Miami Dade CollegeKendall Campus

Social Sciences Department

ISS 1161

The Individual in Society

                              Classroom: 4306 Section 05: Class Time: M & W 7:05 PM – 8:20 PM



Course Description:  This is an interdisciplinary course that emphasizes understanding of oneself as a unique individual who, as part of global community, is responsible for decisions affecting his/her psychological, social, environmental, and physical well-being. Main themes include personality and self, society and culture, development and the life cycle, and the maintenance of physical and psychological health. (3 hr. lecture)


Credits:                                  3 credits


Textbook:       Weiten and Lloyd, Psychology Applied to Modern Life,  Eighth Edition. Wadsworth,    2006.ISBN-13: 9780495505358




Maximum Number

of Absences:                           Number of class meetings per week + 1 =  3


This is the MAXIMUM number of classes you are allowed to miss.  Remember…this is College—there are normally no excused or unexcused absences.  If you exceed this number of absences you may be dropped WITHOUT NOTICE by your instructor.  See your instructor if you have questions about this policy.


Date / Time of Final Exam:  4-28-10 – Final Exam: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM                             


Instructor Information:       Robert E. Beneckson, M.S.                  

Office hours by appointment

Building 6, Room 6206



Department Information:     Social Sciences – Kendall

                                                Building 6, Room 6206


Your instructor may require that you use Scantron sheets for this class.  If so, please purchase the “Green FORM 882-E” forms (available at the MDC Bookstore).  Ask your instructor for more information.


Grading: This course will be taught through study of the textbook, lecture, video programs, discussion, and dialogue.  Class participation will be highly emphasized and rewarded. There will be 2 exams, with multiple choice and/or essays. The highest exam grade will be counted twice, the lowest score once, for a total of three test scores.  Students are required to keep a journal applying the material from each chapter to real aspects of their lives, and to make a class presentation of approximately 15 minutes.

Your final grade in the course is based on the total of the 3 exam scores, points for the journals, plus extra credit points, plus credit for the class presentation, and class participation.  All mandatory assignments must be done or points are subtracted for each missing assignment.  Each student is required to participate in a small group or individual presentation based on a specific application of material from selected chapters.  The maximum for the class presentation is 10 points.  The personal journal is worth a minimum of 5 points and a maximum of 16 points.  Additional specialized journals are worth varying amounts of points based on the type of special assignment.

Other extra credit points depend on the specific project, but generally are between 5 and 10 points.

A = 280+

B = 245-279

C = 215-244

D = 185-214

F = 0-184


MDC’s General Education Outcomes:

As graduates of Miami Dade College, students will be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  2. Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.
  3. Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.
  4. Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.
  6. Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.
  8. Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.
  9. Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.
  10. Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.

Tentative Schedule/Due Dates: (This information is subject to change)


                    Topic:                     Textbook    Weitan & Lloyd  

1-6-10, 1-11-10 Adjusting to Modern Life                                          Chapter 1


            Personality Test                                                          Personality Test

New Findings in Stress and Health

1-13-10 Theories of Personality                                               Chapter 2  

1-27-10 Psychological Disorders                                             Chapter 15                

2-3-10 Psychotherapy                                                               Chapter 16          

2-10-10 Stress and Its Effects                                                   Chapter 3                

2-22-10 Coping Processes                                                        Chapter 4            

2-24-10 The Self                                                                      Chapter 5                     

3-1-10 Social Cognition and Social Influence                          Chapter 6  

3-8-10 Review   

3-10-10 Exam 1

3-15-10 Interpersonal Communication                                          Chapter 7                             

3-22-10 Friendship and Love                                                        Chapter 8           

3-29-10 Development and Expression of Sexuality                     Chapter 13              

3-31-10 Marriage and Intimate Relationships                                 Chapter 9           

4-7-10 Gender and Behavior                                                        Chapter 10                                                           

4-12-10 Careers and Work                                                            Chapter 12              

4-19-10 Psychology and Physical Health                                     Chapter 14        

4-21-10 Review, Catch up on Reports                                                          

Final Exam    4-28-10     7:30 – 9:00 PM                                                                                                                   

Please, when you write your journals, leave two spaces between sentences.  Also, when using “quotation marks,” make sure that periods and commas are included within the “marks.”  This is proper English usage in writing.  Thank you.

Class Rules / Guidelines:


  1. ABSENCE/TARDINESS POLICY: Roll is taken at the beginning of every class meeting.  It is your responsibility to attend class meetings and to arrive on time to be counted on the roll.  There are generally no “excused” absences in College beyond a court summons, military deployment, or brief hospitalization (documentation will be required).  You are considered either PRESENT or you are ABSENT from class at the time roll is taken.  If you leave class early, it is the instructor’s prerogative to mark you as being absent for the full class meeting.  See your teacher if you have questions about whether or not your absence may be deemed as excused.   Use your absences as leave in the event of an emergency, sickness, or unforeseen event.


