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Mrs. Couch

Class Behavior Expectations: What I expect from you!

This is a “Safe Classroom” and therefore certain types of behavior are encouraged and others discouraged.  I hope all students will feel welcomed and included and be free from harassment based upon ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other difference.  I encourage you to take risks, share ideas and stories appropriate to the class.  Respect is a very big issue for me.  To that end, I expect all of us to avoid “put-downs” as well as derogatory comments or gestures.  Should I do any behavior that violates this principle, please call me on it.  You and I are responsible for every behavior we do. This is a college-prep course and you will be treated as responsible adults, not children.


We will observe three fundamental rules:

1. All students have the right to express their own ideas, and

2. All students' ideas are to be heard and treated respectfully.

3. Each student will bring the text, paper, unit materials, and writing utensils to class (be prepared)

Rules/expectations/cell phone policy:

PHONES, TABLETS, AND/OR SMART WATCHES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN CLASS. THEY MUST BE TURNED OFF AND PUT AWAY UPON ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. (If students are using devices, it will be confiscated by the teacher. First offense: students may collect them at the end of the period. Second offense:  students may collect them at the end of the day. Third offense: students must go to Mr. Edwards in the office to collect their items.)

  • Students are expected to arrive on time every day to class, prepared to work.

  • Students will be assigned a textbook and will need to bring it to class every day.

  • Students will be assessed in a variety of ways throughout the course, including both open and closed book tests; open notes tests; composition; and online assessments that correlate with the course.  (It is difficult to perform well on any of these items if students are frequently absent.)

Passes out of class:

Because of an added class change, and because of the rise in unacceptable behavior in the restrooms and other areas of the school during class instruction time, students will be allowed to leave the room only three times per grading period. This includes using the restroom. 

If students find they need to leave the room any additional time(s) after their third time during the grading period, students will be assigned Friday break detention each time they go over their three passes.  Students who fail to show up for Friday break detention will be reported to Mr. Edwards and will face disciplinary action.

All rules set forth in the Etowah County Schools Code of Conduct and the Southside High School Handbook will be followed.


                Introduction to Sociology is one semester course for juniors and seniors intended to give you a broad picture of the field of sociology with an emphasis on preparation for college and critical thinking.  This course is all about problem-solving and working in groups.  The course will offer you a set of intellectual tools with which to more accurately understand the society in which you live.  Your participation, discussion, and feedback are needed.  Group activity, work and cooperation are heavily emphasized.  Most of the readings in this course are on the college level.

Things you ought to learn by taking this course:

Upon the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Define culture, in addition to other vocabulary and concepts associated with culture.

Define social structure, in addition to other vocabulary and components associated with social structure. Describe the various stages of cognitive and moral development, and define the concepts associated with socialization.

Understand the nature-nurture debate, the “looking glass self”, show how status and role are related. Comprehend and explain crime, deviance, and social control.

Define and illustrate different forms of groups and organizations.

Define social stratification and social inequity.

Understand the basis of ethnic and racial relations.

Explain concepts associated with gender and age inequality.

Analyze demographics related to sociology.

Understand theories developed to explain social change.


Cell Phone Policy:

We will use phones occasionally in class; however, NO PHONES/SMART WATCHES are allowed to be in use without my EXPRESSED VERBAL PERMISSION.


  1. Put your phone in a pocket of the phone caddy upon entering my classroom. (Consider this your first WARNING.)
  2. If you keep your phone, it must be off and put away where neither you nor anyone else can see it or hear it from BELL to BELL.
  3. If I see your phone I will take it for the remainder of the class period. (This is your second warning.)
  4. If I see your phone again for the rest of the semester, I will send it directly to Mr. Edwards, and you will have to follow up your violation with him.

Materials: Bring daily your textbook, loose-leaf (binder or notebook) paper, notebook, folder, pens/pencils


Please make note of the Southside High School Attendance Policy.  Everyone is expected to be in class.  This is a participation and experience-based class and although class notes can assist in making up information, nothing can totally replace the experience of being in class.

Make Up Work:

All students will follow the same make-up procedure:

  1. Check the calendar by the door for activities completed in your absence.
  2. If a worksheet was issued, check the AWOL folder under your class period to find the worksheet.
  3. If you need to complete a test or turn in work done on notebook paper, fill out an EXCUSED Absence Work Request Form.
  4. ALL work MUST be stapled to the back of the request form when you submit it. Hand it DIRECTLY to me; do not set it on my desk or in my chair.
  5. If your absence is UNEXCUSED, you will NOT receive credit for your make-up work.

Testing procedures:  Tests will be given at the end of most units.  Quizzes will be given at a variety of times during the course.

Extra credit:  Extra Credit may be earned only after the regular work is completed.  It will be available only at the instructor’s discretion.  Most often it will be for a superior effort on an assignment.


·         I strongly encourage you to participate in class discussions and activities.  Students assist in creating the atmosphere and mood of the class.  Please become actively involved when appropriate.  Participation in a class such as Psychology where we will be doing many demonstrations and activities will enhance your interest in class and learning.

·         You are also encouraged to bring into class any materials, ideas, news, articles, artifacts

·         Positive class participation is expected.  It includes: paying attention; not sleeping in class; looking interested in the class material; asking questions about the material you've read; bringing in cartoons, magazine, newspaper and journal articles related to the topics studied; being willing to summarize the content for the class; arguing with me on the basis of evidence/logic; and actually contributing something to the class activities of the day.

Topics We Will Examine

·   The Sociological Perspective: sociological points of view on group behaviors

·   Suicide from both sociological and psychological viewpoints

·   Values, roles, status and rules of cultures

·   Socialization; agents of socialization;

·   Personality as created by the social processes;

·   Sociological theories of socialization;

·   The roles of the media, education, birth order and family;

·   Social Structure and Interaction; 

·   Sex and Gender; Sexism

·   Gender role socialization

·   Personal abnormality & Handicaps

·   History & Theories of Deviance

·   Crime, prisons, and penal reform

·   Race

·   Ethnicity and Prejudice

·   Sociological definition of minority

·   Bigotry

·   Discrimination

·   History of prejudice in the U.S.

·   Sexual Harassment

·   Multiculturalism

·   The Family and Intimate Relationships

·   What is love?

·   Forms of marriage

·   Historical change of the American family

·   Attraction

·   Relationship issues

·   Perspectives on families

·   Social problems

·   Current Issues as decided upon by class



1.         You are expected to read all assignments given in this class (text, boxes in text, handouts, additional readings)

2.             I will give periodic "pop" quizzes on the readings but, in most cases, I will require you to turn in notes over the reading the day the assignment is due or assign a worksheet to go with a reading.  Handing in the assignment when you return can make up a missed assignment.

Academic Integrity and Ethical Standards

                Students are expected to abide by ethical standards in preparing and presenting material that demonstrates their level of knowledge and which is used to determine grades.  Such standards are founded on the basic concepts of honesty and integrity.  An Academic Integrity Policy is an important part of your academic life.  You are responsible for knowing, understanding, and following that policy.  Should any questions arise regarding the policy and your activities, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

For a paper version of this syllabus, click: Sociology syllabus.pdf 
Sociology Course of Study: Sociology COS.pdf