Robert Keel, Instructor
This syllabus is rather long, but it contains
Important Note: There are students from a variety of “sections” enrolled in this course: a day section (001) meeting Tuesday and Thursday, an Internet-only section (002), and a Video Instruction Program (VIP) section (V01). The REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS are exactly the same. I know this syllabus is rather long, but please take the time to review it thoroughly. It contains most everything you need to know about the course. Take the time to review it carefully.
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, once a week to discuss assigned material. Students in the internet-only section are expected to attend class via Wimba--either "live" or by viewing the recorded and archived class sessions on Wimba. Students are responsible for reading and studying assigned material prior to the weekly class meetings. Since this class meets only once a week, ALL students are responsible for extensive out-of-class reading, research, and collaboration.
Drug Policy for the 21st Century (SS 2008) is a study of the social
reality of drug use and drug users within contemporary society. The course focuses
on a historical analysis of the social construction of drugs, drug use, drug
users, drug abuse, and addiction. We will investigate the complex relationships
between individual and group behavior, and social structure, in order to evaluate
social policy formulations for contemporary society. Special attention will
be given to the complex legal history surrounding drug use, the link between
drugs and crime, the impact of the medicalization of human behavior, the role
of drugs as pharmacological agents, and varying perspectives, national and international,
on "doing something about drugs." Most specifically, we will be investigating
the perspective of “harm reduction” as an alternative to traditional
prohibitionist strategies here in the USA.
Course Objectives and Learning Goals:
The basic objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive survey of the development of sociological theories and analyses of drug use, focusing on images of drug use and the drug user as social constructs rather than as an intrinsically pathological behavior or identity. An additional objective of this course is to survey the current information and research on selected categories of drugs and the socially constructed reality that surrounds their use in contemporary society in order to understand a) the socio-cultural based definitions of drugs and b) the individual, group, and social structural dimensions of drug using behavior. This will include an analysis of the implications of these definitions and relationships for social policy and social control (legislation, prevention and treatment). These issues will be analyzed within the shifting legal and medical definitions that permeate the discussion of drug use in modern society.
Lectures, reading assignments, group discussion, and outside projects will be used to assess and critique theories and analyses of drug use and users, legal and medical definitions, and treatment modalities in order to develop a sociological perspective on drug use in society.
Specifically, students will be expected to:
A. The discipline of sociology. Students will learn:
- how sociology differs from and is similar to other social sciences;
- how sociology contributes to a social scientific understanding of social reality; and
- to apply the sociological imagination, sociological principles and concepts to one’s life.
B. The role of theory. Students will learn:
- the role of theory in building sociological knowledge; and
- the historical context of times and cultures in which theories were developed.
C. Empirical science. Students will learn:
- the principles of scientific methods in sociology;
- the ethics in conducting research;
- to convey research findings in writing; and
- to evaluate media information; become critical consumer of information.
D. Learn the relevance of culture, social change, socialization, stratification, social structure, and institutions, and differentiations by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and class.
E. Culture and social institutions. Students will learn:
- how social change affects social structures and individuals; and
- how culture and social structure vary across time and place.
F. Individuals and society. Students will learn:
- how the self develops sociologically.
- how social interactions and the self influence society and social structure; and
G.Understand the difference between macro and micro levels and the connections between the two levels.
H. Research in sociology. The students learn:
- to summarize basic questions and issues in a specialty area, such as deviant behavior, social psychology or social stratification;
- basic theoretical orientation in a specialty area; and
- to become familiar with current research in a specialty area.
I. Diversity of American society. Students will learn:
- the significance of global variations by race, class, gender, and age.
J. Critical thinking Students will learn:
- opposing viewpoints and alternative hypotheses on various issues.
