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SOCI 1160 Online General Information

Online SOCI 1160 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. Online classes are a great way for students to learn at home or on the road with some flexibility.

SOCI 1160 is a survey course that introduces the student to the structural and theoretical analysis of social problems that are identified in different societies. Course content includes the construction and function of the social problems process.

The course includes discussions for each chapter, quizzes, and exams. Discussions encourage critical thinking and require students to make applications based on the information from the textbook and other resources. It is important that students 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. This is a 3 credit hour course, so you can expect to spend several hours working on the class each week, depending on the assignments that are due. All course material is available to students on the first day of class. Students may work ahead, however, it is critical that students follow all deadlines.

A proctored midterm exam is required. 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 all the folders and files, 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 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.

Page last updated: December 4, 2014