to Sociology. As your text states, “sociology is the systematic
study of human society.” Within that context, we will look
more in depth at 18 areas within the sociological framework. In
doing so, we hope to find a few kernels of wisdom we can take
with us to help guide our choices as we engage in this thing called
wonder why some groups commit more crime than others? Or why many
crimes go unreported and even fewer get reported? Who makes those
decisions and in whose interests? Or how religious is today’s
society? How would you even define religion and how would you
measure religiosity? Why do girls do consistently better on exams
than boys? Does this mean the educational system is failing boys?
What class would you say you were from? Do you think class is
relevant to how you perform in school? How do you measure performance;
is it just exams? How do you define class? And what influence
do the media have? Are you influenced by what you read or see?
How much and why?
primary textbook is Sociology, Ninth Edition, (earlier editions
OK), John J. Macionus, Prentice Hall, copyright 2003.
Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective
Chapter 2: Sociological Investigation
Chapter 3: Culture
Chapter 4: Society
Chapter 5: Socialization
Chapter 6: Social Interaction in Everyday Life
Chapter 7: Groups and Organizations
Chapter 8: Deviance
Chapter 10: Social Stratification
Chapter 14: Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 15: Aging and the Elderly
Chapter 16: The Economy and Work
Chapter 17: Politics and Government
Chapter 19: Religion
Chapter 20: Education
Chapter 21: Health and Medicine
Chapter 22: Population, Urbanization, and Environment
Chapter 23: Collective Behavior and Social Movements
will be both tests and quizzes as evaluation tools for this course.
A minimum of two tests will be conducted each quarter on material
from the textbook, supplemental readings, discussions, and lectures.
A quiz will follow each chapter. The design of each exam will
be multiple choice and essay questions. At times, take home exams
will be issued as a means of providing students more time to evaluate
complex issues. Tests will be worth 40% (weighted) of the students’
grade. Quizzes will be valued (weighted) at 30%. Students need
to take exams and quizzes on time. Students missing exams/quizzes
will have one school day after returning to class to make up the
exam/quiz. For each day the student fails to make up the evaluation,
the student will be docked by 25% of his/her grade. Homework and
class participation will also be a part of the evaluation process.
Students are responsible to coordinate with the teacher on all
Exams and Class Participation
course follows the school’s exam exemption policy (see student
handbook). Students earn points by actively participating in class:
students should take good notes, take an active leadership role
in helping to explain concepts, problems, or answers to problems;
students can engage in dialogues of sociological significance;
students should always be ready to address questions asked by
the teacher—correct answers need not be the absolute standard,
but the student should demonstrate that he/she has been following
the discussion/lecture. Homework assignments: reading assignments,
completing identification terms, and recopying notes. Notebook
checks will be done every quarter to ensure students have proper
notes. Homework will be evaluated and have a 10% grade value.
Master a broad body of “relevant factual knowledge”
2. Understand human behavior of different groups and their impact
3. Understand the nature of change and its effect on people and
4. Use essential skills to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate ideas
and arguments, particularly in new situations.
5. Develop high level discussions of issues.
6. Use a scientific, systematic approach to understand ourselves
as social beings.
7. Have fun and take a more active and meaningful role in society.
The student will discuss sociology as a behavior science and be
exposed to the development and characteristics of sociology.
2. The student will identify the devices, tools, and methods of
research that sociologists utilize (surveys, polls, demographic
information, statistics, and the Internet.)
3. The student will recognize how values, norms, and sanctions
influence the individual and examine ways in which cultures differ,
change, and resist change.
4. The student will assess antisocial behaviors, such as crime,
social deviance, addiction, and terrorism.
5. The student will evaluate how culture affects his or her personality.
6. The student will describe the cycle of human life, including
birth, including birth, childhood, adulthood, parenthood, middle
age, late adulthood, and examine the topics of parenting, aging,
and death and dying.
7. The student will discuss and evaluate topics concerning human
groups, social stratification, gender roles, micro-cultures, populations
and human ecology.
8. The student will analyze the family structure and functions,
such as marriage, roles, divorce, and changing family patterns.
9. The student will examine the need and purpose of social systems
and institutions such as prisons, schools, governments, and religions.
10. The students will examine forms of collective behavior such
as mobs, riots, fads, social movements, public opinion, and mass
11. The student will examine major social issues facing modern
Policies and Procedures
Attendance: Students will be on time and in their seats before
the bell rings. Student restroom practices are given individually
and on a “first come, first served” basis.
Students will follow the policies as identified in the Seton Catholic
High School Handbook and the honor code that each student signed.
Students will acknowledge that honor code on all written work,
e.g. tests, quizzes, homework, projects, etc.
Students will be prepared for class. All reading and other assignments
must be completed with due. Reading assignments are vital to learning
the material assigned and to active class participation which
is expected of all students. In addition, students must have their
own books, pens, pencils, notebook, homework, and paper for class.
Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers to retrieve
their belongings once class has begun.
Late assignments will not be accepted unless the teacher pre-approves
them. A late assignment (e.g. homework, essays, etc.) will result
in 25% off for each day late.
Absent students must turn in work due within one day after return
to school. Late work will be “docked” 25% for each
late day. Students can check with the teacher on line, in-person
at school, or by phone to confirm what work was missed. Moreover,
students can check the class web site for all information regarding
the class; students may not take class time to do this. This is
the students’ responsibility. Sometimes, there are extenuating
circumstances (e.g. extended absenteeism); accordingly, a make-up
plan will be coordinated with the teacher, parent(s)/guardian(s),
6. Students missing class due to scheduled field trips, mass,
athletic events, or other scheduled events must turn in their
work before they leave for the event. Assignments not turned in
before scheduled events will be counted late and the work will
be downgraded 25% for each day late.
Reading is expected of all students. Participation should be consistent,
positive, and respectful during all class activities. Students
are expected to lead class prayers throughout the year. Students
may be required to lead the class in discussion of events/issues
in the assigned chapter on an impromptu or assigned basis. Preparation
and participation are key “operative” words as guidelines
for the course.
I will edit on-line grades in a timely manner but at least weekly
per school policy. Course assignments and results will be provided
Each student is expected to behave with maturity and in accordance
with the guidelines stated in the Seton High School Handbook.
Negative behavior and comments will not be tolerated. Students
are expected to:
a. Be on time and be in their assigned seats prior to the bell.
b. Raise their hands to get the teacher’s attention.
c. Remain in their seats throughout the class unless otherwise
d. Treat each other and the teacher with respect.
e. Discuss topics, materials, homework, tests, quizzes, etc.,
in an appropriate manner. Wasting the class’s time with
disruptive talk and/or actions will not be tolerated.
f. Allow one person to speak at a time during the class period.
All students raising their hands will be given the opportunity
g. Remain with their class when moving on campus as a class.
g. Leave the class quietly to use the restroom. Do not walk in
front of the teacher when the teacher is lecturing. Students will
use the pass and will sign out and back in.
am available before school by appointment and Monday through Friday
from 3:00-3:30 P.M. in room E3. My voice mail number is (480)
963-1900, ext 3070. You may also contact me through e-mail at
Tdarby@setonCHS.org. Please by sure to put your name in the subject
line or I will not open it.