Dr. Raymond A. Eve

                                      Office: 442 UH

                                      Hours: TuTh 3 -4,

                                             and by appt.

                                      Phone: 817-272-3764


                                      817-272-2661 (Main Soci.)

                                      email: eve@uta.edu



"Soap and education are not as obviously noisy and ugly as war -- but in the long run, they are more deadly." -- Mark Twain





                         Sociology 3321-001


                Socialization and Social Control


                              Spring, 2008


                              12:30 – 1:50 Tu Thur


                                        UH 0001


       Course Website is http://www.global-college.com/rayeve/courses/s&sc/



1.  Nature of the Course


     This course is a wide-ranging consideration of those definitions and processes which lead to routinized human behavior and a consideration of sanctions imposed in an attempt to maintain routinized behavior among men.  While any elements of the course are quite specific and concrete, a large part of the course must be cast at the most general sociocultural level.  This is because the most effective socialization and social controls are so general in nature that their existence tends to be taken for granted or even, by design to some extent, to pass unnoticed by conscious awareness.  Indeed, it is precisely the central elements of our study which one is "not supposed to question."  Included among the factors which shape and control us at the most general level are, for example, national ideology, nature of the economic system, language structure, and subliminal advertising.


     We will be engaged in an effort to identify, describe, and occassionally quantify, constructs and processes which determine whom we believe ourselves to be and how we construct "proper" and "deviant" behavior.


2.  Prerequisites


     There are no prerequisites for the course.  However, it is strongly suggested that the students have taken either a minimum of 12 semester hours of undergraduate sociology courses or have obtained permission of the professor before taking Socialization and Social Control.  If the student does not meet

these guidelines, they should meet with the professor.  Freshmen and sophomores are discouraged from taking the course in most cases, and should speak with the professor before committing to the course.


3.  Attendance


     Students making poor grades but having been present at most class meetings and who have participated in discussion and otherwise revealed motivation and a sincere attempt to learn in the course will receive more sympathy in evaluation of their work than students with poor grades who attend rarely.  (You will be responsible for obtaining all materials distributed in class as well as for any announcements made in class). 







4.  Grading Practices


     Your grade will be largely based on three written, in-class examinations during the term.

     The exams will be "non-comprehensive" and will be composed of a mixture of mutiple-choice and short answer and essay questions.  The dates of thes exams are tentatively scheduled

as shown below.


Students may elect to complete an OPTIONAL term paper.  The instructions for this appear on the course website.  If the student chooses this option, each exam and the term paper will each count 25% of the total course grade. 


     Reasons for excusal from the exam or quizes must be very serious (medical excuses per the University rules will be acceptable).



     In summary:    1st exam       =   33.3%  (Feb. 19th)

                    Middle of the term        (March 7th)

                    Spring break              (March 17-21)  

                    Last day to drop with a W (March 28th)

                    2nd exam       =   33.3%  (April 3rd)

                    Optional term papers      (April 24th)

                    Final exam     =   33.3%  (May 8th 11-1:30)


                   TOTAL               100%


5.  Late Assignments


     Important!!!  Any assignments which are turned in late will have their scores reduced by 5% each day they are late unless the student has a valid, verifiable excuse of a serious nature.





6.  Books and Readings


a.   Development Through the Lifespan, 4th edition.  Berk,

     Laura E.  Publisher: Allyn and Bacon. 2007.

     ISBN: 0-205-49125-1.


       b.   Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary and Cross-Cultural                        

            Readings in Sociology. 7th ed. John J. Macionis and Nijole  

            Benokraitis. Publisher: Prentice Hall. 

                             ISBN-10: 0132204916  ISBN-13: 9780132204910



     7. Student Learning Objectives for the Course


            1. Be able to clearly define “socialization” and “social



           2. Be able to describe and explain the major stages in the

             life course as defined by Freud, Erikson, and Piaget.


           3. Be aware of the content of the U. S. Declaration of

             Independence and The Bill of Rights


            4. Be able to the present the arguments for and against

             the influence of advertising in the U. S. – especially

             in relation to the existence (or lack of same) of

             “subliminal advertising”


            5. List ten of the major problems with public education in

             the U. S. today


            6. Describe the major changes taking place today in the

             U. S. economy


            7. List several problems the aged face in 21st Century



Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA):  If you are a student who requires accommodations in compliance with the ADA, please consult with me at the beginning of the semester. As a faculty member, I am required by law to provide “reasonable accommodation” to students with disabilities, so as not to discriminate on the basis of that disability.   Your responsibility is to inform me of the disability at the beginning of the semester and provide me with documentation authorizing the specific accommodation.  Student services at UTA include the Office for Students with Disabilities (817-272-3364, located at 102 University Hall, with the Adaptive Resource Center at 101 University Hall) which is responsible for verifying and implementing accommodations to ensure equal opportunity in all programs and activities. 

Student Support Services:  The University supports a variety of student success programs to help you connect with the University and achieve academic success.  They include learning assistance, developmental education, advising and mentoring, admission and transition, and federally funded programs.  Students requiring assistance academically, personally, or socially should contact the Office of Student Success Programs at 817-272-6107 for more information and appropriate referrals.


Academic Honesty:  Academic dishonesty is a completely unacceptable mode of conduct and will not be tolerated in any form at The University of Texas at Arlington. All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. Discipline may include suspension or expulsion from the University.

“Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, collusion, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts.” (Regents’ Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2., Subdivision 3.22).

Bomb Threats:  If anyone is tempted to call in a bomb threat, be aware that UTA will attempt to trace the phone call and prosecute all responsible parties.  Every effort will be made to avoid cancellation of presentations/tests caused by bomb threats.  Unannounced alternate sites will be available for these classes.   Your instructor will make you aware of alternate class sites in the event that your classroom is not available.


Drop Policy:  Census date is January 30. If you decide not to complete this course, it is solely your responsibility to officially drop.  You will need to see an Advisor in your major department in order to drop this class. The final drop date for the Spring 2008 semester is March 28 for undergraduates.  Failure to do so will result in a grade of F.