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Revision Date: 11-Nov-19

SOC-1010-VO01X - Introduction to Sociology

Synonym: 187129
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2019 to 10-21-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-12-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 10-01-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Jonas Hart | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Behavior
  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 page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

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, gender, race, and ethnicity.

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 and discuss resulting inequalities such as class, power, prestige, gender, ethnicity, age, and ability.
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 about quantitative claims.
9. Describe the applications of sociology locally and globally and the various roles that sociologists play in today's societies.


1) Reading: As with any college course, the reading is the foundation of our class. You have two texts: An Invitation to Sociology by Peter Berger and The Practical Skeptic by Lisa McIntyre. I will also supplement that with articles posted to Moodle. 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 Moodle by MIDNIGHT ON THE MONDAY OF THE FOLLWING 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 Moodle. 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 Moodle. 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 Friday at midnight (11:59PM). You must complete your two responses by Sunday 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.

For example, between weeks 1 and 2, the Introduction and Ch.1 of The Practical Skeptic, as well as complete the online survey, complete the two page weekly writing assignment, and respond to your classmates’ posted assignment for the week, all by midnight on Monday, 5/27. Your discussion post for the week is due at midnight on Friday, 5/24.

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:

Consistent reading of assigned materials and completion of class assignments, papers, and tests will help you meet the course objectives. You will be evaluated on your online participation, weekly written assignments, final papers, quizzes and tests.

A- –> A Very good to excellent work. Student is always well prepared and level of understanding is of the highest caliber as evidenced in written projects and online participation. Written work is well organized and demonstrates advanced synthesis of factual and interpretive evidence.

B –> B+ Good to above average work. Student is well prepared and the level of understanding in written work and participation is clearly above average. Student’s written work is organized and demonstrates a high level of factual and interpretive synthesis.

C- –> C+ Average to decent work. Student is prepared and demonstrates an adequate level of comprehension in his/her written projects and participation. Papers and assignments are completed on a timely basis and demonstrate clear evidence of engagement and comprehensions but contain some factual and interpretive limitations.

F Unacceptable work. Student is not prepared for class on a regular basis. Written works contain clear deficiencies of length, organization, interpretation and factual support. Student is encouraged to confer with instructor immediately.

Please note: as part of CCV policy any grade below a “C-” does not count for credit. (


Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Jonas Hart
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Katherine Maynard

Notes: Please use email!

Attendance Policy:

Since this class meets online, your weekly participation is the only way for you to engage the course. If you do not complete your assignments on time, they do not count.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: 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.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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