Syllabus

Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

SOCI 1010: Introduction to Sociology

Credits - 3

Description

This introduction to sociology course introduces students to the three main sociological perspectives, the sociological imagination, social construction, and how to think like a sociologist. Topics such as deviance, social control, culture, stratification, socialization, social movements, and other social issues that society faces are explored and discussed. This course will require students to think critically about human actions and interactions. Students will gain an understanding on how people’s lives are shaped by society.

Materials

Textbooks

Griffiths, H., Keirns, N., Strayer, E., Sadler, T., Cody-Rydzewski, S., Scaramuzzo, G., Vyain, S., Bry, J., & Jones, F. (2015). Introduction to sociology (2nd ed.). OpenStax. 

Resources

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th Ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000

Mandatory UNE-approved webcam – To be used during proctored exams

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Using sociological research, describe sociology
  2. Describe how socialization impacts human behavior.
  3. Apply the sociological imagination to their own lives and to a public problem. 
  4. Analyze the impact of the five major social institutions on society and themselves.  
  5. Analyze current events using the three major sociological theoretical perspectives.
  6. Describe social construction.
  7. Examine the racial, gender, and economic diversity that exists in the U.S. and how these are used to classify people.
  8. Assess present and possible future effects of social change on societies and their own basic values. 

SELF PACED DESIGN

On the course start date, students will have access to orientation. This must be completed to be able to gain access to the first module in the course. Students must complete the first module to gain access to the next one. We recommend that students spend about 15 hours per week to complete a course in 16 weeks. When trying to complete the course in less than 16 weeks, we typically see students do this successfully within 12-14 weeks. Instructors will be timely in grading and feedback, but it will not be instant.

Assignments

There are 7 assignments and a final paper in this course.

Papers

Requirements:

  • The paper should be a minimum of 1 full page. This page count does not include the title page and reference page.  No abstract is needed.
  • Integrate at least 1 scholarly source and 1 coursework source to back up your stance on the topic. Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed journal articles, college-level books, websites for collegiate-level institutions, government websites, and other websites with collegiate-level, peer-reviewed, academic information. Wikipedia, Quora, eHow and similar sites are not considered scholarly sources. Newspapers and news sites are not considered scholarly sources for this course. 
  • Assignments should be written in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner.
  • Information from sources should be paraphrased appropriately and accurately referenced and cited in APA (7th ed.) format. 
  • Assignments for this course should be Times New Roman 12 font with a standard 1” margin on all sides. Do not use any stylized templates in your word processor. All typing must be in black color. 
  • For detailed grading criteria, refer to the Assignment Rubric. Written assignments are worth 14% of your final grade, each assignment is worth 2% of your final grade.

Final Paper: The only difference for this paper is it should be a minimum of 3 full pages, not including cover page and reference page. The final paper is worth 20% of your final grade. 

Discussions

Student Introductions

Student Introductions is the first discussion item. Since we may never have the opportunity to meet face to face, please introduce yourselves to your peers. Be sure to respond to 2 other students.

Discussions and Participation

There are 8 discussions in this course. Requirements for discussions: 

  • Initial Response to Discussion Question: Your initial post should be 400 words in length. Integrate at least 1 scholarly source to back up your stance on the topic. 
  • Scholarly sources are peer-reviewed journal articles, college-level books, websites for collegiate-level institutions, government websites, and other websites with collegiate-level, peer-reviewed, academic information. Wikipedia, Quora, eHow and similar sites are not considered scholarly sources. Newspapers and news sites are not considered scholarly sources for this course. 
  • Posts should be written in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner. Information from sources should be paraphrased appropriately and accurately referenced and cited in APA (7th ed.) format. 
  • Your comments should be grammatically correct, without misspelled words.

Participation in Discussions: 

  • You are expected to respond to 2 of your peers. Each reply needs to be at least 150 words in length and add depth to the conversation. 
  • Posts should be written in a clear, concise, formal, and organized manner. Information from sources should be paraphrased appropriately and accurately referenced and cited in APA (7th ed.) format. 
  • Your comments should be grammatically correct, without misspelled words. 

