General Sociology


  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 10358
    C. Semester: Spring 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    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: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 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: Virtual

    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.



    This class will utilize an online textbook (Sociology: The Essentials. 9th edition. Andersen, Margaret and Taylor, Howard. Cengage Learning) and is available via an access code which is purchased through the NMJC bookstore. That code will give you access to MindTap, which is the virtual textbook, the activities for the class and other student resources.


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    General Soc. Online

    This class is online and a distance education format. It draws from the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students as well as the readings, class exercises, videos, and presentations. Your questions, comments and reactions to the readings can be important contributions.

    Grades are calculated by a weighted system. Following is the weight assigned to each category of assignments:
    MindTap Exercises 15%
    Discussions 30%
    Quizzes/Exams 30%
    Assignments 10%
    Final Exam 15%

    Exams: There is an embedded quiz inside the MindTap modules. In addition to the MindTap exams, there will be an exam over each chapter. The final exam will be short essay over selected topics. All exams will be taken on Canvas and must be taken on the scheduled date. The exams will be opened enough time so that it should not be a problem. Exams will be timed and once you open an exam, be prepared to complete it as you cannot access it later.

    Assignments: Assignments will be posted both via MindTap and additional assignments by the instructor. These can vary in detail depending on the topic being discussed and require a written response to be uploaded. Assignments can come from the text or outside sources. Grades will be assessed based on the quality of the response.

    As an online class, we will utilize the “Discussion” link to talk about current events. Sociology opens up the world around us and there are topics we will “discuss.” The instructor will pose a topic or question. Students should reply to the post and to other student’s post. The class will be broken up into groups so the discussions can be more intimate and group assignments will change regularly.

    The points you earn in this class are maintained in Canvas where you can track your grades. There is sufficient time allotted for completion of the work in this online class. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    Consider downloading the Canvas app to your smart phone. This will enable you to get messages and check your work. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE YOUR PHONE TO WORK ON CANVAS ASSIGNMENTS OR TAKE TESTS.

    The recommended programs to use on your home computer when working on Canvas is Firefox or Google Chrome. The software that is most compatible when writing papers is Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Consider downloading Office 365 if you need this software or please use another computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet will not work in Canvas. There is a link on Canvas on how to use Office 365 and download it for free onto your computer if you are a student at NMJC.

    The Canvas Help Desk is the resource when needing help with any issues that arise with Canvas. The phone is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Leave a message if no immediate answer. If you call the help line, give them your name, class you are having problems with, your A number and the CRN of the class you are calling about. The CRN can be located at the top of your online class and is a five digit number. The Canvas Help Desk phone number is 399-2199.

    The first week of class 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 but will not be counted toward your final grade. You cannot proceed in the course without completing Module Zero, so complete it in a timely manner.

    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 the due date. Inbox communication will be answered within 24 hours or 48 if on a weekend.

    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 post and stay abreast of current events for class discussions.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s 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


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    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.


    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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 19, 2018. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. 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 one chapter a week from the textbook. Some chapters may require two weeks because of content. 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.

    This is an 16 week online course. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with the work, to contact the instructor if you have questions/problems, and to complete assignments in a timely manner. NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED.

    Week 1: January 16. Complete module zero for a grade. Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective. Complete written work and MindTap assignments.

    Wk 2: January 22. Chapter 2. Culture.

    Wk 3: January 29. Chapter 4. Socialization & Development.

    Wk 4: February 5. Chapter 5. Social Structure & Social Interaction. Exam #1 over chapters 1,2,4&5.

    Wk 5: February 12. Chapter 6. Groups & Organizations.

    Wk 6: February 19. Chapter 7. Deviance & Crime.

    Wk 7. February 26. Chapter 7 continued. Exam #2 over chapter 6 & 7.

    Wk 8: March 5. Chapter 8, Social Class and Social Stratification.

    Wk. 9: March 12. Chapter 9, Global Stratification

    Wk. 10. March 19. Chapter 10, Race & Ethnicity. Exam #3 over chapter 8,9, &10

    Wk. 11. March 26-30. NO CLASS FOR SPRING BREAK

    Wk. 12. April 2. Chapter 11. Gender

    Wk. 13. April 9. Chapter 12. Sexuality

    Wk. 14. April 16. Chapter 13. Families & Religion

    Wk. 15. April 23. Chapter 14. Education & Health Care.

    Wk. 16. April 30. Chapter 15. Economy & Politics.

    Final over chapters 11-15.