Sociology 3210: Sociological Theory FS 2013
Teaching Professor Robert O. Keel
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (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
- Office Hours:
Monday 2:00-3:00 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 11:00 AM-12:15 PM and 2:00-3:00 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,"
Ritzer, George. 2013. Contemporary Social Theory and its Classical
Roots, 4th edition. St. Louis: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0-07-802678-2.
(but not required): Farganis, James. 2011. Readings in Social Theory,
6th edition. St. Louis: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0-07-811155-6 (Many of these
reading, and more, 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 may require that you log on to "Roksworld"
web site (username: student, password: umsl).
do not print this document and other course materials. 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 Monday
and Wednesday and an Internet-only section (002). The REQUIREMENTS FOR
ALL STUDENTS are exactly the same.
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 below for information on logging onto
and using the MyGateway site, as well as an outline
of the contents in the class MyGateway site.
Technology Requirements (especially, but not just for online
students) and a variety of useful technology
Tools and Campus Computing Resources
Readings and Class Schedule (all sections): in the Assignments area
of the class MyGateway site, or: http://www.umsl.edu/~keelr/3210/3210assignments.html
Lectures and Discussion:
students are expected to "attend" two
class sessions each week; Monday and Wednesday afternoons.
- All sessions
will be broadcast 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: Monday and Wednesday (12:30-1:45 PM in
Collaborate broadcast and archiving available.
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 week's discussion board).
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/3210/3210index.html
- Roksworld (username: student, password: umsl)
- Sociology Department
Luecke (Graduate Teaching Assistant)
Jesse Parrett (Graduate Teaching Assistant)
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
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
This is a web-based
class using the MyGateway system. The class MyGateway site is used by day
section students (sections 001) and students in the Internet-only section (002).
All students are responsible for accessing and using the variety of online resources
available. The day section will meet, face-to-face, twice a week to discuss
assigned material. Students in the internet-only sections are expected to attend
class via Collaborate--either "live"
or by viewing the recorded and archived class sessions on Collaborate.
Students are responsible for reading and studying assigned material prior
to the weekly class meetings.
Objectives, Learning Goals, and Expectations:
- To become familiar
with the major themes of classical sociological theory and understand how
contemporary sociological theory builds on these themes.
- To analyze
each of the major theoretical traditions in terms of its basic assumptions,
key concepts, main arguments and major representatives.
- To critically
evaluate each of the major theoretical traditions in terms of their interpretive
and explanatory strengths and weaknesses.
- To apply key
concepts and main ideas of sociological theory to a practical analysis of
the everyday life in contemporary society.
- To take into
account the socio-historical background associated with the growth of particular
social theoretical traditions.
- To encourage
critical thinking about individual and collective behavior.
- To demystify
sociological theory and develop an understanding of theory as the basis of
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!)
who submit work past a due date are subject to penalties, point deductions,
or not having their work accepted for grading.)
quiz: due by Friday, August 30, 2013, close of business: 5:00 PM. (15 points possible)
Exam (65 questions, 1 point per question, 65 points possible)
Exam (100 questions, 1 points per question, 100 points)
Syllabus Quiz (15 points)
- The syllabus
quiz is required.
- Read the full
course syllabus (this document).
- Access the syllabus
quiz by the link in the Assignments area (third item in this
area) of the MyGateway course site.
- The syllabus
quiz must be completed, with a score of 15, by Friday, August 30, 2013, close of business: 5:00 PM.
- If the quiz
is not completed with a perfect score of 15, NO points will
be awarded. If you complete the syllabus quiz with a score of 15,
you will be awarded 15 points.
- You can take
the syllabus quiz multiple times prior to Friday, August 30, 2013, close of business: 5:00 PM.
Expected (30 points possible).
- 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.
students are expected to "attend" two class
sessions each week. Live class sessions are held Monday and Wednesday from
12:30-1:45 PM in 449 SSB.
- 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 And you will need to post a comment in the weekly discussion forum (in addition to your regular SOLs) to document your viewing of the archive (archive viewing documentation posts must follow the guidelines for SOLs, below).
