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City University of New York, Baruch College SOCIOLOGY 1005

Sections KM13 and Fall 2010 Semester


LECTURER: Sarah Salman Office Hour Monday 2:10-3:10 & Wednesday 2:10-3:10 Cubicle 4240-1 Ext 4479 LECTURES: Monday and Wednesday 11:10 – 12:25 RM 10180 in VC Building. And Monday and Wednesday 12:50 – 2:05 RM 10126 in VC Building

Course Objectives

In this course you will learn

some of the main ideas and issues in present day sociology

how to recognize a sociological analysis

what is meant by the ‘sociological imagination’

why sociological and commonsense ideas about society may not always be the same

Course Expectations

To achieve the course objectives listed above you will need to

Attend all lectures

Pay attention and be an active learner

Do the required readings, as outlined in your syllabus

Participate in class discussions in a respectful and professional manner

Set and submit required assessments, assignments and the final exam in due time.

To achieve course objectives you must also be aware that lectures are opportunities to learn and engage with fellow students and with the lecturer. You will NOT text, make phone calls, surf the web, chat/IM, or play games on your cell phone/laptop/electronics. Such behavior is rude and distracting. It will not be tolerated in the lecture.

Course Readings

The readings for this course are in Steve Matthewman, Catherine L West-Newman and Bruce Curtis. (2006). BEING SOCIOLOGICAL, published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book is REQUIRED READING. The book also has a companion website at NOTE: Available at

the Baruch Bookstore for $38 (new).

Note: For some topics extra readings will be available online on Blackboard, or in the library.


Week One

August 30

Introducing the Course

Sept 1

Introducing Sociology


Week Two

Sept 6 No Classes

Sept 8 The Sociological Imagination

Reading: C.Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination Chapter 1. (This is widely available online through university websites. See this

Week Three

Sept 13 Identifying: Sociology and the Self

Sept 15 Identifying: Sociology and the Self

Reading: Chapter 11, pp 235-243, 246-249.

Week Four

Sept 20 Emotions: Social Constructions of Feelings

Sept 22 Emotions: Social Constructions of Feelings

Reading: Chapter 12, pp. 258-260, 255-256, 262-270. NOTE: SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION PAPER DUE SEPTEMBER 20 IN CLASS.

Week Five

Sept 27 Gendering: Social Constructions of Gender

Sept 29 Gendering: Social Constructions of Gender

Reading: Chapter 9, 193-207.

Week Six

October 4 Sexualizing: Social Constructions of Sexuality

October 6 Sexuality: Social Constructions of Sexuality

Reading: Chapter 10, 213-219, 222-224, 227-228.

Week Seven

October 11 No classes

Octber 13

Research Session.


Week Eight

October 18 Stratifying: Class

October 20 Stratifying: Class

Reading: chapter 6, pp 131-135, 138-143

Note : October 18, we will have 15-20 minutes to discuss your research findings and answer questions you might have regarding your Sociological Response Paper.

Week Ten

November 1 Relating: Family

November 3 No Class

Reading: 379-385, 389-392

Week Eleven

November 8 Believing: Religion

November 10 Believing: Religion

Reading: Chapter 13, 275-284, 289-291

Week Twelve

November 15 Governing: Power

November 17 Governing: Power

Reading: Chapter 7, 151-160, 163-167


Week Thirteen

November 22 Informing: Media

November 24 Informing: Media

Reading: Chapter 17, 358-362, 367-372.

Week Fourteen

November 29 Working: Sociology of Work

December 1 Working: Sociology of Work

Reading: Chapter 3, 68-82

Week Fifteen

December 6: Race and Ethnicity

December 8: Race and Ethnicity

Reading: Chapter 1 of the book Two Nations: Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal by author Andrew Hacker. The book is available in your library and can also be requested through the CUNY inter-loan system. Alternatively, if you wish, you may buy it (secondhand or otherwise).

Week Sixteen

December 13 Revision, Q&A Session

December 15 No Class

Assessment in this Course

This course is designed to give as many opportunities for students to pass and do well. As such, instead of having a big term paper and a big exam, the course will utilize different methods of assessments.

You assessments for this course are as follows:

Participation in Class

In class

  • 10 Points


Due October 25-27

  • 10 Points

Group Presentation In Class Quizzes

10 Quizzes in class

  • 20 Points

Sociological Imagination Paper

  • 15 Points


Due September 20 Due November 17

  • 25 Points

Research Paper Take Home Final Exam

Due December 20,

  • 20 Points


Total: 100 Points.

