Introduction to Sociology

University of Toronto St. George

Sociologists investigate how social relations shape human behaviour. By systematically observing social milieux, conducting surveys, analyzing official statistics, inspecting historical documents, and carrying out experiments, they analyze the opportunities and constraints that help to make people what they are in different social contexts. This course introduces students to the sociological perspective and sociological approaches by investigating a wide range of human behaviours and institutions. Topics include social inequality, race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, culture and politics among others.
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Rachel La Touche

SOC100H1 Syllabus for Rachel La Touche — Fall 2018

Sociology 100H1F LEC2501/5101 - Fall 2018
Introduction to Sociology
Instructor: Prof. La Touche Location: Convocation Hall
725 Spadina Avenue, Rm. 270 Class Time: Tuesday 6pm-8pm
Office Hours: Tuesday 11am-1pm Web Page:
Email response hours: M-F 9am-6pm
TAs: Valerie Damasco (Course Coordinator)
Alexa Carson (Course Mentor)
Haosen Sun (Tutorial Leader/Grader)
Katrina von Hahn (Tutorial Leader/Grader)
Course Aide: Professor Kassam
Tutorial Schedule
Time Start
11am - 12pm
12pm - 1pm
2pm - 3pm
3pm - 4pm
3pm - 4pm
5pm - 6pm
8pm - 9pm
11am - 12pm
1pm - 2pm
3pm - 4pm
1pm - 2pm
3pm - 4pm
Course Description
This course will help you examine your views, assumptions and experiences of the social
world. While you will be provided with a general introduction to the theoretical and
empirical contributions of researchers to the study of social life, readings, class discussion
and activities will engage you in contemporary debates about social inequality, demography,
crime and health. Beyond recognizing and analyzing patterns in the social world, this course
is also about skills building reading, note-taking, studying etc. and will prepare you for
future courses at UofT.
Requirements and Grading
Test 1 - Tuesday October 9th 25%
Test 2 - Tuesday November 13th 30%
Final Exam (TBD) 35%
Participation Exercises (in Tutorial) 10%
TOTAL 100%
Required Readings
Starting Points: A Sociological Journey by Lorne Tepperman, Second Edition (Oxford University
The e-book for Starting Points can be purchased at a discounted rate through
Communication and Portal
Due to the large enrollment in this course, five key resources are provided to help your
1) Quercus ( – The SOC100H1F Quercus page (our course website)
contains an “Announcements” tab which you should check regularly. It will be the main
mechanism to communicate about course-related matters. This is where all deadlines,
new content, instructions, grade releases, and any other pertinent information will be
posted. It is in your best interest to set up email alerts on your Quercus page to ensure
you receive pertinent course information in a timely manner.
2) Tutorials There are FOUR mandatory and TWO optional tutorial sessions in this
course. Students who sign up for a tutorial section on ACORN should attend the section
for which they are registered.
a. The mandatory tutorials will help you solidify content knowledge in the course,
complete participation exercises, and apply what youve learned in lecture in
small groups. In addition, tutorials will provide you with an opportunity to ask
TA’s questions about course content.
b. The optional tutorial sessions will help students with areas of difficulty,
including challenging course content and test-taking skills. The optional tutorial
sessions will also allow students to practice sample questions in preparation for
the tests.
3) TAs
Valerie Damasco: Course Coordinator (Office Hours: Sociology Department, by
appointment only)
o The Course Coordinator is responsible for all administrative matters
related to scheduling, registration, grading, tests and exams, submission
issues, grade reviews, accessibility and accommodations, missing grades,
deadlines, etc. You should feel free to contact the course coordinator by e-
mail if you have any questions or concerns about any of these matters. It is
imperative that you contact the course coordinator as soon as possible if you
require accommodations of any kind. The course coordinator will have office
hours by appointment only.
Alexa Carson: Course Mentor (Office Hours by appointment: Monday 10:00-
1:000am in Sociology Department, Room 225)
o The Course Mentor will assist you with the transition to university and
prepare you to think and articulate yourself like a sociologist. The course
mentor will work by delegating resources to students in tutorials and on
Quercus. The course mentor will have regular office hours.
o The Course Mentor will also act as a liaison for feedback about the course,
including suggestions for media/activities/creative ways to deliver content
etc. Feel free to contact the course mentor if you have suggestions about the
o When appropriate, the course mentor will help students with understanding
how this course prepares them for others in Sociology, and will make
available, upon request, information about the degree program.
Haosen Sun: Tutorial Leader/Grader (Office Hoursby appointment: Thursday
2:00pm – 3:00pm in Sociology, Room 225) & Katrina von Hahn: Tutorial
Leader/Grader (Office Hoursby appointment: Thursday 14:00-51:00pm in
Sociology Room 225)
o Along with the course mentor, tutorial leaders/graders will support students
by organizing and running tutorial sessions. You should feel free to contact
the tutorial leaders/graders by email or visit them in office hours.
4) Professor La Touche: Professor/Course Instructor
As the Course Instructor, Professor La Touche is ultimately responsible for every
aspect of the course. You are encouraged to seek her out after class or during office
hours. If you have questions or concerns about any aspects of the course, or
anything else you might want to discuss privately, feel free to e-mail her. E-mails are
typically answered within 72 hours.
5) Professor Meenaz Kassam: Course Aide
As the Course Aide, Professor Kassam an alumni of the UofT Sociology
Department has volunteered to provide supplementary lectures for registered
SOC100 students. In doing so, she will help students solidify their understanding of
course content and focus on areas of need as students identify. While not mandatory,
lectures offered by Professor Kassam are supplementary to the course students are
