SO304 Social Problems

for F2V 2009

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SO 304 Social Problems


F2V 2009 GO


Washington, Spencer A.


Adjunct Instructor - Psychology and Sociology


M.S. (2004) Angelo State University
B.S. (2000) Angelo State University

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Semester Dates

19 October 2009 - 13 December 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:35p - 10:05p


Prerequisite: SO141

Credit Hours



Sernau, S. (2009). Global problems: The search for equity, peace, and sustainability, 2nd ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon.
ISBN: 0-205-57884-5
Eitzen, D.S. (2007). Solutions to social problems: Lessons from other societies, 4th ed. NY: Allyn & Bacon.
ISBN: 0-205-4823-0

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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

Educational Philosophy:

 I am a committed advocate for higher education and, for that matter, education in general.  I am fully aware that learning is most likely to occur when a variety of methods are implored.  For that reason, I will utilize group-thinking processes, student-centered learning, encourage and promote active discussions, and regularly assess your knowledge via quizzes and/or classroom writing assignments.  Frequent analysis, questioning, commentary, and exploration will be required, as each student is expected to participate in class discussions and activities.

Class Assessment:

Assignment Points Percentage Total Points
Discussion (Weeks 1-8)




Activities (Weeks 1-8)




Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)




Film Assignment 1




Film Assignment 2




Core Assessment










Below 599.9
Below 59.9%
Incomplete Grades Policy:
No incompletes will be given except when required by the Park University policies as defined in the undergraduate student handbook.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

 Term papers, presentations, and examinations will not be taken late without the prior approval of the instructor.  The student must have an acceptable reason for the late submission.  All work that is received past the established deadline is subject to a penalty of 25% of the value of the assignment.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 All Park University rules will be in force for this class.  If, after the break, you do not return, then you will be considered as an unexcused absence for the entire class unless you coordinate the departure with the instructor beforehand.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

LESSON                        TOPIC

1                                             Introduction to Social Problems / Capitalism and Class

2                                             Work and Economy

3                                             Gender & Family

4                                             Crime and Crime Control

5                                             War, Militarism, and Terrorism

6                                             Education

7                                             Population and Health Issues

8                                             Wrap-up

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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