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Sociology 464 (70-Main Campus, 75-AV)
Family and Stress (CRNs 80474 and 80475)
California State University Bakersfield
Black Board Course, Fall Quarter 2013

Instructor: Dahna L. Rasmussen, MA
Office: DDH CC205
Online Office Hours: Monday 5:30 PM -7:30 PM
Main Campus Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Also available via appointment
Email: All course related emails should be sent via Blackboard.

Please note this syllabus is a general outline of the course content and schedule, and is subject to change and revision. If changes are made, students will be notified in a timely fashion.

Required Text: Welch, Kelly. 2010. Family Life Now (2nd edition). Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 13: 978-0-205-63251-0.

Course Description: Analysis of family ability to withstand external and internal stress; community structure and family location in the community as factors in the development of and response to stress; and the relationship of individual adjustment to family reaction to stress. Discussion focuses on, for example, the following kinds of stress: divorce, death of a spouse or a child, physical disaster, long-term physical or mental illness, chronic unemployment, and imprisonment.

Course Objectives/Learning Outcomes: To provide students with the core concepts and theoretical perspectives used in the study of family responses to major stressors, examine the ways families cope with and adapt to stress, and learn useful stress management techniques.

1. To understand and apply sociological and inter-disciplinary theories on family and stress.
2. To examine and understand social forces that impact families and generate stressors.
3. To understand the processes of family stress management.
4. To learn and apply effective stress reduction or coping techniques.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ONLINE CLASSES: Online courses require students to assume responsibility for having a dependable computer and internet connection throughout the quarter. If you experience technical problems, please contact E-Learning Services directly because they can assist you in finding a solution. They can be reached at (661) 654-2315.

Black Board Hint: Go to the CSUB’s Black Board page and take the tutorial. It will give you information on accessing content, test taking, and using BB features.

SIDE MENU BUTTONS and POP-UP BLOKERS: Use the buttons to access all course content on the course BB site. The syllabus, chapter tests, and other assignments are linked to these menu buttons. Trouble-shooting: Side menu does not appear? Look for “>” or “<” and click on either to open or close the side menu; Pop-up blockers- if the course content does not open your computer’s pop-up blocker may be preventing the content form loading (if there’s a block, a bar will usually appear across the top of your screen informing you of this. You’ll need to right click the bar and allow the content.) If find you are still having problems, please contact E-Learning Services for further assistance.

Please let me know if you are having trouble by either coming by during office hours or sending me an email.

Course Requirements: You are expected to demonstrate your understanding of sociological material you will learn in this course through the following course requirements:

 Chapter Tests (20 points each): All chapter tests will open on the Monday of the week they are due, and will close at 11:59 PM on the following Sunday. Please note that although the material for the tests will primarily come from the chapters, the supplemental materials related to each chapter may also be covered on the test. * Technical problems cannot be verified, so in case you experience an issue during a test, please note only 8 of the 10 tests will count towards your final grade. * Tests will consist of mostly of multiple choice questions with some short answer questions. You will have 30 minutes to complete each test. Accommodations will be made for students with a SSD letter. * Tests must be completed the first time they are opened, so make sure you are ready to take it when you open it.

 Discussions (4 topics, worth 10 points each=40 points): Discussion topics will be drawn from either the text or supplemental materials (readings, videos, etc.). Students are required to post an original response to the topic and respond to the post of two classmates. * Topics will be posted and will remain open for 2 weeks. Once the topic has been closed, it cannot be reopened. * Discussion Rubric will be used to evaluate students’ participation in discussions. Evaluations are based on completion of the required number of posts and the quality of the posts (“I (dis) agree” is NOT a quality post). * Post should be professional and respectful. This exercise is intended to produce thoughtful dialog; therefore, no racist, sexist, homophobic, and other kinds of derogatory language will be tolerated. While you may disagree with someone’s point of view, useful discussion can take place without being disrespectful to others. Keep in mind to make your comments relevant to the topic at hand.

 Paper (Undergrad-50 points; Graduate- 80 points): Completion of these paper assignments are based on the assigned readings. The papers are due no later than 5PM on the listed date and must be submitted via Blackboard. Assignment instructions will be available on Blackboard. Using Blackboard: Through Blackboard, you will be able to access the course syllabus, assignments, check/send messages, submit research assignments, and keep track of your grades earned in the course. Please use Blackboard for e-mailing. To enter Blackboard, login using your myCSUB Net ID and password. Once you have entered Blackboard, look for the course titled “Sociology 100 (02) Introduction to Sociology” Click on this to enter Blackboard. If you have trouble logging in to Blackboard, then please visit the Blackboard help page–http://www.csub.edu/Blackboard –or call E-Learning Services at (661) 654-2315. Make sure that you have accessible and reliable Internet connection. Be sure to log on to Blackboard at least once a day so that you do not miss any important messages relating to the course.

Personal Responsibility: You are responsible for all assigned reading, and keeping up with assignment due dates. At times, I may post material not found in the text, so it is important you log into BB regularly to check for announcements and messages. Other personal responsibilities:

 Read the syllabus—thoroughly. Please don’t ask about information that can be easily found in the syllabus.
 Keep track of your grade. Calculate your own grade. I will not do that for you.
 If you have trouble understanding material, then ask Prof. Rasmussen. Get help sooner than later.
 If you are doing poorly in the course, do not wait until Week 9 and ask how I can help you raise your grade. Relatedly, do not ask if I will create an extra assignment for you to raise your grade.
 It is your responsibility to drop yourself from the course should you choose to no longer take it. I do not drop students. Therefore, if your name is still listed on the course roster at the end of the quarter when grades are submitted to myCSUB, you will receive a grade of “F” in the course.

