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    The University of Texas at San Antonio

    DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

    Fall 2009

    Shaun.hedgepeth@utsa.edu or 481-3076 (Don’t call past 9:00PM)

    1. COURSE INFORMATION:

    Name: Intro. to the Study of Society (Web Enhanced) Course number: 1013.008 MW 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM Room: HSS 2.01.32

    Credit Hours: 3

    Professor: Dr. S. F. Hedgepeth

    Catalog Description:

    An introduction to the study of human groups, the relations of individuals to

    groups, and the process of becoming a group member and functioning in a

    group setting.

    2. PREREQUISITES: None.

    3. REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

    Think Sociology

    by: John Carl

    ISBN-10: 0131754599

    ISBN-13: 9780131754591

    Publisher: Prentice Hall

    Copyright: 2010

    Format: Paper; 312 pp

    Published: 12/28/2008

4. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION: Lecture, Group interaction/processes,

     Group Think, films, and presentation of periodicals and text information, and

    Internet Research.5. COURSE GRADE: There will be three exams, plus a final (Final: Fri, Dec 11, 01:30 pm - 04:00 pm), presentations (Group & weekly), a folder (SOTT) to turn in,

    various assignments (TBA), and an attendance grade. Students will be required

    to read an article or a periodical for each class meeting, write a two paragraph

    synopsis for each (15), and make a brief presentation to the class when asked to

    do so. This will be known as "The Sign of the Times". The articles must be of a

    sociological nature, and will be kept in an electronic folder that will be turned

    in at the end of the semester (the last day of class via the Web-Ct email) for

    grading purposes.

    6. STUDENT ACADEMIC COMPETENCIES AND OUTCOMES: A. This course will provide students an opportunity to master a general

    understanding of the basic terms and concepts.

    B. This course will provide students an opportunity to master a working

    knowledge of the various victimology and crime theories. C. This course will provide students an opportunity to master knowledge of

    theories of norms such as mores, folkways, and deviance, social change,

    social organization, social institutions and social issues. D. This course will provide students an opportunity to master the

    development of tolerance of diversity and the morality of others. 7. Conduct: All students must conduct their behavior with the utmost respect for the Professor as well as the other students. Insubordination, class disruptions, or inappropriateness will not be tolerated. Those students that cannot control themselves will be asked to leave or will be removed by the Police. * Read your student handbook for details of the aforementioned. 8. Attendance Policy:

    In order to pass this class you MUST attend. Students that are excessively

    absent or leave early will be reported to the Registrar’s office where you will

    receive an automatic “F” in the course. Students that just come to take the

    exams will not pass this class. Students that are absent two times (6 hours)

will receive a zero for their attendance grade in this course (10 % of your

    course grade). No exceptions! An excused absence is one that is

    accompanied by a signed Doctor’s note, Funeral Director’s letter, or

    Commanding Officer’s letter (for Military personnel). The aforementioned

    must include: an address, phone number(s), dates, and in and out times for

    verification. Excuses are valid only for you, not uncles, aunts, grandmothers,

    mothers, fathers, nieces, nephews, etc… unless they have expired and you

    must attend their funeral. It is your responsibility to arrange a way to attend

    this class (via bus, Taxi Cab, etc…). You will be given points for attendance

    that will influence your final grade substantially. All excuse letters must be

    submitted the next class meeting after your absence. Do not try to submit

    them later than this as I will not accept them. Points will be deducted for unexcused absences and the aforementioned will also be applied. * See

    student handbook for details.Tardies: A student is considered to be tardy if he/she enters the room

    anytime after the start of class. Two tardies will equal one absence. If you

    are later than ten minutes to class, don’t bother coming in. This is

    considered to be a disruption to the class. If you are tardy on a test day,

    you will not be allowed to enter the room or take the test. I am not

    bound to giving make up exams. 9. Protocol:

    I am the instructor of this class; therefore, you must conduct business with

    me. I will be fair, honest, impartial, and sometimes stern (when needed). The

    student must keep up his/her end of the relationship or problems will arise. I

    am not responsible for dropping students when they become missing in

    action (MIA) or fail to come to class. The student must drop himself or herself or they will receive an F in the course not an I, IP, W, WP, or

    WF. If you start to experience problems that cannot be resolved, do yourself

    and everyone else a favor and drop yourself. * See the student handbook.

    10. Student Responsibilities:

    All students are responsible for completing all assigned readings, Sign

    of the Times Assignments, and other assignments in order to pass this

    class. Don’t expect to do well in this course if you do marginal work. You

    will fail this class if you don’t do the work. Students must incorporate all the aforementioned as their responsibilities. Remember, you’ve paid for the

course, but you have to earn your grade. Payment of the course doesn’t 11. Technology: guarantee you any particular grade. You must earn that grade.

