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WBU SOCI 3304 - Syllabus

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WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY Fairbanks CampusSpring 2010Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and serviceto God and humankind. SOCI 3304- Social Problems (CRIJ/JUAD 3304) Instructor: Beth Durbin, MSWClass Time and Location: Monday 6:00 – 10:00 pm Bldg. 2623 Room 100We will meet for classes on Feb. 22, Mar. 1, 22, April 5, 19, May 3 Office Hours: By Appointment Contact Information: Office: 907-377-4398 Home: 907-490-6023Email: [email protected] Catalog Description: Social problems including causes, interrelationships, and program of ameliorations. Prerequisite: None, however SOCI 1301 is recommended Textbook: 1. Understanding Social Problems, 6th Edition, By L. Mooney, D. Knox & C. Schacht: 978-0-495-50428-3 2. Study Guide – Understanding Social Problems, 6th Edition by Lori Ann Fowler: 978-0-495-50855-7Course Outline: Social Problems will cover the identification, research, and theories regarding today’ social problems. The primary social problems we are facing nationally and globally will be discussed. Students will exam and present potential solutions to the problems. Course requirements: Your grade will be based on your performance on the following: Attendance/Participation: Regular attendance and participation are important and strongly encouraged to facilitate the learning process. Assigned reading is to be completed prior to sessions for which the reading was assigned.Discussion Board: Part of your attendance and participation is participating in the online discussions/activities. Assigned reading is to be completed prior to online interactive sessions forwhich the reading was assigned. At least one discussion question will be assigned per week that will require students to share their ideas and concepts with other students. Students are encouraged to share constructive information with the instructor and fellow classmates. Studentsare required to comment to the teacher’s discussion question by Wednesday at 9:00 pm (CST) and then respond to two other comments by Sunday at 11:59 pm (CST) to receive the full credit weekly. Homework: The homework is activities that come out of the Study Guide. The homework assignments need to be sent through digital drop box on Blackboard, emailed, faxed or brought toclass on the weeks we meet. If we are not meeting that week, your homework is due to me by midnight on Sunday of that week. Paper: For the paper select one of the social problems identified and discussed in the text book. Complete a 5 - 8 page paper on the history of the problem, research on the issue and propose possible solutions. The paper should be done in the simple APA format. Utilize at least 5 additional resources(the Wayland online library in a great source for the resources). Be creative inyour solutions, there does not have to be research to support them. Project: For your project, choose a movie that relates to one of the social problems we are discussing during the semester. Set up with the instructor a night we can view the movie as a class. Prepare a 2 – 3 page paper telling how this movie relates to the class and turn in the night your movie is viewed. Prior approval is a MUST.Exams: The exams will be multiple choice, short answer and essay questions. The midterm will cover chapters 1-7 and the final exam will cover chapters 8-16. This will be a proctored test with no book, notes, etc.Course Outcome Competencies: Upon successful completion of this course, each student will understand and be able to describe: - Define social problems from the major three sociological perspectives- Identify issues in society as it relates to wealth, social class, race/ethnicity and gender- Critically analyze social problems and their affect on society- Discuss strategies and interventions to decrease to ameliorate various social problemsMethod of determining course grade: Grade Weight: (based on 600 points possible) Class Participation: 50 points Paper: 100 points Project: 100 points Discussion Board: 50 points Homework: 100 points Mid Term: 100 points Final Exam: 100 pointsThe University has a standard grade scale:A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F= below 60, W = Withdrawal, WP = withdrew passing, WF = withdrew failing, I = incomplete. An incomplete may be given within the last two weeks of a long term or within the last two days of a microterm to a student who is passing, but has not completed a term paper, examination, or other required work for reasons beyond the student’s control. A grade of “incomplete” is changed if the work required is completed prior to thelast day of the next long (10 to 15 weeks) term, unless the instructor designates an earlier date for completion. If the work is not completed by the appropriate date, the I is converted to an F. Attendance Policy: Students will be in class on time. Attendance will be recorded with late arrivals and early departures noted. Absences of 25% or more of class meetings will result in a grade of F forthe course. It is the student's responsibility to inform the instructor of special extenuating circumstances (i.e., TDYs, family emergencies, etc.) that dictate a need to be absent from class. Instructor's policy on Academic Dishonesty: Intellectual, integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is also unethical and in some cases, illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism may result in an “F” in the course. Service for the Disabled: It is University policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under anyeducational program or activity in the University. Students should inform the instructor of existing disabilities at the first class meeting.Tentative Schedule: Feb 22: Week 1 - ClassIntroduction/Course ReviewReading Assignment: Chapter 1


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