Welcome to Sociology!
You are all sociologists, but many of you don’t know it yet. This course is designed to help you develop your “sociological imagination” and to analyze sociological concepts that many of us take for granted. One of the major requirements for this course is an open mind.
There are many advantages to taking online courses. You can be anywhere while you take this course, work at any time during the day or night, and you can work and learn at your own pace.
With this being said, your online journey requires self-motivation and self-discipline. You are required to read, review and study the materials at your own pace. Since we do not meet face-to-face, it is important that you communicate with me via email or telephone if have any questions or problems relating to accessing or understanding the course materials, the assignments, and tests.
I look forward to working with you all this semester.
Best, Max Probst
Orientation: There will be orientation information posted on our Bb Vista site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course.
Course Objective: To expose students to basic concepts, relationships, and interactions among sociological factors as well as mainstream sociological philosophies and theories. To this end the study guide/course outline will be followed sequentially. The instructor reserves the right to modify the course as deemed prudent and appropriate.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Define major sociological concepts and identify behaviors studied by sociologists.
- Identify major research techniques in this discipline.
- Discuss the contribution of norms, roles, and culture to the socialization process.
- Identify social variables which contribute to social inequality among groups.
- Identify the primary characteristics of the following social institutions: family, religion, economic, political, and educational.
- Discuss various types of theories which attempt to explain social change.
- Discuss deviance as a sociological phenomenon.
Textbook and Other Requirements: The textbook we will be using this semester will be The Intersections Collection: Pearson Custom Sociology ISBN: 0-558-61976-3 You can only purchase this textbook in the bookstore on campus as it is a customized text. You will need to have access to a personal computer to participate in the on-line discussion questions and to submit assignments.
Contact With the Professor: Although the majority of the course work is completed individually, regular and frequent contact with me is encouraged and expected. You should feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have. My office is in Penn Hall Room 243 on the Newtown campus. My office phone number is 215-968-8274 or if you are on campus dial Ext: 8274. You can e-mail me on our Bb Vista site - simply go to the "E-Mail" function and click on 'Compose.' You can also send an email to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be utilizing several features of Bb Vista, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool and the "Assessments" link. Please log into Bb Vista and review the Student Orientation and Student Materials which are available to students before the start of the semester. Students will be introduced to the on-line discussion feature as well as other tools we will be using, (i.e. the Assignments Drop-Box and E-Mail). Also, make sure to do the 'Check Browser' in order for your computer to run correctly with Bb Vista.