SO210 Social Institutions

for F1G 2009

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SO 210 Social Institutions


F1G 2009 GR


Bauste, Robert L.


Senior Adjunct Instructor


BS Psychology
MS Counseling Psychology

Office Location

Grand Forks Air Force Base

Office Hours

email/voice mail anytime ( may be arranged before/after class)

Daytime Phone


Other Phone




Semester Dates

August 24, 2009 through October 18, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:15 PM



Credit Hours



Skolnick, J. H. & Currie, E. (2007) CRISIS IN AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS (13th edition). Boston: Allyn and Bacon
ISBN-10 020547215X
ISBN-13 9780205472154

Additional Resources:

Spitze, Robert G.F.; Harold G. Halcrow, Joyce E. Allen-E Allen-Smith (1994) Food and Agricultural  Policy. Mcgraw-Hill College. ISBN 0-070-25800-7
Gardner, Bruce L. (2002) American Agriclture in the Twentieth Century: How It Flourished and What It Cost. Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00748-4
Imhoff, Daniel. FAMILY FARMS TO MEGA-FARMS. Foodfight, The Citizen's Guide To a Food And Farm Bill. Watershed Media. ISBN 0-9709-5002-0.

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Course Description:
SO 210 Social Institutions: An overview of major social institutions, such as education, family, religion, culture and media, science and health care, politics, and the economy. Discusses their historical development, modern forms, social functions, and the ways in which they relate to one another and shape individual lives. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: SO141

Educational Philosophy:
My philosophy is based upon my education and experiences. I will encorporate teaching techniques that will stress lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos and writings to challenge each student to engage in lively discussions and activities. I will challenge students to critical thinking so that each student will discover their potential to evaluate various institutionss and group membership.

Class Assessment:

Class assessment will consist of : 1 - Mid-term Examination consisting of no less tha 50 M/C, T/F, and fill in the blank questions; 2 - Final Examination that will tap the same criteria of the Mid-term Examination; 3 - Term paper on one of the institutions discussed in this course. It will follow the APA style format and must contain at least ten references. Said project MUST be approved by this instructor. The term paper must cover the following issues:
1. How the institution has developed since WW II.
2. Comparison of the American form of this institution to its expression in two other countries.
3. How individuals affect said institution.
4. How said institution is adapting to the pressures of globalization, i.e. Willard R. Daggett.
5. How said institution effects the informational age.
Classroom presentation and participation will be based on term paper/active role in the classroom.


Mid-term-------------------------200 points
Final Examination-----------------200 points
Tern paper-----------------------200 points
Classroom presentation----------200 points
Classroom participation----------200 points
A = 900 ot 1000 points
B = 800 -899 points
C = 700 -799 points
D = 600 -699 points
F = anything under 600 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Term papers, presentations and examinations will not be taken late without the prior approval of this instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All Park University rule will be in force for this class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK 1-------------Systemic Problems - Corporate Power & Economic Crisis.
                                   1. Rich off welfare; 2. Tax cheats; 3. Cost of money; 4. Water for profit; 5. Nickel &dime; 6. Generation broke; 7. Retirement, & 8. Limits of markets.
WEEK 2--------------Inequality, Racism and Sexism.
                                   9. Top heavy; 10. Doing poorly; 11. Day by day; 12. Rich/Poor gap; 13. White advantage; 14. Schools and prisions; 15. Affirmative action; 16. Asian A; 17. Glass ceiling; 18. Selling women short; 19. Learning silence; & 20. Domestica.
WEEK 3 -------------Mid-Term;
Week 4---------------Institutions in Crisis/the family/the environment/work-welfare;
                                   21. Fault line; 22. More than welfcome; 23. Decent/Street families; 24. Wounds; 25. The heat is on; 26. Diamond; 27. The third world; 28. Political economy and urban racical tensions; 29. Underclass & 30. How did I get here.
WEEK 5 -------------Health & medical care and the schools, classroom presentation
                                   31. Sick out of luck; 32. Universal health care; 33. Shame on nursing homes; 34. Cater to the children; 35. Heart's core; 36. Class conflict; 37. Reading, writing and buying; & 38. Hired education.
WEEK 6 -------------Crime & Justice, and America in the World, classroom presentations.
                                    39. Leniency; 40. Wild pitch; 41. Workaday world, and crack enonomy; 42. Unjust rewards; 43. Five wars we're losing; 44. Oil/geography/war; 45.  Blowback & 46. What to do.
WEEK 7--------------Final examination/classroom presentations and submission of term papers.
WEEK 8--------------Classroom presentations.
The listings of 1 through 46 are readings that are due on specified weeks.

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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.

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