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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 12-May-24

Spring 2024 | 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: Wednesday, 08:30A - 11:15A
Semester Dates: 01-24-2024 to 05-01-2024
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


Frederick Bennett
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

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, along with free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials.

Spring 2024 textbook/book 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.

For Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

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.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

The above has been modified. Read carefuly below:


The use of generative AI to create content is not allowed in this course. Effective learning values students actively engaging in the learning process using their own capacities; without this, these capacities can never improve. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are intrinsic to higher level cognitve development and develping the essential skills for independent opinions and decisions. If you use any AI products to generate any content, your actions will be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

Allowed: This course's generative AI policy acknowledges some technology within this field can play a supportive role in learning and feedback. You may use AI editting/proofing tools such as spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools (e.g., Grammerly, GrammarLookup, SentenceCheckup, LanguageTool, and AI editing tools included within your word-processing software). You will be informed as to when, where, and how these tools are permitted to be used, along with guidance for attribution. Any use outside of these specific cases constitutes a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.

If you use any AI tool, it is most prudent to get permission from your instructor via email, so you both will have a record of the any agreement, to protect the student and allow the instructor to be accountable. The responsibilty for this step is the student's; failure to do this

Evaluation Criteria

1. Attendance and Participation- 30% of your grade

This semester has 15 weeks. Each week counts for 1/15 of the in-class material. For each week that you miss, your attendance score drops by 1/15. Participation is both for individual and group and is described elsewhere in this Course Description. Your score for this category is your total attendance times your total participation.

2. Assignments - 45% of your grade

This will be a weekly feature for our class and includes in-class and out-of-class assignments. The assignments vary in effort for preparation and carry commensurate credit.

4. Midterm and Final Projects - 25% of your grade

The midterm and final projects are either assigned or co-created projects that help concretize the learning from the first and second halves of the semester, respectively. Group projects are possible, must be co-created with the instructor, and will be evaluated by the group (relative credit) and the instructor (total credit).

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


Introductions: All of us

Course Introduction

Canvas: process and content

Course Description: mechanics

Weekly Routine

Introduction to Chapter 1


It is not necessary to read Chapter 1 prior to the first class meeting.





Chapter 1


Sociality, Science, and Social Science



Science and Sociological Research


Chapter 2







Chapter 3


THE Story



Society and Social Interaction



Chapters 4-5


Becoming Us



Groups and Organization

Deviance, Crime, and Social Control


Chapters 6-7


Hanging with others



Midterm Project


Chapters 1-7


In class group work and at home assignment



Media and Technology


Chapter 8


Our Revolution



Social Stratification in the United States

Global Inequity


Chapters 9-10


The Haves & Have Nots



Race and Ethnicity

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality


Chapters 11-12


Implicit Bias and Gendered Identity



Aging and the Elderly

Relationships, Marriage, and Family


Chapter 13-14


Cradle to Grave






Chapters 15-16


Our stories and how we learn them



Government and Politics

Work and the Economy


Chapters 17-18


Political Ideologies



Health and Medicine

Population, Urbanization, and the Environment


Chapter 19-20


Types of Economies



Social Movements and Social Change


Chapters 21


Applied Sociology


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

Attendance Specifics:

  • If you miss three classes, or its equivalent in classes, and lateness / early departures, you will not be able to pass the course.
  • When you have received the equivalent of two absences, and time permitting, the instructor will make an effort to alert you and your advisor as to your circumstances. It is incumbent upon the student however, not the instructor, to be aware and make efforts to stay informed about attendance standing.

Positive Participation:

· Show evident attention and engagement with the full class about the topic being discussed (not side conversations, please).

· Contribute positively, voluntarily, regularly, and moderately during each class.

· Develop a thoughtful and inquisitive manner about the material and each other's contributions during class.

Classroom Comportment:

We will have one 15 minute break, approximately halfway through the class time. Use this as an opportunity to use the restroom, get a snack or drink, or to send or read email or text messages from your computer or phone.

Please do not send or read email or text messages while during class time. Also, please do not attend to other material online that is not part of the curriculum of the class or listen to media via earphones. This is a distraction to me and often your classmates. Of course, it is a break in your attention and participation also. Please note that these actions detract significantly from your active participation.

You may eat and drink during class time. The only restriction is you should not cause create distractions. Please be thoughtful and do not choose food that has loud wrappings or is loud to chew.

Please get up and leave the classroom if you need to use the restroom, need to take/make a critical phone call/text, etc. and we are not during break time. You do need to ask for permission for these activities.

During active class time, please do not have side conversations. This is also a distraction to me and your classmates. If you'd like to socialize or catch up with a classmate, please wait for a transition time between activities or leave the room to do so.

If you find you are drowsy during the course of our very long class, I encourage you to take a brief walk or to get a drink to help with your alertness. It is not acceptable behavior to "rest your head" or close your eyes during class time.

Correspondence Comportment:
Please note: All written work, including in class and out of class correspondence, should be thoughtfully made and express its content with a professional attitude. That is, you should explicitly attend to:

· function (e.g., what do I need and want to convey?)

· context (e.g., to whom and under what circumstances?)

· format (e.g., should this look like a letter, an essay, a research paper?)

· mechanics (e.g., have I checked the spelling and grammar?).

· means (e.g., is this neatly typed and submitted on time?)

Your attention (or lack of attention) to these details can affect your evaluation.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Assignment are typically due dates will be on at 11:59pm the night before our class day.

  • Assignments that are submitted to Canvas after the deadline but before 8:30am deadline the next class day will receive a late-score deduction.
  • Assignments cannot be submitted after 8:30am deadline and should NOT be emailed to me. You can request that I evaluate them for your learning but they will not count toward your grade.

Assignments that are pre-arranged to be handled in late will have a due date and deadline that are the same, 11:59pm.

  • Assignments that have pre-arranged with the instructor are submitted to Canvas as usual.
  • Pre-arranging late work with your instructor will not decrease the assignment score.
    • Pre-arranging means asking far enough ahead that your instructor has the opportunity (24-48hrs) to give you permission before the due date arrives.
    • Not all assignments can be prearranged to be late; some of them need to be available for others to use. In those cases, if the assignments were allowed to be late, they would not be available for peer reactions.

Once each semester, each student can receive a "pass" which allows you to hand in an assignment late without pre-arrangement. Once that pass is used, the usual guidelines are enforced.

Missing work: This will be represented by a zero score in the grading.

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.