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SOCI 1101 Online General Information

Online SOCI 1101 is designed for students who are unable to attend traditional-based class, are comfortable with computers and software, are comfortable with written communication, and who are self-motivated. Online is not for everyone, it is important to understand that even though you are not required to be online (or in a classroom) at a certain time, the course is structured with due dates and deadlines. It is important that the student have good time management skills as well as the ability to articulate their understanding of the material through written communication using Standard English rules. Online is a great way for students to learn at home or on the road with some flexibility.

SOCI 1101 is a survey course that introduces the student to sociology. Course content includes sociological perspectives; social institutions, global issues, as well as applications of sociology into everyday life.

The course includes discussions for each chapter, quizzes, and exams. Discussions and exams encourage critical thinking and require the students to make applications based on the information from the textbook and other resources. It is important that the student be able to articulate their understanding of the material through their writings, as that is the only way the instructor has to evaluate their understanding of the material. Course content is organized into parts which coincide with those in the textbook. This is a 3 hour credit course, so expect to spend several hours working on the course each week, depending on the assignments that are due. Students may work ahead, however, it is critical that students follow the deadlines.

A proctored midterm exam is required and additional information on dates, times and locations will be provided to students.

ORIENTATION

The orientation material is located in the D2L course page. Students are expected to read through all the folders, read the online policy, complete the course agreement, and sign the course policy. If these activities are not done within the first week of class the student will be dropped from the class due to non-attendance.

Important information when deciding to take this online course:

It is important that you read through all course content to familiarize yourself with the design of the course. In addition please be aware that I will not accept coursework outside D2L. This is to protect everyone from "lost" emails, etc. Also, keep in mind that online learning is not self-paced. I have very strict deadlines and late work will not be accepted.

Grading: Grades will be posted in D2L within 10 days of the due date.

Emails: I will respond to emails that are generated through D2L as soon as possible. I typically check emails in the morning or evening each week day.

For additional information contact Professor Josh Stovall at jstovall@highlands.edu or 678-872-8028.



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