This course is now on
Rogers State University e-campus.
The syllabus is presented here for potential students to get a feel for
what the course entails.
Dr. Frank Elwell
Office Hours: Daily 8:00 to 11:00
Office: 202-B Prep Hall
Elwell, Frank W. 2013.
Foundations of Sociology. To be distributed in class.
Elwell, Frank W. 2006. Macrosociology:
Four Modern Theorists. Colorado: Paradigm Publishing.*
Elwell, Frank W., 1996/2013, Glossary
of Social Sciences
Catalog Description: A
study of the great classical tradition in sociological theory and the
expression of this tradition in contemporary theory. The course will
include (but not be limited to) such theorists as Weber, Marx, Durkheim,
and Spencer. Prerequisites: twelve hours of social science credit.
This course is a requirement in the Sociology Option of the Bachelor of
Science in Social Science, as well as a required course for the
Sociology Minor. The course can also be used elective credit in any of
the BSSS Social Science Options, the BALA Liberal Arts Elective Option
taken in lieu of a minor, or for straight elective credit in any
Course Outline: We
will study the summaries and critiques of the theorists named below. You
are to do the required reading and study before the class period. There
is a Study Guide associated with each theorist which contains assigned
essay and short answer assignment that are to be turned in the morning
of your exams, required and recommended readings, vocabulary to master
for the week, links to websites, PowerPoint presentations on the
theorist under study, and other material useful in mastering the course.
RSU Writing Center is
in Baird Hall 206. There, you may access free writing help with any
paper at any point of time while you are a student at RSU. Call
918.343.7838 to set up an appointment. The Writing Consultants are
friendly and professional and can help you with any writing issue.
The SLA Tutoring Center is
in Prep Hall 105. There you may arrange for free tutoring help with any
class offered by the School of Liberal Arts (other schools have their
own centers). Call 918.343.7572 to set up an appointment.
Course Organization: The
course is organized around the macro theory of four classical theorists:
Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and T. Robert Malthus--each of
whom represents a distinct classical tradition in sociology. We will
first examine the ideas of a classical theorist in some detail, we will
then turn to the theory of a modern theorist writing within that
tradition. By taking this approach the course is intended to provide
students with a comprehensive treatment of a range of classical theories
as well as the usefulness of these theories in understanding the
Americans with Disabilities Act: Rogers
State University is committed to providing students with disabilities
equal access to educational programs and services. Any student who has a
disability that he or she believes will require some form of academic
accommodation must inform the professor of such need during or
immediately following the first class attended. Before any
educational accommodation can be provided, it is the responsibility of
each student to prove eligibility for assistance by registering for
services through Student Affairs. Students needing more information
about Student Disability Services should contact Kendra Cagle,
Coordinator of Student Disability Services at Rogers State University,
1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017 or 918-343-6828.
Work Required & Grading:
Students should have the indicated units (see below) completed by the
examination dates. Completion of the unit means doing all required
reading and fully answering the essay and short-answer Study Guide
questions. When completed fully, these study questions will provide you
with excellent preparation for exams.
Weekly Quizzes: Consistent
with the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (look it up!), I believe that in order
to truly master a discipline you must first master its vocabulary.
Accordingly, you will learn the vocabulary of the social sciences in
this class. Each week you will have a vocabulary quiz consisting of 10
fill-in-the-blanks giving you a definition as it appears in the Glossary
of the unit we are covering. You are to supply the term. I expect to
have 12 such quizzes over the course of the semester, I will drop the
two lowest grades. These quizzes will be equal to one exam grade! Do
well and it will go a long way toward passing this class.
This course is quite demanding and requires higher order skills of
synthesis, critical thinking, and integration. The vocabulary words are
measuring the far more basic skill of memorization. While most
undergraduates are good at it (and thus it boosts many grades), there
are a few in every class who struggle with it (I was never very good at
it either). For students like us it takes discipline, repetition, and
actual use to finally sink in. I suggest handwritten flash cards to
people who are in our predicament. I should add that in addition to
boosting grades mastering the vocabulary is really the first step in
mastering a subject area—it can only help you in the rest of the course
(and in life itself).
Take-home exams: You
are to keep up on the required reading and take-home exams before they
are discussed in class. There are take-home essay questions associated
with each week of the course. Your answers are to be submitted by class
time Tuesday morning through turnitin.com.
The weekly units also contain links to required and recommended
readings, vocabulary to master for the week, links to websites, and
other material useful in mastering the course.
