General Sociology


  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 30346
    C. Semester: Fall 2018
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Reed, Kenneth
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 212
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2810
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:15:00 PM-1:15:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Summer 2018 office schedule work phone 575-492-2810, C-575-441-4817 PLEASE leave a voice mail! as NMJC Student & canvas e-mail I will respond within a 24 hr period.
    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.



    Andersen, Margaret; Taylor, Howard. Sociology, The Essentials. Cengage Learning.9th Edition.

    MindTap Sociology, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card, Enhanced for Andersen/Taylor's Sociology: The Essentials ISBN 9781337569101

    This text is in digital format and available via an Access Code that can be purchased at the NMJC Bookstore. You MUST have an access code for this class in order to participate in MindTap activities and requirements. Students should have access to a reliable computer and Internet access.


    As an option, if you want a hard bound copy of the text, it can also be purchased at the NMJC bookstore. It is available in a bound textbook or a loose-leaf format. Loose-leaf with MindTap Access Code: ISBN# 9781337883450. Bound text packed with MindTap Access Code: ISBN# 9781337883412. Digital format is required however.

    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. In addition to lecture, students will complete assignments in MindTap, a learning system provided by the publisher, Cengage. Work will be required out of class.

    Grades in this class will be weighted and assigned as follows:
    Cengage (MindTap) Activities 10%
    Chapter Quizzes 20%
    Discussion 20%
    Papers 15%
    Attendance 10%
    Final Exam 25%
    Module Zero (required) 0%

    Cengage (MindTap) activities: This class will utilize MindTap, a learning system provided by the publisher, Cengage Publishing. Each chapter will have corresponding work inside a link outside of Canvas. Each of the chapters inside MindTap will have the same format. Students will “Explore” which entails discovering your sociological imagination. There will be short scenarios in which the students selects a choice, followed by a written explanation of what you gained from the exercise, which is graded for content. Students will “Analyze” which again will walk the student through a series of selections in which you perform a self-assessment, followed by five higher level questions that gauge what you learned from the text material concepts. Finally, there is a section labeled “Understand” which is a 10 question quiz review of the material. You must have access to a reliable computer, either at home or school, in order to complete MindTap activities, as well as other out of class assignments. MindTap exercises will not show up on your Canvas page as a “to do” assignment, so students must access Canvas regularly to complete this and other assignments.

    Chapter Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered at the end of each chapter. Quizzes will be taken on Canvas and will be multiple choice and/or short answer and will be worth 100 points each. All quizzes will be opened at the end of lecture for that chapter material. Once you open the exam in Canvas, be prepared to complete it. Quizzes will be open enough days that there should be no excuse for not taking the quiz on time. Questions will be randomly generated from a question test bank and quizzes will be timed in order to minimize cheating. Quizzes must be proctored either via the NMJC Testing Center, high school monitor (if ITV), or student must use Proctorio. In addition to a reliable computer to complete homework assignments, students must have a reliable Internet connection to complete exams.

    Proctorio is a test monitoring system whereby the student is observed taking an exam remotely. Proctorio utilizes Google Chrome and there is a $20.00 fee for that test monitoring service.

    Discussions: This class opens itself up to discussions and some students are hesitant to speak up and share their opinion in a classroom setting. Discussions allows all students to express their opinion. Discussions will be based on material and/or questions posed by the instructor. Students are required to respond to a minimum of two of their fellow students, but encouraged to “discuss” with more. Discussions should be posted by Wednesday of the week to allow students time to read posts and respond. This allows everyone the opportunity to express their opinion on topics and discussions are not limited to topics posed by the instructor. Discussions are graded and points may be deducted for not responding to a minimum of two classmates or not providing some depth in the response, either in your response or reply. We will remember that everyone is entitled to their opinion and be considerate of other’s opinions.

