SOCI110: Introduction to Sociology
Section: EG2     (eLearning)

About This Course


Semester and YearMarch 2014 / (10 weeks): Mar 3, 2014 to May 13, 2014
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)

Instructor(s)

Erin Niclaus   Email: Erin.Niclaus@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8270

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 8 - 12 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:
  • Read the important instructor supplied information located at the end of this document

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation(s)

Orientation for this course is REQUIRED.
Failure to participate in a REQUIRED orientation, as specified below, may jeopardize your grade.

Online

Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.


Other Orientation Information
The orientation will be conducted through the "Start Here" menu on the course homepage. We will have an online discussion to do introductions and to guide you through the first learning module.

Accessing Your 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

Students will be able to: The development of ability to communicate in writing within the course's discipline. The development of critical reading and critical thinking ability. Identify and explain social stability and social dynamics and their causes and consequences. Define or explain the basic concepts, theories, major perspectives (paradigms), and research methods of sociology. This includes the contributions of women and minority professionals in the field. Apply concepts, theories, and major perspectives (paradigms) to particular cases and to their own experiences using the thinking skill of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Students should be able to engage in all aspects of critical thinking. Acquire knowledge about some of the primary sub-fields within sociology, including social stratification systems based on class, race, ethnicity, and gender, as well as social institutions such as family, religion, education, politics, and economics. Logically organize ideas according to social science criteria in written assignments and oral presentations. Increase his or own cultural awareness and knowledge of ethic, racial, gender, social class, and religious diversity in the United States.

Methods of Evaluation:

Discussion participation 20% 200 points

Midterm Exam 10% 100 points

Final Exam 10% 100 points

Chapter Quizzes 40% 400 (8 at 50 pts each)

Media Assignments 10% 100 points (5 at 20pts)

Socio-Biography Paper 10% 100 points

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100% 1000 points

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. The best way to reach me is through email - niclause@bucks.edu. We will be utilizing several features of Canvas, but most frequently the Course Content folder, the "Discussion" tool and the "Assessments" link. Please review the Canvas Basics course 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 and E-Mail).

Looking forward to having you as part of the class!! Please contact me with any questions or concerns and I will do my best to help in any way I can. Thanks!