You are not allowed to sign the roll for a student who is absent.  This is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.  You may be referred for disciplinary action if you do this.




  1. CELL PHONES/PAGERS/TEXT MESSAGING/MP3 Players/Music Devices:  All cell phones, pagers or text messaging devices should be muted or turned off during class.  Please do not answer your phone in class or repeatedly leave class to answer your phone/send a text message. You may be asked to leave by the instructor if you interrupt class and may not return until you have been cleared by the Dean of Student Services.


Sending text messages or listening to an MP3 player/music device of any type during class is distracting and considered inappropriate classroom behavior.  If you are seen texting or listening to a music device during class, you may be asked to leave the class by the instructor and may not return to the class until you’ve been cleared by the Dean of Student Services.


Proper classroom etiquette requires you to not use any features of your cell phone during class.  You are also not allowed to use a cell phone during a test.  You must put the cell phone away, out of sight, during a test.


  1. IF YOU ARE DROPPED FROM THE CLASS:   If you are dropped from this class by the instructor or by the College for non-payment of student fees, you will no longer be allowed to attend the class.  You will also not receive a grade for the class and the instructor will not accept your assignments, papers, or tests.  The instructor can only allow a person to re-enroll in a class for two reasons:  1) The student was withdrawn due to instructor error, or 2) The student was withdrawn due to a financial aid issue (documentation may be required).  The instructor has the discretion whether or not to allow a student to re-enroll in his/her course.


If you are dropped from the class and the instructor allows you to re-enroll, you must submit the paperwork to the Registrar’s Office and receive a receipt showing that you’ve been re-enrolled in the class BEFORE YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO CLASS.   You must provide proof of registration and payment of fees from the Registration Office before the instructor will let you attend the class.





  1. LATE/MISSED WORK/MAKE-UP WORK:  You are responsible for submitting work by the due date/time.  The instructor may impose a penalty for work submitted late.  If you should miss class due to an absence or from being temporarily dropped from the course, you (not the instructor) are solely responsible for making up the work/ material/tests missed.  The instructor is not responsible for reminding you about missing work/test.


The instructor does not have to accept any late work or to allow you to make-up missed work!





  1. PLAGIARISM/CHEATING:  All plagiarized papers will receive a grade of zero and the student will not be allowed to re-do the assignment.  Cheating is the deliberate act of GIVING OR RECEIVING unfair assistance or help on a test or assignment or the submission of someone else’s work as your own.  Plagiarism is the act of using another person’s work without properly citing it in a bibliography or putting appropriate quotations around the work.  Should an instructor determine that a student has plagiarized or cheated on an assignment, you will receive a grade of zero for the work and not be allowed to make-up the grade.  The student may also be referred to the Dean of Student’s Office for disciplinary action.


  1. REQUESTING AN INCOMPLETE GRADE FOR THE COURSE:  Instructors and the department will only consider issuing a grade of “I” or incomplete if the student has satisfied the majority (75%) of required work in the class, has faithfully attended the class, and has an extremely extenuating circumstance which prevents him/her from attending the final course meetings.  An Incomplete Agreement Form must be completed by the student and signed by the instructor if the incomplete is deemed valid.  Students who are past due on assignments/tests/papers or who have exceeded the allowable number of absences are usually not granted the opportunity to do an incomplete.  Incomplete requests are NEVER accepted after a term has ended or after the fact (arrangements must be made in advance with the instructor).


NOTICE:  A STUDENT HAS UNTIL THE END OF THE NEXT MAJOR SEMESTER (FALL / SPRING) TO SETTLE THE INCOMPLETE OR THE FINAL GRADE ASSIGNED WILL BECOME AN “F.”   The instructor is not responsible  for reminding the student about the incomplete.



  1. EXTRA CREDIT POLICY:  The instructor may only grant extra credit opportunities to the entire class.  No one student or select group of students will be allowed an extra credit opportunity any different than what has been offered to the entire class.  Please do not ask for special exceptions as none will be granted.


  1. GRADE DISPUTES/REQUEST FOR CHANGING A FINAL GRADE:  Final course grades are only changed for two reasons:

·         Changing from an incomplete or “I” to a final grade, or

·         Due to a grade calculation error by the instructor.

Remember, the instructor cannot curve or adjust a student’s grade for any personal reasons.  Nor can the instructor accept work submitted after a term has ended unless the student has received permission to do an incomplete and the proper paperwork has been filed in advance with the department.


