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SOCI 110 - Self and Society - Sheldon Helfing

Course:Self and Society
Professor:Sheldon Helfing
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Hello SOCI 110 Students,

I hope you are ready for an important and insightful class on a topic everyone is interested in.  Welcome to Sociology 110, the course that studies how individuals, groups, and societies  affect how we think, feel, behave, and carry on our lives.  This class is the sociological social psychology course.  Naturally, its foundations include a rich understanding of the fields of psychology and sociology.  Yet, there are no prerequisites for it, so I will teach it as if you have never taken a course in either field.  For those you have taken courses in either or both fields, you will gain new insights into topics like socialization, conformity, aggression, prejudice, interpersonal relationships, the self, social groups, and the quest for happiness.  The class is structured to give you useful information on what makes people tick, how we are manipulated by society, and how to make for a better society. You will definitely get to share and be part of the discussion.

This course is 100% online (even the exams).  No cameras are needed. It is also an asynchronous class, meaning you have the convenience of responding at the times you choose, to a great extent.  However, it has time-sensitive deadlines.  You will not need to buy a textbook.  All reading materials will be available for you to access, as you activate the Canvas system and click onto required reading, along with videos, and other resources. 

Course Description

Examines ways in which culture and socialization affect individual conduct, including social structures and social institutions, and their effect on the development of self-identity, attitudes, values, and norms of social behavior.

What to Expect in this Course

The activities you can expect to engage in the course will include provocative, current, as well ongoing issues in society that affect you.  Since there are no class meetings that are either face-to-face or synchronous (meaning - at a specific time), you will be doing more interactive discussion components.  You will find them listed chronologically within the Modules section of the Canvas shell for the class. 

Types of Assessments

The assessments for the course will include exams related to the material readings and video viewings assigned. There will be a term assignment and discussion boards.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

There is no textbook required.

Other Relevant Course Information

Course and Personal Dynamics

Your desire and self-motivation to actively participate and learn for this class will make you successful with this class. You must be able to keep up with class discussions (both your own and your classmates) as well as keep up with the readings. An online class is not easier than a face-to-face class. In fact, it is more demanding. 

Part of being successful in an online class is learning the material, and the other part is being comfortable with the format so that you can access the material. If you are new to online courses, investigate some of the online tutorials.

What to do First on the Start Date of the Course 

By the start date for our class, please access our course online via Canvas. Make sure to read through the entire syllabus and check out the assignments, especially those in the first entries of the Module. 

I look forward to providing to your engagement and success in this class.   

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to email me at


Sheldon Helfing
Professor of Sociology
College of the Canyons

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

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Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 1002