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Course Information

    Course Information

Soc 1013.007 : Introduction to Sociology

    Fall 2009

    Tuesday & Thursday 3:30 4:45 P.M.

    Required Text: Carl, John D. 2010. Think Sociology. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ. Optional Text: Frey, William H. 2008. Allyn & Bacon Social Atlas of the United States. Pearson: Boston,


    Instructor Contact Information

Instructor: Todd Garrard, M.S.

    Office/Office Hours: 2:00 3:30 Tues & Thurs; Multidisciplinary Arts (MS) 3.02.42

    Phone: 210.458.5881: 1604 Adjunct office

     210.458.4620: Main Sociology office

     If you wish to leave a message, contact the main Sociology office.


    Please do not email via Blackboard.

This course is designed to give you an introduction to, and an overview of, the field of Sociology. We

    will discuss the basic ideas of theory and method as they are applied to the study of society, and we will

    examine the fundamental question of what should be the role or roles of those who study society. We

    will examine the concepts of group, society, culture, and socialization, looking at both macro and micro

    levels of analysis. We will consider some of the issues and areas that sociologists commonly study,

    including gender, crime, deviance, the family, economy, race, and the media. We will also look at a few

    of the current fads and problems in Sociology and question what may be the future of society.

    Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide you with a general understanding of what Sociology is and to teach

    you to think about some of the problems and issues with which sociologists are concerned. More

    importantly, our goal is to teach you to critically examine some of the most basic assumptions you hold

    about society, culture, and where we all fit in the picture.

The readings are very important to this course. We will be covering some areas of the assigned reading

    materials in more depth than others, so you must read the assignments thoroughly to get the details on

    the materials. You are responsible for all the readings assigned, whether we go over them in class or not.

The class lectures/discussions are meant to supplement the readings; they are not meant to be simply

    regurgitations of the text. By having everyone participate in the class discussions, helps strengthen

    knowledge of the readings and material presented there.

    Course Requirements and Evaluation


Grades are based on exams and attendance.

Exam = 30%

    Exam = 30%

    Exam = 30%

    Attendance = 10%

    Total = 100%


    There will be a total of four exams based on readings and lectures. However, the exam average will be based on the three highest test grades. The lowest test grade will be dropped.

    The final exam will be comprehensive and will include the final three chapters. The comprehensive questions will come directly from the previous three exams.

    The format for all of the tests will be multiple choice, true/false, and/or matching.

You will need a PARScore exam form (X-101864-PAR-L).

    Make-up exams will NOT be allowed without prior approval or due to a documented excuse, such as a doctor’s excuse, etc. NO EXCEPTIONS! All make-up exams will be an all essay format. Note: Being

    arrested does not qualify as an official excuse. This is still within your power to avoid. Court dates, however, do qualify. Also, a note from your parents is not an official excuse.

There will be NO provisions made for any extra credit.

    Attendance In order to participate in any discussions and to get a more complete understanding of sociological concepts and methods, attendance is necessary. You are allowed 3 absences. After 3, points will be deducted.

    Your attendance is worth 10% of your final grade. It is calculated by the number of days in the semester (that are counted = 25) minus the number of absences divided by 25.

Example: 5 absences.

     25 - 2 = 23 (3 absences are allowed)

     23/25 = .92 (.92 x 100 = 92% Attendance grade)

    Course Policies

    As they are distractions to others in the class, electronic devices, such as cell phones and iPods, must be turned off during class. Laptops are allowed but only for the purposes of taking notes or in adding to the class discussion. If too many people are distracted by students’ browsing irrelevant or inappropriate

    material, emailing, and/or instant messaging laptops will be disallowed as well.


While I want to encourage everyone to get involved in our class discussions, please keep side

    conversations to a minimum. Side conversations are distracting during class discussions and if everyone

    is talking at once, many important points are missed.

Leaving class early, without prior approval from your instructor, will result in an absence for that day.

A note about eating in class: Small snacks are fine (i.e. peanuts, candy bars, bag of chips, etc.), but

    please do not bring a meal to class. While the wafting odor of a Whataburger double-meat cheeseburger

    or tacos from Taco Cabana is a wonderful smell (to some), it is very distracting, especially to those who

    have not yet eaten. If you need to each breakfast or lunch, eat it before class.

As with eating, please try to take care of any bodily requirements before class.

If you fall asleep in class, I will embarrass you by waking you up and asking that you leave or leaving

    you where you are for the next class. This falls under the “bodily requirement rule” above.