What you can expect from me:
What I expect from you:
Any successful learning experience requires the mutual respect of both the student and the instructor. No one should be subjected to behavior that is in any way disruptive or rude. Disruptive or rude behavior includes, but is not limited to the following: receiving beeper or cell phone calls during class, leaving early or coming to class habitually late, eating in class, talking out of turn, doing assignments for other classes, reading the newspaper, sleeping, and engaging in other activities that distract from the classroom learning experience.
This is an intensive course. Students are expected to attend class regularly, come to class on time, and stay until the class is dismissed. Attendance (and use of Wimba) will be monitored. Late arrivals and early departures demonstrate a lack of concern for the instructor and your classmates. This is your class. You are paying for it. It is your responsibility to arrange your schedule to allow you to attend the class. Excessive disruptions, from whatever source or for whatever reason, will not be tolerated.
Course Structure and Requirements:
Taking a Web-based Class:
This is a web-based class, and students are required to take responsibility for their learning by utilizing the variety of resources available. Class discussions will be used to assess your understanding of course material. It is essential that you prepare yourself adequately for these discussions by reading AND studying the relevant material prior to class sessions or online discussion. Much of what would be the lecture in a traditional class takes place asynchronously through hypertext lecture notes and other content resources, but most significantly through the online discussion forums. Full participation at all levels, and a commitment to learning is necessary to do well in this course.
The "Assignments, Readings, and Course Schedule" document in the "Assignments" area of MyGateway lists relevant readings, lecture notes to review, class discussion topics, as well as due dates for quizzes, tests, and other assignments for the entire semester. Use it as a outline of the course.
Read the assigned text material as early as you can. Review the associated online lecture notes (prior to coming to class--section 001 or attending a Wimba session/reviewing an archive, sections 001AND 002). These notes work best when viewed online. They are web documents with links you can explore for additional information, and to seek further clarification, on selected topics. Develop critical analyses and questions for discussion both in class and via the online discussion forums. There are a variety of resources in the class MyGateway site's "Course Documents" and "External Links" folders to assist you with your self-study.
All students are expected to "attend" class on a regular basis. Class presentations and discussions are not designed to simply cover “what is on the test,” rather they are designed to augment the material you are engaging and to help you learn to understand, evaluate, and apply core concepts and theories. Your attendance--online and/or face-to-face, and participation in class activities and discussions, is part of developing your ability to synthesize course material and develop a sociological understanding of life in modern society. Students in the internet-only section are expected to attend class via Wimba--either "live" or by viewing the archived class sessions on Wimba. If you can’t make the “live” class (or live Wimba sessions), you can still access the archives. Attendance, in all formats, will be monitored.
- Syllabus quiz: due by Tuesday, June 17, 2008 end of day: Unless otherwise posted, assignments are due by the end of the day listed: 11:59 PM (23:59). Students who submit work past a due date are subject to penalties, point deductions, or not having their work accepted for grading.) (25 points possible)
- Introductory message due by Monday, June 17, 2008 end of day (5 points)
- Attendance and Online and In-Class Participation (100 points possible)
- Group Project (50 points possible)
- 2 Tests (75 questions, 1 point per question, 150 points possible)
- Final Project (150 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 25, by Tuesday, June 17, 2008 (end of day)
- If the quiz is not completed with a score of 25, NO points will be awarded.
- You can take the syllabus quiz multiple times prior to Monday, June 16, 2008 end of day.
Introductory Message (5 points)
- All students are required to post an introductory message in the "General Class Discussion" forum.
- 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.
- To post your introductory message: from the class MyGateway site, select, Discussion Board, and then click on the “General Class Discussion” forum to open it. Select the "About Me" thread. Use the reply button to reply to the message with your introduction.
- Your introductory message must be posted by Tuesday, June 17, 2008 (end of day) (5 points).
- Basic help in using discussion forums can be found at http://www.umsl.edu/technology/mgwhelp/stuhelp/studiscussion.html
- Students are also encouraged to develop their course "homepages" (access the editing link, "Homepage" from the Tools area). Please let the class know about changes and updates to your homepage.
