Sociology 101-02                                                                                Dr. Mark D. Hardt

Introductory Sociology                                                                        MSU-Billings

MWF  10:30-11:30                                                                             Fall, 2009


Office: LA 814

Office phone: 657-2991

Office Hours: MWF 11:45-12:45

                       TTH 12:30-1:30 and by appointment.



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Caution: If you are uncomfortable having your thinking challenged, sociology is  not for you.


Text:   Lukas, Scott, et al.  Sociology: A Critical and Contemporary Perspective.  Second  edition.  National Social Science Press.


The following instructions for accessing the text come from the publisher.  If you have trouble, let me know immediately.


Students go to the bookstore and purchase the digital text or text on CD. On the CD they will find the text itself with interactive elements such as embedded videos and words that link to websites and slide shows with music in each chapter. We continually update the videos and links and the password protected website always has updated materials. 2. Students then go to and use the new automated registration system by creating their own login and password. They then can get access to the text website where they find text, plus a study guide and the test center.  It is essential that you have all your students register the digital text at the NSS Press website because the text there has updated videos and links. Students also get access to a test center when they choose you as the instructor; in addition, there are test bank questions that can be uploaded into any online platform such as Blackboard. Finally there is a search engine at the text website where students can search for any text item.  3. Students can also order a free print edition of the text by emailing and using the serial number inside the cover of their text. These texts are mailed priority mail to the students who order them. They need, of course, to give us the full mailing address in their email.  Remember you can also put any of your class material on our website for your students. 


            This course partially fulfills the requirements for Academic Foundations Category III, Social Sciences.  Pertinent to this category, you will learn subject matters central to sociology and about its methods of analysis.  Among the topics covered are the evolution of social institutions and the development and maintenance of social behaviors.  While you will not gather data, you will learn how to draw conclusions from evidence presented in the course.  This document outlines how these objectives will be met.  It also discusses course requirements, expectations, and your responsibilities as a student.  You are expected to be familiar with and to abide by these requirements.


Students will:

            As an introductory course, this class is intended to expose you to--and help you develop--a perspective about the nature of social processes and the  structure of society.  The course is composed of lecture, reading assignments, class discussion, occasional video presentations, and quizzes. By these means you will be exposed to the basic concepts and principles of sociology.  You should acquire an understanding of a) what sociology is and how it is conducted, and b) the usefulness of sociology in examining the impact of society on individuals and of our participation in it.


            Reading assignments should be completed by their assigned dates.  This is necessary because class participation is considered to be a fundamental part of the learning experience.  Lecture should be considered as a dialogue, not a monologue.  Your participation and comprehension of the material is much better if you maintain the reading schedule.  Be careful to note that the reading selections are not assigned in chronological order.  It is important that you follow the reading schedule listed below.  Additional information may be made available on Desire 2Learn.  Reader selections one the reading list below will be found on Desire 2Learn, under ‘course content.  Students who require accommodations for disabilities are requested to make arrangements to discuss these with me during my regular office hours.


            There will be three exams.  Exams are given according to the schedule below.  No alterations will be made in this schedule, except at the instructor's prerogative, so make your preparations well in advance.  Quizzes and short assignment will be given periodically.  Scores for quizzes and other assignments will be added to the final point total.  No make-up quizzes will be given.  Your final grade will also be influenced by class participation.  When these are assigned there will be a due date.  No assignments will be accepted for credit after the due date.  One of the assignments will be used to assess the outcomes of student learning pertinent to academic foundations.


Be respectful of your fellow students.  Disruptive behavior is not tolerated.  Cell phones will be turned OFF, not put on vibrate, but turned OFF.   Attendance is not formally taken.  Failure to attend class regularly will, however, jeopardize your ability to comprehend material, and, ultimately, your final grade.


I will often arrive at the classroom a few minutes after the class is set to begin.  This is to allow students are delayed for whatever reason to make it to class to enter without disrupting the class.  After I arrive  the door will be closed and students will not be allowed in.  It is too distracting for students and for me.  This also means that if you leave the classroom for any reason you will not be allowed to return.



Course grades will be based on 300 point scale as follows:


                        Grade                          Final Point Total

                         A                                            300-275

                         A-                                           274-270

                         B+                                          269-265

                         B                                             264-235

                         B-                                           234-230

                         C+                                          239-235

                         C                                             234-215

                         C-                                           214-210

                         D+                                         209-205

                         D                                            204-185

                         D-                                           184-180

                         F                                             179-0








                   9   Introduction to the course.

11-16   Frameworks for Sociological Thinking.  Lukas, et al., Chs. 1 & 2

       .     Reader: The Sociological Imagination.

18-23      Sociology As A Science.  Lukas, et al., Ch 3.  Reader: The Case

             for Value Free Sociology..

                 25    EXAM 1.

28-30      Culture.  Lukas, et al., Ch 4.  Reader: The Body Ritual of the





                2-5   Culture, continued. 

                7-9   Deviance. Lukas, et al., Ch. 7.  Reader: The Saints and the

                         Roughnecks and On Being Sane in Insane Places.

12-19      Socialization.  Lukas, et al., Ch. 4.  Reader: Mind, Self, and


            21-26   Social Interaction.  Reader: Primary Groups.

                 28   EXAM 2.

     30   Social Structure.  Lukas, Ch. 6, sections 1-7.





                   2   Social Structure, continued. 

                4-9   Groups and Organizations.  Lukas, et al., Ch. 6 sections 8-11.

                        Reader: Primary Groups and The Characteristics of Bureaucracy.

                 11   Veterans’ Day.  Class Cancelled.

                 13  Groups and Organizations, continued.

16-20    Social Stratification.  Lukas, et al., Ch 8.  Reader: Some Principles

            of Stratification. 

                 23   Social Institutions.  Reader: Folk Society.

           25-27   Thanksgiving.  Class cancelled.

                 30   Social Institutions, continued.




2-7      Urban Sociology.  Lukas, et al., Ch. 14, sections 9-12.  Reader: The

         Metropolis and Mental Life and Urbanism as a Way of Life.

             9-11   Population.  Lukas, et al.,  Ch. 14, sections 1-8.

                14   FINAL EXAM 10:00-11:50.