ICS Syllabus


IDS 1133: The Individual in Contemporary Society

General Course Syllabus: Please consult specifics and other details in your current class moodle or on the class website of the section instructor.


Class Meets

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Required Readings

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 Section I: The Origins of Individual Personality and Behavior



Dr. Christopher Walker


119A Davis Hall

Office Hours

As scheduled/by appointment

Contact Information

x-1283; cwalker@usao.edu



 Section II: The Origins and Shaping of Social Actions



Dr. Stephen Kandeh


202B Davis Hall

Office Hours

 As scheduled/by appointment

Contact Information

x-1243; skandeh@usao.edu



Course Description:

This course offers an examination of what it means to be an individual in modern society. Topics include major theories of human nature and human personality, issues and problems confronting the individual, and strategies for health and success in a changing world.

Course Work and Grading Scheme

 A. Quizzes (30%)

Scheduled quizzes covering assigned readings and concepts discussed in class will be given throughout the semester. See the schedule on Moodle for specific dates.  No make-up quizzes will be given for whatever reason! Each section of the class will administer approximately half of the quizzes. One quiz score in each section will be dropped (lowest, missed, etc.). This means that less one of quiz scores will be computed for 15% of your total grade in each section.

 B. Writing Assignments (10%)

 Students will be assigned writing assignments on concepts and ideas discussed in readings and in class. This may be assigned as in-class writing or via electeronic medium such as Moodle or turnitin.

C. Exams (40%)

There will be two (2) scheduled examinations during the semester.  The first exam will be based entirely on the psychology aspects of this course and the second exam will be based entirely on the sociology aspects of this course. Make-up exams will only be given when arrangements have been made prior to the scheduled testing date. Each exam will contribute 20% towards your final grade.

D. Group Projects (16%)

Students will be divided into small groups twice (first during the psychology section and then finally during sociology section) during the semester and asked to complete an in-class group project requiring them to apply information they have learned through class lectures, video, and readings to a “real-world” example. The professors will be responsible for assigning students into their respective groups. More information about these projects will be provided in class. Each group project will represent 8% of your total grade for the class.

E. Attendance (4%)

Class attendance roster will be assigned during every meeting. You are permitted to miss TWO class meetings without penalty. Every additional class missed will account for a deduction of .5% (half a percentage point) from your total grade. In other words, a student who misses 10 classes will get a zero for attendance, and a student who misses 4 classes will gain 3% towards the final grade. Leaving class before it ends or coming after the attendance register has been signed is considered an absence from this class. Be punctual!

 Note: Students who attend class regularly have a better understanding of the course material and earn higher grades than those who do not. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ASSIGNMENTS AND INFORMATION GIVEN AND COLLECTED DURING YOUR ABSENCE. As such, PowerPoint presentations, notes, class handouts, and other information will not be emailed or handed to students in any way. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM REQUESTING MATERIAL FROM YOUR PROFESSORS!

 Grading Scheme



Possible Scores

Points Scored




Writing Assignments



Exam 1



Exam II



Group Project #1



Group Project #2









A = 100-90      B = 89-80        C=79-70          D=69-60          F=59 & below                                      

Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Any student in this course who has a disability that may prevent him or her from fully demonstrating his or her abilities should contact the instructors personally as soon as possible so we can discuss accommodations necessary to ensure full participation to facilitate your educational opportunities. However, only student services approved accomodation requests will be granted. If in doubt, contact student services for more information.

Professionalism: Students are expected to be organized and professional. Treat everyone with respect. Come to class prepared and on time, and complete and turn in assignments as indicated by the course calendar.  Assignments handed in late will not be graded.

Plagiarism/Cheating: 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 and made to face other severe consequences including appearing before a disciplinary committee and expulsion from the university. We are not kidding about this. Don't cheat. We mean it!

Turn off all pagers and cell phones while class is in session. We cannot handle the distraction.

 Syllabus subject to change with notice.