David H. Kessel
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LCC Catalog Course Description
Class Policies and General Comments
What you'll need for SOC 204
Schedule of Topics
Required Reading Materials
Assignments and Instructions
Summary of Points in Course
SOC 204 Discussion Board
Discussion Board Instructions
A Tutorial for beginners and veterans alike
Lane Community College
LCC Catalog Course Description
Introductory Sociology at LCC is split into
three (3) 3-credit courses. This is the 1st one:
Soc 204 Introduction to Sociology
Development and application of the
sociological imagination, concepts, and
perspectives concerning human groups,
includes attention to socialization, culture,
organization, stratification and societies.
Examines fundamental concepts and research
Sociology, Eighth Edition...by Jon M. Shepard
IMPORTANT: For a detailed outline of topics and additional required readings, go to the Online Reader.
(Numbers are chapters or pages in the Shepard textbook)
6/23 - 6/29.............II. The Sociological Perspective/Imagination/Consciousness (1)
6/30 - 7/06............III. Science and Social Research (2)
7/07 & 7/08...........IV. Culture (3)
7/12 - 7/14.............V. Social Structure & Society & Socialization (5 & 4)
7/14 & 7/15..........VI. Groups (pp. 142-155)
There will be two(2) Analysis Papers...each worth 25 pts...for a total of 50 pts. Topics can be found HERE
There will be two (2) Discussion Board Responses...each worth 25 pts...for a total of 50 pts. INSTRUCTIONS are HERE
You will be asked to review (sociologically) EITHER a movie...OR a fiction book...worth 100 points.
-----Eligible Movies are HERE and Review Guidelines are HERE.
-----Eligible Books are HERE and Instructions are HERE.
There will be an Internet Assignment worth 100 points...utilizing The Sociology Shop. Instructions are HERE.
Pick ONE (1) of the following movies to do your Movie Review on...worth 100 points. I've picked these because each portrays society in a way we can relate to...with, of course, a "sociological imagination."
Each title is a link to a synopsis and review of the movie from All Movie Guide (AMG), pound for pound my favorite movie site on the Internet. You may, of course, use any movie site you like, but AMG is a good one. Click on the title and read about the movie.
After watching your movie sociologically (which is to say...not purely for entertainment, per se), use the following Guidelines to write your Review. These Guidelines are required as the format for your Review, although you can add issues and topics to them, as you wish:
Guidelines for Critical Academic Review of Entertainment Movie
Here are the movies:
The Truman Show
A Bug's Life
The Handmaid's Tale
(Click HERE for an "Essay on Book and Movie" by David H. Kessel
BOOKS ELIGIBLE FOR "BOOK REPORT"
Pick ONE (1) of the following books for your Book Report...worth 100 points. All of them concern the "future" in some way, but also could refer to our own society. Each of them has an essay or other links about it in the "Future" Science Fiction Room of TSS (Click HERE to go to an alphabetical list of books...scroll down till you find the book you want). I suggest you take a look at this information before deciding on which book you want to read.
Also, you will need to find copies on your own...in a library or at a bookstore like Smith Family. But, as indicated below, there are a few which are online, if that interests you.
However, I have a least one copy of each book (sometimes more than one) which I will be happy to lend you.
So, here are the eligible books:
The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri Tepper
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
1984 by George Orwell (Complete Book is Online)
We by Eugene Zamiatin
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (Complete Book is Online)
The Iron Heel by Jack London (Complete Book is Online)
Job by Robert Heinlein
The Lefthand of Darkness by Ursual K. LeGuin
Walden II by B. F. Skinner
Read this short piece, Why Study Sociology? Is this anything like you envisioned sociology? Just how DID you envision it, if at all? What about this description stands out...what do you think of it? In other words, react to this material as a kind of "pre-test" as we begin the class.
NOTE: "Why Study Sociology" is a summary of Chapter 1 of Invitation to Sociology by Peter L. Berger. Although this IS OPTIONAL, there is an Outline of Chapter 1 HERE...you might want to look this over, too.
ANALYSIS PAPER #2
It is one thing to ask you to think critically and sociologically...it's another thing to provide "tools" with which to do so. Peter L. Berger, as well as others, provides such tools. He calls them the Motifs of Sociological Consciousness. He details four such motifs (themes) in Chapter 2 of Invitation to Sociology. The motifs are...Debunking...Unrespectability...Relativization...and...Cosmopolitan. You can find an outline of these motifs HERE. You can also find a more detailed outline of them HERE (This is the complete outline of Chapter 2...scroll down a bit until you come across the Motifs).
