SO304 Social Problems

for S1U 2012

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SO 304 Social Problems


S1U 2012 LU


Robinson, Aaron


adjunct faculty


Ed.D (abd) Administrative Leadership, Walden University
M.Ed. School Administration, U. of Phoenix
M. Ed. Counseling Psychology, Boston University

Office Location

Luke AFB

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Class Time

4:50 - 10:10 PM



Credit Hours


Sernau, S, Global Problems:The search for equity, peace, and sustainability, 2nd. ed. NY:Allen & Bacon. ISBN: 0-205-57884-5

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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

Class Assessment:
The nature of this class requires attendance and assertive, thoughtful discussion. Each topic will be analyzed not only from the text perspective , but also from online resources. Each student will bring to each class a printout for the subject of thta class ssession. This will be used to support your input, views, and viable solution to a social problem. Grades will be assessed based on the readiness for each student to discuss and even debate the topic from a local and global perspective.

A research paper will be required to be complete by the last class session. The topic will will be selected in class by the third class meeting based on the approval of the instructor. The peper will need to be in APA format, ten pages, not including a cover page, overview page, and a reference page of five sources not to include the text for the class. The research will count for 30% of the class grade. The rest of the grading will come from the class meetings evenly proportioned over seven weeks of assignments. These will be given in complete detail during the first class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Unless there are unavoidable circumstances cleared by the instructor; late work will not be accepted without a detraction from the grade. Communication with the instructor is critical. Soince the nature of this class requires indepth discussion and analysis of the issues, a student who has an absence will be given extra work to make up for the missed class.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All students are to conduct themselves in a prfessional and courteous manner. The discussions may bring up divergent beliefs and viewpoints, however, all viewpoints are to be considered valid and require inspection and analysis. All discussion will alllow each person to complete his or her thoughts and support them with facts and theory.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Assignment cclarification will be covered in the first class meeting. Dates will follow the class schedule.

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

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