CCCCD - Fall 2005

SOC 1301-C01


Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking of something different.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Andrea Laurent-Simpson                                              Meeting Time: MWF 9:00 – 9:50

Email:                            Location: B-317

Website:                               Office: B-305                          

Phone: (972) 548-6830                                                Fax: (972) 548-6801               

Credit Hours: 3


Description: An overview of the sociological perspective and its application to social research and social policy.


Objectives: Introduction to Sociology is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain a greater understanding of the social world that humans have created through their unique ability to use symbols.   My goal is to show students how to better comprehend their social worlds through an introduction to the following elements:


-Major paradigms in the discipline

-Research Methodologies

-History of Sociology

-Effect of culture, society, and socialization on the individual.

-Use of the sociological perspective to examine stratification, race/ethnicity, and gender.

-Major institutions, especially family, religion, and education, and their impact on social structures embedded below them.


Most importantly, my goal is to ensure that students leave this course with a strong understanding of how to use sociology in their everyday lives.


Required Texts:                     Macionis, John J.  Society: The Basics.  7th Edition.  Prentice Hall, 2004.  ISBN: 013111168X


Throughout the semester, I will assign readings that I will either give you in hard copy, as a link on WebCT, or as an article that you will need to locate on the JSTOR database at the library.  These additional readings will be considered requirements for the course.


Prerequisites: None.




1. Class attendance and participation are vital to learning.  Attendance will be taken at every class.  Excessive unexcused absences (over 4 for the semester) may result in a lower course grade. Four tardies will add up to one unexcused absence.  Please remember that you are only allowed four unexcused absences before it begins to affect your overall course grade.


2. Reading of all assigned materials prior to class.  Please bring your books to class for reference purposes.  You are responsible for all of the material in your book whether it is covered in class or not.


3. Satisfactory completion of exams and labs.


4. Labs/homework must be submitted in hard copy format at the beginning of the class date on which the assignment is due.  No late work will be accepted.  If you must miss on a day that a lab/homework is due, you may email it to the above email address or fax it to me at (972) 548-6801 before the start of class.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the assignment has some sort of time and date stamp on it. Do not turn in work under my office door as this is a good way for it to be lost.


5. Consideration for other students is conducive to everyone’s learning.  Please arrive on time and have cell phones turned off.  Verbal abuse of others, class disruptions, and sleeping during class will not be tolerated. 


6. Scholastic integrity is key to a successful education.  Please keep in mind that all work is to be done independently, unless otherwise stated by the instructor.  If you are unsure of a situation, you must ask the instructor for clarification.  Cheating in any way on any work in this class will not be tolerated and the student may be turned into the college for disciplinary hearings.  The minimum punishment for cheating in this class will be a 0 on the relevant assignment and/or exam.


7. Students that intend to withdraw from the course must do so by Sept 12 to avoid getting a W.  You must withdraw by Nov 18 to receive a W.


8.  If you stop attending class, but do not officially withdraw from the course, you will receive an F.  It is your responsibility to withdraw by using the forms found in the Admission’s Office.




It is my personal objective to facilitate student learning in any pedagogical way I can.  This means that I will be using a variety of learning methods that include but may not be limited to reading assignments, lectures, class discussions, video clips, experimental labs, and creative thinking exercises.




Exams:                                     65%  (20% exam 1, 20% exam 2, 25% final)

Labs:                                        25%

Attendance/Participation           10%



Letter Grade

Grade Descriptions as per CCCCD Catalog






Above Average






Below Average

59 and below




Exams: Exams will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions that cover material taken from class lectures, readings, handouts, and videos.  Two exams will be given during class and a third, the final, will be given on Dec 16, 9 am – 11 am.  The first two exams are comprehensive and the final is cumulative.  SCANTRONS BOOKS MUST BE BROUGHT TO EACH EXAM.  STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN SCANTRON BOOK AND PENCIL.


Labs:  Five labs will be assigned on the website throughout the course of the semester.  Students must choose two of the five labs and turn each of them in at the beginning of class on the day they are due.  One lab choice must be taken from the first two labs, and one must be taken from the last three labs.  Please note that LATE ASSIGNEMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


**All labs must be typed, double-spaced, with 1” margins, STAPLED.  Cited material must use APA format and a reference page must be included.   See the following URL for help on this -  This is a university level class, so I will expect you to cite at least two journal articles that support your position in each lab (citing your book will not count towards this requirement).  Points will be deducted if these requirements are not met.  Length should be at least 3 pages and should not exceed 4 pages unless otherwise stated.  POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FOR NOT FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES.**





Exams: Exams will only be made up in the event of a DOCUMENTED illness (only a doctor’s note will suffice) or emergency (death in the family or military orders).  Make-ups will be short answer and essay format and must be scheduled by the student within 24 hours of the original exam date. WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION of the emergency must be in my hands as of your first return date to class (this means police reports, hospital/doctor notes, funeral announcement, military orders.  I will not accept pictures or verbal confirmation!). Failure to do this will result in a grade of F for the exam.


