Welcome to Sociology 1101



Hi Everybody in Sociology 1101,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this interesting intellectual experience this semester.

It is advisable that you be ready to start working from the first day of classes, at the beginning of the semester.

You need to know the basic information and policies related to the course, as mentioned in the syllabus below.

You also need to explore various sections of materials available to you on Georgia View.

Most importantly, you need to look at the Calendar daily to know and keep up with the course activities.

Check your email at GV also daily to see if there are messages from me or from your colleagues.

All communications concerning the course should be through the Georgia View system. Don't use DSConnect email unless there's something you have other than the course, or if Georgia View is not working.

I’m looking forward to see your Introductory Messages, with photos if possible, telling the class about yourself, major, career, hobbies, at the Discussions section on Georgia View.


Here’re few lines about me:

I was born in Gaza, Palestine, in 1950. In 1967, I left to Jordan, then to Egypt, Libya, and the UAE, before immigrating to the USA, in 1986. I have been teaching sociology and anthropology courses at DSC since 1991.

I completed my M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1988, and my Ph.D. degree in Sociology, in 1993, at the University of Georgia.

I am now teaching the Introduction to Sociology (SOCI-1101) course in three different ways: Regular, Hybrid, and online. I teach Marriage and Family (SOCI-2293) as a regular course in Spring, I also teach Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH-1103) and Social Problems (SOCI-1160) courses online.

I am married with five grown up children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Dr. Hassan El-Najjar.





SOCI - 1101 – 01, CRN: 80742

Fall 2013

14 August – 11 December, 2013

This is a regular class that will meet twice a week

On: MW

Time: 9:25 am – 10:40 am

Room: Tech 158 - B

Regular Course

Office Hours:

MW: 12:10 – 2:40 pm 

TR: 04:25 – 6:05 pm


or by appointment for other times:




 Course Contents

Seven Steps to Do Well in This Course

Several materials are provided to you through the Georgia View D2L learning system in order to help you do well in this course.

To do well, then, is dependent on using these materials and completing the following five steps thoroughly:

1. Read each assigned chapter, Lecture Notes, and handouts.

2. Answer the study guide questions, in writing, creating your own notebook.

3. When you complete all of the above five activities, take the relevant online test. 

4. Skim through all of the above before taking the in-class Unit Exams. 

5. Participate actively in class discussions. 

6. Hand in your research report and present it on time.


Course Learning Outcomes

The course aims at meeting the general goals and intended outcomes of the Division of Social Sciences (See below). However, the course aims at meeting specific learning objectives. Upon completion of Sociology 1101, students should have knowledge and ability to demonstrate that about the following areas:


1.    Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and analyze perspectives and values of diverse cultural groups and their historical experiences in the United States.


2.    Students will demonstrate an ability to articulate and analyze racial and ethnic group relations, norms, and individual deviance.


3.    Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and analyze stratification and social inequality.



 Course Textbook & Topics 



Students of Sociology 1101 can download the Course textbook, "Introduction to Sociology" for Free, from the website of the Open Stax College,at:.





SOCI 1101. Introduction to Sociology 3-0-3

Prerequisite: READ 0098, or a COMPASS score of 80 or better.

The course examines human social behavior. Topics covered include culture, social interaction, deviance, social classes, social change, politics, religion, and the family. This course also considers the principal perspectives in sociology for interpreting everyday events as well as the social structures of society. (F,S,M)


Course Requirements and Evaluation


Students are required to attend to class activities, read the text, and take all the tests described in this syllabus. Evaluation will be based on the student's ability to demonstrate understanding of the topics discussed throughout the course.  



Evaluation is divided into the following main parts:

1. There are four multiple-choice Unit Exams, which account for 40% of the grade. The exams will be drawn from the text, lectures, and media presented in the class.

2. Online Tests, on Georgia View, which account for 30% of the grade.

3. Participation in Class Discussions, which accounts for 10% of the grade.

4. Attendance, which accounts for 13% of the grade.

5. A research exercise project , which accounts for 7% of the grade. 

Notes Concerning Attendance and Absence: 

1. Attendance is rewarded by 13% of the grade for students with perfect attendance. However, for everyday or half day of absence, a student may lose one percentage point, no matter what the reason for absence is. 

2. Absence is discouraged in this regular course, and a student who exceeds half of the course time in absence may be assigned a failing grade. However, excused absence (such as death in the family or going to the doctor) may not lead to the failing penalty. But it will lead to the reduction in the attendance points, one point for each day or half day of absence.


Notes Concerning deadlines and dates of exams and tests:  

1. Unit Exams are to be taken on campus, at the specific times stated in the course schedule section. 

2. Chapter Online tests are to be taken through the Georgia View D2L system, at the announced dates and deadlines. 

3. Students are strongly encouraged to take in-class Unit Exams and chapter online tests on time. Missing exams and tests may lead to a penalty of 10% points less for each test or exam. 


A Tentative Course Schedule


1. 8/14 - 8/16       1      An Introduction to Sociology

2. 8/19 - 8/22       2     Research Methods

3. 8/26 - 8/29       3     Culture

4. 9/5           1, 2, 3     Review   (September 2: Labor Day Holiday)

EXAM I: (CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3), Monday, 9/9

 5. 9/9 - 9/12       4        Society and Social Interaction

6. 9/16 - 9/19       5        Socialization

7. 9/23 - 9/6         7        Deviance

8. 9/30 - 10/3    4, 5, 7   Review

EXAM II: (CHAPTER 4, 5, 7), Monday, 10/7

9. 10/7 - 10/10       9            Stratification in the US

Fall Break: October 14 & 15 (Monday & Tuesday)

10. 10/17                10           Global Inequality

11. 10/21 - 10/24    10 &18    Global Inequality, Work & Economy  

12. 10/28 - 10/31    18           Work & Economy  

Mid of the Semester: Friday, October 5, 2013 (Withdrawing without Evaluation)

EXAM III: (CHAPTER 9, 10, 18), Monday, 11/4

13. 11/4 - 11/7     11            Race and Ethnicity

14. 11/11 - 11/14     11 & 12   Race and Ethnicity & Gender and Sex

15. 11/18 - 11/21     12           Gender and Sex

16. 11/25 - 11/26     11 & 12   Review    (Thanksgiving Holiday: 11/27 - 11/29)

17. 12/2 - 12/4         11 & 12   Class Project Presentations

Last Day of Classes for the A Session: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

EXAM IV (CHAPTERS 11 & 12): Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at 8:00 am.