General Sociology


  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 10079
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Th 6:00:00 PM - 9:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Navarro, Lisa
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours:
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH204

    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.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    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.

    Grades are calculated by a weighted system. Following is the weight assigned to each category of assignments:
    MindTap Exercises 15%
    Discussions 30%
    Quizzes/Exams 30%
    Papers 10%
    Final Exam 15%

    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.

    To access MindTap, go to the chapter modules. Click on the assignment you need to work on. For example, “Read” would be first and it would take you to the chapter material. To work on “Explore” just click on that link. It will take you outside of Canvas where you will be able to read and complete the assignments associated with each chapter.

    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.

    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.

    This class opens itself up to discussions on current events, some can even be controversial. 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.

    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 or Brain Fuse 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.

    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 points you earn in this class are maintained in Canvas where you can track your grades. There is sufficient time allotted for completion of the work in this online class. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    Consider downloading the Canvas app to your smart phone. This will enable you to get messages and check your work. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE YOUR PHONE TO WORK ON CANVAS ASSIGNMENTS OR TAKE TESTS.

    The recommended programs to use on your home 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 another computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet will not work in 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.

    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.

    The first week of class complete Module Zero and access the Course Information Module on Canvas. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments. This is a requirement but will not be counted toward your final grade. You cannot proceed in the course without completing Module Zero, so complete it in a timely manner.

    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. Inbox communication will be answered within 24 hours or 48 if on a weekend.

    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.


    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 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:
    Comprehend information to summarize, analyze, evaluate, and apply to a specific situation.
    Communicate in an accurate, correct, and understandable manner.
    Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    Define a problem and arrive at a logical solution.
    Use appropriate technology and information systems to collect, analyze, and organize information.
    Apply critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving to data.
    Self and Community
    Analyze and reflect on the ethical dimensions of legal, social, and / or scientific issues.
    Communicate an awareness of a variety of perspectives of ethical issues.
    Interact with individuals and within groups with integrity and awareness of others’ opinions, feelings and values.


    Upon completion of this course a student should be able to:

    Define sociological perspectives and the contribution that sociological knowledge can bring to the social sciences.

    Understand the sociological imagination and explain the relationships between social structures, social forces and individuals.

    Demonstrate the ability to apply the perspectives of symbolic interactionist theory, conflict theory, and structural-functionalist theory to qualitative and/or quantitative data.

    Understand and explain intersectionality and the connections between race, class, gender, disability, sexual identity and other forms of structural inequality.


    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
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend 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.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    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.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    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
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. 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 Thursday, April 18, 2019. 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.

    General Sociology, Spring 2019

    Week 1, January 14 Chapter 1, The Sociological Perspective
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 2, January 21 Chapter 2, Culture. No class Monday for holiday
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 3, January 28 Chapter 2 (cont), Chapter 3
    MindTap, Quiz. Paper, Discussion

    Week 4, February 4 Chapter 4, Socialization & Life Course
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 5, February 11 Chapter 5, Social Structure & Social Interaction
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 6, February 18 Chapter 6. Groups & Organizations
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 7, February 25 Chapter 7, Deviance & Crime

    Week 8, March 4 Chapter 7 continued
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 9, March 11 Chapter 8, Social Class & Social Stratification
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 10, March 18 Chapter 10, Race & Ethnicity
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 11, March 25 SPRING BREAK

    Week 12, April 1 Chapter 11, Gender
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 13, April 8 Chapter 12, Sexuality
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 14, April 15 Chapter 13, Families and Religion
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 15, April 22 Chapter 14, Education and Health Care
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 16, April 29 Chapter 15, Economy & Politics
    MindTap, Quiz, Paper, Discussion

    Week 17, May 6 FINALS. Final exams at NMJC are May 6-8.