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Sociology 1000-630 Tuesday
Introduction to Sociology 6:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Fall, 2017

Room 101 Ottawa Center

3 Credit Hours  

Course Syllabus

Professor  Office Hours
Jean Batson-Turner M/W: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Office: B-323 TR: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Phone: 815-224-0268 T: 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ Ottawa Center
E-mail: jean_batsonturner@ivcc.edu  (and by appointment)


I.       Course Description (from college catalog)

Sociology 1000 is an introductory course dealing with basic principles, concepts and terminology.  Efforts will be made to develop sociological insights into the study of human social behavior, society, culture, and social interaction.  Sociocultural issues are examined.


No prerequisite is required for Sociology 1000.


II.     General Education Goals

·         Goal 1: To apply analytical and problem solving skills to personal, social, and professional issues and situations.
·         Goal 2: To communicate successfully, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.
·         Goal 3: To construct a critical awareness of and appreciation for diversity.
·         Goal 5: To develop interpersonal capacity.


III.    Expected Student Outcomes

          Upon successful completion of Sociology 1000:

1)  Students will be able to recognize, define, and understand the basic terms, concepts and principles of sociology.
2)  Students will understand, compare and contrast sociological theories and perspectives with the other major social sciences.
3) Students will develop and articulate their interest in the observation and analysis of social life, not only in our culture, but also in a cross-cultural sense.

Students will demonstrate understanding of the cultural diversity in our global community.

5) Students will utilize critical thinking skills in the scientific analysis of social data.

Students will demonstrate understanding of social institutions.

7) Students will demonstrate understanding of racial relationships, ethnic groups, crime and deviance, aging, sexual behaviors, and gender issues.
8)  Students will be able to apply knowledge of sociological theory and principles to their interactions with individuals and groups with varied roles, relationships, and status.


IV.     Class Policies and Procedures

 Attendance Policy and Class Participation

It is expected that students will attend class regularly and arrive on time.  Missed chapter quizzes and in-class exercises cannot be made up.  All students are encouraged to participate in class discussion, contributing to a diverse analysis and discussion of social problems and human experiences.  Please come to class with an open mind and prepared having read assigned chapters and ready to participate in class discussion.  It is the student’s responsibility to read the required material before class to allow for better classroom discussions.  There will be a variety of classroom opportunities for meaningful reflection and exchange of ideas.  The instructor is committed to fostering a safe environment for learning and skills development, so always feel free to ask questions, offer comments and suggestions, and share your thoughts.  To achieve the goal of a safe, effective learning environment, emphasis will be placed on the emulation of IVCC’s core values: responsibility, caring, honesty, fairness, and respect.  Due to the importance of attendance, penalties will be assessed for each absence.  There are no excused absences according to college policy.  Therefore, please schedule any doctor appointments, job interviews, or the like outside of class time.


Classroom Behavior

Participating in class discussion, staying alert, and being in class on a regular basis is essential to your learning and doing well in this course.  Being present for each class will assist you in making sure you are prepared for the final exam.  Focus on learning and the grades will come.  Please be respectful of our peers at all times.  Talking, whispering, or other immature acts hinder the learning process for you and your peers and will result in your class participation grade being lowered.  Please refer to page 149 in the Student Handbook for Student Code of Conduct.  Disruptive, loud, disrespectful outbursts/conduct will not be tolerated and could result in your being asked to leave the classroom.  Please be respectful.



Effective Summer 2011, students will have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes.  By completing the form in the Records Office or at www.ivcc.edu/withdraw, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course.  Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature.  IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.

Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid.  It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.  Last day for withdrawal is November 3, 2017.


Plagiarism is the use of another person’s ideas, information, or exact words without properly acknowledging the source in accordance with a standard system of documentation.  Plagiarism often occurs when students use someone else’s work and submit it as their own.  Plagiarism is a serious offense.  Anything a student turns in that contains plagiarism will result in the grade of Zero (0) for that assignment.  Refer to IVCC’s “Student Code of Conduct” for the college’s statement of policy concerning plagiarism.


Student Success and Career Exploration

 If students demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and to succeed in this course, they can achieve academic success and acquire critical skills for social living.  A positive attitude and willingness to work and learn will pay off, so read the text carefully, pay attention in class and take notes that are helpful to you, complete assignments regularly, and be enthusiastic about sharing your ideas and experiences.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for additional assistance to help you succeed in the course.  If you are having difficulty learning and achieving success, please discuss any problems with the instructor.  Also, keep in mind that IVCC has a variety of assessment and support services to assist with academic achievement. 


Financial Aid Statement

Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid.  Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.


Academic Accommodations Statement and Support Services

In an effort to create a classroom environment that maximizes the success of all students, I encourage you to make me aware of any barriers that may inhibit your learning.  Feel free to speak to me at any time about concerns or questions you may have about assignments, activities, or assessments.  The college provides several support services for students who have barriers to learning.  They include, but are not limited to: Disability Services Office, Writing Center/Peer Tutoring, Counseling Center, and Project Success.  Please see me if you want to learn more about any of the services.  You are encouraged to utilize these support services.

In particular, you may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a documented physical, psychiatric (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, AD/HD, post-traumatic stress, or others) or cognitive disability such as a learning disability.  If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at (tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, 224-0284) or stop by office C-211.