    Papers: This class opens itself up to many interesting topics. The instructor will post either a video, an article of interest or an assignment on the Canvas site. Students will be required to read/watch the information on their own time and then write a paper on the material presented. Papers will be a minimum of one page, a maximum of three pages. Guideline questions will be provided for each assignment. Papers will be uploaded to Canvas for grading. Papers will be double spaced, 12 pt. font, and sources are always cited in ASA (American Sociological Association) format. Links are provided on how to cite ASA. Papers should be written in Word in order to be uploaded to Canvas. “Turn It In” will be utilized for papers to ensure that there is no plagiarism. If a student has problems with writing skills, please utilize the Academic Success Center where a tutor will gladly review your written work, whether in discussions or a paper, to ensure it meets proper communication standards.
    In order to receive the best possible grade for all written work, refer to the rubric that is attached to each assignment. Grading will be done via the rubric in order to standardize grading.

    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. Since attendance is 10% of the grade in this class, excessive absenteeism will affect your grade. Roll will be taken every class and attendance will also be maintained in Canvas where absences and tardy are tracked. 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.

    The Final Exam will be comprehensive and cover the material from the entire semester. All past exams will be opened for review, as well as the PowerPoint notes. Final exam questions will be selected to ensure that students have an understanding of the learning objectives from the institution and the State of New Mexico.

    Module Zero: Please complete Module Zero in this class. Module Zero is designed to help you get an understanding on how to navigate Canvas. Module Zero is a requirement, but the scores will not count toward a grade. If you are a first time student at NMJC and have never worked in Canvas, this is a resource for you to learn many of the skills necessary to utilize Canvas and be a successful student.

    Communication Standards: Concerning the use of proper English, grammar, and spelling: In this class you are being taught skills to help you become a successful student and eventually a successful employee. The expectation at NMJC is that you turn in professional college level work. If there is work turned in with poor grammar, spelling, English, or text type language, you will lose points on a written assignment. There is a link in Canvas on the proper communication standards for this class as well as the grading rubric.

    The recommended programs to use on your 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 a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet may not be compatible with 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 and need those programs.

    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.

    If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Mobile and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments.

    Your grades are maintained in Canvas so that you can easily track your progress. If assignments are not graded in a timely manner, please contact the instructor to make sure your assignment was uploaded correctly.

    The first week of class, review the course information module. This will familiarize you with Canvas and NMJC resources for being a successful student. Then complete Module Zero on Canvas. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments that will help you to get comfortable with 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. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED. There should be plenty of time in the week to complete the assignments.

    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.

    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. The assignments are posted in Canvas with ample opportunity to submit the work. Be aware that any approved late work can result in a lowering of your grade. But as a policy: NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED


    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 Tuesday, November 20, 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 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.

    Each module in Canvas will have the same format: Read the online text, complete the MindTap activities (3), complete any discussion and/or written paper.

    Wk 1: August 20. Syllabus review/MindTap review. Chapter 1, The Sociological Perspective. Complete Module zero on Canvas for a grade. Canvas assignments: MindTap activities, Discussion and written paper, and weekly quiz.

    Wk 2: August 27 Chapter 2, Culture.

    Wk 3: September 3. Chapter 3,Doing Sociological Research. NO CLASS MONDAY FOR LABOR DAY

    Wk 4: September 10 Chapter 4, Socialization and the Life Course.

    Wk 5: September 17. Chapter 5. Social Structure and Social Interaction

    Wk 6: September 24. Chapter 6. Groups & Organizations

    Wk 7: October 1. Chapter 7. Deviance and Crime. NO CLASS OCTOBER 3 FOR DISCOVER NMJC DAY.

    Wk 8: October 8. Chapter 8. Social Class and Social Stratification

    Wk 9: October 15. Chapter 9. Global Stratification

    Wk 10: October 22. Chapter 10. Race and Ethnicity

    Wk. 11: October 29. Chapter 11. Gender NOVEMBER 1: COUNTY-WIDE IN-SERVICE

    Wk 12: November 5. Chapter 12. Sexuality

    Wk 13: November 12. Chapter 13. Families and Religion


    Wk 14: November 26. Chapter 14. Education and Health Care

    Wk 15: December 3. Chapter 15. Economy & Politics

    December 10-12. FINALS WEEK. Finals must be taken on the assigned days and times. No exceptions.