Portland Community College -- Sociology 204 Syllabus -
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Professor: S. Rowan Wolf, PhD 503- 977-4083 Office: Sylvania SS 215
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Summary of Assignments | Online Readings
All readings not in the required texts for the class are
available on line. I am providing the materials in this format for
environmental (fewer trees are turned into paper) and economic (reduce
copy costs) reasons. If you do not have access to the internet, you
should speak to me to get access to the articles.
Class Information: M/W 1:00-2:50 CRN 11463
ST235 moved to TCB 214
<> T/R 9:00-10:50 CRN 10853 SCB 204
<> T/R 1:00-2:50 CRN 11294 TCB
Texts: The text books are required. (1)
& Taylor. General Sociology: Sociology in Everyday Life
(paperback) OR Andersen & Taylor "Sociology: Understanding
Diverse Society" (hardback full text) (2) Daniel Quinn. Ishmael. Texts
are also available in the Sylvania Library on reserve. Additionally there are three
required readings scheduled that are only available online. You must
access them through the online syllabus in the "Schedule" section.
Office Hours: M-R 8am- 8:45 am T/R 11:00-1:45
Other are times available by appointment.
About Your Teacher: I have my PhD in sociology
from the University of Oregon. My special areas of interests are
stratification systems, organizations, and the interplay of values and
how they are embedded in social interaction and structure. As an
Instructor, I encourage the participation of students in the learning
process. My best hope is that students will leave my courses with the
tools to look at the world critically and holistically.
Students with Disabilities or Special Needs I
encourage students who have disabilities to contact the Office for
Students with Disabilities for assistance in requesting accommodations.
Please meet or talk with me outside of class to discuss any special
considerations or problems that may affect your participation or
performance in the class.
Flexibility Statement: All assignments and
may change in response to institutional, instructional, or weather
needs. Changes in assignments may affect the number of total points
available in the course.
If you need to drop or withdraw: You are
for dropping or withdrawing from the class. The college policy is that
you may withdraw from the course until the end of the fourth week of
classes. If you quit attending and do not drop the class, you will
receive whatever grade you have earned in the class. The College has
restricted faculty discretion is giving Incomplete's or an X grade, and
they may impact your financial aid if you are receiving any. Please
inform me if you are dropping the course.
Course Description: We will explore various
of social interaction and social organization. Topics will include,
socialization, group dynamics, culture, social stratification, sex
roles, and race and ethnic relations.
1. Have an enjoyable and stimulating learning experience.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the course content.
3. Demonstrate ability to step outside personal experience to analyze
the social environment.
Your grade will be based on your completion of the items detailed below
(and others that may be assigned). Your final grade is based on
percentage of total points accumulated. A= 90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%,
D=60-69%, F - below 60%.
1. Attendance 10 points per week (105 total). Though you are not graded
on your participation in the class, attendance is part of your grade.
If you cannot make a class, or need to arrive late or leave early,
please let me know. Unexplained absences are considered ditching the
class. Excused absences receive reduced credit.
2. Reading Journal up to 10 points per week of readings (100 total).
Entries should be made for each reading (text, Ishmael, and additional
readings) for each week. You should bring your journal with you to each
class and I will check collect them periodically. There should be
entries for each week and each reading. The entries can include your
ideas, points from the readings you thought were important, and
questions that the material raised for you. I do not expect the
journals to be comprehensive in terms of writing essays, however, they
should be readable.
The easiest thing for you to do is to get a separate wire bound
notebook and mark it as your Sociology 204 Journal. Put your name and
class on the front of the journal. Write in the journal as you do your
reading. Bring the journal with you to each class. The journal will be
useful to you in class discussions and in writing your papers for the
class. It should help you integrate the information as we go through
the course as well. First and foremost, the journal is a learning aid
for you; therefore, style is flexible as long as I can easily identify
the week and readings to which you are referring.
Entries should be clearly marked for reference using the following
Andersen Chapter 1
comments / questions / important points / ideas
Chapter 2: Sociological Inquiry
comments / questions / important points / ideas
Ishmael: Chapters 1-3
comments / questions / important points / ideas
Additional Reading: Body Ritual Among the Nacerima
comments / questions / important points / ideas
3. Papers- 50 points per paper (150 total): Papers are due on the last
class period of the week. Papers must be a minimum of two single-spaced
(four double-spaced) typed pages of discussion and critique over
questions from the text "Thinking Sociologically" sections of the text,
Ishmael, class lectures and discussion, and/or supplemental readings.
You should select one topic or question and discuss it for the entire
length of the paper. The papers are NOT a review or summary of the
material covered. Appropriate topics for each paper are those which
have come up in the section of the course the paper covers. All sources
must be cited appropriately. The purpose of the papers is to 1)
demonstrate you have an understanding of the material, and 2) the
ability to think critically about the issues and concepts covered in
the class. While I do not grade on grammar, papers should be clear
enough for me to understand them.
