SO304 Social Problems

for S2E 2011

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SO 304 Social Problems


S2E 2011 PE


King, Yesenia


Adjunct Faculty


MA Sociology, California State University, Fullerton
BA Sociology, California State University, Long Beach
AA Social Sciences, Orange Coast College

Office Location

Camp Pendleton, Bldg. 1331, Conference Rm 111

Office Hours

Anytime after class on the night I teach or by appointment.

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Semester Dates


Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 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:
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 is and should always be an exciting, enjoyable and challenging process. Therefore, my style of instructing is to create an atmosphere and set a tone that is non-intimidating to the student. Thus, fostering an environment in which each student may willingly participate in meaningful dialog geared toward meeting the course’s overall objectives:

      1. Establishing an open environment for intellectual stimulation via lecture, group discussion and audio visual aid.

      2. Provide access to academic excellence with the latest and most current research and discoveries through assigned group projects and Internet exploration.

      3. Finally, prepare the student for critical thinking and effective communication via writing assignments and class presentations/assignments.  

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:
Students are expected to take quizzes and submit assignments as scheduled. Make-up exams/quizzes and submission of late assignments will only be permitted: 1) under extenuating circumstances and 2) the student can provide written proof of an emergency. Likewise, any assignment turned in after the deadline is late and will not be accepted. I do NOT accept late assignments unless you have documentation such as a Dr.’s note, etc.! In-class assignments CANNOT be made up.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

There will be NO tolerance for comment or judgment on another student’s ability, character, performance or experience. Disruptions to the class, whether during lectures or classroom discussions will not be tolerated. Disruptions include but are not limited to: disrespect towards me or your fellow classmates, side-talking, chronic lateness, sleeping, cell phones/pagers ringing, and text/instant messaging. All cellular phones and electronic devices must be turned off or on vibrate during class.


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 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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