• Sociology

    Mrs. Campbell

    Room 769

    Office Hours: 2:15-2:40

    Email: Jessica.Campbell@husd.org


    Course Description:

    Sociology is the systematic and objective study of human society and social interaction.  The discipline of sociology enables us to look beyond our limited view of the world to society as a whole – the values and ideas shared by its members, the groups and institutions that compose it, and the forces that change it.  The course will require outside reading, preparedness for discussions, online participation and independent projects.  Your class participation grade will depend on class discussions, completion of class-work, and projects.


    Grading Procedures

    Student thinking, writing, reading, listening, and speaking are at the center of class activity. Grading is viewed in this context. Student performance and progress, as evidenced by papers, in-class commitment, homework, and daily preparation is continually assessed.

    Course products are regularly reviewed by the instructor and grades are updated every two weeks in the online Synergy gradebook. To access the Synergy gradebook, go to the HUSD website at www.husd.org and click on the Parents or Students tab at the top of the screen. Then scroll down and click on the ParentVue or StudentVue link.


    The following letter-grade system will be used to grade student work:

    100%-90%        A

    89%-80%          B

    79%-70%          C

    69%-60%          D

    Below 60           F         


    Semester Work Grading Policy

    Course Weight: Description:

    Assessments 60% -Unit tests (approximately 25%)


    -Interactive Notebook Outputs-properly organized and maintained interactive notebook.

    -Weekly Essay

    Classwork/ 20% INB inputs (notes), use of class time, participation in class

    Final Exam 20% District Final Includes Multiple Choice/DBQ components.


    Final Exam:

    A cumulative final exam will be given;. The “course breakdown” makes up 80% of your semester grade and the final exam constitutes 20% of the grade.                                 

    • Grades will be updated in the Synergy gradebook weekly.  Please ensure that both you and your parents/guardians have access to Synergy to keep up with your progress.
    • Student performance and course work are important factors that will contribute to the student’s grade.  The students grade on an assignment will be rounded up when the student receives a score of a .5 or higher.  Please note that the final exam will be worth 20% of the semester grade. 
    • Quizzes on required readings may occur at any time.  One quiz may be dropped per semester in case of absence or any other of life’s circumstances.
    • Short analysis papers and projects will be given throughout the year.
    • Participation: It is required that students be prepared for class by having done the required readings, volunteering information, and asking knowledgeable questions.  Often times the class will be conducted in a seminar setting and students are expected to participate well and often. 


    1. Definition: An absence is defined as a student's non-attendance in the student's assigned classroom during an assigned period. The difference between an excused absence and an unexcused absence is parents have followed procedures to excuse a student by calling the attendance line. However, the accumulation of excused and unexcused occurrences will result in potential consequences. ALL absences accrue towards the limit of 10 per semester.
    2. Higley Unified School District has implemented a limit of ten absences per semester. If the student acquires ten or more absences during a semester, the student will lose credit in those classes. To earn credit while auditing a class, the student must submit an appeal to administration, attend all classes after the appeal is presented, and pass the semester final exam with a minimum of 75%. Subsequent appeals can be appealed to the School Board.

    Plagiarism Policy

    Plagiarism is defined as intentionally using information from or property of another without permission in order to obtain an unfair advantage or receive a grade or score that was not legitimately earned. This includes copying information off of another student’s paper, copying and pasting or quoting/paraphrasing large amounts of information from outside sources (in excess of 20% in one assignment, even if properly cited), purchasing papers from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own, allowing others to complete one’s work, AND using one’s own final draft work previously submitted for a grade.

    In the event of plagiarism or cheating of any kind, the minimum action to be taken includes a verbal warning, parent contact, and possible loss of credit. The maximum action to be taken includes 1-2 days in-school suspension or out-of-school suspension and possible loss of credit.

    Teaching Method

                The class will follow an alternating pattern of survey and seminar.  At the beginning of each new topic, the instructor will use lecture and discussion to introduce the new material.  This lecture/discussion will usually take 3 days out of the week, reserving the final two days for student seminars and other activities that will require the students to discuss the topics. 


    Helpful Hints

    • DO YOUR HOMEWORK AND CLASSWORK. Your grade in this class will depend on all of the work you do.  Too often students have good test grades and complain when their grade drops significantly due to missing assignments, homework, and lack of participation.
    • SPEAK YOUR MIND. My goal is to create an environment in which every student feels free to give their ideas and discuss their views.  While debates are encouraged, always remember that respect for other students is imperative. We live in a country where you have the freedom to speak your mind. Don’t take it for granted.
    • HELP MAKE THIS FUN. As your teacher, I promise to do my best to make this class both interesting and fun.  However, misbehaving or zoning out makes it difficult for me to conduct the class in a manner that will be engaging.   I can assure you that the time will fly if you pay attention and contribute to the class.  
    • RESPECT and DIGNITY: I promise to treat you with the utmost respect and dignity.  As long as we both adhere to this, it’s going to be a wonderful year.
    • KNOW THE LINES, AND DON’T CROSS THEM: I like to have fun, but I will never let it get in the way of my goals and objectives for each day.  Follow my lead, and we’ll do fine. 
    • YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU: I will do my best to help you keep your grades up, but in the end, only you are responsible for yourself.    You are responsible for making sure that you get work when you are absent.  You are responsible for setting times to make up exams.  This is a college level course, and I will treat you like a responsible adult. 
    • DO YOUR BEST. All I ask of you is that you do your personal best.  If you give this and every class your best effort, you will do well. 

