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Sociology 204

Lane Community College
Winter 2002
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 AM-11:20 PM...Center 19
Office Hours: T & TH 9:30-10:00 and 11:30-12:00 (and by Appointment)

Office...........418 Center
Voice Mail.........741-1212 (Mailbox 7804)
Home Phone...............................736-0204

David H. Kessel

font color="red">Sociology 204 MESSAGE BOARD (INACTIVE)
This Board will serve a number of purposes, including an assignment.


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

LCC Catalog Course Description
Class Policies and General Comments
What you'll need for SOC 204
Course Objectives for Sociology 204
Required Reading Materials
TSS Online Materials
Schedule of Topics
Assignments and Instructions
Due Dates
Summary of Points in Course
Grading Scale
Wadsworth's Virtual Society Surfing Lessons---A Tutorial
Other Internet Resources

Lane Community College

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 = 94-100 (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

Sociology, Eighth Jon M. Shepard

TSS Online Materials

NOTE: Even though the book, Invitation to Peter L. Berger, isn't required reading for this course, we will make substantial use of Berger's ideas. Thus, included in the TSS Online Materials you'll find Outlines of the main chapters of Berger's classic book. These outlines ARE required reading.

Schedule of Topics

(This is a "best guess"...but DOES give a general idea of what we'll be doing...and when)
(Numbers are chapters in the Shepard textbook)
REMEMBER: Go to TSS Online Materials for additional required readings

1/08....Introduction to Course and to The Sociology Shop
1/10....cont. & 1 (The Sociological Perspective)



1/29....2 (Social Research)


2/12....3 (Culture) and 7 (Deviance-pp. 175-190)


2/26....5 (Social Structure & Society) and 4 (Socialization...)


3/12....6 (Groups...pp.142-155)
3/14....6 and Conclusion

Assignments and Instructions


There will be two(2) Analysis at the beginning and one at the end of the course...each worth 20 pts (10 for doing it and 10 evaluated). Topics can be found HERE


You will be required to write three (3) entries on the SOC 204 Message Board...each worth 20 pts (10 for doing, 10 evaluated). Instructions are HERE.


There will be an Article Review worth 100 points...on an article selected from The Sociology Shop. Instructions are HERE.


You will have an Internet Assignment worth 100 points. Instructions are HERE.


There will be a comprehensive Final Exam worth 100 points...a take-home essay exam, consisting of both general and specific questions.

Due Dates

1/15----------Analysis Paper #1 Due
2/07----------Article Review Due
2/28----------Internet Assignment Due
3/14----------Analysis Paper #2 Due
3/14----------3 Message Board Entries by this date
3/19----------Final Exam Due ( our Classroom)

Summary of Points in the Course

40 Points........Analysis Papers
60 Points........Message Board Entries
100 Points.......Article Review
100 Points.......Internet Assignment
100 Points.......Final Exam
400 Points...Total

Analysis Paper Topic


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...if you'd care to read the whole can find it HERE. This is a pdf file...meaning you need Acrobat Reader to access it. AGAIN...this IS OPTIONAL.
OR: There is an Outline of Chapter 1 linked under "The Sociological Perspective" in the TSS Online might want to look over this outline for this assignment...since we're going to do it anyway in class.


I want you to assess/analyze yourself in terms of how well or not so well you feel you met the Course Objectives for this course. There are 9 objectives...cover them all...maybe some in more depth than others. Give it a serious attempt...don't just scribble a paragraph or two. There's nothing "right or wrong" about your attempt will be the primary standard in evaluating them.

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 each Community Learning Center has a computer lab available) and on the Internet itself. I've put a link under DETAILS (above) to a "beginners" tutorial which takes you through it step by step. I’m also willing to help get you started, if necessary.

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.

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 Required Reading Materials...beyond the effect 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.

Hopefully the room in which we have our class will be “internet-ready” so we can look at materials together. I firmly believe in the use of this technology as a teaching and learning tool. If our classroom is not so equipped, you will STILL be responsible for covering the online materials...again, its an essential component of the course.


In order to facilitate the expression of your own perspective and to hear what others are thinking, too...I've created a Message Board for our class. You will be required to post three (3) messages during this course...on topics of your own choosing, from the ones I post for consideration. Each of these will be worth 20 points (10 for just doing it and the other 10 will be evaluated by me).

In addition to other uses and purposes (described on the portal page to the Message Board), here's how this assignment will work:

Each Sunday evening I will post a topic, a question, a quote, or even a short piece to read from the Internet. What I want is your reaction to and analysis of what I post.

During the quarter, you can pick the three you choose to respond to...and all of them need to be done by the last day of class, March 14th.

You will choose a "code name" which only you and I know...using it to post your three messages. I believe anonymity is the best policy here in order to allow people to express themselves without fear of personal reaction from anyone else in the class. Do NOT use this code name for any posting other than for this assignment. You will not be required to submit an email address, either.

Although responses to other's posts will NOT count as one of your three required messages, if you choose to respond to something someone has said, I will keep track of those and let "extra credit" build up for you. You're certainly not required to respond, but if you do so in direct relation to another's message, you'll be rewarded for doing so.

Length is always an arbitrary factor and I'd rather not dictate a certain length. However, I fully expect something more than a few sentences. If you write very little and expect me to evaluate the 10 points fully, you'll be a bit disappointed. Try to choose your topics to respond to with care...choosing those which you truly have something to say about, eh?

I will post the first one...clearly labeling it as a topic...on 1/13. That means there will be a total of nine (9) posted...through the last week of the quarter. Please try not to let this build up to the last them over a period of time, thereby allowing all of us to read and consider your remarks. You may, of course, "go back" and do one you passed over before...but, once it is posted, it is replacing of posts will be permitted.