That means 4 posts a week, 2 for attendance and 2 for SOLs, for someone unable to attend any of our live class sessions. Click the link: Collaborate,
for detailed instructions for using Collaborate.
point per class, two classes per week: 30 points total.
and SOL/Participation scores will be updated in the MyGateway class grade
book every few weeks beginning the third week of the semester. Announcements
will be made in class and MyGateway when scores are updated. See 72
and In-Class Participation--Sign
of Life (SOL) (30 points expected).
consider attendance to involve more than simple "presence,"
so, twice each week, some "sign of life" (basic response or question) is expected from
every student. If you don't contribute to the live class discussion, you are expected to post an "SOL" in the online discussion board forum twice each week. Students who view the archived class recordings will have to post in the online forum to earn their SOL points.
discussions (in-person or via the live Collaborate interface) may count towards
your SOLs each week.
- If you "attend" by viewing the class archives, then you will need to earn your SOL points by posting comments concerning the class sessions
or other students' comments in the class discussion board (Sociological Theory
and Everyday Life forum) sometime during the week--in addition to your archive viewing documentation posts. That means 4 posts a week, 2 for SOL and 2 for attendance, for someone unable to attend any of our live class sessions.
- Students who attend live
sessions and fail to participate even minimally, must also earn their full attendance/SOL
points by posting comments in the Sociological Imagination forum.
posts must be of at least 100-125 words and convey a distinct sense of understanding
of the ongoing in-class discussion and presentations. Topics for discussion could be what you found most
interesting and/or what is still confusing to you.
- To earn additional
credit, SOL posts must be made on separate days (minimum 2 hour time interval).
- Weekly SOL discussion threads open and close each week on Monday at 12:00 noon.
messages indicating agreement (or just your presence) will earn .25-.5 point,
messages displaying an understanding of basic concepts, theories, and ideas
will earn .75-1 point, and messages extending and applying core concepts and
perspectives can earn up to 2 points (exceptional work). In-class
participation will be included in your participation scores.
work/participation can earn additional credit (not just more, but good work).
- To post
in the SOL forum: from the class MyGateway site, select, Discussion Board,
and then click on the "Sociological Theory and Everyday Life"
forum to open it. Select the appropriate thread. Use the reply button to reply
to the message with your response (you can also reply to other students). 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
- Basic help with
using discussion forums can be found at: http://www.umsl.edu/technology/mgwhelp/stuhelp/studiscussion.html.
all students: A mandatory
first forum (introduction) message is due by Monday, August 26, 2013 by 12:00 Noon
- For your first
"SOL," all students are required to post an introductory message
in the "Week 1" thread in the "Sociological Theory and Everyday
Life" forum in the class Discussion Board.
- Your introductory
message should include a brief account of your background, why you are taking
this course, and what you expect to get out of the course experience.
should display their understanding of basic sociological concepts, theories,
and analysis in main class discussion forum, and/or during in-class discussions
and presentations. Messages and commentary in the for-credit forums should
be questions, comments, extensions of in-class discussion, "mini-reports"
on individual research, and/or replies relevant to the theme of the ongoing
- You can find
further guidance on our expectations for online participation in the "General
Class Discussion" forum in the class MyGateway site.
- Since a mark
of an educated individual is the ability to communicate effectively and precisely,
style, grammar, and spelling count. Poorly organized posts and those that
have multiple grammatical and spelling errors will not be acceptable.
resources and references should be included in your forum and communication posts--even
if you are only using the text book. See academic integrity
statement and Turnitin information.
begin and end at 12:00 Noon on Mondays. Attendance and SOL/Participation
scores will be updated in the MyGateway class grade book every few weeks beginning
the third week of the semester. Announcements will be made in class and MyGateway
when scores are updated. See 72 hour rule.
