SURVIVAL GUIDE 


Course Goal
This course will challenge your views on a wide range of issues that affect us all. It will also excite your interest in a unique sociological way of understanding your world. We will analyze the globalization of culture, emerging patterns of class and gender inequality in Canada and internationally, the redefinition of sexuality, changes in the organization of the family, the social dimension of environmental problems, criminal and deviant behaviour, and so on. You will learn to understand these and other pressing social issues by analyzing the way the social world is organized. We may like to think of ourselves as perfectly free, but powerful social forces open up some opportunities and close off others, thus constraining our freedom and helping to make us what we are. By examining the operation of these social forces, sociology can help us know ourselves.

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Classes
The format of classes is as follows:
  • 12:10 -13:00    Lecture, part I
  • 13:00 -13:10    Break
  • 13:10 -14:00    Lecture, part II

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Readings, Movies, and Remote Control Device
Required items for this course are as follows:
 
1. Robert Brym, ed. New Society, 6th edition (Toronto: Nelson, 2011).  This is the main course textbook.
2. Robert Brym Sociology as a Life or Death Issue, 2nd Canadian ed. (Toronto: Nelson, 2012).  A book of linked readings.
3. Student Learning Guide for use with New Society, 6th ed. Useful for test and exam preparation.
4. Online readings and movies from the course syllabus.
5. i>clicker remote control device. Please bring to all lectures.

You can purchase items 1 and 2 separately or as a discounted package at the U of T Bookstore, 214 College Street. Other editions of items 1 and 2 differ substantially from the editions listed above and should not be used. Item 3 is available online free of charge. Item 4 is available online free of charge. Item 5 is sold separately at the U of T Bookstore and is used in many other U of T courses.

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Evaluation
Your mark for the course will be based on three 60-90 minute in-class tests (each worth 20% of your final grade), 3-hour final examination (worth 40%). All tests and the final exam will consist of multiple-choice questions. Visit the New Society Web site for online self-tests (multiple choice and true-or-false) for each chapter of New Society . Please report errors to Professor Brym. See also http://projects.chass.utoronto.ca/soc101y/brym/tests.html for past tests and final exams.

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    Tutorials
Teaching Assistants (MA and PhD students in sociology) lead tutorials. They will be held six times during the course (see "Syllabus and Calendar," below, for dates). In tutorials, TAs teach study techniques and review material covered in lectures and readings. Tutorials begin 4 October. Everyone in the class can and should attend tutorials. Select your tutorial on the U of T Portal after September 21 September


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TA Office Hours
Teaching Assistants will hold office hours and chat sessions on MSN for individual consultations with students. Times and room allocations for office hours will be posted on the course website after 21 September (see Contacts).

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Instructors

Professor Brym

Professor Robert Brym will deliver six lectures in the fall and four lectures lectures in the winter term. He is a political sociologist focusing on Canada, Russia, and the Middle East. For his personal website, including downloadable publications, click here. For his contact information, click here. He will meet students after most lectures in the corridor outside Convocation Hall.

Professor Green
Professor Adam Green will deliver five lectures in the fall and six lectures in the winter term. His areas of research include the sociology of sexuality, gender, medical sociology and theory.
For his personal website, including a list of his publications, click here. For his contact information, click here.

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The Course Coordinator
Jamie Nikolaou is working on her PhD in sociology at the University of Toronto. She is available to students of SOC101Y for questions, petitions, appeals, etc. For her office address, office hours, and contact information, click here

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 Syllabus and Calendar, 2012-13
(NS = New Society SLDI = Sociology as a Life or Death Issue; B = Brym; G = Green)

PLEASE REFRESH YOUR BROWSER EVERY TIME YOU VIEW THE SYLLABUS AND CALENDAR


Date Lecture Topic Readings   Movies
Note
12 September Introduction (B)
SLDI ch. 1, NS ch. 1, online reading 1

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19 September Culture (B) NS ch. 2, SLDI ch. 2
#1
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26 September Social Interaction (B)
#2
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3 October Socialization (G)
NS ch. 3
#3
tutorial 1
10 October Networks, Groups & Bureaucracies (B)
online reading 2
#4
tutorial 2
17 October . .
test #1
24 October Gender & Sexuality (G)
NS ch. 4
#5
Movie #5 is not required..
31 October Mass Media (G)
NS ch. 5
.
7 November Social Stratification I (B)
NS ch. 6
.
14 November Social Stratification II (B)
SLDI ch. 4

