What's expected from you?
I ask that you read each textbook and short article assigned before
you come to class. This will give you the vocabulary and background to begin to think about each problem area. I hope
you will participate in class discussion, because each of us brings a different point of view to bear on these problems. Your
unique way of seeing things will help everyone in the class understand how many sides both a problem and its solution have.
Based on our readings and discussions, you will choose topics
or questions to address in short essays. I expect you to think about the question, and write a thoughtful few pages about
that topic. These collected essays provide a large portion of your grade.
You will be required to read a real piece of sociological research from a peer-reviewed journal, and
to answer some questions that will show me you understand how research in sociology is conducted.
There will be a final, take-home exam, which will be an essay question
addressing a large area that we cover in class. It's already here on the website, so you will not be surprised. My intention
in this assignment is to help you wrap up the big ideas from the course, and most students have found the final exam thought-provoking
and useful, rather than stressful.
Pretty easy, right?