NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

General Sociology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: General Sociology
    B. Course Number: SO 213 - 30339
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 10:00:00 AM - 10:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Reed, Kenneth
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 212
    H. Email Address: KReed@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2810
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 1:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 12:15:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Summer 2019 office schedule work phone , C-575-441-4817 PLEASE leave a voice mail! as NMJC Student Kreed@nmjc.edu & canvas e-mail I will respond within a 24 hr period.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH205
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    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.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    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.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    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.

    Suggested:

    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.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    This class will be run in a lecture format, drawing from the readings, class exercises, videos, and presentations as well as the experiences and perspectives of the instructor and students. Assignments are to be read prior to the scheduled class time for that topic on the syllabus. Your questions, comments and reactions to the text can be important contributions to our class discussion. In addition to lecture, students will complete assignments in MindTap, a learning system provided by the publisher, Cengage. Work will be required out of class.

    Grades in this class will be weighted and assigned as follows:
    Cengage (MindTap) Activities 20%
    Exams (5) 50%
    Online Discussions (10) 10%
    Online Assignments (10) 10%
    Attendance 10%

    Module Zero (required) 0%

    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.

    Chapter Quizzes:

    Discussions: This class opens itself up to discussions and some students are hesitant to speak up and share their opinion in a classroom setting. Discussions allows all students to express their opinion. 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.

    Papers: 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 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.

    Attendance: As in a job setting, you are expected to attend class and notify the instructor if you are unable to attend class. Failure to attend regularly and participate has been shown to result in a lowering of your grade as well as affecting your financial aid eligibility. Attendance therefore is encouraged. Since attendance is 10% of the grade in this class, excessive absenteeism will affect your grade. Roll will be taken every class and attendance will also be maintained in Canvas where absences and tardy are tracked. Points are lost by being absent and tardy. A roll sheet is passed around each class period and failure to sign in could result in being counted absent.

    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.

    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.

    CANVAS:
    The recommended programs to use on your 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 a NMJC computer or convert your work prior to submission. Uploading assignments via your phone or tablet may not be compatible with 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 and need those programs.

    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.

    If you have a smart phone, consider downloading the Canvas app. This will enable you to see notices and changes that are made to Canvas assignments. Make checking Canvas a regular habit as the Instructor will send messages and notices via Canvas. Mobile and tablet devices are for viewing the courses only and not for submitting assignments.

    Your grades are maintained in Canvas so that you can easily track your progress. If assignments are not graded in a timely manner, please contact the instructor to make sure your assignment was uploaded correctly.

    The first week of class, review the course information module. This will familiarize you with Canvas and NMJC resources for being a successful student. Then complete Module Zero on Canvas. This will familiarize you with Canvas as well as completing a variety of assignments that will help you to get comfortable with Canvas.

    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 due date. NO LATE WORK ACCEPTED. There should be plenty of time in the week to complete the assignments.

    This class opens itself up to discussion on current events. 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 participate and stay abreast of current events for class discussions.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    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.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

    - Describe the historical development of sociology, including its development as a scientific field.
    - Analyze the ways culture is shared, acquired and influences behavior.
    -Explain the causes, theories, extent and control of deviance
    - Discuss the process by which a society acquires proper social behavior
    - Articulate the nature and functions of social groups
    -Identify inequalities within society and how social class is stratified
    -Explain variations in marriage and families, along with reasons for their existence
    -Articulate the significance of race and ethnicity in society
    -Identify the social, psychological, and cultural attributes of gender
    -Identify the causes and consequences of population growth
    -Describe major institutions and social issues such as religion, education, the political systems, health and aging
    -Articulate the impact of global stratification as recognized through globalization

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT
  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    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.

  12. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    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

  13. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    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 specialneeds@nmjc.edu.

    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.

    Plagiarism
    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 www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  14. CRITICAL INCIDENT AND EVACUATION PLAN
  15. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  16. FINALS SCHEDULE
  17. COURSE OUTLINE

    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.

    Aug.30 Exam I
    Sept.20 Exam II
    Oct.18 Exam III
    Nov. Exam IV
    Dec. 9-11 Finals


    December 9-11. FINALS WEEK. Finals must be taken on the assigned days and times. No exceptions.