If you feel that the grade you received on an assignment or the final grade you received in a course is due to an error, the proper way to resolve the situation is as follows:

a.                   Communicate your concern in writing or via email to the Professor.  Ask to meet with him/her during his/her office hours to discuss the issue.

b.                  Allow the Professor adequate time to respond (usually 3-5 business days except during periods when school is not in session such as weekends, breaks between terms, or holidays).

c.                   Try to resolve the situation with your Professor in a respectful manner.  Keep all your written correspondence.

d.                  If, after you have met with your instructor, you feel the need to appeal the faculty member’s decision, contact the Department Chair at 305-237-2215 to schedule a meeting.  Be prepared to bring all your documentation to the meeting.


  1. DISRUPTING CLASS:  Any student who intentionally disrupts the teaching/learning process or who acts in a disrespectful, threatening, or intimidating way toward the instructor will be asked to leave the class.  Campus Security will be called if the student refuses to leave.  The student will be referred to the Dean of Students and must receive his/her approval before returning to class.

Any student who deliberately causes a class to be cancelled due to his/her inappropriate actions will be immediately reported to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.  An inquiry may be made by the academic department and the responsible student may face suspension or expulsion.


  1. PRESSURING/INTIMIDATING/BEING VERBALLY ABUSIVE/USING PROFANITY WITH THE TEACHER OR ANOTHER STUDENT IN THE CLASS: Any student who participates in pressuring or “ganging up” on a professor with other students as a means to get him/her to change a grade or course requirement will be dismissed from the class and not allowed to return to class until he/she has been cleared to return to class by the Dean of Student Services.    The student may also face disciplinary action by the College.  The appropriate way to handle a disagreement or personal grade issue with an instructor is to meet with him/her one on one during his/her office hours.


Any student who uses profanity toward, intentionally verbally insults, or becomes verbally aggressive with a teacher or other student in a class will be dismissed and not allowed to return to the class until he/she has been cleared to return by the Dean of Student Services.  The student may also face disciplinary sanctions by the College.


  1. Can’t Afford The Textbook?  Two copies of all Social Sciences textbooks are on file at the reference desk of the MDC Kendall Library.  You cannot remove these books from the Library and are limited to 2 hours of use per visit.


  1. EMAILED CORRESPONDENCE: Our teachers make heavy use of email to share class information and correspond with students.  You are responsible for regularly checking your MDC email account while enrolled in this class.  Your instructor is not responsible for the student’s failure to regularly check his/her MDC email or to respond in a timely manner.  Students who are allowed by an instructor to submit their assignments via email should always keep a copy of the sent document on file in the event that the email does not make it to the instructor.  Students who claim to have submitted a document via email must be able to produce a record showing the date, time, and a copy of the file sent to the professor should he/she request it.






ACCESS Services                                               Room 2121                 305-237-2767

(Services for Student with Disabilities)


Campus Counseling Services                             Room 3166                 305-237-0529


Computer Courtyard                             Room 2100                 305-237-2502

(Computer / Internet Access for Students)                                                                      


Natural & Social Sciences Media Ctr                Room 2125                 305-237-0812             

(Computer Help, Study Areas, Social Sciences Computer Tutorial Packages, Internet Access)


College Prep Writing Lab                                  Room 6337                 305-237-2062

(For students in College Prep Reading, Writing)                        



English Writing Center                          Room 2207                 305-237-0677

(For students who are taking or have passed ENC 1101)


Reading Lab                                            Room 6334                 305-237-2832

(For students in College Prep Reading)                                                   



Math / Science Study Center                              Room 3326                 305-237-2233                                                                         


Kendall Campus Library                                   Bldg 2, 2nd Floor                     305-237-2077 / 237-2292                                                                  

Public Safety                                            Room 5118                 305-237-2100


Testing Services                                       Bldg 5, 2nd Floor                     305-237-0892







Miami Dade College has a text-messaging ALERT system in place for your cell phone.  We strongly recommend that you subscribe to this service to stay abreast of emergency broadcasts by the College.  To subscribe, go to on your computer and enter your cell phone information.  This information is used for emergency alerts only and will not be sold or distributed to other parties.


FIRE ALARM                Leave the building immediately.  Remain outside of the building at a safe distance until cleared to re-enter the building by authorities.


SHOOTER/SNIPER      Once notified, comply with instructions from authorities.  If you are instructed to remain inside, stay away from doors and windows.  If you see a person wielding a gun on campus, immediately call Public Safety at 305-237-2100.  Know your location!


HURRICANE THREAT           Tune to local television and/or radio stations for information about MDC class cancellations or call 305-237-7500.


MEDICAL EMERGENCY      Know your location on campus before you call!  Call Public Safety at 305-237-2100 and report the emergency.  If an Ambulance is needed, tell the dispatcher.  Stay with the injured person until released by a Public Safety Officer.


FIGHT / DISRUPTION             Know your location on campus.  Call Public Safety at 305-237-2100 and report the emergency.  Do not intervene in the conflict.


STALKER                                  Immediately report your situation to Public Safety at 305-237-2100.