SO 304 Social Problems
U1T 2011 DLA
Ph.D. - University of Missouri
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I approach teaching in terms of three broad goals: encouraging critical thinking, applying course material to everyday life, and setting high standards. I think the role of the instructor is to facilitate learning. I will do this by posing critical questions and encouraging students to explore their thinking and try on new ways of thinking. My goal is to encourage students to engage course material by thinking through and reflecting upon his/her position in the context of the sociological research provided. This is important, since different disciplines have different conventions and practices. I also believe that applying this material to everyday life is important, because we are all a members of society and help to shape daily practices. Finally, I have high standards and expectations for my students. In my experience, students will rise to the challenge as long as the expectation is an obtainable goal.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will automatically be assessed a 50% penalty. All late work must be made up within 1 week of the deadline. Exception: late discussion postings are NOT accepted. Students should contact me to notify me of late submission of work. NOTE: I do not actively monitor dropboxes after deadlines have passed. If you post something to a dropbox after the deadline, you need to notify me via email that you have done so.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This course deals with topics that may be sensitive and perhaps even controversial to some members of the class. This course may challenge the way you look at a variety of issues. My expectation is that you will keep an open mind. We should all work to establish a foundation of respect and trust . In order for us to engage in discussion and debate with each other about issues in this class, everyone is entitled to express her thoughts and reactions. However, one of the responsibilities I feel that we have in this context is to ensure that we are all attempting to move from our individual experiences and “common sense” views to a more critical, complex, and sociological understanding of issues. This means that we may disagree with one another or that we may attempt to push our thinking further, but this should be done in ways that do not involve personal attacks nor dismissing another person’s experience, ideas, and/or feelings.
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
7 Population and Health Issues
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Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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