Schedule

SOCIOLOGY

Course Description:

Sociology is a full-year course covering the basics of sociology theory: culture, groups, and socialization from the structural-functional, conflict and symbolic-interactionist perspective.  Stratification in current US society by gender, race, ethnicity and class is examined.  We will also review theories of deviance and social movements as well as various social institutions including family, religion, education, and media.  Each semester also has a writing focus.  In the fall the focus will be on accurate summarizing of articles with supporting quotes.  In the spring research skills will be worked on with students learning about various social science databases and how to find and summarize data.

Books: Sociology Text, Outliers by Malcom Gladwell, Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Optional Text: They Say. I Say by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Russell Durst

Sociology Fall 2016

1 Introduction
2 Three Perspectives
3 Research Methods
4 Culture
5 Socialization
6 Groups
7 Family
8 Youth & Aging
9 Deviance
10  

Spring 2017

 
11 Gender
12 Race
13 Ethnicity
14 Class
15 Media, Fiction
16 Media, News
17 Religion
18 Education
19 Health & Disease
20 Social Movements

 

Assessments:

Paper 1- Sociological Perspectives Analysis.

Paper 2- Group Culture Analysis

Paper 3- Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class Analysis

Paper 4- Literature Review on a Sociology Topic

 

Macroeconomics Spring 2016

Course Description: 

This course will explore how nations measure their economic condition, attempt to manage the business cycle and prosper (or not).  Along the way we will discuss banks, taxes, debt, government spending, interest rates and international trade.

Math skills:  There will be extensive use of x-y graphs and some basic math: multiplication and fractions.

Resources:  Online text Tim Taylor  

Instructional Videos:

mjmfoodie on youtube Macroeconomics Playlist

MRUniversity Macroeconomics

Course Method:

Before class students will complete a study guide while watching assigned video and reading assigned chapters.

Each two-hour class will begin with an exercise or problem set to make sure everyone understands the day’s material.  Then there will be a case study done during class time.  Case studies will consist of current event analysis, experiments, reading of economic research and problem solving.  Explanation, elaboration, history, video clips and an occasional powerpoint presentation will be thrown in as well.

Assessments:

 
Description
Quizzes

2 @ 30 pts each

Quizzes will be take-home.  You can use notes, online text, and videos.

They will be multiple-choice.  Just reinforcement of the basic terms, concepts and tools of economics

Short Writes

2 @ 20 pts each

This is an opportunity to apply what we are learning.  It may be an article analysis, a case-study write-up, a research summary or a policy paper.  I want to know you understand the material well enough to go further with it.  These will be 800-1,000 words long.

 

 

Microeconomics FALL 2015

 
Course Description:

This course will explore how market forces, social influences and the government determine the prices of goods, services and labor.  Along the way we will discuss monopolies and competition, income inequality, and behavioral economics.  By the end of the semester students will be able to use economic reasoning as well as demand and supply analysis to evaluate microeconomic issues.

Math skills:  There will be extensive use of x-y graphs and some basic math: multiplication and fractions.

Resources:  Online text Tim Taylor  

http://cnx.org/contents/69619d2b-68f0-44b0-b074-a9b2bf90b2c6/Principles_of_Economi

Instructional Videos: mjmfoodie on youtube

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL336C870BEAD3B58B

Course Method:

Before class students will complete a study guide while watching assigned video and reading assigned chapters.

Each two-hour class will begin with an exercise or problem set to make sure everyone understands the day’s material.  Then there will be a case study done during class time.  Case studies will consist of current event analysis, experiments, reading of economic research and problem solving.  Explanation, elaboration, history, Seinfeld clips and an occasional powerpoint presentation will be thrown in as well.

Assessments:

 
Description Points
Quizzes

2 @ 30 pts each

Quizzes will be take-home.  You can use notes, online text, and videos.

They will be multiple-choice.  Just reinforcement of the basic terms, concepts and tools of economics

60
Short Writes

2 @ 20 pts each

This is an opportunity to apply what we are learning.  It may be an article analysis, a case-study write-up, a research summary or a policy paper.  I want to know you understand the material well enough to go further with it.  These will be about 1,000 words long. 40
Total Available:   100
Week Date Topic
1 9/17 Introductions

Overview of Economic Thinking

Economic Questions & Systems

Graphing

2 9/24 Demand and Supply
3 10/1 More Demand and Supply

Elasticity

4 10/8 Price Controls

Market Failures: Public Goods and Externalities

5 10/15 The Firm: Costs and Profits

QUIZ 1 Distributed and Paper 1 Minimum Wage Position Paper Outline Due

6 10/22 Industries: Competition, Oligopoly, Monopoly

QUIZ 1 DUE, Paper Outline and comments returned

10/29 NO CLASS

7 11/5 Market Failures: Natural Monopoly & Antitrust/Mergers

PAPER 1 Due 

8 11/12 Poverty & Income Inequality
9 11/19 Wage Determination

QUIZ 2 Distributed, Paper 2 Guidelines

10 12/3 Consumer Choice Theory

QUIZ 2 Due

12/10 Paper 2 Due

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