Time and Location:
MWF 9:10-10:05, Peck Hall 320
Dr. J. Brandon Wallace
Instructor's Office, Phone and Email:
TODD 330, 898-5976, firstname.lastname@example.org
MWF 8:00-9:00 and 10:15-11:30 AM and MW 12:30-2:30 PM. Other times by appointment.
It is the responsibility of each student to read and understand this syllabus. It acts as an agreement between the student and the instructor, specifying the rights and responsibilities of each. Be sure to clarify any questions you may have about the syllabus as soon as possible.
Students enrolling in SOC 4980 are expected to have completed SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology, SOC 3040 Research Methods, SOC 3050 Data Analysis, and SOC 3060 Sociological Theories, plus 6 hours of sociology electives. Students who have not completed the prerequisites must receive permission from the instructor and/or Undergraduate Program Director before enrolling. Further, students lacking prerequisites may need to do additional reading beyond that which is required in the course to insure they have the background knowledge necessary to successfully complete the course.
The learning goals for this course are similar to those of the undergraduate sociology program as a whole. It is expected that when students complete this course they should be able to:
The required texts for the course are Classic Readings in Sociology, 5th Edition,
Howard and Applied Sociology:
Topics, Terms, Tools, and Tasks,
2nd Edition, by Stephen Steele and Jammie Price. It is also recommended, but not required, that you purchase Elements of Social
Scientific Thinking, 10 Edition, by Kenneth Hoover and Todd Donovan. These
books are available in the campus book store, but may be obtained
elsewhere. Students will also use the Research Methods Knowledge
Base (RMKB) available online at
You might also find it useful to review an introductory sociology
text, a research methods text, and a socological theory text. The
instructor has introductory texts available to lend. Other works you
might find useful include The Sociology Student Writer's Manual (6th Ed.) by Johnson, Rettig, Scott, and Garrison; A Guide to Writing Sociology Papers by Sociology Writing Group; Writing in Sociology by Edwards; Careers in Sociology (3rd Ed.) by Stephens; and Great Jobs for Sociology Majors by Lambert. For those with a particular interest in theory or planning on graduate education in sociology, The Discovery of Society by Randall Collins and Michael Makowsky is highly recommended.
Students are expected to attend class, complete assigned readings, and participate in class activities and discussions. One hundred points will be assigned based on attendance and participation. Additionally, students will complete 10 assignments and be prepared to discuss them in class. Specific due dates will be announced in class.
A total of 500 points is possible. Final grades will be determined by dividing each students point total by 5 and assigning grades according to the following scale: 90-100=A, 87-89=B+, 83-86=B, 80-82=B-, 77-79=C+, 73-76=C, 70-72=C-, 67-69=D+, 63-66=D, 60-62=D-, and less than 60=F.ACADEMIC HONESTY AND PLAGIARISM:
Copying someone's work, having someone complete assignments for you, and plagiarism (claiming another's written work as your own, including materials obtained from the internet) are cheating. Students engaging in such acts may not only be given a zero on the assignment in question, but may fail the course as well. Further, if deemed necessary, the professor may report such actions to appropriate university officials (See the Student Handbook).
LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATIONTo retain Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship eligibility, you must earn a cumulative TELS GPA of 2.75 after 24 and 48 attempted hours and a cumulative TELS GPA of 3.0 thereafter. You may qualify with a 2.75 cumulative GPA after 72 attempted hours (and subsequent semesters), if you are enrolled full-time and maintain a semester GPA of at least 3.0. A grade of C, D, F, or I in this class may negatively impact TELS eligibility. Dropping a class after 14 days may also impact eligibility; if you withdraw from this class and it results in an enrollment status of less than full time, you may lose eligibility for your lottery scholarship. Lottery recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of five years from the date of initial enrollment, or until a bachelor degree is earned; students who first received the lottery scholarship in Fall 2009 or later will additionally be limited to 120 TELS attempted hours. For additional Lottery rules, please refer to your Lottery Statement of Understanding form via RaiderNet, review lottery requirements on the web at www.mtsu.edu/scholarships/telsconteligibility_scholarships.shtml, or contact the Financial Aid Office at 898-2830.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:
In the event of an emergency requiring evacuation (fire, bomb
threat, chemical spill), students should gather their belongings as
quickly as possible and procede to the nearest exit quickly and calmly.
Once outside, please move away from the building. In the event of a
tornado, students should procede to the bottom floor of the building
and move to an interior corridor or room away from exterior windows and
doors. In the event of a violent intruder, the building will be "locked
down" to protect its occupants. students will not be allowed to leave
the room until the emergency is over, even if the class period ends.
For more information on campus emergency procedures visit http://frank.mtsu.edu/~pvpaa/emergency.htm. If you would like to sign up for text message alerts from MTSU, go to https://www.getrave.com/login/mtsu.
THE FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called
FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) disallows faculty from releasing
student information to anyone other than the student him- or herself,
without written permission from the student. I will not relase grades
or graded assignments to family members, boyfriends, girlfriends, of
best friends unless I have received a written request from a student to
do so. Further, I will only email grades to students if asked to do so
by the student in writting (an email will suffice) and then only to the
student's MTSU email account. If you have questions about FERPA,
please contact the Records Office at 898-2600 or email@example.com.
MISCELLANEOUS:Lisa Walker will be assisting me in this class. She will be available to answer your questions and assist you on assignments. She will also help in grading the assignments. Feel free to email Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 731-589-1521.