to Sociology! I am looking forward to working with all of you as we learn about
issues and concerns dealing with society and culture.
Why study sociology?
some level, many of us "do" sociology without ever even knowing it!
All humans are social beings and need social interaction to survive. What is
interesting about the subject of sociology is that it provides the student the
ability to study a multitude of topics, gives an understanding of why
individuals (including yourself) behave the way they do, and how different
cultures and societies fit together to form social patterns. Furthermore,
sociology allows us to see “the big picture” of world events as well as the
smallest of human interactions.
Why take an elective?
The goal of social studies electives at
Spring Grove is to allow the student to broaden their intellectual curiosity on
topics, whether for personal growth or to build a foundation for college study
or career exploration.An elective
class does not mean that it is less rigorous than a core class.Thereforeit is expected that students will come to class prepared, participate in a
constructive and cooperative manner, and take responsibility for their
that will be introduced in class will include : (1)The sociological Perspective
(2) Culture, comparative cultures and cultural wars in America (3)
Socialization process, social institutions and their effect on the
Individual (4) Crime and Deviance (5) Social and economic stratification and
(6) Gender, Ethnic, and Racial Relations in America.
will be able to explain what group is in terms of origin of groups, development
of group behavior and interaction of groups.
will be able to analyze the ways in which groups influence social institutions,
teach individuals what is appropriate and inappropriate, facilitate change and
hinder it, indicate status, class and power level and show prejudice and
will be able to explain the basic characteristics of culture and analyze how
will be able to understand how cultures pass values, beliefs, and traditions to
the next generation and sanction behaviors.
will be able to understand the sociological perspective and apply that
perspective to their own reality.
will be able to understand and apply to sociological concepts the three major
sociological orientations: conflict theory, structural functionalism and
period grades are determined by dividing the number of points earned by the
number of points possible. You are advised to keep track of your grades. Edline
will be updated on a weekly basis. There should be no surprises at the end of
the marking period!
class is a combination of lecture notes, discussion and debate, as well as
cooperative learning. Therefore it is
required that you keep an organized notebook for your notes and should be dated
on the day notes are taken. Organization is a big component to being
successful in this class!
and Quizzes- will
cover lecture and book notes. Tests will be a choice of short answer, multiple
choice, completion, matching, and essay.
essays and article reviews- As well as the occasional test and quiz
throughout the semester you will be reading and discussing various articles as
well as reflecting on documentaries that you will be viewing in class. Your
essays will be graded on content, spelling, and grammar. These reviews will
make up the majority of your grade for the semester.
Participation- Class participation is vital to successful
classroom discussion and reflects a prepared student. Class participation is
reflected by timeliness to class, being prepared, contributing to classroom
discussion, and not missing class. Class participation can be worth up to 20%
of your marking period grade.