Syllabus- General Sociology

Course Number: 

Sociology 1123;  Spring 2012
General Sociology
:                  Dr. Stephen Kandeh

OFFICE:                             Davies Hall 202 B

OFFICE PHONE:                Ext-1243


Required Text:                  Macionis. Sociology (see schedule for edition)

Writing Type:                    Article Critique (see "Sociology Papers" link)

Final Paper Due Date:      Monday of week before final exam week

Turnitin:                             See course schedule

Official Final Exam:            See course schedule

OFFICE HOURS:                MWF: 10:10-12:10 pm

This is a foundation course, an introduction to the multiple fields of study in sociology. It surveys major areas of sociological emphasis and prepares the student to adopt the sociological imagination. An information-dense course, it requires significant reading, discussion, and application of information to real-world situations. 


  1. The course is organized according to major topics in the sociological knowledge world. It introduces the student to the fundamental logic of sociology and the methods by which sociological knowledge is acquire
  2. The course then proceeds to core concepts of the discipline and fundamental social processes including culture, socialization, social interaction and organization, deviance, and social differentiation. Students are then introduced to social institutions to demonstrate how social processes organize and articulate social functions.
  3. The course is structured to engage the student in accumulating facts of social life. But more significantly, to organize facts according to sociological principles that help us understand social behavior.
  4. Students are expected to engage the author, the instructor, other students and course material, and their own knowledge and experience in the debunking journey of the sociologist.


  1. Students will understand the sociological perspective as a critical approach to social knowledge and social policy.
  2. Students will understand the basic theoretical pillars of the sociological imagination.
  3. Students will develop the ability to read and understand basic sociological research.
  4. Students will understand the social processes that shape social behavior and attitude
  5. Students will understand the functions, limitations, and changes in society, social institutions, and social programs
  6. Students will be able to write a short paper using a standard writing process and style appropriate to the discipline
  7. Students will be able to apply sociological concepts and principles to real life situations 


Student must satisfy all 4 components of the course by completing a minimum of 50% of the work in each component to be awarded a passing grade (A-D) or an incomplete (I). An "I" means that the instructor has reasonable expectation that the student will successfully complete the requirements for the class if given the extra time. As a result,  a student must attempt a minimum of 2 exams, complete half of the work in the assignment component, attend more than 50% of classes and participate in chapter presentations and/or discussions. Student must submit a paper in this class to receive a passing grade or an Incomplete. These standards are meant to encourage participation in the learning process. Performance falling below these standards, irrespective of scores in any area, will earn a falling grade (F).


1. Exams

Exams (3) at 35% each (Best two)

70 %

2. Attendance



2. Assignments/Quizzes



3. Participation



4. Paper

Article Critique


A= >89.99%; B= 80-89.9; C=70-79.99; D=60-69.99; F= < 59.99 

Exams: . All exams are scheduled. The question format may include multiple choice, True/false, matching, short answer, and essay types. A make-up is automatically graded down by one letter grade (A score of 'B' becomes a 'C'). In addition, make-up exams will be conducted only after a formal letter of request is submitted with evidence to substantiate why the exam could not be taken on the scheduled date. When a make-up exam is permitted, the exam format and content may not be the same. Under no circumstances will any one student be allowed more than one make-up exam in this course! The final exam will be comprehensive and it will be conducted on the official examination date and time.

Assignments: Assignments comprise quizzes (announced or unannounced) and may be administered at any time during class meetings or on MOODLE. It is entirely possible to have a quiz everyday in class or on Moodle. The key principle here is that students have to be familiar with lecture material and text at all times, as well as come to class on time every scheduled meeting. Quizzes may relate to current and previous topics and their interrelationships.  NO make-up quizzes EVER, not even later during the same class period. Quizzes will be available only to those students who are present when they are passed out or who take them during their available time on Moodle. Assignments may also include turnitin assignments and any other work assigned to students in this class by the instructor. Turnitin and Moodle assignments may never be announced in class. It is your responsibility to check your Turnitin and Moodle accounts and to do your work on time.

Discussion & Participation: Chapter presentation and/or discussion, and participation in class discussion are all part of the participation score. Coming to class after roll is taken or leaving class early is considered an absence!  Students will not be penalized for up to 3 absences.

Paper: To complete the requirements for this class, each student is required to complete a  paper (type and length of paper varies according to course). The specific requirements for writing this paper is discussed online (see "Sociology Papers" link). Writing assistance is available in the library and in the writing lab situated in Davis room 120. All papers must be submitted neatly bound in a binder or stapled together. All papers must also be submitted via turnitin by the deadline indicated in the syllabus. Citation and Reference pages must conform to the American Sociological Association (ASA) format (see link online).

