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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 28-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | SOC-1010-VR01 - Introduction to Sociology

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 11:45A - 02:30P
Semester Dates: 01-26-2023 to 05-04-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Melissa Holmes
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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 2023 textbook details will be available on 2022-11-14. 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.

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.


Teaching Methods/Learning Activities

  • Small-group and whole-class discussions
  • Mini-lectures with Powerpoint with Audio
  • Small group activities
  • Reaction writing and writing assignments
  • Two- Unit Chapter tests
  • Mid-term and final Sociological Study Papers and Presentations
  • Use of movies and modern works of fiction and fact

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

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Defining The Sociological Imagination


Read: Chapter One

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board

Write: Aphorism Paper



Social Theory


Read: Text Chapter Two

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board

Assignment: Write a Bias Paper



Studying the Social World


Read: Chapter 3-A very important chapter for the Midterm

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board

Assignment: Mandatory Citi Program Training-Certificate and Counts as a Test



Social Interactions


Read: Chapter 4

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board

Assignment: Complete Page One of Your Social Experiment



Social Structure


Read: Chapter Five

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board

Assignment: Time to Do Your Study in the Field-This should be a minimum of 3 up to 6 hours, it can be all at once or split times, it depends on the needs of your study.



Culture, Media and Communication


Read: Chapter Six

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture



Assignment: Write your Midterm Sociological Experiment Paper AND Prepare a 5-minute presentation to the class, no more than 10, including videos.



Midterm Presentations and Sociological Study Submission


Dedicate Your Time to Watching and Reading Every Classmate's Midterm Project and Presentation and Commenting to All!


Participate: Discussion Board: present your online study to the class, and comment on everyone's post.

Assignment: Place your completed papers to be graded for the midterm.



Social Stratification, Inequality and Poverty and Race and Ethnicity


Read: Chapter 10 & 11

Watch: Asynchronous Lectures


Discussion Board:

Assignment: Racism Paper



Gender and Sexuality and Families and Family Life


Read: Chapter's 12 &13

Watch: Asynchronous Lectures


Participate: Discussion Board

Assignment: Let's Talk about Sex, Gender and Societal Roles



The Sociology of Religion


Read: Chapter 14

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board-Post Your Religion

Assignment: Assigned Religion Paper





Read: Chapter 15

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board: What I wish I learned: but never did learn in school?

Assignment: Write your Educational Life Plan



Health and Medicine


Read: Chapter 16

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board and Homework one in the Same-Discuss and defend your paper topic.

Assignment: Prepare and submit a two-page paper on: What I Consider to be the Worst Health Care Crisis in America or Globally.



Deviance and Social Control and Crime and Punishment


Read: Chapter's 17 and 18

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board- What is Deviant Behavior to you, what issues with do you have concerning punishment/jail in America?

Assignment: It is time to pick your final paper topic, I want a one paragraph topic description and three of your five sources you will use in a page long paper, for my approval.



Environmental Sociology


Read: Chapter 20

Watch: Asynchronous Lecture


Participate: Discussion Board: The Environment

Assignment: Work on Your Final Paper



Class Wrap Up


No Lecture-concentrate on submitting your paper and presenting in the discussion board.


Discussion Board: Post your final presentation, comment on each one.

Assignment: Turn in Your Final Paper


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

How My Class is Presented to You:

This course will be a face-to-face course. We do not do Zoom; I will use Audio recorded power point lectures, and provide them to you, should you miss a class, you can remain caught up, just contact me for the PowerPoint recorded lecture. All my classes open by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday of each new week. My sage advice, always take a quick ten minutes on Tuesdays to open the weekly module and look at the requirements and deadlines for the week. It will save you many questions and headaches going forward.

Learning Fun and Being a Human:

Above all, I like to live life to the fullest and have fun. I try to be kind and understanding, life gets in the way of school. I am always just an email or call away if you find yourself in a bind. Communication is key. I will return the favor. If my life goes sideways, I will write to all of you, and let you know if I might need more time to respond to your work. Let’s keep the pathways of communication open! Learning should be engaging, and fun and meaningful that is my goal. I look forward to our journey together!

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late Work Policy and My Grading Process:

My late work policy is that you lose ten points off the top of any assignment submitted late. This is how I feel those that get their work in on time are rewarded for that appropriate skill. I will not accept work that is more than a week late. Meaning, if you get it in by the following week, I will grade and deduct points for errors and the ten points automatically for being late. If this becomes a habit, I have a right and will reject any late work. This is college, and like life we must get our work in on time. I also take grading very seriously. I will grade on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, following your submissions. Students have said my quick feedback is one trait of mine they appreciate.

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.