4. Research Paper 100 points: Research papers may be over any topic of
your choice that is related to the course material. Papers must be a
minimum of four single-spaced pages and use a minimum of four sources
beyond materials used for the class. The texts (or other introductory
texts) may not be one of you four sources, though it may be used as an
additional source. All sources must be cited appropriately in the body
of the paper and listed fully in the bibliography (including internet
sources). Any standard citation style may be used. The research paper
is not significantly different than the shorter papers. I am using the
same evaluation criteria.
5. Research Paper topic description. I strongly encourage you to turn
in a one paragraph description of your research topic and how you
intend to approach it. This is not a graded assignment, but gives you
the opportunity to get feedback from me on your topic and approach.
This helps ensure that your paper is appropriate to the course.
Evaluation guidelines for all papers
1. Demonstrates understanding of the sociological material/ concepts
used in the paper.
2. Citations are correctly made, and paper meets requirements outlined
for the paper.
3. Uses a sociological rather than an individual or psychological or
other disciplinary perspective.
4. Integrates and synthesizes material/concepts.
5. Takes the "next step" beyond the material, often through number four
Your papers should include the following information:
- descriptive title or a one sentence summary of the focus of your
- a substantive sociological discussion of the concept/topic you are
- your name, class, paper number, date, and my name.
All papers must be typed.
All sources must be cited within the body of any paper.
* All papers must meet the requirements of the assigned paper (see
* All assignments must be in on time unless you have made arrangements
with me. Late assignments will receive decreased credit.
I HAVE A NOTEBOOK OF EXAMPLES OF EXCELLENT STUDENT PAPERS AVAILABLE IN
MY OFFICE THAT YOU MAY EXAMINE.
Guidelines for Citing Work Electronic source citation guideline
Exact quotes: "Globalization is a force that will affect all workers."
(Neubeck and Glasberg, 1996:215)
Paraphrase: Globalization affects workers around the world (Neubeck and
Glasberg, 1996:215). OR According to Neubeck and Glasberg, (1996:215)
workers will be strongly affected by the forces of globalization.
Internet Sources: Currently there are approximately 40 million workers
employed by multinational corporations (Smith, 1997).
Guidelines for Bibliography
Book: Neubeck, Kenneth J. And Glasberg, Davita Silfen. 1996. Sociology:
A Critical Approach. McGraw-Hill, Inc.:New York.
Article: Jones, Amy. 1997. "Living Life on the Streets." American
Journal of Sociology. 36(2):235-256.
Internet: Smith, Jason. 1997. "The Multinational Shuffle."
Anthology: Brown, Malia. 2001. "The Way it Used to Be." In Readings for
a New Society. Eds. Julius Kamis, and Frieda Byrd. Pages 32-48.
Prentice Hall: Englewood, Ca.
Guidelines for Rewriting Papers
Only the first paper may be rewritten for possible additional credit if
the paper received less than 45 points (excluding points deducted for
lateness), and the paper did not receive zero points for plagiarism.
- Rewrites must be turned in before the next paper is due.
- Original paper with comments must be turned in with the rewrite.
Class Rules and Etiquette
There will be a lot of discussion in this class, and some of it will be
over very sensitive issues. I encourage the free exchange of ideas, and
feel that this is an extremely valuable part of our learning
experience. Please keep the following things in mind.
Avoid making personal attacks on others in the class. Aside from being
hurtful, it also tends to discourage people from participating.
Don't talk over the top of someone else. As much as possible, I will
allow time for everyone who has anything to say the opportunity to do
Try to listen closely to points being made by others. The diversity of
experience and philosophy represented in the class are an important
part of the learning process.
Monitor how much of the discussion time you are taking. Though your
opinions are important, everyone should have the opportunity to share.
If you feel you are frequently monopolizing discussion time, sit back
and listen for a while.
If you feel uncomfortable with a discussion, or that I have treated you
or the issue unfairly, please tell me either at the time, at break, or
Plagiarism PCC's Academic Integrity Policy
Plagiarism is cheating and will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is copying
another person's ideas and/or words without giving them credit for
creating them. This could be quoting from a book or an article, or
copying someone else's assignment. Plagiarized papers will receive zero
points (even if it is your final paper which is 25% of your grade).
Plagiarism includes acquiring papers from other students, the internet,
or other sources. I do have methods available to detect stolen or
purchased papers and materials.
Most plagiarism is accidental and can be easily avoided by citing work
used appropriately. Remember, that I am grading you on your
understanding of the concepts and frameworks of sociology. I do not
grade you on your ability to write. I grade you on your understanding
of the course.
