SOCI110: Introduction to Sociology
Section: E31     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearSummer I 2012 / (12 weeks): May 21, 2012 to Aug 16, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Linda Kanner   Email: Linda.Kanner@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-504-8500
Campus Location: Founders 209

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 7 - 10 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

eLearning:
Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Format

A sample Course Format is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. Course Formats explain how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

Accessing Your Course

MySocLab

Your course is using MySocLab, which requires the purchase of an access code. This code is usually packaged with a new textbook, but may also be purchased separately from the MySocLab website if it is not included with your book.

Information about MySocLab can be found at http://www.mySoclab.com. Please check the systems Requirement page to verify your computer compatibility.

Your instructor will provide an additional course code you will need to access your specific course.


Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, go to WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.


Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.


Other Information about the Course

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 110

Dear Students:

Please let me take this opportunity to welcome you to Introduction to Sociology as well as to the Online Learning Program of Bucks County Community College.

As you may already be aware, the Online Learning Program is significantly different from traditional college courses. Perhaps the most striking difference is that the course will lack traditional classroom instruction and regular face-to-face interaction with the professor. It will largely be up to you, the student, to set your own pace as you review and study the materials that will be assigned. The eLearning student, therefore, needs more self-discipline, more self-motivation and must focus more significantly on writing skills. The greatest benefit to the student is the flexibility of your time in meeting the requirements of the course, and fewer, if any, trips to campus! Your grade in the course will be determined by your submission of a field observation assignment, chapter quizzes, a midterm and a final examination, and your timely and thoughtful contributions to the on-line discussions.

I want to also welcome everyone to your first college course in Sociology. In a nutshell, sociology is the scientific study of society as a whole, as well the human behavior which collectively constitutes a society. It offers a perspective - a view of the world - that stresses that people's social experiences underlie their behavior. We will be analyzing these behaviors from differing perspectives and focusing on the growing global context of social life.

Orientation:

There will be orientation information posted on our Canvas site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course

Course Objectives:

  1. To develop an understanding of some of the terms, concepts, methods and perspectives of sociology as a science.
  2. To be able to use this understanding to heighten awareness of American society and recognize and accept differences in other cultures and value diversity.
  3. To increase one's ability to think analytically and critically about society and culture, and strive to understand and consider divergent points of view.

Some of the topics the course will include are:

  • Society & Culture;
  • The Socialization Process;
  • Sociological Research Techniques;
  • Societies & Social Networks;
  • Global Stratification;
  • Social Class;
  • Issues of Gender, Race & Ethnicity;
  • The Family;
  • Education;
  • Health Care;
  • Collective Behavior & Social Movements.

Textbook and Other Requirements:

The textbook we will be using this semester will be Essentials of Sociology: A Down to Earth Approach, 9th or 10th Edition, (Allyn & Bacon) by James M. Henslin. You will also be required to purchase access to MySocLab as a supplement to the text. It is available for purchase for at-home use from the BCCC bookstore. You may also purchase the book & MySocLab in a packaged set. You may also choose to purchase access to MySocLab alone - as it contains an e-Version of our text. You will need to have access to a personal computer to participate in the on-line discussion questions, take exams and to submit assignments.

Course Requirements:

  1. Read all assigned chapters in the textbook; view assigned segments of MySocLab. You will have to complete/view various videos, maps, timelines and other interactive materials on MySocLab.(Feel free to read the non-assigned chapters as well - when your time permits).
  2. Prepare and submit one (1)field observational/analytical essay. You will have several to choose from. Your essay should be three to four typed pages, approximately 750-1000 words. All essays will be due no later than the Thursday of the week they are assigned. I will comment on and grade these essays and post the grades on our website.
  3. There will be Chapter quizzes throughout the semester. These are primarily, twenty question, multiple choice quizzes. These quizzes can be taken at your convenience from your home computer. Or, if you prefer, they can be taken at any of the Bucks County Community College Testing Centers.
  4. There will be a mid-term exam which will test your comprehension of the first half of the course. This exam can be taken from home or at any of the Bucks County Community College Testing Centers during a two to four day period, the dates of which will be posted on our site. If you decide to take the exam on campus, please check the Online Learning website for testing center locations and hours of operation.
  5. There will be a final exam which will consist of multiple choice, short answer and essay questions for the second half of the course. The testing parameters remain the same as above, you can take it from home or on campus.
  6. You will be required to view a feature length film and submit a reaction paper.
  7. Discussion Questions will be posted throughout the semester. You will have approximately one week to respond, as well as read ALL of your classmates' responses. The second week of each question is reserved for your reply/reaction/analysis of the 1st week of the discussion.

Contact With the Professor:

Although the bulk of the course work is completed individually, regular and frequent contact with the Professor is encouraged and expected. You should feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have on any aspect of the course. My office is in Penn Hall Room 313, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, PA 18940. My office phone number is 215-504-8500, ext. 6327. If you leave me a voicemail, speak slowly and be sure to include your full name, course, telephone number and when I can reach you. And, of course, if you prefer e-mail, you can e-mail me on our Canvas site - simply go to the "Inbox" function and click on 'Compose.' A second, less preferred choice would be my college address: KannerL@bucks.edu.

CANVAS:

We will be utilizing several features of Canvas, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool,the "Assessments" link and the many content or 'file' pages. Canvas is the new online system that has replaced BbVista. To learn more about navigating this system, please check out "Canvas Basics" at https://bucks.instructure.com/courses/36545 which is available to students now. There is no login required. 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 Mail.) If you haven't done so already - you will need to download a "Lockdown Browser" in order to take exams.

In conclusion, I want to extend to each of you my best wishes for an interesting and productive semester. I look forward to 'meeting' you and introducing you to a fascinating subject!

Sincerely,

Linda Kanner, MSW, LCSW, Adjunct Professor