SO304 Social Problems

for U1QQ 2013

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SO 304 Social Problems


U1QQ 2013 HI


Drake, Sara M.


Adjunct Instructor


Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Master of Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts, History

Other Phone



Semester Dates

June 3 - Jul 28 2013

Class Days


Class Time

7:30 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours


Eitzen, D.S. (2009). Solutions to Social Problems: Lessons from Other Societies (5th Edition). Pearson Publishing. ISBN: 978-0205698349

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Course Description:
SO304 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 and extensive class discussions.

Class Assessment:

6 esssays X 20 points
6 discussion preparation X 20 points
Participation X 30 points

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

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Papers are expected on time and late submission of the paper will result in a loss of 5 pts per day. Students who have discussion materials prepared must attend on the day they selected to discuss those materials, emergency absences will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

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 Reading Assingment
1: Jun 4/6 Part I
2: Jun 11/13 Section 2 and 3 Essay/Discussion Prep
3: Jun 18/20 Section 4 and 5 Essay/Discussion Prep
4: Jun 25/27 Section 6 and 7 Essay/Discussion Prep
5: Jul 2/4 Section 8 and 9 Essay/Discussion Prep
6: Jul 9/11 Section 10 and 11 Essay/Discussion Prep
7: Jul 16/18 Section 12 and 13 Essay/Discussion Prep
8: Jul: 23/25 Section 14 Essay/Discussion Prep

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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