    Although we live in a technological age, some technology can become a

    disruptive element. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off or muted

    before entering the room so that there are no disruptions. There are no

    recording devices allowed in classroom either. NO WEAPONS

    ALLOWED ON CAMPUS!! 12. Children:

    No children are allowed in the room as we will be discussing material of an

    adult content. Some of the subject matter is unsuitable for children’s ears;

    therefore, they are not allowed to enter the room. Baby sitters need to be

    reserved prior to class.

    13. Evaluation:

    Exams (4)=50% of your course grade. Final: Fri, Dec 11, 01:30 pm - 04:00 pm

    The “Sign of the Times” (SOTT) electronic folder (15% due the last day of

    class=December 2, 2009), Attendance (10%), Various Assignments (10%),

    and Participation (Group Presentation & Weekly SOTT Presentations)

    (15%)= 50%

    14. Make-Up Work & Notes: There are no make-ups. If a student has a verifiable excused absence, they will have the opportunity to take a different test (not the same as the one the

    class took) in the Sociology Department. This test will be more difficult.

    Regardless if you have an excused or unexcused absence, the student must

    obtain the notes from a fellow student, not the instructor. I don't take notes

    of myself; therefore, you should get this from a student. It is the student’s

    responsibility to contact the instructor in the event of missed exams, and to

    call and schedule a testing time with Mr. Kevin Bryan at 458-4626.

    Nota Bene, The lack of planning on the student’s part doesn’t necessitate an

    emergency on my part. Please refine your time management skills.

    15. ACADEMIC HONESTY

Ethical Standards

    The University can best function and accomplish its objectives in an

    atmosphere of high ethical standards. All students are expected and

    encouraged to contribute to such an atmosphere in every way possible,

    especially by observing all accepted principles of academic honesty. It is

    recognized, however, that a large university will include a few students who

    do not understand, appreciate, or practice these principles. Consequently,

    alleged cases of academic dishonesty involving UTSA students will

    inevitably occur.

    Academic or scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating,

    plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that

    are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination

    for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student, or

    the attempt to commit such acts. Academic dishonesty is a violation of the

    Student Code of Conduct and is addressed in Appendix B, Sec. 203 of this

    bulletin.

    Students are not at liberty to disregard previous college work attempted. All

    students transferring to UTSA must list all colleges attended on their UTSA

    application for admission. While enrolled at UTSA, students who attend

    other colleges are required to submit official academic transcripts to the

    Office of Admissions from every college attended at the end of the semester

    during which coursework was undertaken, even if coursework has been

    withdrawn. This includes concurrent enrollment while attending UTSA.

    Failure to do so may result in the rejection of the admission application,

    withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of enrollment,

    permanent dismissal from UTSA, or other appropriate disciplinary action.

    (See http://www.utsa.edu/InfoGuide/ch4ug.cfm ).

    16. Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays: 8:15 pm to 9:15 pm. I can

    meet with anyone via appointment. The best time to catch me is before or

    after your scheduled class or by calling 210-771-3357 or email at

    shaun.hedgepeth@utsa.edu .

17. Topical Outline:

    SOCIOLOGY/SOC 1013.008 (Intro to the Study of Society)

    TOPICAL OUTLINE/Reading Assignments: Please read the following chapters before the date listed so that you can understand

    the material and converse with me and your fellow students. 8/26-8/31-Chapter 1-Sociology

    9/2-9/9-Chapter 3- Culture

    9/14-9/16-Chapter 5- Socialization

    9/21-9/23-Chapter 7-Social Class in the United States; Chapter 8 Global Stratification;

    & Chapter 4 Social Structure and Interaction

    9/28- Exam #1

    9/30-Chapter 6- Groups and Societies

    10/5-10/7-Chapter 10-Racial and Ethnic Stratification 10/12-10/14-Chapter 11-Gender Stratification

    10/19-10/21-Chapter 12-Aging and Health

    10/26- Exam #2

    10/28-11/2-Chapter 14-Marriage and Family

    11/4-11/9-Chapter 13-Crime and the Legal System 11/11-11/16-Chapter 15-Education and Religion 11/18- Exam #3

    11/23-11/25-Chapter 14 Population and Environmental Impact; Chapter 16 Economy

    and Politics

    11/30-12/2-Chapter 17-Social Movements, Collective Behavior, and Social Change

    Final: Fri, Dec 11, 01:30 pm - 04:00 pm

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