Intro. Sociology---SOC 204

Lane Community College
Fall 2004
Thursdays 6:-8:50 PM
Bldg. 19...Room 257 & Community Learning Centers

Office....................................419F Center
Office Hours......Thursday: 5-5:45 & MWF: 10-10:45
Office Telephone........................463-5187
Voice Mail.........463-3535 (Mailbox 7804)
Home Phone...............................736-0204

David H. Kessel


Please click on each link...You will find answers to most of your questions here...please look here first...before asking me...Thanks.

LCC Catalog Course Description

Class Policies and General Comments

What you'll need for SOC 204

Course Objectives

Schedule of Topics

Required Reading Materials

Online Reader

Assignments and Instructions

Due Dates

Summary of Points in Course

Grading Scale

Grading Standards

****SOC 204 Discussion Board****

Beginner's Central
A Tutorial for beginners and veterans alike

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TSS Directory

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 methodology.

Grading Scale

A+....98-100 (Exceptional)
A......94-97 (Excellent)
A-.....90-93 (Good/Excellent)

B+....87-89 (Very Good)
B......83-86 (Good)
B-.....80-82 (Good/Fair)

C+....77-79 (Fair)
C......73-76 (Fair/Basic)
C-.....70-72 (Basic)

D+....66-69 (Poor/Basic)
D......60-65 (Poor)

F......??-59 (Needs alot more)

Required Reading Materials

Society in Focus, Fifth Thompson and Hickey (TH)

Online Reader

Schedule of Topics

IMPORTANT: For a detailed outline of topics and additional required readings, go to the Online Reader.

(Numbers are chapters in the Thompson/Hickey textbook)

09/30............Introduction/TSS/ and Course Objectives (Online)

10/07............Discovering Sociology (TH 1)

10/14............Discovering cont./Doing Sociology(TH 2)

10/21............Doing Sociology cont.

10/28............Mid-Term and Culture (TH 3)

11/04............Culture cont./Socialization (TH 4)

11/11............OFF---Veteran's Day

11/18............Social Interaction (TH 5)


12/02............Social Groups & Organizations (TH 6)/Conclusion (Online)

Assignments and Instructions


There will be two(2) Analysis Papers...each worth 20 pts...for a total of 40 pts. Topics can be found HERE


You will be required to post three (3) Responses...worth 20 points each = 60 pts....on the 204 Discussion response to Prompts I post on the Board. Specific instructions are HERE...please read carefully.


There will be an TAKE-HOME Mid-Term exam...worth 100 points. The Exam is HERE


You will be asked to sociologically review a movie...worth 50 points. Eligible Movies are HERE. Review Instructions are HERE


There will be an Internet Assignment worth 50 points. Instructions are HERE.


There will be a Quote Assignment...worth 100 points...utilizing the archived Quotes of the Week from The Sociology Shop. Instructions are HERE.

Due Dates

10/07----------Analysis Paper #1 Due
10/14----------Discussion Board Response #1 Due
10/21----------Discussion Board Response #2 Due
11/04----------Mid-Term Test Due
11/11----------Discussion Board Response #3 Due
11/18----------Movie Review Due
12/02----------Internet Assignment Due
12/09----------Quote Assignment Due
12/09----------Analysis Paper #2 Due

Summary of Points in the Course

40 Points.........Analysis Papers
60 Points.........Discussion Board Responses
100 Points.......Mid-Term Test
50 Points.........Movie Review
50 Points.........Internet Assignment
100 Points.......Quote Assignment

400 Points........Total


You are to pick ONE (1) of the following movies to do your Movie Review on...worth 50 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


You will need to pick a "CODE NAME" to use when you post (DO NOT use for any other entry on the Board)...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 PROMPTS for you to consider...beginning next 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. 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.

As indicated under "Due Dates," there are three 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 about it.

In addition to the three required posts, I encourage you to post replies to what others have well as posting anything you want as it relates to the course (i.e. response to lectures, class comments, readings, news, etc.). This type of "participation" could come into play when assigning a course instances where averages are borderline between one grade and another. Finally, 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 (i.e. daily).

Analysis Paper Topics


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 might want to look this over, too.


Remember those Course Objectives we spent time going over in the beginning of the quarter? Sure you do. Well, a sort of "closure" to the course, I want you to evaluate YOURSELF as to how well or not what "met" those objectives...yes, all nine of them. This isn't about your's about YOU in relation to we set out to do in SOC 204. So, evaluate a thorough and serious job and you'll easily get the full 20 points for it. Do less than that and well, you know what'll you'll get. By the way, this is the one paper I keep for my records...thanks.

What You'll Need for SOC 204

& SOC 204

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 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, 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 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 Please pay prompt attention to this matter...Thanks.

I firmly believe in the use of this technology as a teaching and learning's an essential component of the course.