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 e-mail to receive private communication
from the instructor. See the orientation message in the general discussion
forum for more information.
and TAs will post questions of substantive concern for class discussion, but
students are encouraged to initiate their own discussion topics. Students are
expected investigate relevant resources, and participate in the ongoing, online,
class discussion; and attend weekly in-class discussions on a regular basis.
Two (2) comments a week,
one point per comment/posting, 30 points over the course of the semester. Students
may earn up to 2 additional points a week for more frequent and exceptional
work, Additionally, students who wish to earn attendance credit via use of the
mp3/mp4 recordings must make at least 2 additional posts in the SOL forum
in a given week. (NOTE: missed contributions in the early weeks of the
semester CANNOT be "made-up" by multiple contributions at the end
of the semester).
will close on Sunday,
December 8, 2013 (end of day)
Theory Wiki Project (260 points possible):
- Each Student
is to create a "personal page" in the class Sociological Theory
Wiki Project. (due Wednesday, September 4 by 11:59 PM)
- Each student
is responsible for making 4 contributions to the "Sociological Theory
- Wiki contributions
must be the equivalent of 750-900 words (about the equivalent of 3, double-spaced,
- See the Sociological
Theory Wiki Project page for details.
- Dues dates are
posted on the "Assignments, Readings,
and Course Schedule" and on the Sociological
Theory Wiki Project page.
- Students must
make informed comments (125 word minimum) on at least four (4) other students'
work within 7 days of a project deadline.
academic integrity statement and Turnitin information.
- Be sure
to complete the "E-mail Feedback Consent." You can find the e-mail
feedback consent "test" in the "Assignments" area of MyGateway.
Until you give consent, you will have to visit Prof. Keel or a TA to receive
full feedback on your wiki work.
20 points, Four (4) contributions to the Sociological Wiki Project, 50 points
per contribution: 200 points total, and comments on other students' contribution
pages (minimum of four (4) per round of contributions)--2.5 points each, 40
points total. Overall total: 260.
who submit work past a due date are subject to penalties, point deductions,
or not having their work accepted for grading.
6.Tests (165 points possible)
will be a Mid-term Exam and a comprehensive Final Exam. 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.
Class engagement and participation (face-to-face, online, and written work)
will be another part of your evaluation-they are not designed to cover "what
is on the test," rather they are designed to evaluate your ability to synthesize
course material and develop a sociological understanding of life in modern society.
can be found in the Assignments area of the class MyGateway site in a folder
called, Online Tests.
tests are of mixed, objective format, consisting of multiple choice and true/false
who submit work past a due date are subject to penalties, point deductions,
or not having their work accepted for grading.
Mid-term Exam (65 questions, 1 point each, 65 points possible)
will be available for a one week period. Specific availability dates for the
tests are detailed on the "Assignments,
Readings, and Course Schedule" found in the Assignments area.
may be taken from any Internet location, so in effect,
the tests are "open book."
are "timed" and it is advisable to only use the Firefox
web browser (MS Internet Explorer often has difficulty with the
mid-term can be taken twice. Your high score from the two
attempts will serve as you final score on the mid-term.
completion of a test, you will receive feedback--the questions, your answers,
and whether your answers were right or wrong. It makes sense to use the
feedback from a first attempt at a test as a study resource prior to taking
the second attempt
can also review your work on a test (after completion) by clicking on the
grade in the grade reporting area of MyGateway (Student Tools: View Grades).
will have 75 minutes to complete the mid-term exam. If you go over
time on a test attempt, you will be subject to a penalty of two (2) points
per minute (or fraction thereof) over
time or not having the attempt count.
- An attempt is
an attempt. You may request one reset of a failed Mid-term Exam attempt (for
technological "glitches"). A submitted exam will not be available
- BE PATIENT:
when you click the "Begin" button to access an exam, ONLY
CLICK ONCE, a double click will count as two attempts (and an attempt
is an attempt).
concerns regarding your tests must be addressed before the end of the semester.
Final Exam (100 questions, 1 point a question, 100
Final Exam will be available for approximately one week.
Final Exam will cover both the assigned readings associated with
chapters 6-10, as well as the key concepts and theories focused
on throughout the semester.