For detailed grading criteria, refer to the Discussion Rubric. Discussions are worth 15% of your final grade, this discussion is worth 1.75% of your final grade.

Quizzes

This course includes 7 quizzes; all quizzes are timed and include multiple choice and True/False questions. Quizzes are worth 14% of your final grade, each quiz is worth 2% of your final grade.

Final Exam

The Final Exam is cumulative, timed, includes multiple choice and True/False questions. It is required that the Final Exam is proctored. The Final Exam is worth 20% of your final grade. This Final Exam must be taken though ProctorU. See UNE’s ProctorU page for information about signing up and scheduling your exam. The official UNE webcam is required. Proctored exams are closed for review. You will not be able to review them at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Assignment CategoryGrade
Discussions (8)15%
Introduction discussion 2%
Quizzes (7)14%
Assignments (7)14%
Project15%
Final Exam20%
Final Paper20%
Total100%

Grade Scale

Grade Points Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 94 – 100% 4.00
A- 90 – 93% 3.75
B+ 87 – 89% 3.50
B 84 – 86% 3.00
B- 80 – 83% 2.75
C+ 77 – 79% 2.50
C 74 – 76% 2.00
C- 70 – 73% 1.75
D 64 – 69% 1.00
F 00 – 63% 0.00

Schedule

Week

Topic

Readings/Resources

Assignments

1

An Introduction to Sociology & Sociological Research

Chapters 1 & 2

Discussion 1initial post

Introduction discussion and replies

Syllabus Acknowledgement

Assignment 1

2

Culture &

Society and Social Interaction 

Chapters 3, 4

Discussion 1 replies

Quiz 1

Project Assigned

3

Socialization

Chapter 5

Discussion 2 initial post

Assignment 2

4

Groups and Organizations & Deviance, Crime, and Social Control

Chapters 6,7

Discussion 2 replies

Quiz 2

5

Media and Technology 

Chapter 8

Discussion 3 initial post

Assignment 3

6

Social Stratification in the United States

Chapter 9

Discussion 3 replies

Quiz 3

Project check in 

7

Global Inequality

Chapter 10

Discussion 4 initial post 

Assignment 4

8

Race and Ethnicity

Chapter 11

Discussion 4 replies

Quiz 4

9

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality

Chapter 12

Discussion 5 initial post

Assignment 5

10

Aging and the Elderly

 & Marriage and Family

Chapters 13, 14

Discussion 5 replies

Quiz 5

11

Religion & Education

Chapters 15 & 16

Discussion 6 initial post

Assignment 6

Project check – in 

12

Government and Politics

Chapter 17

Discussion 6 replies

Quiz 6

13

Work and Economy

Chapter 18

Discussion 7 initial post

Assignment 7

14

Health and Medicine

Chapter 19

Discussion 7 replies

Quiz 7

Project due

15

Population, Urbanization, and the Environment 

Chapter 20

Discussion 8

Final Paper

16

Social Movements and Social Change

Chapter 21

Discussion 8 replies

Final Exam

Student Resources

Student Portal: Your Best UNE Resource

We created the UNE Online Student Portal, specifically for you, to be a useful collection of information to support you as you navigate your online course(s).

From the UNE Online Student Portal, you can access:

  • Blackboard/Brightspace
  • Technical Support
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • UNE Email
  • U-Online

The portal also features:

  • Dates to Remember
  • Support and Services
  • Contact information for your Support Specialist
  • Academic Resources - links to the Academic Calendar, Registrar and Academic Calendar
  • Financial - links to eBilling, Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check Blackboard/Brightspace for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Further Assistance

Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Blackboard/Brightspace, and more.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE's Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.

Policies

Proctored Examinations

The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.

Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU's services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site's connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU's "Test It Out" utility.

Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on "exams". After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU's web site, the student will log in to Blackboard/Brightspace and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.

Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.

Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you've given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Course Discussions

Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.

To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Please see Blackboard/Brightspace for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.

Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Graduate Programs: https://online.une.edu/online-learning/technical-requirements/

Course Length

A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

Please visit this page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. To view the incomplete grade policy, please click here.

Transcripts

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

  1. Log into uonline at https://uonline.une.edu
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one's own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.