    Classroom Expectations

    Students are expected to adhere to all guidelines outlined in the HUSD Student Code of Conduct, including (but not limited to) the following:

    • No food, drink, or gum is allowed in classrooms (no gum allowed on campus).
    • No hats are allowed in classrooms.
    • Students are expected to come to class prepared every day with the materials listed above and all homework and reading assignments completed.
    • Unless otherwise permitted by the instructor for a particular classroom activity, cell phone use is not permitted in the classroom. Cell phones must be turned off AND put away out of sight or they will be confiscated and stored in the bookstore until after school. Second offenses will result in parent contact and pick-up of the device.
    • Students must be in their assigned seats when the beginning bell rings and must remain on task until dismissed by the instructor at the closing bell.
    • Hall passes will not be permitted except in cases of emergency or school-related business and all students must sign out and back in to the classroom.
    • In this class, we will spend a fair amount of time discussing ideas and theories. At all times, please respect each other’s opinions and thoughts.
    • Absolutely no derogatory remarks, racial or ethnic slurs, prejudicial statements, people bashing or “put downs” will be acceptable in my class. We don’t have to agree with everybody, but we will not humiliate anyone.
    • Discussions, movies, documentaries and articles will be presented and discussed that deal with sensitive material and mature issues. This is an upper level course and I expect maturity and responsibility on the part of my students.  If you are unable to participate in discussions related to mental disorders, suicide, sexuality and other like issues in one specific area, then pre-arrange that with me and I can assign an alternate assignment.  If you are unable to regularly engage in any or many of these discussions, then perhaps this elective course isn’t for you.


    Late Work Policy

    No late work will be accepted for any reason without written permission from Mrs. Campbell OR an excused absence from administration. For any assignment not submitted by the original deadline or an approved extended deadline, a zero will be posted in the grade book and the student will not be provided any recourse to remove the score. This policy applies to ALL course work including, but not limited to, the following: in-class activities, homework practice activities, formal essays, timed writes, projects, presentations, formative assessments, weekly quizzes, unit tests, etc.

    Students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are strongly encouraged to follow the policies outlined herein. However, if an IEP specifically allows for extra time on assignments, the student may automatically extend a due date upon conference with Mrs. Campbell, either verbally or in writing.

    *See the teacher page listed above, under Teacher Contact Information, for information about due date extension requests.

    Make-Up Work Policy

    In the event of an excused absence, an assignment due date will be extended equal to the number of days the student was excused. Make-up work will be accepted for full credit up to the new due date and IF it is submitted correctly, with a short note (on a separate sheet of paper) attached to the top of the late assignment indicating the specific dates and days the student was excused. It is the student’s responsibility to find out what s/he missed while absent by checking the Activities Calendar on the teacher page and conferring with peers AND to calculate new due dates correctly and to ensure work is submitted properly, according to these guidelines.

    After School Detention (ASD) and Behavior Management Plan

    After school detention will be served with the teacher on a designated day. Detentions may be assigned for poor work, missing assignments, misbehavior. Your 3rd tardy in this class will result in an ASD. If you are tardy four or more times it results in Administrative referral.

    Behavior Management Plan and Consequences:

    *A student’s behavior can warrant skipping steps if the offense warrants further action. In addition, rules broken that follow a different protocol in the student handbook will be followed as well.

    1. Verbal Warning
    2. Call Home
    3. Call Home and parent/student/teacher conference
    4. After School Detention (ASD) as needed, also any tardy on or after 3rd tardy.
    5. Written referral to principal’s office & call or letter home


    Bathroom Passes: Bathroom passes are a privilege. No passes are allowed the first or last 10 minutes of class. One student out of class at a time is the expectation unless it is an emergency—then see Mrs. Campbell. Students will have four signed passes to use during the course of the quarter. If a student has a medical need that requires more frequent visits a simple signed and dated note from parent/guardian will grant extended privileges. Do not leave the building for any reason during your restroom break. Sign out and back in using the sign-in binder provided at front of class. If you do not follow these rules restroom breaks can and will be suspended except for doctor prescribed breaks.


    All individuals have a right to an educational environment free from bias, prejudice and bigotry. As members of the Higley High School educational community, students are expected to refrain from participating in acts of harassment that are designed to demean another student’s race, gender, ethnicity, religious preference, disability or sexual orientation.

    Controversial Issues, Topics & Discussions

    On rare occasion there are economics standards and objectives where there are differing views and opinions. To maintain a quality learning environment, the following guidelines will help us maintain a quality learning environment.

    1. Be sensitive to the beliefs and experiences of others
    2. No sarcastic comments or other ‘put-downs’ will be tolerated
    3. Everybody has the right to speak and to be heard.

    Areas of Study:

    • Methods and Founders of Sociology
    • Culture, Traditions and Customs
    • Socialization:
      • Family
      • School
      • Peer Groups
    • Deviant Behavior:
      • Addiction
      • Crime
      • Bullying
      • Drugs
    • Social Stratification and Class
    • Race, Ethnicity and other Minority Groups
      • Race
      • Prejudice
      • Gender Issues
      • Racism
    • Syllabus Acknowledgment Required ASAP
    • Parents, after you and your teen have reviewed the course syllabus and if you understand and agree to the expectations therein, please copy and paste the following message into an email and send it to Jessica.Campbell@husd.org. Note that you do NOT have to print or physically sign anything.
    • Subject: (Type teen’s last name& first initial here.) Syllabus Acknowledgment
    • Message: Mrs. Campbell, I acknowledge that I have reviewed your course syllabus with my teen and we both understand and agree to adhere to the rules and guidelines therein. - (Provide parent first& last name and best contact number.)