This class provides an overview to the major areas of contemporary sociological thought. It's overall goal is to familiarize the student with the 3 major sociological theoretical perspectives: Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interaction. Students will be required to write 3 short papers (3 pgs.) on each of the perspectives using Paul Fussell's CLASS as a reference text. These papers are due the 2nd Friday of each month. Student's will also be required to demonstrate a working knowledge of the perspectives in an exam format. The class will also introduce students to such concepts as: Social structure, social institutions, social interaction and applied sociology. Also required is a 5-7 page term research paper, or a website on a topic of current social interest. Or, students may do an approved service learning project and write a relflective paper based on their experience.
Texts: Sociology, Making Sense of the Social World, Scott & Schwartz. CLASS, A Guide to the American Social System, Fussell.
2/3 Term paper, service learning or website option selection
2/10 Term paper/website topic, service learning topic due. Websites must be on Uhavax.
2/14 First Fussell paper due. Chp. 1-3 analyzed in terms of Functionalism.
2/17 Survey research project due
2/24 Service learning update. Term paper/website bibliograpy due (note: no sources earlier than 1999)
3/5 Service learning update. Termp paper/website thesis statement due.
3/14 Second Fussell paper due. Chps. 4-6 analyzed in terms of Conflict Theory
4/11 Third Fussell paper due. Chps. 7-9 analyzed in terms of of Interaction Theory.
4/21 Service learning update. First draft term paper/website due.
4/5 Service learning reflective paper and final draft term paper/website due.
Final exam date to be announced.
The text will be read in the following sequence: Chps. 1,2,4, 5,6,7,8,910,11
Grades will be based on: Class participation(20%), exams(40%), writing assignments(40%), overall effort and attitude.. No more than 4 unexcused absences are allowed. Penalties for overcutting may include dismissal from class. Academic dishonesty will result in a failing grade. Make up exams without written medical excuse cost $35 payable at the Bursar's Office. All written assignments must be turned in on time. Failure to do so will result in drastically lower grade. Students are expected to comport themselves as adults in an academic environment. Cell phones must be turned off before entering the classroom. 1st offences will result in a 5 page paper on cell phone etiquette. Subsequent offences will result in dimunition of grades.
Have a great semester!