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Hill College 112 Lamar Drive Hillsboro, Texas 76645 COURSE SYLLABUS Course Prefix and Number SOCI 1301 Section: Course Title Semester: Fall 2016 Introductory to Sociology Instructor: Contact Phone: Email: ACGM Description: SOCI 1301 Introductory Sociology The scientific study of human society, including ways in which groups, social institutions, and individuals affect each other. Causes of social stability and social change are explored through the application of various theoretical perspectives, key concepts, and related research methods of sociology. Analysis of social issues in their institutional context may include topics such as social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance. Catalog Description: The scientific study of human society, including ways in which groups, social institutions, and individuals affect each other. Causes of social stability and social change are explored through the application of various theoretical perspectives, key concepts, and related research methods of sociology. Analysis of social issues in their institutional context may include topics such as social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance. Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 0 Semester Hours: 3 Co-requisites: none Pre-requisites: none Introduction and Purpose: This course is the study of human behavior in society. Sociology helps shed light on the ways in which social environment affects all aspects of our lives. Human behavior is shaped by the time in which we live, our place in society, our resources, and our relationships. Understanding the effects of society on the individual is a crucial component of our well-being in both our professional and personal lives. To that end, our studies will focus on culture, group dynamics, poverty and wealth, race, gender, dating and family, deviance, religion, education, and world population issues. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of basic behavioral science methods, major sociological theories, and what C. Wright Mills has termed “the Sociological Imagination.” Instructional Materials: Textbook: REVEL for Sociology: Down to Earth Approach, 13th Ed. by Henslin REVEL is an online learning tool that includes ebook, audiobook, and interactive exercises. A REVEL option that includes a paper copy of the textbook is available. Check with your instructor. Supplies & Materials: Pens, paper, and other basic school supplies; computing technology including MSOffice, Hill College Email and Blackboard access. Instructor may require Scantrons, REVEL online lab, or other materials. Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will: 1. Compare and contrast the basic theoretical perspectives of sociology. 2. Identify the various methodological approaches to the collection and analysis of data in sociology. 3. Describe key concepts in sociology. 4. Describe the empirical findings of various subfields of sociology. 5. Explain the complex links between individual experiences and broader institutional forces. Source: Texas Higher Ed Coordinating Board (Spring 2016). Academic Course Guide Manual The students' success in completing these objectives will be measured using a set of examinations and assignments described, in detail under the section of this syllabus headed “Methods of Evaluation.” An Annual Assessment Plan will be implemented each year to review course. Description of Institutional Core Objectives (ICO’s) Given the rapid evolution of necessary knowledge and skills and the need to take into account global, national, state, and local cultures, the core curriculum must ensure that students will develop the essential knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, in a career, in their communities, and in life. Therefore, with the assistance of the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, the Coordinating Board approved a 42 semester credit hour core curriculum for all undergraduate students in Texas, including a statement of purpose, six core objectives, and common component areas. Statement of Purpose Through the Texas Core Curriculum, students will gain a foundation of knowledge of human cultures and the physical and natural world, develop principles of personal and social responsibility for living in a diverse world, and advance intellectual and practical skills that are essential for all learning. Hill College faculty periodically evaluate the objectives included in the Foundational Component Area of Behavioral Science. Course SLO Core Objective College SLO Critical Thinking Skills CT1: Generate and communicate ideas by combining, changing or reapplying existing information 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Communication Skills Use Any CS1: Develop, interpret, and express ideas through written communication 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Communication Skills Use Any Communication Skills Use Any CS2: Develop, interpret, and express ideas through oral communication CS3: Develop, interpret, and express ideas through visual communication 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Empirical and Quantitative Skills EQS2: Manipulate and analyze observable facts and arrive at an informed conclusion 2,4 Social Responsibility Use Any SR1: Demonstrate intercultural competence 3,5 Social Responsibility Use Any SR2: Identify civic responsibility Social Responsibility Use Any SR3: Engage in regional, national and global communities 1,3,5 5 General Learning Activities Students will develop a clearly defined problem statement on a sociological topic out of the text, generate multiple solutions, demonstrate implementation of the best solution(s), and evaluate the quality of solution(s) and revise as needed. Students will apply sociological concepts and theories as they relate to everyday life through the media, books, movies, current events, etc. by writing a research paper or written assignment that demonstrates knowledge of major perspectives or concepts in sociology (three major theoretical perspectives, sociological perspective, etc). Students will apply sociological principles as they relate to everyday life through oral interviews, assignments, online discussions, or oral presentations over a sociological concept. Students will identify sociological concepts by examining charts, tables and graphs. Students will present their ideas utilizing visual communication methods. Students will be able to apply basic research methods in sociology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation, as well as identify the independent/dependent variables in a research study. Student will identify sociological concepts and demonstrate the ability to draw abstractions from anecdotes and individual-level experiences through assignments that show understanding of the sociological imagination. Students will apply sociological concepts and theories as they relate to everyday life through journal articles, internet sources, community contributions, and/or interviews. Students will examine cross-cultural behavior and the influence of international forces on national and local events while applying sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives through assignments, projects or exams. Assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment Rubric, exam or embedded assessment The students' success in completing these objectives will be measured using a set of examinations and assignments described in detail under the section of this syllabus headed “Method of Evaluation”. Annual Assessment Plan will be implemented each year to review course. Method of Instruction: This course will be taught face-to-face and/or by various distance learning delivery methods. Audio-visual materials and computer-based technology will be used when appropriate. Students will be shown how to use a calculator where appropriate. Methods of Evaluation: The students’ success in completing the core objectives within the Foundational Component Area of Social and Behavioral Sciences will be measured using rubrics, exams, portfolios, or embedded assessments Grades in this course will be based on the following evaluative criteria: Exam Total, Including the Final: All other Course Items: 50% 50% These figures are approximate. See individual instructor’s syllabus for specific information. Letter grades for the course will be based on the following percentages: 90-100% 80-89% 70-79% 60-69% Below 60% A B C D F Course Outline: Course Policies Regular attendance at all class meetings is expected. Disruptions in class will not be tolerated. Topic Outline Topics are selected from the following: 1. The Sociological Perspective 2. Culture 3. Socialization 4. Social Structure and Social Interaction 5. How Sociologists Do Research 6. Societies to Social Networks 7. Bureaucracy and Formal Organizations 8. Deviance and Social Control 9. Global Stratification 10. Social Class in the United States 11. Sex and Gender 12. Race and Ethnicity 13. The Elderly 14. The Economy 15. Politics 16. Marriage and Family 17. Education 18. Religion 19. Medicine and Health 20. Population and Urbanization 21. Collective Behavior and Social Movements 22. Social Change and the Environment Disabilities/ADA Reports of discrimination based on disability may be directed to the ADA/Section 504 coordinator. The College District designates the following person to coordinate its efforts to comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, which incorporates and expands the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended: Name: Lizza Trenkle Position: Vice President Student Services Address: 112 Lamar Drive, Hillsboro, TX 76645 Telephone: (254) 659-7601 Students with qualified and documented disabilities may request accommodations which will enable them to participate in and benefit from educational programs and activities. Students should contact the Academic Advising and Student Success Center for more details at: 254 659 7650 for Hillsboro, 817 760 5650 for Cleburne, or 817 295-7392 for Burleson. EEO Statement Hill College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education and employment. The college does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in the administration of its educational programs, activities, or employment policies. Instructor’s Class Content Instructor’s content begins on the following pages or in the accompanying file.