantially
to the forum topics. Multiple messages in the final weeks and/or days
of the semester by students who have not been active in the class do not
reflect "class engagement," and will NOT necessarily be counted
toward your point total. All students will receive periodic feedback
(public and private) from the instructor (or TAs) to keep them aware of
their progress with this requirement. It is critical that students
check their campus email to receive private communication from the instructor.
- Since a
mark of an educated individual is the ability to communicate effectively
and precisely, style, grammar, and spelling count. Poorly organized postings
and those that have multiple grammatical and spelling errors will not
resources and references should be included in your forum and communication postings--even
if you are only using the text book. See academic integrity
statement and Turnitin
will close at the end of each module, and the Module 7 forum closes on Thursday, August 8, 2013 (end of day).
3. LearnSmart Tutorials (one per chapter, 20 chapters, 5 points each, 100 points total)
- The LearnSmart tutorials are part of the required McGraw-Hill Connect system. You will find a LearnSmart tutorial for each chapter in the various modules. Links for the LearnSmart tutorials are found in each module. Always use these links to access and complete the LearnSmart tutorials. Here is a brief description of LearnSmart from the McGraw-Hill FAQ page: "LearnSmart is a study product. As such, it is different from most other products you have used before. The goal of LearnSmart is to help you learn the topics presented in each assignment. To do this, LearnSmart will ask you a series of questions that will adapt to your strengths and weaknesses to guide you through the material you need to learn. By answering questions correctly, you work towards completing your assignment. However, you are not penalized for getting a question wrong. You will be given the opportunity to answer a question on the same topic later in your study session. If you are willing to put in the time, you can always achieve 100% completion on your assignments." You can find other information, and help on using LearnSmart on the McGraw-Hill FAQ page. Here is a short video on using LearnSmart.
- Simply click on the LearnSmart link for each chapter in every module and you will be taken to the tutorial. This does require that you purchase the McGraw-Hill Connect system and register your product. Connect is part of the Connect Plus eBook assigned for the class. You will be able to access your eBook during the LearnSmart tutorials.
- Each course module lists the due dates for completing the assigned reading and LearnSmart tutorials.
4. Critical Thinking Projects (75 points possible):
- There are 4 critical thinking projects to be completed over the course of the semester.
Every student is responsible for the completion of the projects.
- See the Critical Thinking
Projects web page for details. The projects are described in detail in the appropriate course module:
- Due dates are
posted in the corresponding Modules and can be found on the "Assignments, Readings, and
Course Schedule" page.
- Be sure
to complete the "Email Feedback Consent." You can find the email
feedback consent "test" in the "Project" section
of MyGateway. Until you give consent, you will have to visit Prof.
Keel or a TA to receive full feedback on the group project.
academic integrity statement and Turnitin information.
- 4 Critical Thinking Projects, 75 points total.
(280 points possible for 7 tests)
There will be seven (7) tests (35-45 questions each), 1 point per question)
given during the semester-one for each module. The
tests are designed to evaluate your comprehension of the basic material presented
in the course: assigned readings, online lecture notes, and other online resources.
All these resources will be supplemented by in-class and online discussions.