General Sociology


  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 10079
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Th 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Pruitt, Debbie
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 213
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2812
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST); 12:30:00 PM-1:30:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST); 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH204

    This is an introductory review of the history of sociology using the major sociological principles for emphasis on personality and human behavior as a product of group life. Organization of society, population, the community, cultural life, and other factors of social life are all studied in this course. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of social life and society. It provides a foundation for all succeeding Sociology courses. This course has transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    1. Tischler, H.; INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY, 11th. Ed.; Wadsworth/Cengage Learning; Paperback; ISBN 978-1-133-58808-5


    Harbrace Essentials with Resources for Writing in the Disciplines. Cengage Learning, 2nd Ed. ISBN: 13-978-1-285-45181-7

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    This class will be run in a lecture format, drawing from the readings, class exercises, videos, and presentations as well as the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students. Assignments are to be read prior to the scheduled class time for that topic on the syllabus. Your questions, comments and reactions to the text can be important contributions to our class discussion.

    Attendance: As in a job setting, you are expected to attend class and notify the instructor if you are unable to attend class. Failure to attend regularly and participate has been shown to result in a lowering of your grade as well as affecting your financial aid eligibility. Attendance therefore is encouraged. Missing 1/4th of the class lecture will result of a lowering of your grade by one letter. Missing 1/2 of the class lecture will result in lowering your grade by two letter grades. Example: there are 44 class days in a MWF class. If you miss 11 of those classes as unexcused absences, your A now becomes a B. On a TTh class, there are 30 class days and missing 8 will result in lowering your grade.
    Roll will be taken every class and attendance will also be maintained in Canvas where absences and tardy are tracked. In addition to the excessive absenteeism policy, 100 points are available for attendance. Points are lost by being absent and tardy. A roll sheet is passed around each class period and failure to sign in could result in being counted absent.

    Exams: 4 exams to cover text/lecture material worth 100 points each. The final exam will not be comprehensive. All tests will be completed on Canvas, the distance learning medium for NMJC. Exams must be taken on the scheduled date unless special arrangements have been made. The four exams will be multiple choice. Each exam covers approximately one quarter of the course. Exams will be timed in order to minimize cheating. Once you open the exam in Canvas, be prepared to complete it. Exams will be opened enough days that there should be no excuse for not taking the tests on time. Please contact the instructor should you need to make special arrangements.

    Reaction Papers: Two reaction papers will be assigned and assessed at 50 points each. Points will be assessed based on the completeness of your response and addressing the posted reference information. Papers will cover video presentations and discussion in class. They will be based on criteria provided by the instructor. Instructor seeks your opinion/reaction to a current event as well as your understanding of the dynamics of the topic. Please let the instructor know if you will be unable to view the two videos because of the sensitive nature of the material presented. Papers will be uploaded on Canvas.

    Use Microsoft Word or Google Docs when writing papers to be submitted on Canvas. If you do not have these programs, please us a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission.

    Any paper submitted late or exam reopened after the due date will have points reduced at 5 points a day.

    Grades will be assigned according to the NMJC general standard: 90-100=A; 80-89=B; 70-79=C; 60-69=D; less than 59=F. The points you earn in this class are maintained in Canvas where you can track your grades.

    The first week of class, please complete Module Zero on Canvas for a grade. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments. This is a requirement.
    If you have a smart phone, considerer downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that I make to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas.

    Instructor Response Time: I will make every effort to grade work in a timely manner. With large classes, this could take a while, but every effort will be made to report grades within 48 hours after due date.

    This class opens itself up to discussion on current events. Students should be aware of social happenings and be prepared to discuss them. There are no wrong opinions, just lack of any opinion at all. We will always be courteous of each other and agree to disagree on some topics. Students should be prepared to participate and stay abreast of current events for class discussions.


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the
    State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    A. Identify, describe and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions and processes within the context of complex and diverse communities.

    B. Articulate how beliefs, assumptions and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history and social institutions.

    C. Describe on-going reciprocal interactions among self, society and the environment.

    D. Apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain and critically evaluate relevant issues ethical dilemmas and arguments.

    Selected, specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Upon completion of this course a student should be able to:

    - Describe the historical development of sociology, including its development as a scientific field.
    - Analyze the ways culture is shared, acquired and influences behavior.
    -Explain the causes, theories, extent and control of deviance
    - Discuss the process by which a society acquires proper social behavior
    - Articulate the nature and functions of social groups
    -Identify inequalities within society and how social class is stratified
    -Explain variations in marriage and families, along with reasons for their existence
    -Articulate the significance of race and ethnicity in society
    -Identify the social, psychological, and cultural attributes of gender
    -Identify the causes and consequences of population growth
    -Describe major institutions and social issues such as religion, education, the political systems, health and aging
    -Articulate the impact of global stratification as recognized through globalization


    MAKE-UP WORK POLICY: Turn in all assignments on time. If an emergency causes a delay, contact the instructor as soon as possible and we will work it out. Exams must be taken on the date scheduled; when in doubt, communicate with the instructor quickly! Email or text is fine but INCLUDE YOUR NAME. The assignments are posted in Canvas with ample opportunity to submit the work. Be aware that late work can result in a lowering of your grade.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    The goal of this class is to cover a chapter a week from the textbook, giving time for discussion as needed. The text will be supplemented by readings and video presentations. Be aware of current events and how they might apply to this class and provide good discussion material. All schedules are subject to change by the instructor and based on time management and discussion opportunities.

    Wk 1: January. 17. Syllabus review. Chapter 1 (not covering chapter 2. Complete Module zero on Canvas for a grade.

    Wk 2: Jan. 23 Chapter 3. Reaction paper #1

    Wk 3: Jan 30. Chapter 4

    Wk 4: February 6. Chapter 5 Test #1. Chapter 1,3,4,5.

    Wk 5: Feb. 13 Chapter 6.

    Wk 6: Feb. 20. Chapter 7.

    Wk 7: Feb 27. Chapter 7 (cont.)

    Wk 8: March 6. Ch. 7 (cont.). Test #2 over chapter 6-7, Reaction paper #2.

    Wk 9: March 13. Chapter 8

    Wk 10: March 20. Chapter 10.

    Wk. 11: March 27 SPRING BREAK

    Wk 12: April 3-7 Chapter 11. Exam #3 over chapters 8, 10 & 11.

    Wk 13: April 10. Chapter 12. April 14. GOOD FRIDAY

    Wk 14: April 17. Chapter 9.

    Wk 15: April 24. Chapter 15

    Week 16: May 1. Chapter 16

    Wk 17: MAY 8-10 FINAL EXAMS. Final in this class is Tuesday, May 9.

    Important Dates:
    January 16. Martin Luther King Holiday (prior to semester starting)
    March 13. 2nd semester 8 week classes start
    March 27-31. Spring Break
    April 14. Good Friday Holiday
    May 8-10. Final Exams
    May 12. Graduation Commencement