SOCIOLOGY 1 Online

Introduction to Sociology and Cultural Diversity

Course Introduction

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This is a self-paced online course designed to fulfill the needs of busy students who cannot attend traditional classes. Students will be prepared to understand and appreciate cultural diversity by introducing them to the following: cultural identity, strategies to combat discrimination, and promote cultural appreciation and understanding. The focus of the course is to present and examine human diversity in all forms and connect this knowledge to practical applications in all fields. Basic sociological concepts such as social institutions, interaction theories, conflict, and structuralism will be connected to the subject of cultural diversity.
We will examine a number of socio-identities: gender, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, race, abilities, religion and age and the impact that these identities may have when working with patients. The course will also focus on various issues of cultural and ethnic diversity with an emphasis on people of color, women, persons with disabilities, white identity, and people who identify themselves as gay or lesbian. This course provides students with an overview of human diversity through class discussions and reviewing significant texts that focuses on race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, culture, class, gender and social identities, oppression and social justice.

Course Outcomes

Through completion of readings, discussion forums, online activities and writing assignments student will:
1. Demonstrate the ability to critically understand cultural difference and personal biases;
2. Create strategies of social advocacy and social action in various cultural settings;
3. Develop awareness of micro sociological factors that impact the entire spectrum of diversity;
4. Understand the impact of discrimination on diverse groups in terms of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and disability;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the significance of diversity, specifically class stratification, institutional racism, sexism and homophobia in the practice in various medical professions.

Instructor

Mel Brown M.Ed, MA
melbrown8@gmail.com
Office/Cell Phone- 408.306.2294

Availability


Face to Face Appointments are done on a case by case basis.
Phone Availability- 9am to 5pm
E-mail Availability- 24 Hrs per day

Course URL

http://centraluniversityinstructorsites.wikispaces.com/melbrownsociology1

Required Reading

Bucher, Richard, D. (2009).Diversity Consciousness: Opening our Minds to People, Cultures and Opportunities 3rd Edition. Boston, MA: Prentice Hall.


Henslin, James. (2008) Sociology: Down to Earth by James 14th Edition. Boston, MA: Free Press.

Policies


  • Complete All Assignments - To receive a letter grade and credit for the course, all assignments must be completed.
  • Be Prepared - This course is writing based, so be prepared to write. Though this is not an English Composition course, the expectation is that all students will have the knowledge of the following: Basic Grammar, Sentence Construction, and Essay Building. If severe deficiencies are found, school officials will be notified.
    • You should have a computer that is at least a Pentium III with at least 64 MB of RAM
    • You are comfortable with your basic PC skills
    • You should be able to create and manipulate documents (formatting, copying, pasting, attaching and retrieving them)?
  • Respect yourself and others- This means that everyone is expected to give 100% effort in class. Respect yourself enough to do the best that you can and seek out extra help when it is needed. This also means that you should show respect to your classmates and your instructor by participating in class discussions and activities.
  • Harrassment- Online harrassment, mental abuse, and sexual advances will not be tolerated. If proven, student will receive an F, and the school and law enforcement authorities will be contacted.

About the Online Environment

Your online course offers several advantages to the traditional classroom, including the ability to communicate electronically with students and with your instructor, and links to a rich array of internet links.Consistent communication with fellow classmates and the instructor are keys to success when taking online courses

Writing and Research Tools

As an online student, you have access to a wealth of Web resources compiled to provide fast, easy access to information that supports your online learning experience. Organized by subjects, the Purdue Owl link assists students in several ways: help for writing and research, study skills, language learning, and library reference materials. You can find citation guides to help you prepare bibliographies for your assignments.

Discussion Board

Students will post weekly responses to questions. Simply click the Discussion Tab to begin. When posting, please type your full name after the response. All responses need to be between 400-600 words.

Graded Assignments

Please allow 2-3 days for grading assignments.

Grading


Discussion Responses
These writings are designed to spark conversation as well have student critically analyze an issue.
There are 23 weekly discussion questions over a 10 week period. Each question is worth 5 points.

Research Essays
The goal of this activity is to enable student to perform basic sociological research.
There are 9 research essays worth 10 points each.

Final Research
The goal of the final research project is get the student to utilize all knowledge gain from the course to create a research project.
This is worth 20 points

Total Points= 225

225-202= A
201-180= B
179-157= C
156-112= D
111 or below= F

All assignments have suggested due dates. Though there are no true assignment deadlines, please pace yourself accordingly. Weekly assignments, can only be turned in one at a time. To begin, start with week 1 under Course Plan. Good luck! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Mel Brown


Course Plan


Week 1
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 1
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 1-29

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
1. What is Cultural Diversity? As a health professional, do you think Cultural Diversity is important? Why
2. What is meant by "Changing Cultural Landscape." Give me an example from personal experience or what you have seen.
3. in your own words, what is Sociology, and how do you think this type of knowledge will help you in the future.