Class Engagement: Class engagement is expected of every student. Class engagement scores will be updated in the MyGateway class grade book every two weeks beginning the week of June 24, 2008.
1. Attendance and Participaption (100 points possible). For all students: A mandatory first forum (introduction) message is due by Tuesday, June 17, 2008 (end of day) .
- All students are expected to "attend" the weekly class session. Live class sessions are held Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00 PM in 449SSB.
- All students are expected to "attend" all class sessions. Students may attend class in a variety of ways: live--face-to-face (this is the preferred and encouraged option), live via Wimba, or by reviewing the Wimba archives (typically 2 archives per class session in the summer).You will be held responsible for the content of all class sessions.
- If you can't attend a live class session, the Wimba archives of that session should be reviewed prior to the next class session, or within seven days to receive basic attendance credit of 4 points per class session (both archives). Click the link: Wimba, for detailed instructions for using Wimba Live Classroom.
- Online and In-Class Participation. Class participation, expected component of the class. Students can earn 8-10 points per calendar week during the summer for contributions to:
- in-class discussions (in-person or via the live Wimba interface).
- the class discussion forum, "Drug Policy" (checked daily by TAs and/or instructor).
- annotated contributions to the class "Scholar" social bookmarking site (accessed via the Scholar "tab" in MyGateway or via the "Tools" area of our MyGateway site).
- Simple messages indicating agreement (or just your presence) will earn 1 point, messages displaying an understanding of basic concepts, theories, and ideas will earn 2-3 points, and messages extending and applying core concepts and perspectives can earn up to 4-5 points (exceptional work). In-class participation will be included in your participation scores.
- Students are expected to make a minimum of 2-3 contributions per week. Students 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 online discussion.
- 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 postings and those that have multiple grammatical and spelling errors will not be acceptable.
- Appropriate resources and references should be included in your forum and blog postings--even if you are only using the text book.
- "Weeks" begin and end at 9:00 AM Monday mornings. Participation and class engagement scores will be will be updated in the MyGateway class grade book every three weeks beginning the week of June 24, 2008.
NOTE: 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. See the orientation message in the general discussion forum for more information.
The instructor 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 (see Chapter Exercises above), and participate in the ongoing, online, class discussion; and attend weekly in-class discussions on a regular basis.
For-credit forums will close on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 (end of day)
- 4 points for plain and simple attendance (one session per week) and 8-10 points for participation): 100 points total.
2. Group Project (70 points possible):
- Small groups will be assigned one of 5 chapters in the required text (Chapters 7-12). Each group will develop an "annotated" outline of the assigned chapter. Every student is responsible for the completion of the project and the group wiki.
- See the Group Project folder in the class MyGateway site's "Groups Area" (or Assignments area) for details.
- Groups will use group discussion forums and wikis to document and report their group activity.
- Dues dates are posted on the "Assignments, Readings, and Course Schedule," and can be found on the various assignments posted in the "Group Areas" section of the MyGateway site.
- Group Project: 70 points total.
Tests (2 tests, 75 points per test, 150 points possible)
There will be two (2) tests (75 questions, 1 point each, 75 points per exam) given during the semester. 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.
Please be sure to use the "Practice Quizzes" found in the "Assignments" area to help you prepare for the test. The "Course Documents" area contains study guides, test study tips, and other utilities to help you prepare for the tests and final exam.
Final Project: (150 points)
The final project can be an individual, team, or group project. A short in-class presentation during one of the last two class sessions is a required part of this project. Students must arrange. Ideally, students will work on themes and policy initiatives realted to their group project work, but extend and enhace the research they do in a specific area.
Final grades 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. Items included in calculating the point total:
NOTE: 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 “total points earned” found in the grades area of MyGateway will reflect your final grade. Final grades will be based on the following scale:
Percentages displayed for "current estimated grade" in the MyGateway grade book represent letter grades as follows:
Academic 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
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) are evident.
