SYG 2000 (6249) Principles of Sociology
MWF Period 9 (4:05-4:55)
Instructor: Mike Loree, M.A.
Office: TUR 3357
Office Hours: MWF 3:00-4:00 and by appointment
Office Phone: 392-0265, Ext. 287
Textbooks: SOCIOLOGY: EXPLORING THE ARCHITECTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE. Author: thDavid Newman 5 Edition
SOCIOLOGY: EXPLORING THE ARCHITECTURE OF EVERYDAY LIFE READINGS. Author: thDavid Newman and Jodi O’Brien 5 Edition
Course Objectives: A major goal of this course is to help students learn to go beyond their personal biographies and experiences and view the social world in terms of some unifying perspective (sociological insight) as well as in terms of realizing that our own personal biographies are not the reality for everyone. This sounds straight forward enough, but history continually tells us that seeing “the big picture” of society is one of the most difficult things to accomplish. The sociological perspective, on a general level, represents a way of studying, defining, and interpreting the social world. The student who correctly applies her/himself should leave this course with a more disciplined method for gaining valuable insights into group behavior.
Specific goals are that you:
; Develop a sociological perspective to understand social issues; that is, to help you
to see different ways of organizing empirical observations into an explanatory
and/or predictive framework.
; Retain the realization that societal and structural factors profoundly influence an
individual’s behavior and development.
; Develop an ability to look critically at our society and its institutions, as well as
learning to foster a critical, but non-ethnocentric, understanding of other cultures.
; Learn persistently applied understanding of the difference between individual
opinions that are based on a narrow range of experienced behavior versus an
assessment based on a body of data gathered through scientific investigation.
Course Description: This course utilizes a lecture, discussion, multi-media, and question/answer format. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions and
ask questions when the need arises. These questions can help to introduce new points for discussion. Material generated from lecture may well appear in exams.
This course for Spring 2008 is a General Education Course. You must be registered for this particular section by the Drop/Add deadline. In other words, no one may take an exam and then try to get into the course. THIS COURSE DOES NOT SATISFY ANY ASPECT OF THE WRITING REQUIREMENT OF 24,000 WORDS.
Students with Disabilities: Students requiring classroom accommodation must first
register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the instructor when requesting accommodation.
Make-up Exams and/or Incompletes: Under the gravest of circumstances of your
missing an exam, you must notify me in advance to see if you can take a make-up exam
If you are ill, under medical treatment, are incarcerated or have some special consideration, let me know and I will do everything I can to help out. If you are gravely ill and are undergoing debilitating treatment (e.g. radiation treatment), let me know so we can make as many adjustments as possible, so that you and I can work together to help you to complete the course. I will do all that I can to assist you.
Point Distribution: This course is worth a total of 300 points.
Exams: There are three exams. Students may not take an exam out of the classroom or office nor may they write down exam questions. Engaging in any kind of this activity will result in the student receiving an “E.”
Each exam is worth 100 points. Exams will consist of an array of multiple guess and true/false questions. Exams are not cumulative.
If you come in late for an exam and a student has already turned in a completed exam, you cannot take the regular exam. If you come in late for an exam before anyone has completed his or her exam, you may take it but will not have a time extension (that would be unfair to the other students who arrived on time to have the full time allotted to take the exam).
No students will be given an incomplete for this course! In the worst of cases, if missing
an exam a student must contact the instructor in advance for possibly arranging a make-
up at a later date.
In-Class Participation is a must. I will adjust the difficulty of the exams based on the
level of class participation exhibited. The more you talk and engage the subject matter in class, the easier I will make the exams.
Points and Grade Breakdown:
Exam One: 100 points
Exam Two: 100 points
Exam Three (Final): 100 points
Total: 300 points
E Below 60%
Be Respectful! In SYG 2000 we will likely discuss some topics often considered by some to be controversial and/or “sensitive.” This is an open discussion and no one should feel intimidated or threatened by other students when expressing her or his views during class time. Be respectful toward your peers. Despite any disagreements you might have, never “take a cheap shot” at someone by getting personal.
Important note: I reserve the right to make any changes to the content of the course that I see fit. For instance, I might decide to cancel class, show an additional video or I could pass around an attendance sheet during class.
Week 1: Introduction to Sociology
1/7: Discuss syllabus and give brief outline of the upcoming semester 1/9: The Sociological Imagination and the history of the discipline of Sociology 1/11: Reader pp. 1-11
Week 2: Individual and Society
1/14: Text pp. 1-17
1/16: Text pp. 18-35
1/18: Text pp. 36-50
Week 3: Individual and Society/The Construction of Self and Society
1/21: Dr. King’s Birthday (observed) NO CLASS
1/23: Reader pp. 12-26
1/25: Text pp. 51-68
Week 4: Building Order: Culture and History 1/27: Text pp. 69-93
1/30: Reader pp. 45-66
2/1: Text pp. 94-104
Week 5: Building Order: Culture and History/Building Identity: Socialization
2/4: Text pp. 105-126
2/6: Reader pp. 101-113
2/8: Text pp. 127-146
Week 6: Exam 1
2/11: Text pp. 147-162
2/13: Exam 1
2/15: Mental Health Day NO CLASS
Week 7: Building Image: The Presentation of Self 2/18: Reader pp. 147-156
2/19: Text pp. 163- 181
2/22: Text pp. 182-198
Week 8: Building Social Relationships: Intimacy and Families
2/25: Reader pp. 162-177
2/27: Text pp. 199-221
2/29: Text pp. 222-243
Week 9: Constructing Difference: Social Deviance 3/3: Reader pp. 205-220
3/5: Text pp. 244-250
3/7: Text pp. 251-282
Week 10: Social Structure, Institutions, and Everyday Life
3/17: Reader pp. 221-235
3/19: Text pp. 283-295
3/21: Text pp. 296-326
Week 11: Social Class and Inequality 3/24: Exam 2
3/26: Reader pp. 261-271
3/28: Text pp. 327-352
Week 12: Race and Ethnicity
3/31: Text pp. 353-380
4/2: Reader pp. 272-284
4/4: Text pp. 381-401
Week 13: Sex and Gender.
4/7: Text pp. 402-425
4/9: Reader pp. 318-332
4/11: Text pp. 426-443
Week 14: Population
4/14: Text pp. 444-461
4/16: Reader pp. 344-350
4/18: Text pp. 462-479
Week 15: The Family
4/21: Text pp. 480-501
4/23: Exam 3
Student Honor Code: Students taking this course are bound by all academic mandates of
doing their own work for all aspects of this course (refer to Student Honor Code:
Academic Honesty Guidelines, expulsion etc.).