Labs: Because late labs are not accepted, there will be no make-ups.




Extra Lab – You may do the “Super Size Me” lab for up to a 5 point increase in your overall lab grade.  However, it MUST be turned in the day that the lab is due for everyone else, and you must indicate in BOLD, RED LETTERS at the top of the first page that the work is for extra credit.


Exam Bonuses - There will be bonus questions at the end of each exam.


No other extra credit will be assigned.




Repeating Courses

Grades of all courses taken will be recorded on the student’s transcript. Only the grade and credits earned (whether higher or lower) in the most recent course repeated will be used in computing the grade point average and applied toward degree or program requirements. A course in which a grade (including W) has been received can be repeated only one time to replace the grade. You may repeat this course only once after receiving a grade, including W. 


Veterans should consult the Director of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs before repeating any course. Students planning to transfer to another college or university should check with the Transfer Lab or with receiving institutions for their repeat policies.


Religious Holidays: refer to Section 2 Policies and Procedures, Sub-section 2.23

Religious Holidays in the 2002-2003 CCCCD Student Handbook.


ADA Statement: It is the policy of Collin County Community College to

provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals who are students

with disabilities. This College will adhere to all applicable Federal, State and

local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable

accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the

student's responsibility to contact the faculty member and/or the Service for

Students with Disabilities at 881-5950 in a timely manner to arrange for

appropriate accommodations.


Academic Ethics/Scholastic Dishonesty: The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student accused of scholastic dishonesty.

Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts, or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree and/or the submission as one's own work material that is not one's own. Scholastic dishonesty may involve, but is not limited to, one or more of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion, use of annotated texts or teacher’s editions, and/or falsifying academic records.

Plagiarism is the use of an author's words or ideas as if they were one's own without giving credit to the source, including, but not limited to, failure to acknowledge a direct quotation.

Cheating is the willful giving or receiving of information in an unauthorized manner during an examination, illicitly obtaining examination questions in advance, copying computer or Internet files, using someone else's work for assignments as if it were one's own, or any other dishonest means of attempting to fulfill the requirements of a course.

Collusion is intentionally aiding or attempting to aid another in an act of scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to providing a paper or project to another student, providing an inappropriate level of assistance; communicating answers to a classmate during an examination; removing tests or answer sheets from a test site, and allowing a classmate to copy answers.



Sept 5                                      Labor Day holiday, campus closed

Sept 12                                    Census date (last day to withdraw without a W)

Nov 18                                    Last day to withdraw

November 24-25                     Thanksgiving Holiday, campus closed

Dec 16                                    Final, 9:00am – 11 am



*Subject to change – Any necessary changes will be announced in class.

† Additional, announced readings will be distributed beyond this schedule.

KEY: WCourse website



Week 1 (Aug 29)                     Chapter 1 – Sociology: Perspective, Theory, and Method;

Sociological Imagination

Week 2 (Sept 5)                      Chapter 1 – CONT

SEPT 7                                    Lab 1 – Sociological Imagination due

Week 3 (Sept 12)                    Chapter 2 – Culture

Week 4 (Sept 19)                    Chapter 3 – Socialization

Week 5 (Sept 26)                    Chapter 4 – Social Interaction in Everyday Life

Week 6 (Oct 3)                        Finish up

OCT 3                                     Lab 2 – Breaching Experiment due 

OCT 5                                     EXAM 1 (Chps 1 – 4); Begin Chapter 5

Week 7 (Oct 10)                      Chapter 5 - Groups and Organizations

Week 8 (Oct 17)                      Chapter 8 – Social Stratification

OCT 19                                   Lab 3 – “Super Size Me” due

Week 9 (Oct 24)                      Chapter 10 – Gender Stratification; “Can Men ‘Mother’?”

article, (B. Risman)

Week 10 (Oct 31)                    Chapter 10 (CONT); Chapter 11 – Race and Ethnicity

Week 11 (Nov 7)                     Chapter 11 (CONT)

NOV 7                                                Lab 4 - Grocery Store Observation due

Week 12 (Nov 14)                   Finish up

NOV 16                                  Lab 5 – Race and Ethnicity due

NOV 18                                  EXAM 2 (Chps 5 – 10)

Week 13 (Nov 21)                   Begin Social Institutions (lecture); Chapter 13 – Family, pgs. 334 – 351; Domestic Violence article (NIJ), W

Week 14 (Nov 28)                   Chapter 13 – Family (CONT)

NOV 30                                  Lab 6 - Domestic Violence/NIJ article lab due

Week 15 (Dec 5)                     Religion - Chapter 13, pgs. 351-367, Spirituality in Higher Education, W

Dec 16                                                FINAL, 9 am – 11am



NOTE:  A copy of the generic syllabus is available in the Social Sciences division office or online at