• Sociology (CLEP) Course

    Mrs. Bell


    Room 209

    Office hours: Per. 8-Room 209

    Monday and Thursday 2:30-3:30 and by appointment in Room 209


    Description of the Examination

    The Introductory Sociology examination is designed to assess an individual's knowledge of the material typically presented in a one-semester introductory sociology course at most colleges and universities. The examination emphasizes basic facts and concepts as well as general theoretical approaches used by sociologists. Highly specialized knowledge of the subject and the methodology of the discipline is not required or measured by the test content.

     The examination contains approximately 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. Any time candidates spend on tutorials and providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time.


    Knowledge and Skills Required

    Questions on the Introductory Sociology examination require candidates to demonstrate one or more of the following abilities. Some questions may require more than one of these abilities.

    ·       Identification of specific names, facts, and concepts from sociological literature

    ·       Understanding of relationships between concepts, empirical generalizations, and theoretical propositions of sociology

    ·       Understanding of the methods by which sociological relationships are established

    ·       Application of concepts, propositions, and methods to hypothetical situations

    ·       Interpretation of tables and charts


    You may use one of two options for organization:

    1.     A 3-ring binder with dividers (this one is preferred)


    2.     A pocket folder and a spiral notebook

    A pen/pencil

    A highlighter is preferred

    ***Recommended: Thumb drive (computer/printer problems are not an excuse for missing assignments)


    You will be graded in a variety of ways. Some of your assessments will be formal such as tests, essays, and projects. Others will be more informal such as group work, actively learn assignments, and short responses to the reading. Each graded assignment will be given a point value.

    For every day an assignment is late, a ten-point deduction will be taken off the final grade. 



    Please make sure you are on time for class. For the first late, you will receive a warning. For subsequent infractions, you will have detentions or be referred to the appropriate administrator.

    Second Late—15-minute detention

    Third Late—Referral

     No cellular devices will be accepted in the classroom, especially because you have Chromebooks. Use the passing time to text if necessary. If I see you using your phone, I reserve the right to refer you to the appropriate administrator. No warning will be provided prior to referral.



    Somerville High School requires independent, honest work on the part of its students, and students are expected to conduct themselves with scholarly integrity. Each confirmed incident of academic dishonesty, cheating, or plagiarism must be reported by administration. Any plagiarism will result in a zero on the assignment and possible referral to the administration.


    Examples of plagiarism include, but are not limited to:

    1)    Copying answers from a textbook to submit for a grade.

    2)    Copying answers from another student to submit for a grade.

    3) Quoting text or other works without citation when requested by the faculty member to present one’s own work.

    4) Submitting a paper or essay obtained from a term paper service or taken from the Internet.

    5) Submitting a paper or report written by another student, a parent, or a colleague as one’s own.

    6) Submitting another student’s project, essay, research paper, or computer program as one’s own.

    7) Submitting a paper wholly or in substantial part using the exact phrasing of source material.

    8) Submitting a paper closely paraphrased from source material, where the original source material is simply edited with perhaps minor word changes occurring.

    9) Submitting a paper closely paraphrased from source material, splicing together sentences from scattered segments of the original.


    Computer Usage

    Computers are to be used only for instructional purposes. Please be aware that if you are on other sites or assignments, not school/teacher approved, you will be locked out and you may be subject to disciplinary action. Additionally, if you are caught using another student’s work via Google, it is plagiarism and the plagiarism policy will be enacted.

    The subject matter of the Introductory Sociology examination is drawn from the following topics. The percentages next to the main topics indicate the approximate percentage of exam questions on that topic.


    The Sociological Perspective- 20%

                History of sociology


                Sociological theory


    Social Processes- 25%

                Collective behavior and social movements


                Deviance and social control

                Groups and organizations

                Social change

                Social interaction



    Social Patterns- 10%



                Human ecology


    Social Stratification- 25%


                Power and social inequality

                Professions and occupations

                Race and ethnic relations

                Sex and gender roles

                Social class

                Social mobility


    Institutions- 20%