Final Exam may be taken from any Internet location, so in
effect, it is "open book." The
Final Exam is "timed"
and it is advisable to only use the Firefox web browser.
Final Exam can be taken two times. Your high score
will serve as you final score on the Final Exam. Following
completion of an
attempt of the Final Exam, you
will receive feedback--the questions, your answers, and whether
your answers were right or wrong. It makes sense to use the feedback
from a first attempt at a test as a study resource prior to taking
an additional attempt.
will have 120 minutes to complete the final exam. If you go over
time on a test attempt, you will be subject to a penalty of
2 points per minute (or fraction
thereof) over time or not having the attempt count.
attempt is an attempt. You may request one reset of a failed Final
Exam attempt (for technological "glitches"). A submitted
exam will not be available for reset. BE
PATIENT: when you click the "Begin" button to
access an exam, ONLY CLICK ONCE, a double click
will count as two attempts (and an attempt is an attempt).
concerns regarding your tests must be addressed before the end of
tests will be available for students who can document
exceptional circumstances that prohibited them for completing at
least one attempt of a test during its regular availability period.
You must contact the instructor within 24 hours following the close
of a test to arrange for a make-up. There will only be one attempt
available for a make-up test.
to comply with these guidelines will result in a Zero (0) being
recorded for the test/final exam in question.
class Teaching Assistants are available for review and discussion sessions (they may be online).
The sessions will offered based on student interest and initiative (you need
to contact the professor and course TAs to arrange review sessions). The sessions
will be a general review of the material to be covered on the test.
will be calculated based on a total of 500 points. Students who
submit work past a due date are subject to penalties, point deductions,
or not having their work accepted for grading.
hour rule: Grade updates will be posted in MyGateway throughout
the semester. Students are expected to review their grades on a regular
basis--especially following a grade update. I work hard to let you know
where you stand in the course at any given time--I expect you to show due
diligence and concern as well. Concerns about posted grades must be addressed
within 72 hours of grade posting, otherwise posted scores will be considered
accurate and final, up to the time of posting.
in calculating the point total:
All course grades will be posted in the online Grade book in the class MyGateway
site. Students can access their individual grades via the “My Grades”
link located in the “Tools” area of the class MyGateway site. The
grades in MyGateway are for individual tests, quizzes, and assignments only.
The “current estimated grade” found in the grades area of MyGateway will
reflect your current estimated grade based on available points at the time of
an announcement indicating an update (NOTE: Test and Exam scores are
not automatically included in the "current estimated grade." "Current
estimated grades" will be updated with exam scores (usually) the day after
an exam deadline, and an announcement will be made). Final grades
will be based on the following scale:
and above A
displayed for "current estimated grade"
in the MyGateway grade book represent letter grades as follows:
and above A
Dishonesty and other misconduct will not be tolerated. See the partial
listing of conduct for which students are subject to sanction at
the end of this syllabus. Or, view the entire document by visiting: http://www.umsl.edu/studentlife/dsa/student_planner/policies/conductcode.htm
Credit: The idea of "extra" credit is an oxymoron.
There is only credit! THERE IS NO EXTRA CREDIT in my classes. Students
can earn additional points for exceptional levels of
participation in the class discussions and online forums; however, if
you are having difficulties with the course work, get help as early in
the semester as possible. Adding more work will NOT help you, and
if you cannot do the regular work adequately, any additional work will
not be to your benefit. More IS NOT (necessarily) better.
Rather than worrying about doing more work-FOCUS on the regularly assigned
work and do it to the BEST of your abilities.
Grade Policy: If a student is unable to complete the Final Exam
(due to exceptional circumstances), a Delayed Grade can
be negotiated. Students MUST contact the instructor by 5:00
PM on the last day of the Final Exam to document their
reason for being unable to complete the test, and to request a delayed grade.
If students DO NOT initiate the request for a delayed grade, a score of
ZERO (0) will be assigned for any uncompleted work.
