SO304 Social Problems

for F1B 2011

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SO 304 Social Problems


F1B 2011 BL


Sanchez, Cristina S.


Professor of Sociology/ Adjunct Faculty


Associates in Psychology
Bachelors in Psychology
Masters in Sociology

Office Hours

By appointment only.

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Monday, August 15, 2011- Sunday, October 09, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

2:00 - 4:30 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:

 It is my belief that everyone in the classroom is responsible for their own work and grade. Everyone will be treated equally and with fairness. It is important for me that every students understands the material as well as the assignments in order to succeed. It is my responsibility to answer your questions and concerns regarding the class as much as it is your reasonability to let me know of them. Together we can make sure that this semester is a success for all.

Class Assessment:

Assignments: You will discuss the chapters read that week and write a 4 page paper APA style reflecting your thoughts, ideas, and opinions on regards to those topics.  You will use critical thinking on how to solve the issue and/or change it. Must be turned in correct drop box through eCompanion.

Homework: I will provide you with an outline in which you will write 3 questions that you have in regards to the reading. You will write down what you think the main ideas for the reading were. You will write a small summary/reflection of what you have learned. Must be turned in as a hard copy in class.

Quiz 1&2, Midterm, and Final Exam: Will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions.

Term Paper: Select topic from your Global Problems text book (see individual chapters) and write a 10 page paper APA style (not including title page and reference page). The paper requires the following: (1) A justification as to why the social problem you selected is important and identify specifically who is affected by this problem and why, (2) You will provide a history of the social problem and the current trend it is leading into, (3) You will reference 5 academic sources (not including your book) that have researched the social problem and discuss their conclusions, (4) You will discuss possible solutions to the social problem described and compare to other nations that may have found solutions to the problem described, (5) You will properly conclude the paper with your research findings and beliefs. Must be turned in correct drop box through eCompanion as well as a hard coy on the last day of class.


Homework/ Participation
Assignment 1
Assignment 2
Assignment 3
Assignment 4
Assignment 5
F=lower than 159 points
Assignment 6
Assignment 7
Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Final Exam


Term Paper
200 Points

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:

 All assignments turned in late will be penalized. Each day the assignment is late you will lose 1 point. Absence from class does not excuse students from turning in assignments, as they will submit assignments through eCompanion. If you know you will have a scheduling issue, please plan for that and make arrangements to submit your assignments early.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Do not use cell phones during class time, this includes texting.
Do not be disrespectful towards other students thoughts, opinions, or believes.
We are all adults and there for I expect everyone to behave as one.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:







    Global Problems Solutions to Social Problems    


Aug.16 Introduction Introduction    
  Aug.18 Ch.1 Class Section 2: Poverty Assignment 1 Aug.23


Aug.23 Ch. 2 Work Section 9: Work/ Section 4: Gender    
  Aug.25 Ch3: Gender & Family  Section 5: Age/ Section 7: Familes Assignment 2 Aug.30


Aug.30 Quiz 1/ Ch.4 Education  Section 8: Schools    
  Sep.01 Ch.5 Crime Section 13: Crime & Crime Control Assignment 3 Sep.06


Sep.06 Ch.6 War Section 14: Drugs    
  Sep.08 Midterm   Assignment 4 Sep.13


Sep.13 Ch.7 Democracy and Human Rights Section 3:Income & Weatlh Inequality    
  Sep.15 Ch.8 Ethnicity and Religion  Section 5: Sexual Orientation Assignment 5 Sep.20


Sep.20 Ch.9 Urbanization Section 11: Cities    
  Sep.23 Quiz 2   Assignment 6 Sep.27


Sep.27 Ch.10 Population and Health Section 10: Health Care & Delivery    
  Sep.29 Ch.11 Technology and Energy   Assignment 7 Oct.04


Oct.04 Ch.12 Ecology Section 12: Environment  Term Paper Oct.06
  Oct.06 Final Exam      

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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 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.
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  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".
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