SO304 Social Problems

for U1B 2011

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SO 304 Social Problems


U1B 2011 BL


Corral, Guadalupe


Adjunct Faculty


PhD - Social, Cognitive, Neuroscience Psychology
MA - Sociology


Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM



Credit Hours



Global Problems: The Search for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability 

by Scott Semau, 2nd 09, Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
ISBN: 9780205578849
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons From Other Societies

by D. Stanley Eitzen, 5th 10, Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
ISBN: 9780205698349
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore


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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:
Class assessment will consist of examinations, papers, and class participation.


1 1st Midterm 20% 20 points
2 2nd Midterm 20% 20 points
3 Final Exam 20% 20 points
4 1st Reflection Paper 10% 20 points
5 2nd Reflection Paper 10% 10 points
6 3rd Reflection Paper 10% 10 points
7 Class Participation 10% 10 points
Total 100% 100 points

A = 90 - 100 points
B = 80 - 89 points
C = 70 - 79 points
D = 60 - 69 points
F = < 60 points

Papers are expected to be at least 3 pages long and in APA format. They will be based on readings from the Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons From Other Societies textbook and selected films (TBA).

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of exams or assignments will result in a letter grade reduction for each day of tardiness.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Course Dates: June 6th - July 29th

Week Calendar
Week Global Problems Textbook Readings Assignments


T - Chapter 1: Class

TH - Chapter 2: Work



T - Chapter 3: Gender & Family

TH - Chapter 4: Education



T - 1st Midterm & 1st Paper Due

TH - Chapter 5: Crime

1st Midterm & 1st Reflection Paper Due



T - Chapter 6: War

TH - Chapter 7: Democracy & Human Rights



T - Chapter 8: Ethnicity & Religion

TH - Movie (TBA) & 2nd Paper Due


2nd Reflection Paper Due


T - 2nd Midterm

TH - Chapter 9: Urbanization

2nd Midterm



T- Chapter 10: Population & Health

TH - Chapter 11: Technology & Energy/3rd Paper Due


Discussion/3rd Reflection Paper Due


T - Chapter 12: Ecology

TH - Final Exam


Final Exam

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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