During the in-class exam, no electronic devices of any kind will be allowed. If your cell phone rings or

    if you are seen using such a device (i.e. talking, texting, etc.) your exam will be taken up and you will be

    asked to leave.

Also, during in-class exams, no hats (baseball, cowboy, hoodies, sombreros, motorcycle helmets, etc.)

    will be allowed. The only exception is religious observance.

     University Policy Statements

Sec. 203. Scholastic Dishonesty

    A. The Office of Student Judicial Affairs or faculty may initiate disciplinary proceedings against

    any student accused of scholastic dishonesty.

    B. “Scholastic dishonesty” includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion,

     falsifying academic records, and any act designed to give unfair advantage to the student (such

     as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two

     courses without the prior permission of the instructor, providing false or misleading

     information in an effort to receive a postponement or an extension on a test, quiz, or other

     assignment), or the attempt to commit such an act.

    C. “Cheating” includes, but is not limited to:

     1. copying from another student’s test paper;

     2. using, during a test, materials not authorized by the person giving the test;

     3. failing to comply with instructions given by the person administering the test;

     4. possession during a test of materials which are not authorized by the person giving the

     test, such as class notes or specifically designed “crib notes.” The presence of textbooks

     constitutes a violation only if they have been specifically prohibited by the person administering

     the test;

     5. using, buying, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in whole or part the contents of

     an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program;

     6. collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test or other assignment

     without authority;

     7. discussing the contents of an examination with another student who will take the



     8. divulging the contents of an examination, for the purpose of preserving questions for use

     by another, when the instructor has designated that the examination is not to be removed

     from the examination room or not to be returned to the student;

     9. substituting for another person, or permitting another person to substitute for one’s self

     to take a course, or a test, or to complete a course-related assignment;

     10. paying or offering money or other valuable thing to, or coercing another person to

     obtain an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer program, or

     information about an unadministered test, test key, homework solution, or computer


     11. falsifying research data, laboratory reports, and/or other academic work offered for


     12. taking, keeping, misplacing, or damaging the property of the University or of another, if the

     student knows or reasonably should know that an unfair academic advantage would be gained

     by such conduct;

     13. misrepresenting facts, including providing false grades or résumés, for the purpose of

     obtaining an academic or financial benefit or injuring another student academically or

     financially; and

    14. attempting to commit or assisting with the commission or attempted commission of any of the

    foregoing listed offenses.

    D. “Plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the appropriation, buying, receiving as a gift, or

     obtaining by any means another’s work and the submission of it as one’s own academic work

     offered for credit.

    E. “Collusion” includes, but is not limited to, the unauthorized collaboration with another

     person in preparing academic assignments offered for credit or collaboration with

     another person to commit a violation of any section of the rules on scholastic dishonesty.

From the 2008 - 2009 UTSA Information Bulletin, 134 - 135.

Signing someone else’s name to the attendance sheet falls under scholastic dishonesty and the students

    involved will be reported.

    Course Outline

Week 1: August 27

    Introduction to the course.

Week 2: September 1 & 3

    Chapter 1: Sociology

Week 3: September 8 & 10

    Chapter 2: Sociological Research

Week 4: September 15 & 17

    Chapter 3: Culture


Week 5: September 22 & 24

    9/22: Exam 1

    9/24: Chapter 4: Social Structure and Interaction

Week 6: September 29 and October 1

    9/29: Chapter 4: Social Structure and Interaction 10/1: Chapter 5: Socialization

Week 7: October 6 & 8

    10/6: Chapter 5: Socialization

    10/8: Chapter 6: Groups and Societies

Week 8: October 13 & 15

    10/13: Chapter 6: Groups and Societies

    10/15: Exam 2

Week 9: October 20 & 22

    Chapter 7: Social Class in the United States

Week 10: October 27 & 29

    Chapter 9: Population and Environmental Impact Last day to drop with an automatic W for Students with 30 hours or more Thursday, October 29, 2009

Week 11: November 3 & 5

    Chapter 10: Race and Ethnic Stratification

Week 12: November 10 & 12

    11/10: Exam 3

    11/12: Chapter 11: Gender Stratification

Week 13: November 17 & 19

    11/17: Chapter 11: Gender Stratification 11/19: Chapter 12: Aging and Health

Week 14: November 24 & 26

    11/24: Chapter 12: Aging and Health

    11/26: Thanksgiving Holiday No Class!!!

Week 15: December 1 & 3

    Chapter 15: Education and Religion

    Last day to drop with an automatic W for students with 29 hours or less Wednesday, December 2,


Final Exam: 10:30 1:00. Friday, December 11, 2009


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