Other Matters

Graded Papers & Grades: Remember to securely keep all graded papers and exams returned to you so that any discrepancy can be easily and fairly addressed. The instructor will not be available to tell you your grade. You can easily calculate that yourself. All grades are mailed to you from the registrar’s office at the end of the semester. Grades are available for Moodle exercises on Moodle. If possible, other non-Moodle exercise grades will be entered for your benifit on Moodle.               

Incomplete: Final ‘I’ grades will not be awarded except in cases of excused absences during the latter half of the course. Student must submit a formal letter requesting an ‘I’ before the final week of class. The letter must show evidence and compelling reasons for not completing the course as scheduled. Under no circumstances will an "I" grade be awarded if less than 50% of the coursework in each component has been completed. Please drop the class if you realize you cannot successfully complete the requirements at this time.

Office Visits: Each student is expected to visit the instructor during office hours. A participation log will be maintained to keep track of student participation in class and Moodle discussion boards, and in the office. You are encouraged to take advantage of instructor’s office hours to talk about coursework, exams, or anything else connected with the course and your progress. Also feel free to call/email for appointments if office hours are inconvenient for you.

Extra Credit Assignments: The instructor may propose a project for which extra credit may be awarded. However, no course will be assigned more than 10% total in extra credit assignments, and extra credits are not guaranteed.


  1. Noise-making electronics are not permitted. We cannot handle the distraction. Please turn cell phones and other noisy gadgets off.
  2. Respect for others and self is a fundamental principle.
  3. No late assignments will be accepted. All assignments must be typed and legible or they will not be accepted.
  4. Please raise your hand to ask a question or to speak. Speaking when the instructor or other students are talking, or making comments out of turn is disruptive and disrespectful to the class.
  5. Please do not use offensive and inappropriate language in class. If you are not sure whether a word you want to use is appropriate for an academic setting, do not use it. Consult with the instructor!


Evacuation procedures -- see instructions in student handbook or contact student services

Emergencies, call 1336 or 222-8066. 911 calls: dial 8 first, and then 911

Accessing Moodle

  1. The university will enrol you in Moodle if the class you are taking is available in Moodle.
  2. The Internet address is: or you can simply click on "Moodle Examination Center" on this website.
  3. Log in with username: This is the first part of your university email. If your email is "", then your username is: "stujohndoe".
  4. Your password is your first and last name initials (uppercase) and the last four digits of social security number, so, using the example above, the passwordis may be: JD1234

Your Suggestions, Views,  & Recommendations

  1. Your ideas, comments, suggestions, and grade challenges are welcome tools for making this class experience a wonderful one for all of us.
  2. If your needs and expectations are not met in this class, please visit with the instructor promptly
  3. We want you to be honest and open. At the same time, let us know if we are doing the right things
  4. Please remeber to complete a course evaluation towards the end of the semester. The University will send you information and directions in this regard.

Reasonable Accommodation

According to Americans with Disabilities Policy Statement, any student needing academic accommodations for a physical, mental or learning disability should notify student services and course instructors within the first two weeks of the semester so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged. If you need special help, please do not hesitate to ask. Our task is to help you have a successful semester.


Students are expected to maintain high standards of academic integrity. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated in this or any other class on campus. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, assisting another student in academic dishonesty, and forgery or alteration of documents (see student handbook for definitions and descriptions).  All instances of dishonesty will result in penalty without exception. Any student who engages in any form of academic dishonesty will be assigned a failing grade for this class and face other severe consequences including facing a disciplinary committee with possible consequences including suspension and expulsion from the university.

Grading Presentations

Students are required to do a presentation of readings in class. The format of the presentation will be discussed in class, however, students will be assessed as individuals even if they complete this component in groups. These general guidelines will be used:


  1. Student demonstrates solid knowledge of the information in the chapter(s).
  2. Student can confidently and correctly answer questions on information in the text.


  1. Student demonstrates that s/he made adequate preparations to discuss material in chapter. This may be demonstrated through examples, illustrations, handouts…etc.

Presentation Skill

  1. Student is able to discuss the issues and facts
  2. Student speaks clearly
  3. Student interacts with class and encourages class participation
  4. Student discusses rather than read the material
  5. Student keeps presentation within allotted time (20-40 minutes depending on class size)


  1. Student dresses in a professional or appropriate manner (more than just casual).

Note:  Please visit "Recommend Links" on this website to access important tools and instruction for this class such as "Sociology Papers" "Turnitin", "Moodle", Example of paper required for this class", "Papers Checklist", "ASA Style" and many more...Do not forget to read your student handbook. If you need further information, contact the instructor.