Welcome to Sociology 1160-01 Online
Hi Everybody in Sociology 1160-01 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
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
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
Dr. Hassan El-Najjar.
SOCI - 1160 – 01O, CRN:
14 August – 11 December 2013
This is an
class that will meet only
once every about three weeks
for in-class unit exams
Class meets four times for taking unit Exams
(See the Course Schedule)
10:50 am - 12:05 pm
Brown Center 203
MW: 10:00 – 12:10 pm
T: 10:45 – 12:10
R: 10:45 – 01:00 pm
Or by appointment for other times:
Six Steps to Do Well in This Course
Several materials are provided to you through the
Georgia View (GV) online 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 six steps thoroughly:
1. Read each assigned chapter.
2. Read the author's chapter outlines.
3. Write down your essay discussion of the assigned
topics then submit it through GV.
4. Read and look at the author's power-point
5. When you complete all of the above five activities,
take the relevant online test.
6. Finally, skim through all of the above before taking
the in-class exam.
Social Problems, Census Update, 4/E
John J. Macionis, Kenyon College
Format: Paper; 552 pp
Customers outside the U.S.,
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 Learning Objectives
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
The Department of Social Sciences assists students in
developing an ability to acquire data, understand
relationships, process information, draw conclusions,
and critically evaluate issues related to the society
and culture of the United States and the world at large.
To achieve these aims, the Department offers courses
that support the College�s
various associate and baccalaureate programs. These
courses include offerings in anthropology, criminal
justice, geography, history, political science,
philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
STUDENTS LEARNING OUTCOMES
1. Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate
and analyze perspectives and values of diverse cultural
groups and their historical experiences in the United
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze
origins of and solutions for social problems,
particularly in relation to racism, sexism, poverty, and
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze
origins of and solutions for social problems,
particularly in relation to alcohol, drugs, work, and
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
4. Essay Discussions,
on Georgia View, which account for
10% of the grade.
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
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
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
1/06 - 1/12 1
1/13 - 1/19 2
Poverty & Wealth
1/20 - 1/26 3
Racial & Ethnic
(MLK Holiday: Monday, January
1/27 - 2/02 Review
(CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3), Wednesday,
2/03 - 2/9 4
2/10 - 2/16 5
Aging & Inequality
2/17 - 2/23 6
Crime, Violence, and
2/24 – 3/2
(CHAPTER 4, 5, 6), Wednesday, 2/26
3/03 - 3/09 No Assignments, Enjoy Your
March 3-7, 2014
3/10 - 3/16 7
3/17 - 3/23 8
Alcohol & Other Drugs
Mid of the Semester:
March 21, 2012 (Withdrawing
3/24 - 3/30 9
Physical & Mental Health
3/31 - 4/06 Exam III
(CHAPTER 7, 8, 9), Wednesday, 4/02
4/07 - 4/13 10
Economy & Politics
4/14 - 4/20 11
Work and Workplace
4/21 – 4/27 12
Last Day of classes for the A Session:
Monday, April 28, 2014
(CHAPTERS 10, 11 & 12):
Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 10:30-12:30.