This is a general survey course including sociology as a science, man and culture, social groups, social institutions, social interaction and social change. Topics include socialization, race, gender, stratification, deviance, religion, and collective behavior.
Class Grading and Procedures
The following is a guideline of what you can expect in Sociology class this semester.
Unit tests and assessments
Approximately 50% of your grade will come from unit assessments. These will typically be in the form of traditional multiple-choice exams.
We will do one semester project (instructions to follow) which will be your final exam grade.
Some students may choose to do additional work to supplement their grade. See extra-credit sheet.
After the due date, you may only earn 50% credit on any assignment. I will not take late assignments after the test over that unit. If you are absent on the day a major, long-term assignment is due, you must find a way to get it to me somehow. Send it with a friend, a parent, or e-mail it to me. Just get it here if you want to avoid deduction for being late.
Final Due Date
Students often want to do make-up work or extra credit only when they find that their semester grade is not what they had hoped. I cannot accept late work up until the final exam, because I would never get it graded. Please be advised that all make-up work and extra credit must be in by May 7th. This sounds like a long way away but please, mark you calendars. There will be no exceptions to this due date.
Absences (see “show up” J)
You will find an overview of the week’s activities on the side white board. That will generally say anything that the class received in the way of handouts, as well as anything the class turned in. Extra handouts can be found at the front of the room in the basket bins as well as on School Fusion.
Make-Up Tests: If you miss a test, you will be expected to take it during the next class period unless you have made other arrangements with me.
Goals of the class: All units, activities, assessments, etc. will directly reflect one or more of these broad goals.
- Introduce you to the discipline of sociology
- Develop sociological imagination, awareness of how things much bigger than you are impacting your life and your experiences.
- Develop a better understanding of yourself, how you got that way, and what is your relationship to others on this planet.
- Increase your awareness of how external factors impact other people’s lives as well as yours.
- Increased acceptance of people who are different.
- Awareness of how the culture is unconsciously transmitted to you, and how we often mistakenly think ours is the “only way.”
- Increase your curiosity about how these things have shaped our world.
- Motivation to be part of a social change.
- Introduction to sociology, perspectives, and research methods.
- Social stratification and inequality:
- Deviance and crime
- Social change
There are so many possible topics on sociology and so much that is being addressed every day in the news, that I try to squeeze in a couple of mini units that I call “Splice” units. The topics vary, but I look for subjects that are timely and relevant such as:
- Sociology of food
- Health care
- Human trafficking and other social issues
- Global issues: the Sudan, for example
Mrs. Swanson’s Classroom Rules
In our class, there is essentially only one rule. All procedures in class are in some way related to this one rule. The rule is, of course, RESPECT.
Here are some ways that I expect you to show respect:
- “SHOW UP”. My personal favorite.
- Raise your hand to ask a question or share an opinion.
- Remain quiet while others are talking.
- Leave all electronic devices (including cell phones, iPods, etc) in your locker or at least out of sight. Please be aware that if I see any of those types of items during instruction time, I will take them. You can get it from Mrs. Klein or Mr. Karr after school.
(Imagine . . .ALL DAY without your cell phone! Perish the thought!)
- Be in class, in your own seat when the bell rings. Everybody has unavoidable reasons for being late on occasion. But, a chronic tardy problem IS A HUGE RESPECT ISSUE. Three tardies and beyond will result in administrative referrals.
- Pack your “stuff” only after I have finished the lesson for the day.
- Come to class prepared with pen/pencil, paper and textbook every day.
- Keep the room neat, clean, and conducive to learning.
- Bathroom/drinking fountain, etc: I think your bathroom behavior is your business. In the adult world, we usually wait until an appropriate break or lull in the action to quietly slip out and use the facilities. We do this without fanfare or commotion. I invite you to do the same. Please use the pass.
- Dress Code: As a school policy, the dress code will be enforced in this classroom. Among other things, I really, REALLY don’t want to see your cleavage or your ummmm, . . . your underpants.
For your convenience, I have several t-shirts you may be invited to wear in the event that the dress code rules have slipped your mind.
- Food and drink: You are more than welcome to eat and drink in this class-- as long as it is healthy, low in sugar and sodium, high in fiber and antioxidants. Just kidding. You can eat whatever you like as long as you clean up after yourself. But, those other suggestions are good too!
Take responsibility for yourself, your education, your grade, and your LIFE!
I understand the concept of respect and how it is related to Mrs. Swanson’s class. I agree to follow the “rule.” If I have problems in that endeavor, I realize Ms. Swanson will communicate with me and/or my parents to develop a plan for success in this class.
Any research type work (ie, projects, extra credit, book review, etc) will be strictly inspected for documentation, and evaluated for plagiarism. It is VERY important that you cite all sources that you use. You must ALWAYS cite both in-text as well as provide a bibliography .
Below is the honor code that I use from the University of Colorado at Boulder. You should sign and attach a copy of the honor code to any research work that you do in my class.