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Introduction to Course

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Elizabeth East

on 30 December 2016

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Introduction to Course
About Me
Course Description/Objectives
Classroom Policies
How to Succeed in this Course

Participation/Attendance: 20%
Quiz: 5% (taken at the end of week 2)
Project 15% (early in semester)
Tests: 60% (4 tests at 15% each)
How to Succeed in this Course
Follow classroom policies
Come to class and participate
Do the assigned work and turn it in on time
Classroom Policies
Maintain a respectful and open classroom environment
Technological use to a minimum
No cheating or plagiarism
Late work accepted, with consequences
Make-up work and tests at my discretion
Lots of extra credit opportunities
(like, so many. Please do them!)
Course Description
Introductory Course in
Social Problems
Survey course of the sociological perspective on contemporary social problems
The dark side of social life
Course Description
Social Justice emphasis
What does
a just world
look like?
The lighter side of social life
Application of sociological perspective to multiple scales
How to Get the Most Out of this Course
Be open
to learn and understand the sociological perspective
(system-based approach)
Be willing to re-examine some of your own personal beliefs and experiences in a sociological context
E. East
Sociology 110
Course Sections
Section 1
Economic Inequality
Environmental Problems
Animals and Society
Section 2
Racial Inequality
Gender Inequality
Sexual Orientation and Relationship Discrimination
Section 3
Crime, Deviance, and Punishment
Higher Education
Section 4
Social Justice
Participation and Attendance
Participation measured:
Contribution to in-class discussions and activities
Blackboard statistics
My observation
Attendance measured:
Coming to class (on time) and staying in class the full class period
In-class assignments
Attendance sheets
20% of your grade
Tests cover sections 1, 2, 3, and 4
15% each of your grade
Test Structure:
Multiple Choice
Extra Credit
Before Tests:
Test Review in class
Essay bank
Early Semester Project: Social History Paper and Questionnaire
Project Purpose:
To understand the social factors that contributed to your upbringing, family, and personal history
To understand where your classmates are coming from
Project details will be provided on Blackboard and explained in class
15% of your grade
Together, 60% of your grade
Final Research Project: Everyday Sociology
Project Purpose:
To look at UT and Knoxville through a sociological lens
To understand social problems faced by and/or caused by people in our community
To understand the social groups and organizations working on these problems
Project details will be provided on Blackboard and explained in class
Wednesday, September 7th
Proposal due:
Wednesday, April 1

Final Project due:
Wednesday, April 29
15% of your grade
Disability Services
Contact the Office of Disability Services: 865-974-6087 in 227 Dunford Hall
Let me know what I need to know
: McClung Tower 914
Office Hours
: 12:30-2:00pm on Mondays and by appointment

About Me: Professionally
Elizabeth East
Ms. East
Professor East
Qualitative Sociologist
Political Economy of the Environment
Political Sociology; Corporate Power
Came to Sociology through Activism
Writing Dissertation
B.S. in Sociology, Tennessee Tech
M.A. in Environmental Sociology, UT
About Me: Personally
30 yrs old
#3 of 4 kids
Middle-Class upbringing
White, with Russian heritage
Guitar, ukulele
Gardening/farm work
No Required Text
• Required readings available via course Blackboard site

Suggested Readings:
• Frey, R. Scott, ed. 2014.
Readings in Social Justice
. Second Edition. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.
MWF, Fall 2016

quiz at the beginning of week 3,
Monday, August 29
Measuring sociological basics

If you miss, can be made up for 50% credit
5% of your grade
My Buddies: Joey,Tucker, and Nene
Introductory Section
Intro to Sociology
Grade Scale
90-100% - A
87-89% - B+
80-86% - B
77-79% - C+
70-76% - C
60-69% - D
Below 60% - F
grades are rounded up
No class
Friday or Next Monday
First real class session:
Wednesday, August 24
I'm out of town, sry
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