The Basic Computer Skills Inventory is free to students and will assess their computer concepts, file management, word processing, Internet, email, PowerPoint and keyboarding skills utilizing hands-on exercises and objective questions.  If a student is unsure about his/her computer skill level, you are encouraged to contact the Assessment Center and make an appointment to complete the inventory.

The IVCC Writing Center offers free, unlimited, one-on-one tutoring for students in any class at any stage of their writing process.  The Writing Center staff, which includes faculty and student tutors, is happy to assist students in understanding assignments, brainstorming topics, organizing and developing ideas, and revising and editing drafts.  Our Quick Query service provides help with basic writing questions via email.  The Writing Center also has handouts on grammar and style, writing reference materials, and documentation manuals available in the Center and in the Stylebook (http://www.ivcc.edu/stylebook).  The schedule, appointment availability, and Quick Query instructions can be found by visiting the Web site (http://www.ivcc.edu/writingcenter), calling the Learning Commons at 815-224-0318, or stopping by the Writing Center in the Learning Commons.

Electronic Devices

There will be no use of any electronic devices by students in the classroom except by permission of the instructor.  Do not “text message” while in class or play games on your phone; this will result in your class participation grade being lowered.


Student Handbook

Please refer to your Student Handbook for information about all of IVCC’s Policies and Procedures.


V.       Required Texts:

The Sociology Project, Jeff Manza, Pearson, 2013.


VI.     Course Requirements and Methods of Evaluation


In-class exercises:

In-class exercises and small-group activities will be utilized throughout the semester to supplement class lectures. These in-class exercises cannot be made up.


Reflection Journal:

Students will be given out-of-class assignments as chapter material is covered.  These assignments will include critical-thinking application reflections, web/research activities, and writing exercises.  Each journal entry must be neatly typed, a minimum of two paragraphs, and titled and dated.  These assignments will be due on the date the material is discussed in class.  Late journals will not be accepted. Sloppy work will not be accepted.


Unit Tests:

Unit tests will be given according to schedule of assignments.  There will be no make-up tests!


Final Exam:

The final exam will be administered during the last week of the term. The Final Exam will be an accumulative essay exam, covering all the chapters covered during the semester.


Bonus Points:

Students can earn up to 20 extra-credit bonus points. Extra credit activities include: volunteer work, special topics/readings, workshops, on-campus lectures, etc.



Final course grades will be determined as follows:


                             In-class                 100 pts.       25%

                             Response Journal   100pts.        25%

                             Chapter Tests       100pts.        25%

                             Final Exam             100pts.        25%


          The student’s final grade will be determined by adding the total points and dividing by four.


          The grading for this course will follow the grading scale:


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



VII. Tentative Schedule of Assignments

8/22 Introduction
  Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination
Week 2               
8/29 Chapter 1: (continued)
  Chapter 2: Studying The Social World
Week 3  
9/4 Labor Day - College Closed
9/5 Chapter 2: continued
  Chapter 3: Social Interaction
Week 4                          
9/12 Unit Test 1: Chapters 1 – 3
  Test I Essay Due
  Chapter 4: Social Structure
Week 5  
9/19 Chapter 4: (continued)
  Chapter 5: Culture, Media and Communication
Week 6                                  
9/26 Chapter 5: (continued)
  Unit Test II
Week 7  
10/3 Chapter 9: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Poverty
  Chapter 10: Race and Ethnicity
10/6  Development Day - No Classes
Week 8                                            
10/10 Chapter 10: (continued)   
  Chapter 12: Immigration
Week 9  
10/17 Chapter 10 & 12 (continued)
Week 10  
10/24 Chapter 11: Gender and Sexuality
  Impacting Structured Inequality
Week 11  
10/31 Unit Test III  
  Introduction to Social Institutions
  Chapter 13: Families and Family Life
Week 12  
11/7 Chapter 14: Sociology of Religion
  Chapter 15: Education
11/10 Veteran's Day Holiday - College Closed 
Week 13  
11/14 Chapter 15: (continued)
  Literacy in the Illinois Valley
Week 14  
11/21 Unit Test IV
  Chapter 16: Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
11/22 - 11/25  Thanksgiving Break - College Closed
Week 15  
11/28 Chapter 17: Social Movements and Revolutions
  Chapter 18: Environmental Sociology
  In-Class Exercises and Written Assignments
  Final Review
Week 16  
12/5 Final Exam




Guiding Principles for Critical Learning


Instructor: Jean Batson-Turner


1.     Have an open mind. Be willing to question and challenge old assumptions that no longer work. Keep in mind that any idea or belief worth keeping will withstand the scrutiny of critical evaluation.


2.    As much as possible, avoid a defensive posture. When you find yourself passionately defending the status quo ask yourself:

          What do I gain from having things remain as they are?


Why am I afraid of change?


3.    Consider learning as a life-long process that can be an exciting challenge rather than a required endurance test.


4.    Practice listening to and comprehending perspectives different from your own. Sociological learning gives us an arena for diverse dialogue and cooperative problem solving.


5.    Work to recognize patterns of behaviour in your social life; notice how one event affects another.


6.    Start to notice and name social factors and realities that influence your personal decisions.


7.    Be prepared to share your social experiences and state your opinions when relevant to classroom discussion.


8.    Work at sharpening your skills for survival in a complex, changing society. Do not let fear or apathy keep you from envisioning and creating better ways of living and relating in our world.  In collaboration with other social citizens, strive to keep hope alive.