General Sociology


  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 10359
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Pruitt, Debbie
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 213
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2812
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    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 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 10%
    Written assignments 35%
    Quizzes 30%
    Final Exam 25%
    Module Zero 0% but required

    Cengage (MindTap) activities:

    This class will utilize MindTap, a learning system provided by the publisher, Cengage Publishing. All reading will be done in MindTap and text is in a digital format. Each chapter will have corresponding work inside a link outside of Canvas which takes you to the assignments. Each of the chapters inside MindTap will have the same format. Always start with “Read” to read the chapter material. Students will “Analyze” which 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. Modules will also take you to “Understand” which is a 10 question quiz review of the material which you can take up to three times. 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 “understand” 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 will be worth 100 points each. All quizzes will be opened at the beginning of the module 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.

    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.


    If a student is within one point of less (1.00) for the next letter grade, this instructor has the prerogative to round up the final grade based on participation and quality of work. For example, if your grade is an 89.58 and you have participated regularly in class, I can round your B to an A.


    This class opens itself up to discussions on current events, some can even be controversial. Discussions will be based on videos, 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 indicated due days 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. Discussions are a great opportunity to share your thoughts on topics of interest and pertinence to the class.


    This class opens itself up too 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 in Modules on how to cite ASA. Papers should be written in Word in order to be uploaded to Canvas. “TurnItIn” 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 Brainfuse where a tutor will gladly review your written work, whether in discussions or a paper, to ensure it meets proper communication and English standards. Points will be lost for poorly written and non-grammatically correct work.
    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.
    Basic criteria for campus communication, whether it is written work or email:
    • No text language (for example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK, etc.)
    • Correct spelling and proper capitalization
    • Complete sentences (start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period)
    • Logical organization.

    When sending a message via Canvas or email, address professors professionally. Example: Dear Professor Pruitt versus “hey” or just writing your message. I will also respond professionally. If chronic problems are observed, I will send you a message about proper communication skills.


    Since this is an online course and writing is essential, if you find that you are unsure about your writing ability, please utilize the Academic Success Center or Brainfuse. There are now links on the homepage on Canvas for many helpful college resources and help can be obtained online for convenience. Email the Academic Success Center at: This is an excellent resource for professional writing help.
    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 and points can be lost for not complying with discussion dates.


    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. Even if you have completed Module Zero in the past, it must be completed again in order to move on.

    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.

    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:

    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.


    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 Thursday, April 18, 2019. 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 two chapters 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 any MindTap activities, complete any discussion and/or written paper, take the chapter quiz.

    General Sociology, Spring 2019
    There is a more specific roadmap to scheduling in Canvas.

    Remember to allot time for this course as it will move at twice the speed of a regular semester course

    Week 1. March 11-17. Course Information Module, Module Zero,
    Chapter 1 (The Sociological Perspective) and
    Chapter 2 (Culture)

    Week 2. March 18-24. Chapter 3 (Sociological Research) and
    Chapter 4(Socialization and the Life Course)

    Week 3 & 4. MARCH 25-31. SPRING BREAK ON CAMPUS. Assignments will be open for two weeks to compensate.
    March 25-April 7. Chapter 5 (Structure & Social Interaction.)
    Chapter 6 (Groups & Organizations)
    Chapter 7 (Deviance and Crime

    Week 5. April 8-14.Chapter 8 (Social Stratification)
    Chapter 9 (Global Stratification)

    Week 6. April 15-21. Chapter 10 (Race and Ethnicity)
    Chapter 11, (Gender Stratification)

    Week 7. April 22-28. Chapter 12 (Sexuality)
    Chapter 13 (Family and Religion)

    Week 8. April 29-May 5. Chapter 14 (Education & Health Care)
    Chapter 15 (Political and Economic Systems)

    May 6-8 FINALS WEEK