SO304 Social Problems

for S2B 2009

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SO 304 Social Problems


S2B 2009 BL


Talavera, Victor S.


Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours



Global Problems: The Search for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability. 2nd Edition. Written by: Scott Sernau. Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc. ISBN #: 0-205-57884-5.
Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies. Fourth Edition. Written by: Stanley D. Eitzen. Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc. ISBN #: 0-205-48243-0.

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Course Description:
SO 304 Social Problems: Review of major controversial issues facing modern societies, such as poverty, crime, deviance, sexuality, addiction, mental illness, prejudice, changing values, demographic pressure, surveillance, technology, terrorism and war, the provision of social service, and the balance between individual freedom and social responsibility. Special attention is given to global and cross-cultural context, and the causes, consequences and potential public policy solutions for each issue. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: SO141

Class Assessment:
One final comphresive final exam will be administered at semester end.  Weekly homework assignments that reflect the week's readings and lectures will be assigned, eight in total.  There will be a total of eight administered, one for each week which will cover material reviewed in the readings and in lectures.  One final 15 page type written paper will be due at semester's end will cover one topic covered in the course and is approved by the instructor.


Grading distribution is as follows:
1. Final exam: 25% of grade.
2. Final paper 25% of grade.
3. Quizes 20% of grade.
4. Homework assignments 20% of grade.
5 In class participation 10% of grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class Rules/Assignment Guidelines:

Assignment Expectations and Guidelines.

All final assignments are to be typed. Assignments will be typed in 12 font, Times New Roman, with one inch margins, double spaced, with a cover page. All completed assignments including the core assessment will be completed in APA style format. There are no exceptions on these guidelines. There are several sites on the APA format that can be referenced online including:

ALL cell phones are to be turned off after class. No texting during class. First offense will receive a warning. The ensuing offenses will result in losing 25% percent of your in class participation grade for each offense.

Missed quizzes. If you are absent and miss a quiz, you have until the next class period to make up the quiz unless you have made other arrangements with the instructor. No exceptions…failure to make up a quiz by the next class period will result in a zero for a grade.

Late assignments. All assignments turned in late will be penalized. FOR LATE ASSIGNMENTS YOU WILL LOSE 5 POINTS AUTOMATICALLY OFF OF YOUR FINAL GRADE FOR EACH DAY THAT IT IS LATE. No exceptions. If your assignment is late I recommend you e-mail it to me as soon as possible instead of waiting until the next class period to avoid losing further points.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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