encouraged to attend. Optional lectures are offered in Sidney Smith room 2102 on
Wednesdays from 1-2pm on the following dates: Sep 19, Sep 26, Oct 3, Oct 17, Oct
24, Oct 31, Nov 21, and Nov 28.
Week #
Course Outline
Course Expectations
Readings: No
Tutorials: No
Sociological Perspectives
Chapter 1
Tutorials: Yes (Mandatory)
Sociological Approaches
Chapter 2
Tutorials: No
Social Structures
Chapter 4
Tutorials: Study Prep
Test 1 No Tutorial
Socialization and Culture
Chapter 5
Tutorials: Yes (Mandatory)
The Family
Chapter 11
Tutorials: No
Chapter 12
Tutorials: Study-Prep
Reading Week
Test 2 No Tutorials
Intersectionality I
Chapter 7 (pgs. 210-219)
Chapter 8 (pgs. 246-252;
Tutorials: Yes (Mandatory)
Intersectionality II
Chapter 9
Tutorials: No
Deviance, Crime and Punishment
Chapter 6
Tutorials: Yes (Mandatory)
Final Exam
Course Policies
Attendance and Preparation
Attendance is mandatory. Students are responsible for all material presented in class.
Students who are unable to attend class on a given day are responsible for obtaining notes
on all material covered, including lecture material and course announcements. In addition,
students are expected to complete all assigned readings in advance of the class period for
which they are assigned.
Tutorials/Participation Exercises (Please read carefully!)
Students are required to attend and participate in four mandatory tutorials (September 18,
October 16, November 20, and December 4), where attendance will be taken accordingly.
Tutorial sessions are designed to solidify course content and help you practice analytical
skills. Participation exercises will be conducted in these four mandatory tutorial sessions and
constitute 10% of the total course grade. Participation exercises are due at the end of the
tutorial in which it is assigned - No late submissions are permitted. Make-up
exercises will not be offered and missed participation exercises will not be re-
weighed to future or past work.
- The two optional tutorials (October 2nd and October 30th) will help prepare you for the
course tests. Attendance will not be recorded in the optional tutorial sessions.
Course Website
The course website (Quercus) is available at This site will contain the
course syllabus, all handouts, links of interest and course announcements. Students are
responsible for all content made available on the course website.
When emailing your professor or TAs, please use your address. Please also
include “SOC100” and a brief description in the subject line, so your email can be easily
prioritized. Emails will typically be answered within 72 hours, during the workweek (i.e.
Monday through Friday, between 9am-6pm). Keep in mind that for simple questions, email
is the preferred method of communication. However, for longer questions, students should
attend office hours and/or schedule an appointment with the appropriate TA or the
Office Hours
TA office hours are by appointment only. If you would like to meet with your TA to
discuss test preparation, course content or concerns, please contact them with 24-hour
notice (via email). TAs will not hold office hours unless notified of a student’s intention to
Professor La Touche has drop-in office hours on Tuesday from 11am-1pm. If you have a
conflict with these regularly scheduled hours, please make an appointment by contacting
Professor La Touche directly ( In your email, include details
about the nature of your meeting request and a list of dates/times when you are available.
You will typically receive a response within 72 hours.
Missed Tests (Please read carefully!!)
Students who miss a test will be assigned a grade of 0. However, students may have an
absence excused with proper documentation in the case of illness or unforeseen personal
circumstance. Proper documentation consists of aVerification of Student Illness or
Injury Form or a doctor’s note, completed by a medical practitioner on or before the
day of the test (you may find the form at, and must
indicate the start and anticipated end date of the illness. All documentation must be received
via email or in a sealed envelope addressed to the course coordinator within six calendar
days of the test (i.e. by the Monday following the test). If documentation is received and
deemed sufficient, a make-up test will be scheduled for one week from the original test date.
All makeup tests are held during class time. Students who do not attend the scheduled make-
up test will receive a grade of 0.
The University of Toronto is committed to accessibility. If you require accommodations or
have accessibility concerns, please visit as soon as
possible. All documentation regarding accessibility accommodations for this course should
be passed along to the Course Coordinator Valerie Damasco within the first two weeks
of the course.
Academic Integrity/Academic Misconduct
The University of Toronto treats academic integrity and academic misconduct very seriously.
To participate honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in the academic community at U
of T, you should familiarize yourself with the University of Toronto’s Code of Behaviour on
Academic Matters:
In addition, students should acquaint themselves with the rules concerning plagiarism and
other forms of academic misconduct, including but not limited to:
Using someone else’s ideas or words without appropriate acknowledgement.
Copying material word-for-word from a source without quotation marks.
Including references to sources that you did not use.
Obtaining or providing unauthorized assistance on any assignment including (e.g.)
working in groups on assignments that are supposed to be individual work.
Lending your work to a classmate who submits it as his/her own.
Letting someone else look at your answers on a test.
Falsifying or altering any documentation required by the University.
Student Contacts
You are responsible for all material presented in class, including announcements. If you are
unable to attend class, you should obtain notes from a classmate. Write down the contact
information for two of your classmates below in case you need notes.
Name:_____________________________ Name:_____________________________
E-mail:____________________________ E-mail:____________________________
Phone:_____________________________ Phone:_____________________________
Other:_____________________________ Other:____________________________

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