Welcome to Sociology 1160 Online
Hi Everybody in Sociology 1160 Online,
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 - 1160 – 01O, CRN: 80746
14 August – 11 December 2013
This is an online class that will meet only once every about three weeks for in-class unit exams
Dates: Class meets four times for taking unit Exams
(See the Course Schedule)
Time: 1:40 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: LIA 201
MW: 12:10 – 2:40 pm
TR: 04:25 – 6:05 pm
or by appointment for other times:
Social Problems, Census Update, 4/E
Format: Paper; 552 pp
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Macionis's Social Problems is the only social problems text that explains how society frames social problems and solutions through politics. The text analyzes social issues and policies, using the concepts of sociological theory and the everyday language of politics.
This text helps students understand the attitudes and values that define the political spectrum in the United States. Once students know how social problems are defined by our society through politics, and how the policies to solve these problems are developed, students are able to become involved in solving social problems through activism and political involvement.
Course Requirements and Evaluation
Students are required to attend to online class activities, read the text, submit assignments on time, 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 exams, which account for 50% of the grade (12.5% each). The exams will be drawn from the text, lectures, and media presented in the class.
2. Chapter Online Tests, on Georgia View, which account for 25% of the grade.
3. Essays, discussing social problems, one on each chapter covered in the course, which account for 15% of the grade (See details on Georgia View, at the Discussions section).
4. Essay Discussions, on Georgia View, which account for 10% of the grade.
Notes Concerning deadlines and dates of exams and tests:
1. Exams are to be taken in class, on campus, at the specific dates and times stated in the course schedule section.
2. Chapter Online tests and quizzes are to be taken through the Georgia View system, at the announced dates and deadlines.
3. Students are strongly encouraged to take exams and tests on time. Missing exams may lead to a penalty of 10% (or 20%) points less for each test or exam (See details in the Schedule Section).
Course Schedule & Exams
EXAM DATES & TIMES
Because of the online nature of this course, flexibility in taking tests and exams is necessary but within the range of time specified in the schedule below.
Online chapter tests are clearly and specifically announced in terms of dates, times, and deadlines in the schedule below and in the Georgia View / Vista system.
It is the responsibility of students to read components of this syllabus, updates, and announcements of assignments regularly in Georgia View, in order to know the dates and times of online tests, exams, and other course assignments and activities.
The course in-class unit exams are to be taken on on the same dates mentioned below, at the DSC campus, at the same time and in the same place the class meets.
MAKE-UP EXAMS POLICIES
Make-up exams (for the first four in-class exams) can be requested for extremely difficult circumstances (Students are expected to provide documentation for these circumstances).
If an exam is justifiably missed (e.g. physical injury or death in the family), a student may ask for a make-up exam to be scheduled as soon as possible.
Students missing an exam (with excusable circumstances) may be assigned a day for a make up for that exam within few days.
Students missing an exam without an excusable and documented circumstance will be assigned a day to make up the test but with a penalty of 10% of points less, to be deducted from their total score for that test.
If a student misses the make up day, then a second make up time may be scheduled but with another penalty of 10% points less (20% total), to be deducted from his/her total score for that test.
The online tests cannot be made up because students are allowed
about a week to take each one of them. The exception is if there are
severe circumstances, as mentioned above.
A Tentative Course Schedule
DAYS -- DATES -- CHAPTERS -- SUBJECTS
1. 8/14 - 8/16 1 Studying Social Problems
2. 8/19 - 8/22 2 Poverty & Wealth
3. 8/26 - 8/29 3 Racial & Ethnic Inequality
4. 9/5 1, 2, 3 Review (September 2: Labor Day Holiday)
(CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3),
5. 9/9 - 9/12 4 Gender Inequality
6. 9/16 - 9/19 5 Aging & Inequality
7. 9/23 - 9/6 6 Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice
8. 9/30 - 10/3 4, 5, 6 Review
EXAM II: (CHAPTER 4, 5, 6), Tuesday, 10/8
9. 10/7 - 10/10 7 Sexuality
Fall Break: October 14 & 15 (Monday & Tuesday)
10. 10/17 8 Alcohol & Other Drugs
11. 10/21 - 10/24 8 & 9 Alcohol & Other Drugs, Physical & Mental Health
12. 10/28 - 10/31 9 Physical & Mental Health
Mid of the Semester: Friday, October 5, 2013 (Withdrawing without Evaluation)
EXAM III: (CHAPTER 7, 8, 9), Tuesday, 11/5
13. 11/4 - 11/7 10 Economy & Politics
14. 11/11 - 11/14 10 & 11 Economy & Politics, Work and Workplace
15. 11/18 - 11/21 12 Work and Workplace
16. 11/25 - 11/26 11 & 12 Family Life (Thanksgiving Holiday: 11/27 - 11/29)
17. 12/2 - 12/4 11 & 12 Family Life
Last Day of Classes for the A Session: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
EXAM IV (CHAPTERS 11 & 12): Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 1:00 pm.