E-mail & Phone Correspondence: Please use Blackboard to send messages to Prof. Rasmussen. If you send course-related messages to Prof. Rasmussen’s CSUB e-mail address, she will not respond to your message—unless it relates to trouble accessing Blackboard. Also, when sending an e-mail, please do not address me with “hey” or some other informal nickname, or write your e-mail in IM/chat room/text format–I won’t respond to your message. When you call and leave a message, please be sure to clearly leave your name and phone number so that I can get back to you. Typically, I will reply to your e-mail or phone message within 48 hours.

Helpful Tips: Because of the quarter system, this course moves rather quickly, covering a substantial amount of material in ten weeks. I suggest that you read the text and review your class notes daily. If you have any questions about any of the material covered, then ask questions in class. As for exams, do not wait until the day before the exam to study; moreover, do not rely solely on your class notes to study for the exam. (There may be material on the exam that is covered in readings but not necessarily discussed in class.) I expect student writing to be at a university level for assignments. Points are deducted if your assignments are poorly written. This will affect your grade, so please write clearly and NEVER hand in a first draft. Please go to the CSUB Writing Center (Administration East 105) if you need help with your writing, or come see me or one of the TAs if you need help. Academic Integrity: Cheating & Plagiarism: In this course, each of you is expected to do your own work. “Do your own work” means 1) not cheating on exams; 2) not downloading a paper from the Internet and using it as if you wrote it, or 3) not using an author’s exact words and/or ideas and putting them in your paper as if they were your own words and/or ideas. Any kind of plagiarism and/or cheating on written assignments and exams will, AT THE LEAST, result in failing the assignment/exam, if not failing the course, and receiving probation, suspension, or dismissal from the university. If you are caught violating academic integrity, I will file official documentation with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSSR). If you have any questions about academic integrity, please ask me. For a complete description of academic integrity, plagiarism, and cheating go to: http://www.csub.edu/studentconduct/documents/academicintegrity.pdf For information on CSUB’s student code of conduct, go to: http://www.csub.edu/studentconduct/documents/studentcodeofconduct.pdf

Students with Disabilities: Students who need special accommodations for this course must notify the office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), SADM 140, at (661) 664-3360 (main campus)/ (661) 952-5000 (AV campus) or go to SSD’s website: http://www.csub.edu/UnivServices/SSD. By law, I cannot provide special accommodations unless I receive official documentation from the SSD office.

Quarter Grade: Your quarter grade will be calculated by total points earned from exams and Blackboard assignments. Keep track of the points you earn in the course to avoid any discrepancies when I calculate your final grade. The grading scale for both individual exams and your final course grade is based on a 90-80-70-60 scale (see below). I use (+) and (–) for your overall course grade. Do not ask me to create individual “extra assignments” at the end of the quarter so that you raise your grade.

Undergraduate Scale: Chapter Tests 80 points A=170-153
Discussions 40 points B=152-136
Paper 50 points C=135-119 ------------- D=118-102 TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS 170 points F=101 and below Graduate Scale: Chapter Tests 80 points A=200-180
Discussions 40 points B=179-160
Paper 80 points C=159-140 ------------- D=139-120 TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS 200 points F=119 and below

Chapter Test Grading Scale: A=20-18 B=17-16 C=15-14 D=13-12 F= 11 and below

Letter Grade Scale

A =100-93% B+= 89-87% C+= 79-77% D+= 69-67% F=59% & below A-= 92-90% B = 86-84% C = 76-74% D = 66-64% B- = 83-80% C- = 73-70% D- = 63-60%

CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
WEEK ONE
Week of September 16, 2013
Reading: Chapters 1 and 2 WEEK TWO
Week of September 23, 2013
Reading: Chapter 3
Article: Are Gender Differences in Responses to Supportive Communication a Matter of Ability, Motivation, or Both? Reading Patterns of Situation Effects Through the Lens of a Dual-Process Theory.
Discussion Topic #1 closes Sunday 9/29/2013 at 5 PM

WEEK THREE
Week of September 30, 2013
Reading: Chapter 4
Article: Aligning Mars and Venus: The Social Construction and Instability of Gender Differences in Romantic Relationships.
Paper Topic and Instructions Posted

October 4, 2013: Last Day to Withdraw from Classes without a “W” being recorded.

WEEK FOUR
Week of October 7, 2013
Reading: Chapters 5 and 6
Discussion Topic #2 closes Sunday 10/13/2013 at 5 PM

WEEK FIVE
Week of October 14, 2013
Reading: Chapters 7 and 8

WEEK SIX
Week of October 21, 2013
Reading: Chapters 10 and 11
Discussion Topic #3 closes Sunday 10/27/2013 at 5 PM WEEK SEVEN
Week of October 28, 2013
Reading: Chapter 7
Article: Stability and change in the first 10 years of marriage: Does commitment confer benefits beyond the effects of satisfaction?
Papers DUE by 5 PM Sunday, November 3rd.

November 1, 2013: Last Day to Withdraw from Classes for a Serious and Compelling Reason WEEK EIGHT
Week of November 4, 2013
Reading: Chapters 13 and 14
Discussion Topic #4 closes Sunday 11/10/2013 at 5 PM WEEK NINE
Week of November 11, 2013
Monday the 11th- Veterans Day- Campus Closed
Reading: Chapter 15
Article: Who Shapes Whom in the Family: Reciprocal Links Between Autonomy Support in the Family and Parents' and Adolescents' Coping Behaviors. WEEK TEN
Week of November 18, 2013
Reading: Chapter 16
Article: Profiles of Successful Aging in Middle-Aged and Older Adult Married Couples.

November 22, 2013 LAST DAY OF CLASS!! Have great holiday!

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