Please Be Aware That:

Class participation is important and is worth 10 points of your final grade. Discussions in class will allow many opportunities to participate and voice viewpoints and ask questions.

There will be 10 in class quizzes. These will be simple multi-choice mini quizzes testing your knowledge on the material taught in the previous week. Each quiz will be worth 2 points. They will total to 20 points of your final grade. There are no make-up quizzes.

Group Presentations will take place in October 25 and 27, 2010. The purpose of which is to get you to engage with your fellow students and present an idea sociologically, using a medium other than writing (which you get to do in your papers). Topics will be announced in due time. They will be assigned to you randomly.

You are expected to submit a paper using the Sociological Imagination to examine how you came to be in this program at Baruch. The paper is two pages double spaced in length. Please do not go over the word limit. Use 12 sized font and 1 inch all around margins. This paper will be worth 10 points of your total grade. This is due on September 20, 2010.

The research paper is one where you are expected to respond to an opinion piece or an editorial using the sociological knowledge you have learned in the class. This is a research paper, so you are expected to do research OUTSIDE the textbook. We will go over the research process together. The requirements for this paper are as follows:

Choose an editorial or opinion piece in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, or published on or after September 1 st , 2006, that expresses an opinion about one of the following topics:

Sexuality and Sexual Orientation

Gender Inequality



Collective and public emotions

News media

Using material from the textbook and library resources, you must first describe the author’s opinion and the construct a sociological argument that either agrees, or disagrees, with the opinion offered by the writer of the piece, and explain why you agree or disagree. Resources which may be useful for you include:

Statistical material from government websites;

Academic journal articles accessed online through the library;

Books available to you in the library.

It is important that you utilize the academic resources made available to you.

NOTE: Please do not use WIKEPEDIA or informal online sources such as gossip sites or personal blogs.

The paper is 4 pages double spaced. Use standard 12-size font and 1 inch all

around margins. Note that the four-page count does not include the reference list. Please do not go over the word limit. This paper is due on November 17,


You must attach a copy of the article you discuss to your essay; without the article, the essay cannot be graded.

Referencing and citation should follow the Sociology referencing guide given in the syllabus. If you use a different referencing style, that is acceptable as well, as long as you are using a correct and appropriate style of referencing.

The Final Exam will be a take home exam and will be discussed in more detail later in the semester. It’ll be worth 20 points.

Break Down of the Grades


93-100 points


77.1-79.9 points


90-92.9 points


73-77 points


87.1-89.9 points


70-72.9 points


83-87 points


67.1-69.9 points





70-82.9 points


below 60 points


Students enrolled in Sociology 1005 must adhere to Baruch College’s policy on Academic Honesty. Students enrolled in Sociology 1005 understand and abide by the following statement:

I fully support Baruch College's policy on Academic Honesty, which states, in part:

"Academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Cheating, forgery, plagiarism and collusion in dishonest acts undermine the college's educational mission and the students' personal and intellectual growth. Baruch students are expected to bear individual responsibility for their work, to learn the rules and definitions that underlie the practice of academic integrity, and to uphold its ideals. Ignorance of the rules is not an acceptable excuse for disobeying them. Any student who attempts to compromise or devalue the academic process will be sanctioned. "

NOTE: Academic sanctions in this class will range from an F on the assignment to an F in this course. A report of suspected academic dishonesty will be sent to the Office of the Dean of Students. Additional information and definitions can be found at

Remember: Baruch College defines plagiarism as “the act of presenting another person's ideas, research or writing as your own,” such as:

Copying another person's actual words without the use of quotation marks

and footnotes (a functional limit is four or more words taken from the work of another) Presenting another person's ideas or theories in your own words without

acknowledging them Using information that is not considered common knowledge without

acknowledging the source Failure to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignment

Again, my policy is to give a failing grade to any assignment that has been plagiarized or an exam in which you have cheated. In addition, I am required by College policy to submit a report of suspected academic dishonesty to the Office of the Dean of Students. This report becomes part of your permanent file.

In short, plagiarizing and cheating place your academic journey in serious jeopardy. It is simply not worth it.