Wimba Live Classroom is an online, synchronous learning tool we will be using this semester. Wimba allows students to "attend" a live class via the Internet, and it also allows me to archive class sessions so that students can access and review the recordings. A brief explanation for using Wimba is included in the course syllabus and at http://www.horizonwimba.com/technicalsupport. You can contact Horizon Wimba Technical Support by phone (toll-free): 866.350.4978 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll find a link to Wimba on the navigation menu of our course MyGateway site. To attend a live course session, you will need a computer with Internet access, as well as speakers and a microphone (a headset works best). Be sure to run the "Set Up Wizard" to insure your computer is properly configured for the Wimba Live Classroom interface. To review archived class sessions, you'll just need speakers. Any student is invited to participate via the live class sessions (face-to-face or via WImba), and all students are expected to review recorded archives if they cannot attend a live class session.
To review archived class session, you'll just need speakers:
Any student is invited to participate via the live interface (all class sessions will use Wimba). All students are encouraged to use the recorded sessions in their studies for the course. Students who fail to attend a live class session (for whatever reason) must use the archive feature of Wimba to receive credit for attendance. If you have problems accessing or using Wimba, you can contact Horizon Wimba Technical Support by phone (toll-free): 866.350.4978 or email: email@example.com and/or access online technical support documentation at: http://www.horizonwimba.com/technicalsupport/
MyGateway and E-Mail:
Students are required to use the campus MyGateway system and student e-mail for this class. The MyGateway system contains all course information, quizzes, lecture notes, and a variety of other study aids. The MyGateway system also contains the online discussion forums that are part of the required participation score included in your semester grade. Campus email (via the studentmail server) is used for a variety of communication purposes—I send out email to the entire class, and to individual students. You must check your campus email on a regular basis. See below for information on accessing MyGateway and your campus email.
Roksworld is one of my Internet sites that provides students with access to a variety of "class room only handouts" (news articles and other essays). Please note: page references in the feedback for tutor questions may not correspond with current textbooks. If you can't figure out why you got a particular question wrong on the tutor,ontact the instructor or TAs.
To access "Roksworld" students must use the following logon information:
Your Gateway ID and Password:Your Gateway ID and password provide you with access to all online services at UM-St. Louis including the campus MyGateway online course system, campus email, and many other services.To find your Gateway ID and password:
If you have previously accessed your MyGateway account and have changed your password, use the new password that you specified for this account.If you have used dial in access from home and have changed your password, you must use the new password that you specified.
The MyGateway (http://mygateway.umsl.edu) online course management system was introduced here at UM-St. Louis at the beginning of fall semester 2000. MyGateway provides all students and faculty with access to course materials, and a variety of programs that enable classroom communication and interaction using virtually any computer with a current web browser (such as Netscape or IE 4.0 or higher), and an Internet connection.
To login to MyGateway:
1. Go to the web page http://mygateway.umsl.edu.2. Click on the "Login" button.3. Type in your login ID (Gateway ID) and password.4. After logging on to the MyGateway system you will be brought to your "MyGateway" page. From this page you can access most of the features of the MyGateway system, and all of your classes at UM-St.
, as well as a variety of other campus based resources.
5. Additionally, you can add various content elements to your my Gateway page by clicking on the "Content" button found near the upper right-hand side of the page.6. In the "My Courses" area on the "MyGateway" page, click on our class name, and you will access the class MyGateway site. The first page displayed is typically "Announcements." Here you will see all class related announcements, including the availability of online progress evaluations, and other class related news (Old announcements may be viewed by clicking the “View All” tab at the top of the page). The links on the left-hand side of the screen give you access to a variety of tools and documents that your instructor has created for your class. The areas available, and some of the items you will find include:
Campus Computing Labs
Written work submitted in this class will be subject to plagiarism checking using Turnitin.
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.
You 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.
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