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SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology

Sociology 101: Introduction to Sociology
T2C: HUNTER  HORIZON COURSE

Professor Erica Chito Childs
Department of Sociology
Office: 1604 Hunter West
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:30-12:30; Friday 3:00-4:00 and by appointment
E-Mail: echitoch@hunter.cuny.edu

I.    Required Materials:
   1.    You May Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist
          Sixth Edition
( published by W.W. Norton Books) By Dalton Conley
          ISBN 13: 978-0-393-92921-8 • paper • 650 pages • 2007
  
          The book can be bought in the Hunter College bookstore or            
          purchased as an “ebook” for a much lower price at the W.W. Norton website.
 
   2.    New York Times ---Students may subscribe by calling 1-888-NYT-COLL or visiting nytimes.com/student.

COURSE LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This course will introduce you to sociology, the study of human society and how to connect our individual lives to the larger social worlds that we live in.  This course incorporates transition to college elements, which are marked as Hunter Horizon (H).  There are four learning objectives of this course:

1.    CONTENT-Understanding the World Sociologically: We will learn the definition of sociology and sociological concepts and   
       how to apply them to various aspects of society through readings and class discussions.  This includes understanding our
       own lives through the lens of sociology.
2.    RESEARCH SKILLS-You will learn research skills, including how to access academic peer-reviewed library databases and
       academic book searches.  Through the research assignments, you will learn the difference between news/media sources and
       academic sources.
3.    WRITING SKILLS-You will enhance your writing skills through numerous writing assignments.
4.    TECHNOLOGY-You will learn how to use various technological tools including Blackboard, the research wiki, blogs and
       discussion board.
5.    You will fulfill the requirements for the Hunter Horizon course. They will be marked with a H. This includes taking one library
       tutorial Voila between September 8 and 25th, and participating in two student services workshops—a Driver's Seat workshop
       and a GER workshop. The exact dates will be given to you soon. Driver's Seat will take place during the week of Sept 21st,
       and GER the weeks of October 26 or November 2. Remember even if you are completing these requirements in another
       course such as ENGL120, you will still need to complete them in this course.

COURSE GRADING REQUIREMENTS

A.    Research Projects                                          200 points  (40% of grade)
       Research Proposal                                         10 points          [due 9/8]
       Book review                                                   60 points          [due 12/4]
       Literature Review                                           70 points          [due 11/3]
            (10 Peer-reviewed journal articles- 4 points each)
            The book review and literature review of journal articles are based on the topic you have chosen for your research
            proposal.
       Media Project                                                 60 points        [ongoing]
            As part of the course, we will be reading the New York Times.  You are expected to find articles relating to the topics 
            covered in class and write up a brief summary of the news articles you have read.  You need to post one summary each
            week. Students may subscribe by calling 1-888-NYT-COLL or visiting nytimes.com/student. 

B.    Hunter Horizon and Class Assignments         100 points  (20% of grade)

This includes reaction papers/ in class assignments/quizzes and the book.
No class assignments can be made up. To ensure (1) attendance, and (2) that students are reading the assigned material, unannounced quizzes will also be given. You will be responsible for providing the paper for the quizzes. NO quizzes can be made up. From time to time, there will be required reaction papers. Each paper is only one page and worth 30 points. More specific information will be supplied during class. NO reaction papers can be made up.

C.    Exams:
       Midterm                    100 points (20% of grade)
       Final                         100 points (20% of grade)

Your final grade will be a combination of your scores on the term paper assignments, reaction papers, exams, quizzes, and any other assignments. This method of grading allows you to know your current grade at any given point during the semester. The dates below are deadlines and not guidelines. To that end, NO late assignments will be accepted. Each week you can expect to have about 50 pages of reading and one written assignment due. This takes the average student about two hours on average per week outside of class solely for my assignments.

COURSE POLICIES

A. If you miss class you are still responsible for the assignments and notes during that class.  Since no late papers are allowed, you must turn in an assignment by the beginning of class.  You should have other students in class who can inform you of what you missed.

B. No use of cell phones, text messaging or other electronic communication devices during class.

C. Except for quizzes and exams, all work must be completed on a computer. Otherwise, the assignment will not be graded. Passing the midterm exam, final exam, and final paper will not earn you enough points to pass this course. You’ll have to do the other assignments as well. I encourage you to stop by my office regularly to monitor your grade. I recognize the requirements for this course are rigorous. 

COURSE OUTLINE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS

Please note that even though I may not be able to lecture on all the material in class, you will be responsible for ALL of the material covered in the reading assignments listed below. Reading assignments listed below refer to the required text. However, as noted above, additional required readings may be assigned during the semester; and will be available on reserve in the Hunter College Library. There may be some minor changes to the schedule or assigned readings as we go along. 

WEEKLY TOPIC AND ASSIGNED READINGS

Week ONE
F  8/28 Using Your Sociological Imagination

Week TWO
T 9/1 Sociology: An Introduction (Chapters 1 and 2 due)
F  9/4  Culture and the Media (Chapter 3 due)

Week THREE
T 9/8 NO CLASS (Research Proposal Due posted on Blackboard)
F 9/11 Socialization and the Construction of Reality (Chapter 4 due)

WEEK FOUR
9/15 Deviance, Social Control and Crime (Chapter 6 due)
9/18 Building Blocks of Society

WEEK FIVE
9/22 Dating in Contemporary Society
9/25 Family (Chapter 7 due)

WEEK SIX
9/29 NO CLASS:  MONDAY SCHEDULE
10/2 Education (Chapter 8 due)

WEEK SEVEN
10/6 Religion (Chapter 9 due)
10/9 Review for Midterm

WEEK EIGHT
10/13 Midterm
10/16  Capitalism, the Economy and Power (Chapters 10 and 11 due)

WEEK NINE      
10/20 Fault-lines of Social Division and Inequality
10/23 Gender (Chapter 12 due)

WEEK TEN
10/27 Gender and Sexuality
10/30  Looking at Race Sociologically (Chapter 13 due)

WEEK ELEVEN
11/3 Multiracialism- Literature Review DUE ( posted on Blackboard)
11/6 Class exercise

WEEK TWELVE
11/10 Understanding Stratification (Chapters 14 and 15 due)
11/13 Stratification (continued)

WEEK THIRTEEN
11/17 Social Worlds
11/20 Class Exercise

WEEK FOURTEEN
11/24 Collective Action and Social Movements: What Moves You? (Chapter 18 due)
11/27 NO CLASS:  THANKSGIVING BREAK

WEEK FIFTEEN
12/1 Health, Science and The Environment (Chapters 16 and 17 due)
12/4 Thinking Globally (BOOK REVIEW DUE-posted on Blackboard)

WEEK SIXTEEN
12/8 Looking Ahead Sociologically
12/11 Review for Final Exam

FINAL EXAM:  FRIDAY 12/18 11:30-1:30

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