So, after reading over this material (I highly suggest looking at the more detailed outline, especially), tell me about them. Remember, I'm suggesting that in order to think critically/sociologically one needs to debunk, investigate the unrespectable, relativize, and be cosmopolitan. So what's this mean to you? Do you find yourself already doing any of these...or are they brand new to you? Illustrate (i.e. provide examples) of areas you use them or could use them.
In addition, I would maintain that to NOT utilize these motifs in sociological investigations and thinking, one would essentially be an ideological thinker. You will find an outline of "ideology/ideological" HERE. In other words, if you inverted the motifs, you'd have the components of ideological thinking...what names would you give these ideological motifs?
You are going to need access to a Computer for this course with access to the Internet. Whether its your own computer, your parent‘s, one in a Lab, a friend's computer, or one at a Library, they're not that difficult to find these days.
That means you'll need to have or to learn a basic minimum of skills in navigating the Internet. It's a tool that's quickly become a necessity in today's world...especially as it relates to academics. If you have no experience in doing this, don’t worry, there's plenty of help available...especially at LCC (Social Science Lab is on the 4th floor of Center Bldg) and on the Internet itself. I've put a link under MEMU (above) to a "beginners" tutorial which takes you through it step by step. I’m also willing to help get you started, if necessary.
Why? Besides being an immensely rich and important source of all sorts of information, the Internet provides the opportunity for providing reading material for academic classes...making materials accessible to anyone...anytime. This also cuts down on the amount of copying necessary...saving paper and money. My own website, The Sociology Shop, will be an integral component of this course...it will have a “room” for our class, links to required reading materials, a Message Board for our class, and the details of the course...including assignments and instructions you will need, plus, of course, due dates. The Online Reader...beyond the textbook...is, in effect, a substitute for asking you to buy a Reader, thus saving you money. Thus you need to become familiar with The Sociology Shop in general as well as familiar with our “Sociology 204 Room”...which you are “in” right now. We will be viewing it in class on a regular basis.
ALSO, you will need an EMAIL address for this course. There will be occasions I may need to email you individually as well as the class as a whole. Likewise, you may need to email me with questions or information and possibly, an assignment. If you don't have an Email account, please get one SOON...it is a requirement of the course, not an option. Many are free, such as Yahoo and Hotmail...and these can be accessed on any computer, anywhere. I will be glad to assist you in setting one up...just ask me. IF you already have one (or when you get one), please send me a message (indicating your name---sometimes usernames don’t reveal that) so I can enter your address into my address book and create the class list. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org Please pay prompt attention to this matter...Thanks.
I firmly believe in the use of this technology as a teaching and learning tool...it's an essential component of the course.
You will need to pick a "CODE NAME" to use when you post...a name known only to you and me. Pick something that doesn't utilize a known nickname so anonymity can be maintained and thus, a feeling of security in terms of your identity. Please put it on the Class Infomation Sheet. NOTE: Although you WILL be required to enter your "name" when you post, you WILL NOT be required to include an email address when you post (However, you CAN if you want, your choice).
I will provide numerous PROMPTS for you to consider beginning this week. I fully expect you to do a serious job on those you select...a short paragraph full of general comments just won't "cut" it. "Opinion" is fine..."analysis" is better. You will be allowed to post up to 1000 words...quite a bit...but I won't/can't dictate a certain length...that's up to you. Just remember, each is worth 25 points...so do a full job of it.
As indicated under "Due Dates," there are two due dates for your posts...each post must be done BY MIDNIGHT ON THIS DATE. Also, if you "pass" on a Prompt when I first post it, you can go back later and do it if you change your mind.
In addition to the two required posts, I encourage you to post replies to what others have said...as well as posting anything you want as it relates to the course (i.e. response to lectures, class comments, readings, news, etc.).
Finally, as just indicated above, I'd like to see our Discussion Board used for more than just the assignment. Also, I may, from time to time, post "announcements," or links to informative websites...or to current articles relevant to our subject matter. Thus, I encourage you TO CHECK THE BOARD REGULARLY...EVERY DAY SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT TO ME :))