College of the Air: Introduction to Sociology


Course Materials
1. Textbook: William Kornblum Sociology in a Changing World. 8th ed. NY: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2008.
2. Videotapes: You will need to watch most of the 22 half-hour video programs in the Exploring Society series. These video programs are designed to supplement your textbook. Videotapes for this course are available for rental from the College of the Air office (516-572-7883). The College of the Air is located at 351 Harmon Ave, Nassau Community College. Usual office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 am 5:00 pm. The fee for these programs is $25.00 (non-refundable). Make the check or money order payable to NCC Foundation. Videotapes must be returned upon the completion of the course. If you do not wish to pay for the $25.00 rental fee, you will need to view these videos in the College Library. See Appendix for a detailed listing of video program contents.
3. Study Guide: by W. Kornblum & C.D. Smith,  ISBN# 0-534-63670-5 (This can be purchased with a new copy of the textbook with this, ISBN# 0-534-22225-0).

You can purchase the textbook and study guide at the Nassau Community College bookstore.

Course Agenda and Readings: Part I

Topic                                                                         Chapter(s)                                   Video (Program #) 
                                                                                  (Kornblum)      Dates                    (Sociological Imagination)
Sociology: An Introduction & 

The Tools of Sociology                                                1 & 2        (9/9 -     9/16)                     1, 2, 3 
Culture, Societies & Nations                                        3 & 4        (9/17   - 10/1)                     4, 8, 9
Socialization, Interaction in Groups                               5 & 6        (10/2 -  10/15)                     5, 6, 7

Deviance, Population & Urbanization                           7 & 21        (10/16  - 10/27)                 15 & 20

Midterm exam is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27th at 5:30 PM in Building G Room-123 (based on all Part I materials covered during the weeks of 9/9-10/27). 

It will be necessary for students to bring a photo id with them to each of the scheduled examinations.

Course Agenda and Readings: Part II

Topic                                                                         Chapter(s)                                   Video (Program #) 
                                                                                  (Kornblum)      Dates                    (Sociological Imagination)
Stratification, Social Class & 

Global Inequality                                                          10 & 11       (10/28 - 11/10)                   10 & 11 
Race & Gender Inequality                                            12 & 13       (11/11  - 11/20)                   12 & 13
Family                                                                             15             (11/21 - 11/29)                   16

Economic & Political Institutions                                   18 & 19       (11/30  - 12/7)                    17

Social Change                                                                 22              (12/8 - 12/15)                 21, 22

Final exam is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th at 5:30 PM in Building G-123. (based on all Part II materials covered during the weeks of 10/28-12/15).

College of the Air Class Overview

Your College of the Air Class is unique and very different from most other campus courses in not having regular classroom meetings. Basically it is a self-study program. You read your textbook, view the corresponding video tapes with each chapter, then consult the study guide and do the exercises, helping to reinforce what you have learned. (I won't say the publishers' Study Guide is absolutely essential to acquire. The  Wadsworth/ Harcourt Brace Company maintains a website offering tutorial assistance to Kornblum 8th edition users. While certainly not as complete as the Study Guide, users will find banks of at least 10 to 15 questions per chapter, providing correct answer feedback to students, helping them to review what they have read. Go to the following site and select a chapter to get your free review tutorial questions:


Your two examinations will cover the materials you have read in the text book and seen in the videos and will be in multiple-choice format. The questions will be much like the sample questions you can do at the Wadsworth website. In addition, during each semester there will be an array of on-line quantitative projects to choose from to do for extra credit. If you are happy with your scores on the two equally weighted 50-item multiple-choice question tests, then you need not do any of the optional assignments. However, if you want to expand your learning and increase your grade it is suggested  you do some (but no more than three) of the six or more suggested projects that will be offered to you each semester. 

All extra credit projects must be submitted by Thursday December 10, 2009; no extensions will be granted. If students are unable to take either the mid-term or final examination at its officially scheduled time, they can make an appointment when ready and take the exam (either before or after) it has been scheduled at the College-of-the-Air Office. The College-of-the-Air Office will administer all make-ups. 

Press the hypertext button on my main home page to get the optional mini-essay projects for this term's College-of-the-Air Soc. 201 course.

Appendix: Videotape Topic Schedule

Program Number Title

1 Why Sociology?
2 Sociological Perspectives
3 Sociological Inquiry
4 Culture
5 Socialization
6 Social Interactions, Relationships and Structure
7 Social Groups
8 Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy
9 Communities, Societies and Nations
10 Social Stratification
11 Social Class
12 Gender
13 Race and Ethnicity
14 Age
15 Deviance and Social Control
16 Social Institutions: Religion, Family and Economics
17 Social Institutions: Politics & Education
18 Health and Medicine
19 Communications Media and Technology
20 Population and Urbanization
21 Social Change
22 Social Action