Accessing Your Course
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
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- 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.
Other Information about the Course
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 110
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 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.
There will be orientation information posted on our Canvas site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course
- To develop an understanding of some of the terms, concepts, methods and perspectives of sociology as a science.
- To be able to use this understanding to heighten awareness of American society and recognize and accept differences in other cultures and value diversity.
- 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;
- Health Care;
- Aging and Religion.
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 is acceptable, (Allyn & Bacon) by James M. Henslin. You will also be required to purchase access to WWW.MySocLab.com. We will be using this site as a supplement to our Canvas site. It is available for purchase for at-home use from the BCCC bookstore or online. You can purchase the book & MySocLab in a packaged set or separately. You may also choose to purchase ONLY access to MySocLab - as it contains an e-Version of our text. You can purchase this access code directly from the Publisher's website for about half the price of the hard copy textbook. If you are comfortable reading your text online, I suggest trying this money saving option. And lastly, you will need to have access to a personal computer to participate in the on-line discussion questions, take exams and to submit assignments.
- Read all assigned chapters and power points 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!)
- 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. You will have several topics to choose from. I will grade these essays and post the grades on our website.
- There will be a quiz on almost every chapter that is assigned. 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.
- 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.
- There will be a second 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. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, I recommend testing at one of the BCCC Testing Centers.
- You will be required to view a feature length film and submit a brief reaction paper.
- 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, 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. My preference is email. Once the semester has begun, e-mail me on our Canvas site - simply go to the "Inbox" function and click on 'Compose.' Before the semester begins, you may email me at my college address: KannerL@bucks.edu.
We will be utilizing several features of Canvas, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool,the "Modules", the "Quizzes" and "Assignments" link and the many 'content' and resources pages. To learn more about navigating this system, please check out "Canvas Basics" at https://bucks.instructure.com/courses/36545. Please log into Canvas and review the Student Orientation and Student Materials which are available to students at 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 Mail.) Also, make sure to do 'Check Browser' in order for your computer to run correctly with Canvas. 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!
Linda Kanner, MSW, LCSW, Adjunct Professor