NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

General Sociology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 10359
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Pruitt, Debbie
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 213
    H. Email Address: DPruitt@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2812
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    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.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    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.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

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

    Suggested:

    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.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    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.

    Each chapter covered in this class with have questions assigned to answer. Be thorough in your response and grades will be assessed based on the completeness of your answer. Chapter assignments are worth 100 points. This online class is an 8 week semester. Therefore it moves at twice the rate of a regular semester. Please be aware of the importance of staying abreast of your work.

    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 open enough days that there should not be an excuse for not taking the tests. Stay in touch with the instructor in the event you have an issue.

    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. Papers will cover a video presentations link in the chapter module. Reactions will be based on criteria provided by the instructor on Canvas. Instructor seeks your opinion/reaction of 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 material presented. Papers will be uploaded to Canvas.

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

    Use Microsoft Word or Google Docs when writing papers to be uploaded to Canvas. If you do not have these programs consider using another computer or converting your work to Word or Docs prior to submission.

    The points you earn in this class are maintained in Canvas where you can track your grades.

    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.

    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.

    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 one other student’s post. Discussions will be worth 10 points each.

    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.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    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 www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    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 www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    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.

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    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 krueda@nmjc.edu.

    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 canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    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.

    Plagiarism
    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 in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    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 www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. 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.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    The goal of this class is to cover two chapters a week from the textbook. 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 8 week online course. It will move at twice the pace of a full semester course, therefore, 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.

    Wk 1: March 13. Chapter 1 & 3. (not covering chapter 2. Complete Module zero on Canvas for a grade. Watch video and turn in reaction paper #1.

    Wk 2: March 20. Chapter 4 & 5. Reaction paper #1 due.

    Wk 3: March 27-31. Spring break on Campus

    Wk 4: April 3. chapter 6. Test over chapters 1,2,4 & 5.

    Wk 5: April 10 Chapter 7. Video #2 & Reaction paper due.

    Wk 6: April 17. Chapter 8 & 10. Test over chapter 6-7

    Wk 7: April 24. Chapter 11 & 12. Test over chapter 8-11

    Wk. 8: May 1.

    May 8-10. Final Exam