SO304 Social Problems

for F1U 2009

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SO 304 Social Problems


F1U 2009 LU


Ellen Turer


Adjunct Faculty Instructor


M.Ed School Counseling (Northern Arizona University)
M.A. Curriculum and Instruction (Chapman University)
B.S. Managment (Park University)

Office Location

Luke AFB, AZ

Office Hours

Before / after class and by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

8-20-09 to 10-08-09

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM


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:
Before / after class and by appointmentSO 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 life long learner.  It is my hope that all students will leave my class with the skills and desire necessary to be life long learners as well.

Class Assessment:


Evaluation Method


Topic (Presentations/Reflections) (50 points per week)

300 points

Web site Reviews

200 points

Journal Articles

200 points

Class attendance/ Participation 

 80 points

                                 Total Points

780 points



Grading Scale


780 - 702


702 - 624


623 - 546


545 - 468


467 or less


Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Twenty percentage points (20%) will be deducted for late work.  If work is not posted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date 20% points will be deducted from the assignment grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to attend all class meetings, be punctual, and participate in class discussions. If a student is unable to complete the class attendance according to university policy, it is his/her responsibility to withdraw from the class. In cases of emergency or illness, students are to contact the instructor immediately and arrange for another student to take notes, pick up any handouts, etc.  Any unexcused absence or excessive tardiness will result in lowering your grade by one full letter grade. Allowing students to make-up a missed exam is at the option of the instructor.   Points will be deducted for late assignments.  The number of points deducted is at the option of the instructor.  If you turn in other assignments after the due date, pointes will be deducted from the assignment.  Keep in mind that technology problems are not an excuse for late assignments.  If you have technology problems i.e. printing etc please make other arrangements like emailing to a fellow student for printing or instructor.  Keep electronic copies of all materials. Park University's Policy Statements attached apply to this course.  Cheating and plagiarizing will not be tolerated and will result in zero points for that assignment.   In order for all students to have opportunities for active participation in class discussions and learning activities, classmates are encouraged to be respectful to their fellow students. Allow all students time to express their ideas and positively encourage comments from others.  Students must be assured that any personal information shared with classmates will be considered confidential.   All assignments and exams must be completed in order to pass the course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Assignments Due

Thursday  –


Meeting 2      
 Thursday   –

Library Visit

Meet at LAFB Library @1700 hours.

Meeting 3    
 Thursday   –

Global Problems

Reflections due to Drop Box

Chapters 1-12 (Global Problems)

Meeting 4      
 Thursday   –





Reflections due to Drop Box

Chapters 1-10 (Solutions)

Meeting 5     
Thursday   –

Sexual Orientation



Reflections due to Drop Box

Chapters 11-20 (Solutions)

Meeting 6      
Thursday   –

Schools                              Work                                        Health Care                             Cities

Reflections due to Drop Box

Chapters 21-28

Meeting 7      
Thursday   –

Environment                           Crime


Reflections due to Drop Box

Chapters 29-36

Meeting 8      
Thursday   – 10/8/09

Class Reflections

Reflections due to Drop Box

Journal Articles Due

Web Site Reviews Due

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

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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