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21 November
Crime and Deviance (G)
NS ch. 14
#6
tutorial 3
28 November
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test #2
9 January Gender Inequality (G)
NS ch. 7, online reading 3
#7, #8
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16 January Race & Ethncity (G)
NS ch. 8
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23 January Global Inequality (B)
NS ch. 9  #9, #10 .
30 January Families (G)
NS ch. 10, online reading 4 #11
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6 February
Health, Disability & Aging (G)
NS ch. 17, SLDI ch. 5
#12 tutorial 4
13  February . .
test #3
27 February Religion (G)
NS, ch. 13

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6  March Politics & Social Movements (B)
NS ch. 18, SLDI ch. 3
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13 March Globalization (G)
NS ch. 19 #13
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20 March Sociology & The Environment (B)
NS ch. 16 
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27  March Research Methods (G)
NS ch. 20, SLDI ch. 6

tutorial 5
3 April Research Methods (B)
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tutorial 6

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Make-up Term Tests and Re-marks
A make-up test may be written only in documented cases of illness or immediate family tragedy that took place before a given test. You must follow these steps or you will not be allowed to write a make-up test:
  • Fill out and submit a request form, available here. To download and print the form, you need Adobe Reader, which is available free of charge here.
  • Fill out and submit a U of T medical certificate, available here. Again, to download and print the form, you need Adobe Reader, which is available free of charge here.
  • Deposit the request form and the medical certificate in the mailbox for 100-level courses in the Department of Sociology, Room 225, 725 Spadina Avenue. Room 225 is accessible from 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday except public holidays.
You must submit both forms within three days of the missed test or you will not be allowed to write the make-up test. You are  not entitled to write a make-up test if you write the regularly scheduled  test. Only one make-up test will be scheduled for each term test. All requests for writing make-up tests will be screened by the Course Coordinator. A list of students whose reasons and attached documentation prove legitimate, and who are therefore eligible for make-up tests, will be posted on the course website. 
The make-up  tests will be held as follows:                              
  • test #1: 25 October 2012 @ 6:10 - 7:25 pm,, RW 110 (Rm 110, Ramsay Wright Laboratories, 25 Harbord St)
  • test #2: 10 January 2013  @  6:10 - 7:25 pm, RW 110 (Rm 110, Ramsay Wright Laboratories, 25 Harbord St)
  • test #3: 28 February 2013 @ 6:10 - 7:25 pm, RW 110 (Rm 110, Ramsay Wright Laboratories, 25 Harbord St)
For a campus map with building codes, click here. All make-up tests will consist of one essay question only.

Students are entitled to petition to have the short-answer portion of test #2 re-marked. However, not all petitions will be accepted and not all tests that are re-graded will have their marks changed. To be
accepted, the petition must:

  • be submitted to the Course Coordinator, Jaime Nikolaou, within one week of receiving the results of test #2;
  • contain the student's name, student ID number, and e-mail address; and
  • confirm that the student has read the model short answers, and (4) explain in about 250 words precisely why the student believes his/her answers are reasonable alternatives to the model shortanswers.

Only timely, complete, and convincing petitions will be accepted.

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Final Exam
The date and time of the final exam is set by the Faculty of Arts and Science, not the Department of Sociology.It will be written during the spring exam period. The location, date, and time of the final exam will be posted at the end of February or beginning of March in the Faculty of Arts and Science Examination Timetable, located in the first floor main lobby of Sidney Smith Hall, and on the Faculty of Arts and Science website. The final exam will cover most of the year's assigned readings and lectures. Additional information about the final exam will be made available in class in March.

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Deferred Final Exam
A deferred exam may be written in August only in documented cases of illness or immediate family tragedy that prevented the student from writing the regularly scheduled final exam. The Faculty of Arts and Science administers the deferred exam. To write the deferred exam, you should petition your college, not the Course Coordinator. If your petition is successful, your college will inform you of the date and location of the deferred exam.

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