SO304 Social Problems

for F1QQ 2011

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SO 304 Social Problems


F1QQ 2011 HI


Drake, Sara M.


Adjunct Faculty


Master's of Counseling; Mental Health Counseling
Master's of Arts; History

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Semester Dates

15 Aug 2011 - 9 Oct 2011

Class Days


Class Time

4:30 - 7:15 PM

Credit Hours


Eitzen, D.S. (2007). Solutions to social problems: Lessons from other societies, 5th 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:
This instructor's philosophy is one of interactive exchange with students by presenting the course material in a way that is clearly understood by each student to the extent that they can see how this learning applies to their everyday lives. This will be based on lectures on course material from the book for which the student will beexpected to complete research for each chapter and participate in debates. The instructor will also employ readings, in class projects, papers, videos, and other resources as applicable.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify major social problems effecting modern society
  2. Apply sociological principles to major social problems
Class Assessment:
Discussion prepartion: Each student will be expected to prepare a 1-2 page summary of discussion information for each lecture. Students will be assigned to either bring notes either pro or con the viewpoint presented in the text. Students will use these summaries as notes to assist them in the classroom discussion and turn them in for grading at the end of the lecture.
Paper: A 4-6 page paper on one of the social problems discussed in class will be due during week 7. Students will be expected to write the paper using APA style. A minimum of 2 journal articles are required as source material.


90 - 100% = A, 80 - 89% = B, 70 - 79% = C, 60 - 69% = D, below 60 = F

6 X Discussion Preparation Pro-side (50 ea) 300 pts total

6 X Discussion Preparation Con-side (80 ea) 480 pts total

Paper 200 pts

Participation 20 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:


Discussion preparation notes must be turned in per the schedule on the syllabus unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor. The paper is expected on time and late submission of the paper will result in a loss of 5 pts per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Students will be expected to treat others with respect. 2. Students will be familiar with each chapter prior to discussion and have at least one question ready for in-class discussion. 3. Students will participate in every class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1. Read and discuss, Section 1.

Week 2. Read and discuss Section 2 & 3, Due: Discussion notes

Week 3. Read and discuss Section 4 & 5, Due: Discussion notes

Week 4. Read and discuss Section 6 & 7, Due: Discussion notes

Week 5. Read and discuss Section 8 & 10, Due: Discussion notes

Week 6. Read and discuss Section 11 & 12, Due: Discussion notes

Week 7. Read and discuss Section 13 & 14, Due: Discussion notes

Week 8. Read and discuss Section 9, Due: Paper

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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