Research Essay 1000 Words
In the James Henslin Book, Henslin compares Sociology to other Social Sciences, explain fully. And what social science would you place your profession under? Why?

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com
It is suggested that discussion responses and research must be completed by the due date.

Suggested Due Date: Sept 17

Week 2
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 2
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 335-376

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
Click and follow the instructions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.

1. Click here, and read this article, and answer this question: What is symbolic interaction? How can this relate to the dental field??
2. In Chp 2 in the Diversity Consciousness book, what are Social Forces, and why is this important to understand??
3. In the Henslin book, explain the different social classes?

Research Essay 1000 Words
In the Diversity Consciousness book, explain the different Learning Styles. Which style fits you? Why?

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Sept 24

Week 3
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 3
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 376-406

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
Click and follow the instructions.

1. What is Discrimination? Give examples.
2. Watch this youtube video of an old t.v. sitcom called the Jeffersons. Explain the video. Is this a racist video? Why or Why not??
3. What is a scapegoat? Give examples.

Research Essay 1000 Words
In your own words, how can Poverty motivate people? And fully explain the Functions of Poverty in the Henslin book.

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Oct 1

Week 4
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 4
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 118-145

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
. Click and follow the instructions.

1. How does one develop a Diversity Consciousness? Would this be important as a health professional? Why
2. What is the difference between Appreciation and Acceptance??
3. In the Henslin book, explain Erving Goffman's "Self."

Research Essay 1000 Words
In the Diversity Consciousness book, what are the four basic ways to approach cultural differences. Fully explain. How do you approach differences??

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Oct 8

Week 5
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 5
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 199-265

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
Click and follow the instructions.

1. Click here and read this article, and then answer this question: What is Homosexuality? How has it effected heterosexual behavior??
2. What are the different types of Electronic Communication, and how has it effected cultural diversity??
3. What is Power? In what ways can power be used for good and bad. Give experiences.

Research Essay 1000 Words
In the Henslin book, in what ways are weigh loss programs similar to religion? Has religion always worked for the good of the people??

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Oct 15

Week 6
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 6
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 407-459

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
Click and follow the instructions.

1. How is the idea of teamwork important to cultural diversity?
2. How is Conflict Management connected to cultural diversity?
3. Explain "virtual team." Give a current example.

Research Essay 1000 Words
In the Henslin book, explain in social institutions, and explain how symbolism and rituals are connected to childbirth

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance

Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Oct 22

Week 7
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 7
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 493-546

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
. Click and follow the instructions.

1.Click here and read this article. What is Conflict Theory? Could conflict be a good thing? Why
2. In the Henslin book, what is social change. Could social change be bad for society ?? Why??
3. What makes a good leader?

Research Essay 1000 Words
Explain a Diversity Conscious Leader? Who can be this type of leader? Give examples these types of leaders, and explain why.

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Oct 29

Week 8
Reading
Diversity Consciousness : Chapter 8
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 269-321

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.

1. Click here to read this article, and answer the following question: Do people continue to have issues with interracial dating? Why?

2. What is Globalization?? Has it hurt or helped our economy??

Research Essay 1000 Words
Explain in the main points of the article titled, " If Hitler told you to electrocute a stranger, would you?"

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Nov 5

Week 9
Reading
Down To Earth Sociology : Pages 147-216

Discussion Board Response to the following Questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.
Click and follow the instructions.

1. Define gender, and in your opinion does sexism exist in the health profession? Explain?

2. What are the agents of socialization?? Explain

Research Essay 1000 Words
Explain in detail Attractiveness, by Donna Elder in the Henslin book. How has this played a role on how men treat women, and how women treat men.

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Suggested Due Date: Nov 12

Week 10
Reading
None

Discussion Board Response to the following questions:
Please answer the following questions. Each response should be between 400 and 600 words.
Please go to the Discussion Tab on the top of the page. Click and follow the instructions.

1. How are cultural diversity and sociology connected?

Final Research Essay 2000 Words
Choose from the 4 topics below. Explain fully. Explain any personal connections. Explain in your own words, solutions. Explain how these issues could be a good or a bad thing. And lastly, how can they effect the health profession??
  • Globalization, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Attractiveness, Religious Influence, Ageism, Conflict, Discrimination

Use APA Writing Style Format for citations and reference page.
Must have Title Page and Reference Page
Please refer to this link for set up assistance
Purdue Owl link
Must be written in Microsoft Word 97 or later version. Attach to e-mail.
melbrown8@gmail.com

Due Date: Nov 19