You are responsible for learning how to submit your take-home essays
through turnitin.com. It is only through turnitin that you can get
credit for your work. Here is a link to training videos for students: Turnitin.com
Student Training Videos. You
should number and state first each essay and short answer question in
the order it is stated in the Week's Unit. You will lose points for
incomplete answers, shoddy thinking and writing, late work (these are to
be turned in before 9:30 on Tuesday whether you attend class or not!),
and failure to adequately address the questions. It is very important
that you use your own words and voice in answering these questions. It
is through thoughtfully addressing these questions that higher order
thinking skills--integration, synthesis, and evaluation--are learned.
Writing is not simply telling me what you know, it is a reflection of
the process of learning itself; through your interaction with the
written word you sharpen and refine your thinking, you discover truths
that were obscure through mere reading. Here is a link to how to format
your study guides: Example
Student Study Guide.
essay questions on each theorist are questions that are designed to do
the following: 1) Solicit the main points of the readings and
presentations, thereby helping you master the course material; 2) Focus
your attention on what is valuable and relevant in the perspectives of
each of the theorists; 3) Draw comparisons to other readings; 4) Elicit
your evaluations of the material; and 5) Give you opportunity to improve
your course grade.
exams and written assignments are graded in accordance with the
standards explained on the attached Grading
is how they will be graded:
(20 points) Is the answer accurate and evidenced based?
(20 points) Is the answer fully developed and fully drawn?
(20 points) Are all questions answered fully and completely?
(20 points) Are the answers in your own words and voice?
(10 points) Is the test turned in by 9:30 on Tuesday morning?
Your score on each weekly take-home exam will be the total number of
points from above divided by 90.
Student Memorandum of Understanding (MOU): I
know that this seems like a significant amount of work. This is not an
easy class. But if you are of average intelligence, have some interest
in sociology, and have a good work ethic ("Life is easier when you work
hard") you will do fine. So that this is clearly understood I ask each
of your to print, sign, and turn in the Student
physical and mental attendance should be regular. Traditional lecture
material is presented off of this web site. Class time will be spent in
discussion, occasional presentations, and perhaps the viewing of
films. To take full advantage of this class (and to get a passing grade)
you should attend all scheduled class meetings. Inappropriate classroom
behavior (sleeping, talking, and other disruptive behavior) will be
cause for dismissal from the classroom. This is a blended course. It is
important that you attend both physically and mentally. Studying the
texts and the lecture/ presentations are key. Inappropriate classroom
behavior will cause you to be dismissed from the class.
signing your name to a test or paper you are indicating that the work is
yours and yours alone. Any academic cheating will result in failure of
the course. "Plagiarism is the representation of the words or ideas of
another as one’s own, including: direct quotation without both
attribution and indication that the material is being directly quoted,
e.g. quotation marks; paraphrase without attribution; paraphrase with or
without attribution where the wording of the original remains
substantially intact and is represented as the author’s own; expression
in one’s own words, but without attribution, of ideas, arguments, lines
of reasoning, facts, processes, or other products of the intellect where
such material is learned from the work of another and is not part of the
general fund of common knowledge" (Office of Academic Affairs, Rogers
State University). One of the social problems that appears to be on the
rise in American society is academic dishonesty. Don't do it!
of the class will be given over to informed discussion. You should begin
your reading immediately, in the order stated to the left of this page,
the Week 1 essays are due August 20th. While the occasional articles I
will send through e-mail are usually optional, reading them will help
you master class material. Class discussion will often center on the
required readings and the take-home essays. It is therefore imperative
that all assigned reading and take-home essays be completed by each
Final Point: You
are encouraged to ask questions on the readings either in class or
through e-mail. It is not expected that you will always agree with the
perspectives of the instructor or the authors of other texts. As have
all human beings we have been influenced by the values of our society as
well as our roles in various social structures. However, it is the duty
of the social scientist to acknowledge these influences and attempt to
minimize their effects upon social analysis. Should the resulting
analyses be counter to your perceptions, challenge them on the basis of
empirical fact, logic, and reason--not ideology, prejudice, wishful
thinking, or "politically correct" assertions. The goal of this course
is for you to develop your own critical thought processes and world
view, not for you to blindly accept any one perspective.
©Frank Elwell Send comments to email@example.com
*Any royalties earned from the sale of my books at the Rogers State
University Bookstore will be donated to the RSU Foundation and be used
to strengthen the Liberal Arts.