Delayed grades MUST be made up by the end of the following semester
(Summer and Interim Semesters excluded). Failure to make-up a delayed
grade by the end of the following semester will result in an F being recorded
for the course grade. Delayed grades WILL NOT be extended past one
semester unless exceptional circumstances (as decided by the instructor)
From the Office of the Provost--The close of the 12th week of the semester
is the last point that a student may drop a class without compelling reasons.
Having a low grade at the 12th week point is NOT a compelling reason to
drop a class. If there is a compelling reason, e.g. serious illness or injury
that incapacitates a student, being called up for military service, the
death of an immediate family member, etc. Dropping after the 12th week requires
approval of the instructor and the dean. Here’s the Bulletin policy:
To add courses to their original enrollment, students must get approval
from their advisers. Students may not enter courses after the first week
of a regular semester or the first three days of the summer session. Courses
may be dropped, without approval and without receiving a grade, through
the fourth week of a regular semester. Spring, summer, and fall session
calendars include specific deadlines. Students who officially drop one
or some of their classes may have fees reassessed and/or refunded based
on the current fee reassessment schedule.
From the fifth through the twelfth weeks of the fall or spring semesters
(for summer session, the third through the sixth weeks), students may
withdraw from a course with an "Excused" grade, providing
they are passing the course and receive the approval of their
instructor, adviser, and dean's office representative. Otherwise, a failing
grade is given.
Students not attending classes who fail to drop officially receive F or
Y grades, depending on how much they participated in class. After the
allowable period, "Excused" grades are given only in exceptional
instances where the instructor's approval and dean's approval are given.
These grades are recorded on the students' official records at the end
of the term. If an F grade is recorded, it is counted in computing the
grade point average. No partial credit is granted to students who withdraw
from a course during any semester or otherwise fail to complete the work
required for full course credit.
work submitted in this class will be subject to plagiarism checking using Turnitin.
a plagiarism detection software, is now available to all students and instructors.
This tool checks your paper against proprietary databases of papers and the
Internet. After submission, your instructor will receive an "originality
report" containing results of the matching process. Your paper will also
be added to UMSL’s internal section of the anti-plagiarism database to
be used to compare future submissions by other students and to help protect
your work from plagiarism.
can also use Turnitin yourself to check drafts of your papers. The English
Department Writing Lab has created a free course site on MyGateway where you
can go to find resources to help you in writing and citing papers properly.
By enrolling in this course, you can submit drafts of your work to Turnitin.
You will then be able to privately view the “originality report”
and make corrections to your work before submitting it formally to your instructor.
Go to "The Writing Lab@UMSL" module on your main MyGateway page and follow the instructions to enroll in the Writing Lab course site.
NOTE: From the U.M. Collected Rules & Regulations, 200.010 - Standard of Conduct (Amended Bd. Min. 3-20-81; Bd. Min. 8-3-90;Bd. Min. 5-24-2001): Academic dishonesty is a serious offense that may lead to failure on the assignment in question, failure of the course involved, probation, suspension, or expulsion. One form of academic dishonesty is plagiarism--the use of an author's ideas, statements, or approaches without crediting the source. Academic dishonesty also includes such acts as cheating by copying information from another student's examination, take-home test, or laboratory manual. The Code of Student Conduct is in the Bulletin and is also available in the UMSL Student Planner.
STUDENT WHO HAS A DISABILITY WHICH WOULD MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO COMPLETE
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS OR TESTS AS OUTLINED IN THIS SYLLABUS: PLEASE MAKE
AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME IMMEDIATELY SO THAT I CAN EITHER ARRANGE FOR
APPROPRIATE ASSISTANCE OR DESIGN AN ALTERNATIVE PROCEDURE TO EVALUATE
YOUR WORK. FOR YOUR INFORMATION, THE OFFICE OF DISABILITY ACCESS SERVICES
IS LOCATED IN 144 MSC; PHONE: 516-6554.
SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE INSTRUCTOR
TO ACCOMMODATE INSTRUCTIONAL AND/OR STUDENT NEEDS.
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