The large lecture class will meet on Monday and Wednesday for fifty minutes. In these meetings there will be lectures, films, guest speakers and large class discussion. You are required to participate in a once-a-week fifty-minute small section meeting that is facilitation by a student assistant. Your specific time is designated by your section number (the three-digit number following 9309 for Sociology 201). Please remember your section number since most of the course activities are dependent on your knowing that number. The format of large and small groups is used to help you understand the intersection of your personal lives with the sociological perspective.
Abbott, Jack Henry. In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison. Vintage Books
Henslin, James.(2002) Essentials of Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 4th edition. Allyn and Bacon.
Rosenhan, D.L. (January 19, 1973). "On Being Sane in Insane Places." Science 179 (xerox available from your teaching assistant)
New York Times. You must obtain a daily subscription to the NYT
Yezierska, Anzia (1925). The Breadgivers. Persea Books.
All books and newspapers except the Rosenhan article are on sale at the SSU Bookstore
1. You are allowed only THREE (3) unexcused absences (counting both discussion group and large lecture.) More than 3 absences will negatively influence your grade. Be forewarned: attendance is taken daily in both the large and small sections, sit with your sections EVERY DAY so you will be counted. It is NOT up to your T.A. to notice where you are sitting in the auditorium. Do not have anyone else sign for you. That too will negatively influence your grade.
2. Arrive on time for lecture and small group. Being late is highly disruptive to others.
3. Do not leave lecture or small group early. This too is highly disruptive to others.
The final exam will be during finals week and will be short answer, fill-in and essay. The exam will be one to two hours long and will also include the key sociological concept sheet that was handed out at the beginning of the semester. The final will cover the chapters of the textbook for weeks 10-14 and all the novels and lectures from the beginning of the semester.
THE NEW YORK TIMES JOURNAL:
As part of the requirement for the course you must subscribe to the daily NYT on sale at the bookstore. You will be expected to read it at least 3 times a week. Collect from the Times articles related to subjects we cover in class. You make pick a theme that interests you, like gender relations, or race or inequality. Clip the articles that are of interest to you and then paste them into a journal notebook. You may also choose to not focus on a theme and pick articles that reflect on contemporary issues that are being written about. You will be expected to comment on every article you clip, tying what you have read to what you are learning in class, or have read in the textbook. Remember this is 20% of your grade and I take it seriously. The reason I have required the Times is to help you become aware of contemporary sociological issues and to begin to see the relevance of having a sociological understanding. It will help you to explain what is happening in our country and the world, using sociology as the frame of reference.
I look forward to a challenging and rewarding semester for us all. I know that this is a very large class, but I hope that with discussion in the lecture hall, as well as my visits to your small group sections, I will get to know you personally. I invite you all to visit my office by appointment. Call my assistant, Jan White, at 664-2112 to schedule a time. Don't be frustrated if it takes awhile to get an appointment. As dean sometimes I have to go to meetings, which makes getting in to see me a bit of a challenge. Or you could just drop by Stevenson 2078 and ask if I am available for a quick hello. Sociology is both fun and stimulating to study and I hope that you will enjoy the "terrible and magnificent lesson" (C.Wright Mills)
SECTIONS AND TEACHING ASSISTANTS:
The following section numbers list the name of your teaching assistant and where you will meet. The sections will begin the second week of classes.
Friday, 9-9:50 a.m.
Friday, 9-9:50 a.m.
Weds. 10-10:50 a.m.
Mon. 2-2:50 p.m.
Mon. 6-6:50 p.m.
Tues. 6-6:50 p.m.
Weds. 3-3:50 p.m.
Weds. 7-7:50 p.m.
Thurs. 3-3:50 p.m.
Thurs. 6-6:50 p.m.
Lana Kay Tyer
Floater TA: Kelly Hand
INTRODUCTION TO THE
COURSE: WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY?
READING: Henslin, Chapters 1 and 2 Yezerska, all Rosenhan, all Begin reading the NYT at least 3 times a week and begin journal
PRELIMINARY QUIZ TO
BE GIVEN THE MONDAY OF WEEK FOUR
WEEKS FOUR AND FIVE
THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY: A look at culture, society, deviance social control, and what occurs to the individual when s/he encounters society.
READING: Henslin, Chapters 3, 4 and 6 Abbott, all NYT continue reading 3 times a week and keep journal with reaction entries
FIRST PAPER DUE: Guidelines will be provided for a three to five page paper synthesizing the text and Abbott's book on the issues of deviance and social control. Paper will be due the Monday of week six.
WEEKS SIX THROUGH NINE
SOCIAL INEQUALITY: A sociological look at the social stratification system as it relates to social class, race, ethnic minorities, poverty, gender and sexual orientation and gender identity.
READING: Henslin, Chapters 7, 8, 9 and 10 Mathabane, all NYT continue reading 3 times a week and keep journal with reaction entries Page 5 Intro. to Soc. Syllabus
SECOND PAPER DUE: Guidelines will be provided for a three to five page paper synthesizing the textbook and Mathabane's book about issues of race and ethnic inequality. The paper will be due the Monday of week 10.
WEEKS TEN THROUGH TWELVE
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS: A look at the American family, including domestic violence. A cross-cultural look at family life in the context of globalization.
READING: Henslin, Chapter 12 NYT continue reading 3 times a week and keep journal of reactions to readings. This period is a time for you to catch up on your NYT reading and get your journal in order.
NEW YORK TIMES JOURNAL DUE: Submit your journal to your T.A. for evaluation and reaction. Due the Monday of week 13.
WEEKS THIRTEEN AND FOURTEEN
SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE: A look at collective behavior and how people mobilize to influence the course of their society. We will look at both revolutionary and evolutionary social change.
READING: Henslin, Chapter 15 Begin preparing for the final exam.
GUEST LECTURER: SOCIOLOGISTS AT WORK, Dr. Peter Phillips (Project Censored)
FINAL EXAM: This is non-cumulative on the textbook, but is cumulative on the novels, NYT and terms used throughout the course. Use your concept sheet, lecture notes and papers to study for this exam that will be the same format as the preliminary exam.