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SOCI-233 - Sociological Issues of Life and Longevity - Emily Prior

Course:Sociological Issues of Life and Longevity
Professor:Emily Prior
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to SOC233: Sociological Issues of Life and Longevity!

Please read this letter for some information about the course before we begin. The Syllabus and welcome announcements will contain more information, but this should get you ready.

Course Description

About This Course

This semester we will examine the aging process through a sociological lens.

This course in entirely online in Canvas. We will not meet in person or in real time (office hours are the exception – read below for more info on that!) This course is also asynchronous, which means you can more or less work at your own pace, although there are due dates you should stay aware of.

You are not required to purchase any materials for this course. All required readings and videos* have been made available to you in Canvas.

*You will need to acquire a book and a film from the available recommended lists eventually, however there are many free and low-cost options available.

What to Expect in this Course

Getting Started

Once you’ve entered the class, please complete the following:

  • Read the course Syllabus! This contains important information about policies, due dates, and instructions regarding major assignments. Use this document throughout the course to remind you about how this course will be conducted, how to contact me, and due dates.
  • Complete the course check-in activity by the due date. This is used to check your “first day” attendance. Students who do not complete this activity on time will be dropped to allow for space for waitlisted students.
  • Complete the Introduction/Getting Started Module by the first Sunday after the course begins. Not completing this module may also lead to getting dropped from the course for non-attendance.

Types of Assessments

Students are assessed using quizzes, discussions, writing assignments, and presentations.

Textbook Information


Other Relevant Course Information

Accessing This Course

Log in to Canvas from the homepage using your CanyonsID. If you are enrolled, you should see this course on your Canvas Dashboard once it becomes available to students. (I usually open courses a day or two before the semester officially begins, but don’t panic if you don’t see it until the start of the semester.)

If your course does not appear in Canvas please check the following things before contacting

Canvas tech support:

  • Has the class officially started?
  • Did you pay for the course?
  • Do you have any holds on your account that would deny you access?
  • Has it been more than 24 hours since you have added the class to your My Canyons account?

If you are still having problems and none of these are an issue, please contact Canvas tech support at the following: Phone: 877-889-9052

Please do NOT contact the me regarding Canvas-related problems! However, do email me with any questions or issues related to course content.

For Information on Distance Learning:

DSPS Information

I make every effort to accommodate students with disabilities in my courses, as long as proper documentation is presented to me at the beginning of the course or with adequate time before relevant exams and assignments. If you think that you may have a learning disability, please visit the DSPS office, or contact me for more information.

This also means that I have tried to make all materials meet ADA guidelines. Please let me know if you have adaptive software or hardware to assist you with taking this course or if you have specific needs I should be aware of.

I am looking forward to a fun and productive semester together! Welcome to Sociology of Death & Dying!

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:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

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)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

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

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 1030