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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 27-Nov-23

Spring 2024 | SOC-1010-VO01 - Introduction to Sociology

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 01-23-2024 to 05-06-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Jonas Hart
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gilberto Diaz Santos

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is a survey of the basic issues, concepts, theories, and methods of sociology. Students learn to think critically about the nature of society and social institutions, and the relationship among individuals and groups. Topics will include social organization, socialization and social change, social stratification, class and class conflict, biological sex, gender expression, sexuality, race, ethnicity, age, and ability.

Essential Objectives

1. Describe the origin and development of sociology as a social science and give examples of how sociological concepts, theories, and methods can be used to explain cultural and social phenomena around the world.
2. Discuss how the interrelationships of heredity, environment, and social agents contribute to the development and socialization of the self.
3. Discuss the influence of social, cultural, and institutional contexts on behavior norms in global societies.
4. Compare the structure and function of various social groups and identify the factors which affect group dynamics.
5. Differentiate between functionalist, conflict, and interactionist explanations of deviance and social control.
6. Compare theories of social stratification based on biological sex, gender expression, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, age, and ability and discuss resulting inequalities including power differentials, prestige, and privilege.
7. Identify key social institutions such as the family, education, religion, politics, and economy and examine their composition and function in global societies.
8. Demonstrate and interpret how demographic and statistical research is used to understand and respond to social change and recognize critical questions and ethical issues related to quantitative claims.
9. Describe the applications of sociology locally and globally and the various roles that sociologists play in today's societies.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Spring 2024 textbook details will be available on 2023-11-06. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

SOC-1010-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


1) Reading: As with any college course, the reading is the foundation of our class. You have one text: The Practical Skeptic by Lisa McIntyre. I will also supplement that with articles posted to Canvas. You will also be required to find your own readings for the week from various media outlets. The reading load is not particularly heavy, so you have plenty of time to complete it in order to participate in our online discussion. You will not be able to pass the class without reading your assignments.

I will also post various reading you might find interesting, but they will not be required reading. If there are particular topics you would like to read more about, I am happy to help you find further reading.

2) Video lectures: I will post short (15-30min) lectures for you to watch. These will help further explain the material.

3) Weekly writing assignments: You will write a two page essay (500-600 words, double spaced) each week, addressing the week’s reading. NOTE, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE 10 OF THESE. You may choose which 10 you complete, but they must be completed for the week they are due. In other words, you cannot wait until the end of the semester and turn in 10 papers.

Writing this much serves a few purposes. First, it is a very good way for me to assess your comprehension of the material. Or, in other words, it is your chance to demonstrate your mastery of the material. Second, it is a weekly training to help you become better writers. Not only is writing is the lifeblood of academia, this is how we communicate in world outside of school as well. If you do not like to write, these small papers will help you become more comfortable, two pages at a time. If you do like to write, all the better! Finally, this is good way for you to put your thoughts down on paper. This will become more important toward the end of the semester when you begin thinking about your final project. Having addressed the course topics continually throughout the semester, you will have built yourself a great resource of knowledge, to which you can return later for reference purposes.

Please refer to the paper-writing rubric in the Course Materials section for details on what these should look like. These papers are to be uploaded to Canvas by MIDNIGHT ON THE TUESDAY OF THE FOLLOWING WEEK.

4) Online Postings: The second part of your weekly writing consists of posting reflections on the weekly reading and discussing each other’s posts on Canvas. The point of these will be for you to explore and examine the sociological concepts we encounter in the reading, together: this is the medium through which you interact with your classmates. Your job will be to offer insight, raise questions, and help each other understand the material. Each assignment will have specific instructions for doing so. You will also respond to two of your classmates’ posts with questions or helpful commentary. This will allow us to engage each other during the week. These need to be more substantial than “I agree!” or “I don’t understand.” When responding to your classmates, keep in mind the kinds of things you would find helpful hearing from other people. Are free to choose to whom you respond, but work to ensure everyone is included and don’t always respond to the same people. While I will be responding to each of you, asking to give more or encouraging you to think about another angle, this is primarily for you to discuss these topics together as an intellectual community. You will post in the Forum section of Canvas. I will create the weekly threads to which you will respond. This will keep each week’s discussion organized so that you can more easily refer to them later. Reading and online posting assignments are to be completed for the week in which they are assigned. You must complete your primary online postings by Saturday at midnight (11:59PM). You must complete your two responses by Monday at midnight (11:59PM). This will allow you time to read and complete them throughout the week and for your classmates and me to respond before the next week.

Grading of posts (10 pts): Each post (response to the weekly prompt) is worth up to 4 points. - 1 point for an on time post - 1 point for a post the demonstrates some thoughtfulness - 2 points for thorough engagement with the week’s materials Each reply to a colleague’s post is worth up to 3 points (x2 = 6) - 1 point for a response to a colleague - 1 point for a response the demonstrates some thoughtfulness - 1 point for thoughtful response that engages your colleague’s ideas 4) Tests There will be two tests throughout the semester—basically a midterm and final. These will draw primarily from the readings. This is just a quick way to gauge your comprehension of the material.

5) Final Project: The semester will culminate with your final project. This is a research-based, writing assignment.

Evaluation Criteria

1. Weekly writing assignments: 25%

2. Online postings: 25%

3. Tests (2): 25%

4. Final project: 25%

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Because this an asynchronous course, your participation is also an indication of your attendance. If you do not complete your assignments, you are not in class. But more importantly, your participation (specifically in the online postings) contributes to the learning experience of you classmates. You all help each other learn, and your participation is required for that to happen.

Missing & Late Work Policy

If you know you will be unable to complete you work on time, please let me know. Life happens, and we have to adjust. But otherwise, you are expected to complete your work per the deadlines on the syllabus.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.