  • 1 Disabilities and Accommodations

Any student with a specific disability related to academic performance should meet with me ASAP in order to facilitate a fair and suitable structure for evaluation of academic work. In addition, I will make every effort to accommodate difficulties arising from religious observance. You are asked to bring any possible conflicts to my attention now. Students should not expect, if they do poorly on an exam or assignment, to claim at that time the need of an accommodation. This statement is to preclude that problem, and allow people with a need for accommodations to be treated fairly and appropriately.


I do not allow rewrites and I do not give extra credit. If you would like to contest a grade, you must do so in writing, submitting your issue the class period after you receive the grade. You must give back the paper/test in question and fully explain what the problem is and why you think you deserve the points. If I agree with you, I will grant you the points, but re-grades are at my discretion.

Campus Resources:

Baruch College has plenty of resources for you to utilize should you ever

encounter problems or challenges. If you are struggling with social/financial/personal problems or find anything in the university overwhelming, your first bet is to contact the Dean of Students Office (646) 312-4570, Room 2-255, Newman Vertical Campus. They will do their best to guide you and facilitate receiving the necessary help. Do not hesitate to contact them. Students with disabilities may receive assistance and accommodation of

various sorts to enable them to participate fully in courses at Baruch. To establish the accommodations appropriate for each student, please alert me to your needs and contact the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities, part of the Division of Student Development and Counselling. For more information contact Ms. Barbara Sirois, Director of this office in NVC 2-271 or call her at (646) 312-4590. In terms of academic resources, please familiarize yourself with your library,

the Newman Library, located at 151 East 25th Street. The library is also available online and even has links to e-books and e-journals. Baruch College also offers help with academic writing. Please utilize this service. If you want tips on successful writing contact the Writing Center. PHONE: (646) 312-4012. ROOM: Baruch's Newman VC 8-185. EMAIL:




Typically, academic writing draws upon pre-existing ideas and texts to develop a new, and sometimes

innovative, response to a particular question or problem.

In contrast to how journalists approach this task, academic writers are required to carefully reference the texts - book chapters, journal and newspaper articles, videos, websites or personal communications et cetera - that they have used during the process of writing an essay or article.

Reasons for referencing:

To acknowledge your use of other people’s ideas

To enable readers of your work to locate the material on which you have drawn

To show that you are presenting more than your personal opinions through the provision of supporting evidence.

When do you need to reference?

In short, the answer is this: all statements, opinions, conclusions etcetera taken from another writer’s work should be acknowledged, whether the work is directly quoted, paraphrased or summarized.

If in doubt, it is better to err on the side of acknowledging the use of a source than face possible charges of plagiarism. Plagiarism consists of presenting the ideas of another as one’s own (for a detailed discussion of plagiarism see department handbook).

Two-step referencing process:

In the system outlined below (adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 1993) there are two steps to take in

referencing your sources: an in-text citation and an alphabetically ordered bibliography.


In-text citations are comprised of the author’s name, the year of publication and (where appropriate) the page. The term ‘author’ can also mean an editor or organisation. The in-text reference should appear in parentheses at the least disruptive point in the sentence, which is often at the end.

Page numbers are necessary when you have directly quoted material or when the idea you have

summarised or paraphrased is located on a specific page in the text. When the ideas you have summarised or paraphrased are spread throughout an author’s work page numbers are not required.

Short quotes of one or two sentences can be included within the body of your essay and are encased by quote marks. Longer quotes should be separated from the body of your essay by indenting the quote and leaving a single line between your writing and the quoted material. Quote marks are unnecessary for longer quotes.

If you are citing more than one source in support of a particular claim then these sources should be organized by date and then alphabetically.

Single author:

In a study by Kimmel (1996, 23) on masculinity in the United States… In a study on masculinity in the United States … (Kimmel 1996, 23).

Two to three authors:

Abbott and Wallace (1997, 127) argue that… It was recently argued that contemporary sociology has been greatly enriched as a discipline by feminist scholarship (Abbott & Wallace 1997, 127).

More than three authors:

Dei et al (2000) conclude that… In a recent book (Dei et al. 2000) on the global status of indigenous knowledges…

Secondary sources (i.e. author cited in another author’s work):

Rosemary Crompton suggests that sociologists use the concept of ‘class’ in four distinct ways (cited Abbott & Wallace 1997, 55). The concept of ‘class’ has at least four distinct meanings for sociologists (Crompton cited Abbott & Wallace 1997, 55).


The full details of all of the references given in the body of essay are listed at the end in a bibliography. Bibliography entries must contain sufficient information for someone else to be able to trace the item in a library.

