SO304 Social Problems

for F2D 2011

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SO 304 Social Problems


F2D 2011 DA


Rhea, Carl A.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Psychology / Northcentral University
B.S. Social Psychology / Park University

Office Location

5355 E Granite Street, Davis Monthan AFB / Room 140

Office Hours

By Appoitment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

17 Oct - 11 Dec 2011

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 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:

I’m passionate about education and excited about the doorways it opens for all of us. I do not take your desire to learn lightly, and I’m committed to providing a dynamic learning environment for all students. Ultimately, your perspective should be significantly changed by the end of the term; at least that is my goal. To me, nothing is off the table.  Education provides an opportunity to seek the truth like very few other experiences can.  I intend to take full advantage of that. With that, I believe our exploration of social problems will uncover many aspects once hidden, within ourselves and within our society. This journey will challenge our assumptions and paradigms. Moreover, it will allow us to face many topics that we may otherwise shy away from in casual conversation. Most important, it will sharpen our critical thinking and hone our ability to assess the complexities of our social lives.  Things may get heated, disagreements may arise, but I’m confident that our common pursuit of learning will emerge stronger on the other side.

Class Assessment:

Assignment Points Percentage Total Points
Discussion (Weeks 1-8)




Webliography (Weeks 2-7)




Quizzes (Weeks 1-7)







Critical Analysis Papers (10 pts ea)








Reserach paper










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:

 No late work accepted without prior approval.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 To be discussed on first day of class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

LESSON                        TOPIC

1                                             Introduction to Social Problems / Capitalism and Class

2                                             Work and Economy

3                                             Gender and Family/Technology and Energy

4                                             Crime and Crime Control

5                                             War, Militarism, and Terrorism

6                                             Education/Religion/Human rights

7                                             Population and Health Issues

8                                             Wrap-up/Final/Research Paper Feedback

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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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  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.
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