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Kingsborough Community College

The City University of New York

SOCIOLOGY BSS 1 The Individual and His/Her World

Spring Semester 2014

Ms. Colleen Adrion A.A.S, B.S, M.A, M.S, M.S.E

Room 208 Wednesday 3:15- 4:45 Friday 2:15- 3:45


3 Credits

Course Description Issues of current significance are studies using concepts and methodologies of the behavioral and social sciences, especially sociology and psychology and relating to students experiences. Course work is brought to life through readings, discussions, and media focusing on themes of violence, authority, work leisure, popular culture and peer pressure.

Explanation the Behavioral and Social Sciences are stepping stones to understanding general truths about human social behavior. This course will use the historical and interrelated review of contemporary issues, such as work, social strata, economics, gender, religion, family, authority and violence and institutions within society to help students gain a greater appreciation of the behavioral and social forces that influence their world both globally and locally.


This syllabus was prepared to provide students taking this one semester course in Sociology with a statement of college level standards, a pacing guide, course materials, Internet references and key terms. This planned course overview is intended to give students an understanding of course requirements with the expectation that students will master grade level standards and experience improved academic achievement.


A student participating in this course will be expected to:

Participate in all class discussions, complete all projects, both in class assignments, as well as homework, utilize library resources, technology and other references to complete assignments, research sociological topics, application of theory, study all materials presented in class, complete all assigned readings and analysis of readings, pass all quizzes and tests at a minimal proficiency level, memorize terms , demonstrate a knowledge of current events that relate to the content, attend class in compliance with KCC attendance policy Student Attendance Policy :


A student who has been absent 15% of the total number of instructional hours that a class meets during a semester or session may be considered excessively absent by the instructor. In a three credit course, you are deemed excessively absent when you reach the fifth absence. Remember, that’s a total of five. Having a doctor’s note or another legitimate excuse doesn’t earn you an extra absence. An excused absence is still an absence and counts toward the total. The instructor may consider excessive absences as a factor in the assignment of a student’s grade. You should, therefore, be sure to attend class regularly. When you are not in class, you are missing things that you need to learn. If you are ill, stay home. Otherwise, be in class! And, be on time!



Schaefer Richard T. Sociology. Eleventh Edition. New York McGraw Hill 2008

Annual Editions Thirty-First Edition 2/03 New York, McGraw Hill 2002

WEBSITES: American Sociological Society. A non-profit association dedicated to advancing sociology as a

Scientific discipline and profession serving the public good. Sociology Classroom. Site designed to be a research tool for high school students, and an instructional tool for teachers. This site mainly provides links of interest to those who study and teach Sociology at the secondary level.

Amusing the Millions: History of Coney Island. Seminar TBA Book supplied by KCC 2/26 Socratic Seminar, guided questions short answer due

Purchase, Kindle or borrow from the Library and Read the following books

Gang Leader for a Day: Sudhir Venkate sh March 5 Socratic Seminar 3 page paper Questions To be uploaded

Nickel and Dimed, On NOT getting by in America: Barbara Ehrenreich Seminar 3/19 3 page paper Guided Question to be uploaded

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman Seminar 4/25 Seminar 3 page paper Guided Question to be uploaded

Sociological readings, primary sources and documents given in class TBA


Academic Standards Content

What students will know: Learning Indicators, students will be able to: Understand human characteristics of places and regions the components of culture the socialization process of groups and organizations the theories of functionalism, feminism, conflict, and interactionist. Study the cause and effects of deviance, social inequality and stratification the function of social institutions such as education, work and religion, the process of social change and list the seven components of culture. Compare and contrast the nature versus nurture theories of human development, compare and contrast primary and secondary groups. Explain the concept of social mobility, describe the similarities and differences of the concepts of family and marriage in two different cultures, and describe the benefits and detriments of urbanization. Complete two projects 1) “Breaking Social Norms” 2) Research a fad, or era and present findings , power point, video, music, film. 2 page research paper due per group.

Historical Analysis and Skills Development Raise questions about events, situations, ideas, pictures or artifacts. Infer reasons or causes for and effects of situations or events. Explain or predict from raw data or limited information sets. Interpret and analyze maps, charts, tables, graphs, cartoons, and original documents.

Compare and contrast events in different parts of the world or different time periods. Evaluate outcomes or consequences of events in relation to reasons or causes for the events. Take a position and defend it, with reference to primary and/or secondary sources. Distinguish fact from opinion, recognize statements or bias, and detect inconsistencies when judging the validity of evidence. Describe methods and theories used in sociological research. Write an essay on a classical theorist; apply the theory to one of the following education, gender inequality, race and ethnic relations, urbanization, religion, deviance, work, or collective behavior.

Identify and give examples of bias found in magazine and/or television advertisements.


Topical Emphases

Chapter 1: Understanding Sociology: Development of Sociology, Theoretical Perspectives, Applied and Clinical Sociology

Chapter 3: Culture: Culture and Society, Development of Culture around the world, Elements of Culture, Cultural variation, Social Policy and Culture Bilingualism 2/14 Amusing the Millions Seminar paper

Chapter 4: Socialization: The Role of Socialization, The Self and Socialization, Socialization and the Life Course, Agents of Sociology

Chapter 5: Social Interaction and Social Structure: Social interaction and Reality, Elements of Social Structure, Social Structure in Global Perspective

Chapter 7: The Mass Media: Sociological perspectives on the Media, The Audience, The Media’s Global Reach.

Chapter 8: Deviance and Social Control: Social Control, what is deviance, Crime, Nature vs Nurture debate:

Chapter 9: Stratification and Social Mobility in the United States:

Chapter 11: Racial and Ethnic Inequality: Minority, Racial and Ethnic Groups, Prejudice and Discrimination, Patterns of Intergroup Relations

Chapter 12: Stratification by Gender: Social Construction of Gender, Feminist theory, Perspectives on gender \, Women the Oppressed Minority

Chapter 14: The Family and Intimate Relationships: Global view of the Family, Marriage and the Family, Divorce, Diverse lifestyles, Social Policy and the Family: Gay Marriage

Chapter 15: Religion Durkheim and the Sociological Approach to religion, World Religions, Components of Religion, Case study Religion in India

Chapter 16: Education: Sociological Perspective, Schools as a formal organizations, Social Policy

Chapter 20: Communities and Urbanization How have communities changed? Urbanization

Chapter 22: Collective Behavior, Theories of Collective Behavior, Fads, Social Movements

Student Assessments

A) Class work/ Film Analysis/ Quizzes/ Participation 25%

B) Assignments, Readings, Socratic Seminars

Analysis and Evaluation of Primary / Secondary Sources

Research Sociological Phenomena, Social Mobility, Application of Theory 25%

C) Projects/Presentations 25%

D) Midterm and Final Exams 25%

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