What is society? How can we understand it? What is the role of the individual in society, and how does society affect individual lives? This course introduces students to the field of sociology through a study of both the classical studies of culture, politics and economics to recent topics such as urbanization, conflict theory, crime, racial inequalities, social classes, freedom of speech and ageism. We will examine common sense assumptions about psychology, culture and government and also look at the scientific studies into these fields. Finally this class will emphasize critical thinking skills, through class discussions, outside reading, and writing. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in some of their own research into a topic of interest. This course will fully prepare the student to take the CLEP exam in Sociology.
Each Monday students will receive a email introducing them to the topics which we will cover for the week. This email will also contain links to any additional reading or videos which are required. Study tips and writing suggestions will also be included in this communication. All of this information along with ‘paper lectures’ on the material can also be found on the website under the module for the week.
There will be two live sessions each week: the first will be a live lecture on the material, and the second will include a small lecture portion and a more important discussion and question and answer component.
Weekly discussion board posts to a prompt are required. There will be biweekly quizzes on the material. Two larger writing assignments are requirements for this class: the first is a critical thinking paper and the second is a research study into a topic of interest for the student.
Who should enroll?
9th – 12th grade students.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
Grades are based on participation in class discussions, quizzes, discussion board posts and the completion of the two larger writing assignments. Work will be graded within the week it is posted. Since this is a class which focuses on both learning and critical evaluation of concepts students will be graded on both their knowledge of the material and the ability to critically think about a piece of research.
Students and parents will be contacted as soon as registration is complete. I will send a syllabus along with this initial communication. Parents are copied on all communication with the students, therefore they will also receive the weekly emails. If there are ever any questions about the course parents can always feel free to email me. I am prompt with my responses to any email communication.