SO210 Social Institutions

for S2HH 2011

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SO 210 -Social Institutions


S2HH 2011 PA


Hall, John B.


Instructor/Adjunct Faculty


M. A. Health Care Administration
B. S. Human Resources Management
A. S. Office Management

Office Location

Park Office, Bldg. 50, Area B, WPAFB, Ohio

Office Hours

Will meet anytime with appoinment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

March14 - May 8, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours



Skolnick, J. & Currie, E.; "Crisis In American Institutions"; Allyn & Bacon, Boston, MA.; 14th Edition; 2011. (ISBN:0205610641)      

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Course Description:

Review of major controversial issues facing modern societies, such as poverty, crime, deviance, sexuality, addiction, mental illness, prejudice, changing values, demographic pressure, surveillance, technology, terroism and war, the provision of social servive, 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

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites, and writings. The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

Class Assessment:

1. Completion of all READING ASSIGNMENTS.

2. Participation in CLASS DISCUSSIONS.

3. Participation in and completion & presentation of a GROUP PROJECT on an  appropriate course related topic approved by the instructor.

4. Completion & presentation of  FOUR COURSE RELATED ARTICLE REPORTS selected by the student to lead class discussion and SUBMISSION OF A (1-2) PAGE SUMMARY of its content and the student's personal opinion.  Your   source must be identified as well as date publiished. (within the last 6 mos.)
5. Selection of  an appropriate course related term paper topic  to be turned in by the 2nd session for approval by the instructor.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6. Completion, presentation, and timely SUBMISSION OF A TERM PAPER on the approved topic. (8-10 pages)

7. Successful completion of a  FINAL EXAM.  




The student's final course grade will be based on a 100 POINT SCALE distributed as follows: 


GROUP PROJECT:  20 pts. (20%)


FINAL EXAM: 38pts. (38%) 
                                                                                                                                                                                          The TOTAL POINTS EARNED and GRADE AWARDED will be  according to the following scale:

90-100 pts. = A

80 -89 pts. = B

70-79 pts. = C

60-69 pts. = D
59 pts. or less = F      


Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of "0" unless otherwised arranged with the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

            NOTE: Class Field Trip(s) May Be Scheduled During The Term And Release of Liability Forms Will Be Required Releasing Park University From Any Liability That May Occur During Such Trips Off Base.                                     SESSION 1 (March 16th) - "Overview of Course & Discussion on Problems with Social Institutions"    
SESSION 2 (March 23rd) - "Corporate Power & Economic Crisis" and Article Reports - (Parts ! & !!)   
SESSION 3 (March 30th) - "Inequality & Racism" and Article Reports - (Parts !!! & !V)  
SESSION 4 (April 6th) - "Sexism & The Family", and Article Reports - (Parts V & VI )  
 SESSION 5 (April13th) - " The Environment and Work & Welfare" and Article Reports - (Parts VII & VIII)     
 SESSION 6 (April 20th) - "Health & MedicalCare and the Schools" and Term Paper Pres. - (Parts IX & X)      
SESSION 7  (April 27th) - "Crime & Justice and America inthe World",  Term Paper Presentations , and Review for Final Exam - (Parts XI & XII)    
SESSION 8 (May 4th) - "Group Project Presentations" and 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

Disability Guidelines:
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