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SOCIOLOGY 2000: Understanding Human Society/ INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

CRN # 25597

SECTION # 200

Winter 2010

ONLINE COURSE


Professor:

Dr. Khari Brown Office phone: 313-577-3273

E-mail: kharib@wayne.edu

Office Hours: By appointment


Required Text:

“Essentials of Sociology – A Down to Earth Approach” 9th Edition, authored by James M Henslin. Go to amazon.com for the book or ebay…


Course Description:

This course is designed to provide an introduction to sociology. This course will discuss what sociology is, what sociologists do, and emphasize critical thinking. This course takes a particular interest in racial, social, and gender inequality.


COURSE OVERVIEW


Exams: There will be 4 exams administered in this course. The questions on the exams will be taken from the readings & lecture. Students are responsible for all of the materials covered in the lectures and the text. However, if the lecture notes do not include some of the information covered in the texts, you will not be tested on it. Exams will consist of True/False & multiple choice questions. Four equally weighted exams will be administered this term. There will be no make-up test if you miss the exam on the scheduled test date unless arrangements have been made prior to the test date. If an alternate test date should become necessary, the test must be taken within 5 days of the originally scheduled date. Students will take all of the test on the blackboard site. You will 3.5 hours to take the test. The test will shut down 3.5 hours after you begin your test. To take the test, you must follow the instructions listed below.


  1. www.wayne.edu

  2. Click on blackboard

  3. Click on Winter 2010 (SS)Undst Human Sct Sec 2000

  4. Click on test

  5. Click on the appropriate test (i.e test #1, test #2, test #3, test #4)

  6. Follow instructions and take test.


Late Credit & Make-up Exams: No make-up exams will be given unless you have an emergency (i.e. illness, death, flat tire). In such cases, you must contact me no later than the day of the exam to inform me of your situation and provide written documentation.


Answering Questions: This involves students posting their responses to the weekly questions posted on the discussion board. See the Course Calendar for the week in which you are to answer questions. On, the Wednesday, before your responses are due, I’ll email you the questions that you will have to post to the discussion board. Your responses are due on Monday by 11:59pm. To view and post responses to the discussion board, you need to take the following steps;

  1. www.wayne.edu

  2. Click on blackboard

  3. Click on Winter 2010 (SS)Undst Human Sct Sec 2000

  4. Click on Tools

  5. Click on Discussion Board


Extra Credit: Volunteer at any of the Detroit city non-profit organizations listed in the Extra Credit organizations file for at least 1.5 hours and report the following to the class (approx. 5 minute presentation);


  1. Name, History, Mission or Purpose of the organization- (e.g. what do they do).

  2. When and where (address) did you volunteer? How long did you volunteer?

  3. What did you do? (i.e. how many meals did you serve, how many clothes did you sort, how many kids did you tutor, etc…)

  4. How did your experience open your eyes to the problem / cause in which you were volunteering for.

  5. From a sociological perspective, what would you say is the reason for why the individuals/groups you helped are in need of help?



I also need a signed statement from an organizational representative with their name, email, and phone number so that I can contact them to confirm your volunteer effort. You also must type out and email me the answers to the above questions. Lastly, you must sign and turn in the liability form and place it in the mailbox of my office. My office address is 2245 FAB. You are able to earn extra credit for only 1 credit opportunity during the course of the semester.


Drop Policy: Please refer to the Wayne State University Drop Policy


Grading Policy: Your grade will be based on the following scale:


ACTIVITY

Percentage of Grade

4 Tests

95%

Answering Class Questions

5%

Extra Credit: Equivalent of having an extra A+ worth 5% of your grade factored into your final grade





Course Calendar

Jan. 11: Introduction


Jan. 18: Chapter 1: Sociological Perspective


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Abdo, Cother Ali

  1. Aboufakhr, Tariq G

  1. Adwini-Poku, Akosua Achiah

  1. Alano, Kristin Intig

  1. Alansi, Amal M

  1. Albrecht, Kurt M

  1. Alfatlawi, Halah Qassim

  1. Alian, Osama Mohammad

  1. Allos, Christopher Yousif

  1. Alshouhati, Akram S

  1. Whiting, William Ryan Joseph


Jan. 25: Chapter 5: How Sociologist do Research

Additional Readings: Brown, R. Khari. 2009. Denominational Differences in Support for Race-Based Policies among White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian Americans. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48(3):604–615.


