SO304 Social Problems

for S1U 2011

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SO 304 Social Problems


S1U 2011 LU


Robinson, Aaron


Assistant Professor of Sociology and Psychology/Adjunct Faculty


Ed.D (abd) administrative Leadership, (Walden UNiversity)
M.Ed. School Administration, (University of Phoenix)
M.Ed. Counseling Psychology, (Boston University)

Office Location

Luke AFB, AZ

Office Hours

Before/after class by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

January 10, 2011 to March March 5, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours



Sernau, S, (2009), Global Proglems: The search for equity, peace, and sustainability, 2nd ed. NY: Allen & Bacon.
ISBN: 0-205-57884-5
Eitzen, D.S. (2007),Solutions to social pfoblems: Lessons from other societies, 4th ed. NY: ASllen & 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:
Learning and progress is an ongoing journey. Learning, both formal and informal, is an accumulation of knowledge and wisdom, being blended for living a life of development through interaction and sharing with others. Awareness, motivation, concern,, and compassion form the core of each learninrd self-actualizing journey.

Class Assessment:

Group work presentations  3 x 20 points
Essay questions 4 x 2.5 points
Final Paper 30 points
Total of 100 points
90-100 = A
59 below=F


In addition to the weekly assignemnts, there will be four short essay quizzes spaced through the eight week class.
Paper Requirements:
The individual class paper will be 7 - 9 pages spaced at 1.5 spaces, 12 font. There will be four references additional to any information contained with the approved text material. Discuss causes, symptoms, the costs to society (monitarily, stress, psycho/social concerns), and possible intervention strategies by which agencies.
Possible topics may include crime, substance addiction, poverty, racial/ethnic/gender issues, education/literacy concerns, structure and dynamics of family strength, health care, urban density problems, environmental, adult education/training/job oplacement/ in a technologically changing society. Other topics may be approved by instructor.
The paper grading requirements will be given in class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will result in a 20% reduction of grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All assignments must be completed in order to pass the class.  Park University code of conduct applies.  You must notify instructor if you miss a class or you will be mark unexcused.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course topics/Dates/Assignments
   Dates                      Topics                                       Assignments
1/13/11                   Intriduction           Be prepared to discuss issues from chapters 1-4 "Global Problems"
                                                           (During this time, studnets will be divided into four groups: a, b, c, d)
1/20/11                   Chaps. 5-12         Group a - chap 5 & 6; b - chap 7 & 8; c - chap 9 & 10; c - 11 & 12
                                                            Instructions will be given for group presentations
1/27/11                   Social Problems    Group a presents on poverty. Group b presnets on Income/Wealth/
2/3/11                    Social Problems     Group c present on Gender. Group d presents on Sexual Orientation
2/10/11                  Ssocial Problems    Instructor presnets of Age Issues. Group a presents on Families.
                                                            Group b presents on Schools
2/17/11                  Social Problems      Group c presents on Work. Group d presents on Health.
2/24/11                  Social Problems      Instructor presnets on Part 4, sections 11 - 14. Group questions and discussions.
3/3/11                    Individual paper presentations. Critiquing, discussions, and questions.

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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