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Welcome to Sociology 2293-01 Regular


Spring 2014


Hi Everybody in Sociology 2293 Regular Course,

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 Social Problems (SOCI-1160) courses online.

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

Dr. Hassan El-Najjar.


SOCI - 2293 - 01, CRN: 20263

Spring 2014

6 January - 14 May, 2014

This is a Regular class that will meet twice a week

On: Tuesday and Thursday

Time: 9:25 am - 10:40 am

Room: LIA 316

Regular Course

Office Hours:

MW: 10:00 – 12:10 pm


  T: 10:45 – 12:10 pm


  R: 9:55 – 12:10 pm


or by appointment for other times


Course Contents

Five Steps to Do Well in This Course

Several materials are provided to you through the Georgia View 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 steps thoroughly:

1. Read each assigned chapter.

2. Answer the study guide questions on that chapter as you're reading.

3. Read any handouts about that chapter.

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

5. Finally, skim through all of the above before taking the in-class unit exams.


Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of Sociology 2293, students should have the ability to demonstrate the following course 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 States.


2.      Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze influences on the marriage and family, such as those of social institutions, economic resources, racial and ethnic diversity, communication, and conflict resolution skills.


3.      Students will demonstrate the ability to gather and analyze data concerning the circumstances that may contribute to the success or failure of marriage.






Authors: David Olson, John DeFrain, and Linda Skogrand


Title: Marrages and Families: Intimacy, Diversity, and Strengths.


Edition: 7th (2011)


Publisher: McGraw Hill


ISBN: 0078111579


Course Requirements and Evaluation




Students are required to attend to online 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 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. Online Tests, on Georgia View, which account for 20% of the grade.

3. Research Exercise Report, which accounts for 20% of the grade.

4. Class attendance, which accounts for 10% of the grade.

5. Participation in class discussions, which accounts for up to 4% (to be added to the final grade as an extra credit).






For every day of absence, one point is deducted from the ten points of class attendance. If absence exceeds ten days, a student maybe assigned a failing grade (F), unless absence is justified on grounds of severe conditions, such as hospitalization and death in the family.


In order for a student with a justified absence to keep the attendance credit intact for the first three days of absence, every day of absence requires answering the study guide questions for the relevant chapter missed. The answers should be typed and handed in during the same week of the day of absence.


Notes Concerning deadlines and dates of exams and tests:


1. 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 system, at the announced dates and deadlines.


3. Students are strongly encouraged to take exams and tests on time. Missing unit exams and chapter online tests may lead to a penalty of 10% points less for each test or exam (See details in the Schedule Section).


Course Schedule




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.


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 in-class unit exams are to be taken 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 (for the first three 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.


The online tests may be made up without penalty in case of severe circumstances. Otherwise, 10% of the grade will be deducted in order to discourage late assignments.




1. 1/06 - 1/12     1   Perspectives on Intimate Relations

2. 1/13 - 1/19     2   Cultural Diversity

3. 1/20 - 1/26     3   Understanding Marriage & Family Dynamics  

(MLK Holiday: Monday, January 20, 2013)

4. 1/27 - 2/02          Exam I

EXAM I: (CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3), Thursday, 1/30

5. 2/03 - 2/9       4  Communication & Intimacy

6. 2/10 - 2/16     5  Conflict & Conflict Resolution

7. 2/17 - 2/23     6  Sexual Intimacy

8. 2/24 – 3/2          Exam II

EXAM II: (CHAPTER 4, 5, 6), Thursday, 2/27

9. 3/03 - 3/09 No Assignments, Enjoy Your Spring Break: March 3-7, 2014

10. 3/10 - 3/16     7   Gender Roles & Power in the Family 

(Mid-Term Grades Due: 3/14)

11. 3/17 - 3/23     8   Global Inequality

Mid of the Semester: March 21, 2012 (Withdrawing without Evaluation)

12. 3/24 - 3/30     9   Managing Economic Resources

13. 3/31 - 4/06    Exam III

EXAM III: (CHAPTER 9, 10, 18), Thursday, 4/3

14. 4/07 - 4/13     11            Marriage: Building a Strong Foundation

15. 4/14 - 4/20     11 & 15   Marriage: Building a Strong Foundation & Divorce

16. 4/21 – 4/27    15            Divorce, Single-Parent Families, and Step-Families

17. 4/28             Last Day of classes for the A Session: Monday, April 28, 2014

EXAM IV (CHAPTERS 11 & 15): Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 8:00 am.