Only the first letter of the main title, the subtitle, and any proper nouns in the title of books and articles are capitalized. Periodical titles use capitals for each word, except articles (such as ‘a’ or ‘the’), prepositions (‘of’, ‘with’), and conjunctions (‘and’, ‘but’) (unless the title begins with one of these words).

If you have cited more than one document from the same author these should be ordered by date, with the earliest first, and differentiated by letters if more than one was published in the same year (e.g., 1996a,


Finally, it is very important to be consistent and accurate when citing references. The same set of rules should be followed every time you cite a reference.


Surname, First Name. Year. Title. Edition (if later than first). Place of publication: Name of publisher.

A book by one author:

Kimmel, Michael. 1996. Manhood in America: A cultural history. New York: Free Press.

A book by two to three authors:

Abbot, Pamela and Clair Wallace. 1997. An introduction to sociology: Feminist perspectives. 2 nd ed. London & New York: Routledge.

An edited collection:

Dei, George J. Sefa, Budd L. Hall and Dorothy Goldin-Rosenburg, eds. 2000. Indigenous knowledges in global contexts: Multiple readings of our world. Toronto & Buffalo: University of Toronto Press.

A translated book:

Foucault, Michel. 1972. The archaeology of knowledge. Trans. A. M. Sheridan Smith. New York: Pantheon Books.

A book written by a corporate author (e.g., a government department):

National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women and the Dept. of Labour. 1999. Childcare, families and work: The New Zealand childcare survey 1998. Wellington: New Zealand.

A chapter in a book:

Flax, Jane. 1992. The end of innocence. In Feminists theorize the political, eds. Judith Butler and Joan W. Scott. New York & London: Routledge.


Surname, First Name. Year. Article title. Journal title Volume number (issue number): first-last pages. Example:

Anthias, Floya. 1998. Rethinking social divisions: Some notes towards a theoretical framework. The Sociological Review 46(3): 505-535.

A conference paper:


Dempsey, Ken. 1998. Men and women’s power relationships and the persisting inequitable division of housework. Paper presented to Changing families, changing futures, 6th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference Melbourne, 25-27 th November.

A dissertation or thesis:

Vares, Tiina. 2000. Reading film and doing talk: The pleasures, dangers and possibilities of women as ‘violent subjects’. PhD thesis, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ. A popular magazine:

Russell, Marcia. 2000. Coming out even. Grace, October, 62-66.

A newspaper article:

Calder, Peter and Jan Corbett. 1999. The new Dad’s army on the march. Weekend Herald, 19-20 th June, A15. (If no author is give then you can simply provide the title, date, newspaper and page).


World Wide Web Site:

Surname, First Name. Date. Document title. Available from [Accessed date]


Van Dijk, Teun A. July 1998. New(s) racism: A discourse analytical approach. Available from [Accessed 18 June 2001]

Full text journal article from an electronic database:

Surname, First Name. Year. Document title. Journal Title Volume (issue): pages. Database/Accession number [Accessed date]


Mac an Ghaill, Mairtin. 2000. Rethinking (male) gendered sexualities: What about the British heteros? The Journal of Men’s Studies 8(2): 195-212. Expanded Academic/A59269942 [Accessed 15 June 2001]

Article in an electronic journal. Surname, First name. Year. Document title. Journal title Volume (Issue): pages or paragraphs. Available from. [Accessed date]


Brearly, Laura. 2000. Exploring the creative voice in an academic context. The Qualitative Report 5(3 & 4). Available from [Accessed 15 June 2001]

On-line newspaper article:

Surname, First name. Year. Name of news item. Newspaper, Day Month Available from. [Accessed date]


Bridgeman, Shelley. 2000. Dialogue: Property Laws Need to Respect Right to Choose. The New Zealand Herald, 5 June. Available from [Accessed 1 September 2000]


Surname, First name of sender (e-mail address of sender). Date. Subject line. Personal e-mail to recipient’s name (recipient’s e-mail address).


Sinclair, Debbie ( 12 November 2001. Jenkins (

Outsiders. Personal e-mail to Christopher

E-mail discussion group:

Surname, First name. Date. Subject line from posting on List name [e-mail discussion list] Available from [Accessed date]


Williams, Nathan. 21 June 2001. ISI Web of science service for UK education on CHEST-WOS [e-mail discussion list]. Available from