Summary of Requirements
|excused absences receive reduced credit
||entries for each reading assigned
2 single-spaced (four double) pages
final class meeting
||For your benefit
||Appropriate to course
4 single-spaced (eight double) pages
4 sources from outside course materials
|Last class before finals week
NOTE: Dates listed
"Week" are the MONDAY of the week
All papers are due on the last class
meeting of the week unless otherwise assigned in class. In the case of
classes meeting only once a week, papers are due at class
Late papers receive reduced credit. I
EXPECT THAT EXCEPT FOR THE FIRST WEEK'S READINGS THAT ALL
READINGS ARE DONE BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS MEETING OF THE WEEK
|Chapter 1 -
|Chapter 2: Doing
Sociological Research -
Additional Required Reading: Miner's
among the Nacerima"
Assignment (10 points) Go to Rowan Wolf's Website and find
three resources you think might be of use to you. Send me an email (or
turn in written)
listing those sources and a brief statement of why they will be
usefu by 1/18
Ishmael: Chapters 1-3
Assignment: Paper 1 over topics from weeks 1 or 2
No Classes Monday 1/21
Ishmael: Chapters 4-7
will attend a Focus the Nation Global Warming event this week
|Chapter 5: Society
Social Interaction 6:
Ishmael: Chapters 8-11
Additional Required Reading: The
Modernize and Globalize
[Not required - Other info about Ladakh and related issues: Global
International Society for Ecology and Culture ISEC ]
|Chapter 7: Deviance
Chapter 8: Crime & Criminal
Ishmael: Chapters 12-13
Assignment: Paper 2 due over concept from weeks 3
|Chapter 9: Social
and Social Stratification
** T/R 9 am class meet in the PAC on 2/19
for Illumination Project - T/R 1pm class
meet in the PAC on 2/21
for the Illumination Project
Income Tax is Harsh for Low-Wage Workers 2/22/06
Center for Public Policy America's
'Near Poor' Are Increasingly at Economic Risk, Experts Say NY
Research paper topic due. One paragraph statement
| Social Class continued
and Chapter 14 Age &
|Chapter 11: Race
M/W 1 pm class meet in PAC for Illumination
Project on 3/3
Additional Required Reading: Hate
Violence by Sheffield
FYI: Resource for expanded discussion: Southern Poverty
Center Stop the Hate
|Chapter 12 Gender
Chapter 13 Sexuality
Research Paper Due
class meetings M/W classes Monday 3/17 at regular class time
T/R class Tues 3/18 at regular class time
Assignment: Paper 3 due over concept from weeks 5
or from Ishmael chapters 8-13.
Things to think about when
We will be having in-class discussions
about the book Ishmael. I would like for you to
think about the following questions so that you can participate fully
in those discussions. It would be a good idea to keep notes of your
responses. Think beyond "yes I agree or disagree" to why you feel the
way you do. We will be having discussions - not votes.
You might be interested in what others are
about in regard to Ishmael or other books written by Daniel Quinn. If
so, here is a link to the Ishmael Community
Chapters 1 and 2
A. What is the concept of a "story?"
B. What are some of the things we (as a society) assume there is no
need to talk about?
C. What is the role of "Mother Culture?"
D. What do you think of the definition of culture in the book (people
enacting a story)?
E. What do you think of the idea that we "are captives of a
civilization al system that more or less compels (us) to go on
destroying the world in order to live?"
Chapters 3 & 4
A. Do we assume that creation (and evolution) ended
"civilization?" What would be different if we believed that creation
B. What do you think of the "Takers" understanding of the meaning of
C. What does it mean to live like a "human?" How is that different than
living like an animal? How do we feel about "uncivilized" societies? Do
they "live like animals?"
Chapters 5 and 6
A. What do you think about the assertion that knowing how to live is
B. What do you think of the flying analogy and how it might apply to
Chapters 7 and 8
A. What do you think about the peace-keeping law? Do societies live
within this law? Should people be bounded by this law?
B. How does the peace-keeping law conflict with the belief that
the world is run by the idea of the survival of the strongest?
C. What are the four things the book states that Taker society does
that no other living thing does? Do you agree that this is true?
D. What do you think of the idea that first world farmers are fueling
the third world population explosion?
A. Is the agricultural revolution still going on (in what ways)? Does
Taker culture demand this? How?
B. What are our options as a world if population is tied to food
Chapters 10 - 13
A. When did history start? What does this mean?
B. How are Leaver cultures different than Taker cultures?
C. What is the cultural difference between passing on what works within
a given culture vs passing on the right way to live? How is this
related to the peace-keeping law?
D. Do you think that Taker and Leaver cultures acquire two different
kinds of knowledge? What might be the importance of this difference?
E. Is there truth in our idea that Leavers (primitives) just don't know
what they are missing? Does this mean that we are "saving" them by
forcing them into our lifestyles and beliefs?
F. Is our perception of Leavers living on the knife edge of survival
realistic? How do our beliefs about those cultures effect our lives and
G. What do you think of the concept of Leavers "living in the hands of
the gods" and our imperative to control our own lives (take our lives
out of the hands of the gods)?