SO304 Social Problems

for F2B 2012

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SO 304 Social Problems


F2B 2012 BL


Hankins, Keith R.


Adjunct Faculty


MHR- Human Relations, University of Oklahoma
BS- Management, Upper Iowa University

Office Location

Bldg 616, RM 10

Office Hours

30 minutes before and after class

Daytime Phone

(915) 503-7767


Semester Dates

October 22, 2012-December 16, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM



Credit Hours



Sernau, S. (2009). Global Problems: The Search for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability, 2nd Ed. Pearson Education, Inc., ISBN #13: 978-0-205-57884-9, or ISBN: #10: 0-205-57884-5

Eitzen, D. S. (2010). Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons From Other Societies, 5th Ed. Pearson Education, Inc., ISBN #13: 978-0-205-69834-9 or ISBN #10: 0-205-69834-4

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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:

My philosophy is based on education, experience, and the desire to show students the course materials applies to their everyday lives. I will incorporate various teaching techniques such as lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, Internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will challenge each student to participate in classroom discussions and activities so as to encourage the exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. The world is a classroom, this simple approach to teaching and learning challenges students critical thinking, invokes active student participation, and creates an open and empowering classroom that stimulates the learning process.

Class Assessment:


1. There will be a total of six quizzes which will cover a minimum of two chapters from Global Problems.
a. Quiz #1: Covers Chapter 1 & 2
b. Quiz #2: Covers Chapters 3 & 4
c. Quiz #3: Covers Chapters 5 & 6
d. Quiz #4: Covers Chapters 7 & 8
e. Quiz #5: Covers Chapters 9 & 10
f. Quiz #6: Covers Chapter 11 & 12

2. There will be a minimum of four home work assignments. These assignments must be typed and follow the guidelines for written assignments above. The homework assignments will correlate from readings assigned from the Solutions to Social Problems text. You will be graded according to the rules for typed papers, proper APA citation and reference list, and thoughtful in depth presentation of what you have read and the sociological ideas you have learned, and the completion of the guidelines outlined for each assignment.

3. There will be one final comprehensive exam which will cover all 12 chapters from the Global Problems text. Please retain your quizzes after grading to use as a study guide since some of the material may be integrated with new questions for the final exam. Final exam will consist of 50 multiple choice, fill-in the blank, true or false, and multiple response questions.

4. There will be a final paper required for this course. See below for paper guidelines.

5. In Class Participation: Grading for in class participation will be based on attendance, ability to answer questions when called upon for the readings assigned, and 100% compliance to in class rules including silencing cell phones.

Final Paper Guidelines: You will select a topic discussed from your Global Problems text book (see individual chapters) and write a paper which researches the topic specifically. 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 other academic works 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. This paper must be typed and follow the rules 100% for typed assignments. The paper requires a MINIMUM of 10 pages and does not include your cover page or your reference list. The paper requires a MINIMUM of 8 academic sources.


Point Allocation is as Follows:
Final Exam: 150 points
Final Assessment Paper: 150 points
Quizzes: 50 points each-total of 300 points
Homework: 50 points each total of 200 points
In Class Participation: 25 points per week-total of 200 points

Grading Distribution is as Follows:
Total Possible Points: 1000
A = 900 – 1000
B = 800 – 899
C = 700 – 799
D = 600 – 699
F = 599 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late assignments. All assignments turned in late will be penalized. FOR LATE ASSIGNMENTS YOU WILL LOSE 5 POINTS AUTOMATICALLY OFF OF YOUR FINAL GRADE FOR EACH DAY THAT IT IS LATE. No exceptions. If your assignment is late I recommend you e-mail it to me as soon as possible instead of waiting until the next class period to avoid losing further points.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Class Rules/Assignment Expectation & Guidelines:
Typing Guidelines
. All final assignments are to be typed. Assignments will be typed in 12 font, Times New Roman, with one inch margins, double spaced, with a cover page. All completed assignments including the final paper will be completed in APA style format. There are no exceptions on these guidelines. There are several sites on the APA format that can be referenced online-please see end of class schedule/syllabus.

Class rules
: ALL cell phones are to be turned to vibrate after class begins. No texting during class. First offense will receive a warning. The ensuing offenses will result in losing 25% percent of your in class participation grade for each offense. Students are expected to be respectful to each other during class discussion. Unruly/disruptive students will be asked to leave.

Missed quizzes
. If you are absent and miss a quiz, you have until the next class period to make up the quiz unless you have made other arrangements with the instructor. No exceptions…failure to make up a quiz by the next class period will result in a zero for a grade.

Reading assignments-Follow the schedule 100%. You are responsible for all readings assigned according the schedule. Assigned chapters and readings must be completed before class. You will be expected to have read the assigned readings and will be called on during class to discuss the readings and answer questions I pose to the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Sat.-Oct 27: Review of class schedule and expectations. Global Problems-Ch.1. Class; a World of Rich & Poor and Global Problems-Ch.2. Work: The Global Assembly Line. Quiz #1 (Chapter 1).

Sat.-Nov 03: Global Problems-Ch.3. Gender & Family: Overburdened Women and Displaced Men and Global Problems-Ch.4. Education: Access & Success. Quiz #2 (Chapters 2 & 3). Homework #1 Due.
Sat.-Nov 10: Global Problems-Ch.5. Crime: Fear in the Streets and Global Problems-Ch.6. War: States of Terror. Quiz #3 (Chapters 4 & 5). Homework #2 Due.
Sat.-Nov 17: Global Problems-Ch.7. Democracy and Human Rights: Having our Say. Global Problems-Ch.8. Ethnicity and Religion: Deep Roots and Unholy Hate. Quiz #4 (Chapters 6 & 7). Homework #3 Due.
Sat.-Nov 24: Global Problems-Ch.9. Urbanization: Cities without Limits. Global Problems-Ch.10. Population and Health: Only the Poor Die Young. Quiz #5 (Chapters 8 & 9).
Sat.-Dec 01: Solutions to Social Problems-Section 10: “International Health Systems: Physicians for a National Health Program”. Global Problems-Ch.11.Technology and Energy: Prometheus’s Fire or Pandora’s Box? Homework #4 Due.
Sat.-Dec 08: Global Problems-Ch.12. Ecology: How Much Can One Planet Take? Quiz #6 (Chapters 10 & 11).
Sat.-Dec 15: Final Exam. Final Paper Due.

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 95-96

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 95

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 98

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