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Anumba, Jennifer

  1. Arnold, Desiree V

  1. Attar, Susan Ann

  1. Axiak, Sarah Catherine

  1. Bahoura, Jenae

  1. Bahoura, Norton A

  1. Baldick, Philip

  1. Bannoura, Michael Nakhleh

  1. Barber, Mary E

  1. Yousif, Jessica N

  1. Tahrebandi, Lashaina D


Feb. 1: Chapter 11: Sex & Gender

Additional Readings: Behind the Pay Gap


National Organization for Women Detroit Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Barth, Charlene Karen

  1. Bates, Kathy A

  1. Bates, Rochelle Dalishia

  1. Benge, Shanay

  1. Berlinski, Michelle M

  1. Bess, Wayne D

  1. Blevins, Taeshia Tenille

  1. Booza, Justin T

  1. Brioc, Katelynn M

  1. Brock, Lorieen Teress

  1. Taylor, Angelena Renee


Feb. 8: exam #1


Feb. 15: Chapter 18: Religion: Part I

Additional Reading: Faith based community organizing


National Organization for Women Detroit Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Brooks, Krysta M

  1. Brown, Lanesha Michelle

  1. Burt, Jessica Vashti

  1. Calhoun, Angel Latreece

  1. Chiwocha, Farai Eunice

  1. Church, Eboni N

  1. Confroy, Daniel James

  1. Doerfler, Shannon L

  1. Dorsey, Lajuana Marie

  1. Drabing, Jessica A

  1. Vanhorn, Christine Marie

  1. Varley, Mallary Sue


Feb. 22: Chapter 13: Elderly: Part I

Additional Readings: TBA


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Draveling, Gary Grant

  1. Ducharme, Amanda Jean

  1. Elder, Badrea Leah

  1. Fahs, Fatima Mohamed

  1. Fakhrutdinova, Aida Maralovna

  1. Fitzpatrick, Jheri Toniqua

  1. French, Carmen Siobhan

  1. Fuller, Erica Ashleigh

  1. Garmo, Tussany

  1. Gatheright, Brittany

  1. West, Nikama Chadiann

  1. Syed, Talha Irfan



March 1: Chapter 10: Social Class in the U.S: Part I

Additional Reading: Brookings Institution: Concentrated Poverty


Class Discussion Leaders

  1. Gere, Nicole Ann

  1. Graham, Rochelle L

  1. Hardwick, Amber

  1. Hobson, Shanice Marie

  1. Hogan, Kelli Ann

  1. Howell, Heather

  1. Jackson, Alisha S

  1. Jennings, Monnise Faye

  1. Johnson, Breyanna Shantell

  1. Johnson, Kevin Pendelton

  1. Young, Latanya





March. 8: Test #2


March 15: Spring Break


March 22: Chapter 15: Politics – Political Party: Part I

Additional Reading: Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Johnson, Breyanna Shantell

  1. Johnson, Kevin Pendelton

  1. Johnson, Stephanie Marie

  1. Jones, Brandi D

  1. Joseph, Ashley Anne

  1. Kapiciak, Andrzej J

  1. Kidd, Sylvia Denise

  1. Livernois, Bethany E

  1. Long, Sara Eileen

  1. Love-Smith, Yasmin Rasheeda

  1. Zamir, Irma

  1. Zielinski, Karolina





March 29: Chapter 21: Collective Movements

Additional Reading: Origins of the Civil Rights Movement


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Lupas, Romelia

  1. Lutomski, Corinne A

  1. Macdonald, Maureen Grace

  1. Mahal, Harpreet Singh

  1. McClue, Candice Victoria

  1. Meschke, Corie L

  1. Milican, Allison Anne

  1. Misra, Rajshree

  1. Mitaj, Arba

  1. Wright, Shalonda J

  1. Wright, Tanya Marie

  1. Yancey, Martha Nicole





April 5: Chapter 17: Education

Guest Speaker: Additional Readings: TBA


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Monsour, Elio Paul

  1. Moore, Marsha Lynn

  1. Nur, Ahmedali Mohamud

  1. Nur, Marian Mohamud

  1. Nwaesei, Sima Ezio

  1. Nwosu, Chidiebere Udochi

  1. Odish, Fadi Sabah

  1. Oraha, Napoli M

  1. Parikh, Nilay Krupesh

  1. Woznicki, Scott D

  1. Vujic, Maria Leigh

  1. Washington, Bessie


April 12. test #3


April 19: Chapter 17: Race & Ethnicity

Additional Readings: American Apartheid


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Parlove, Caitlin Patricia

  1. Patil, Rashmi V

  1. Payne, Alexandra

  1. Price, Darius D

  1. Price, Demitrius Desmond

  1. Pyfrom, Lakeita Maria

  1. Raveau, Brian

  1. Riggs, Rashaundra Shi

  1. Robinson, Erica Marie

  1. Salem, Christopher N

  1. Wilson, Dominique A

  1. Wojciechowski, Aimee Lynn







April 26: Detroit & Race:

Additional Readings: Race & Uneven Development / Race & Place & TBA


Class Discussion Leaders:

  1. Shah, Jainam Abhay

  1. Shekerdemian, Lisa Marie

  1. Simmons, Angelica Renee

  1. Singh, Manpreet

  1. Sklarski, Lauren E

  1. Sloan, Rebecca Christine

  1. Smart, Jessica Nicole

  1. Starks, Ashley A

  1. Stevens, Ashlee Alora

  1. Sweeney, Jon C

  1. Weisberg, David Israel

  1. Weisberg, Peter Benjamin


May 3: Test #4: Last day of class

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