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SOCIAL PROBLEMS SYLLABUS “Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior mind exists in torture.” –Charles H. Cooley Rachel Ridnor Sociology 2 [email protected] COURSE DESCRIPTION: Addresses some of the most compelling social problems in society and discusses the diverse contributions sociology has made to the understanding of complex social issues. STUDENT-LEARNING OUTCOMES: 1) Identify specific social problems and their cause-effect patterns. 2) Identify current research methods that are utilized for the investigation of social problems. 3) Compare and contrast various social problem programs and/or treatments in terms of their effectiveness. 4) Apply the three main social theories to various social problems in society. 5) Critically evaluate the proposed ways to alleviate the major social problems facing society today. 6) Identify whether a specific social problem is being evaluated from a micro or macro perspective. GOALS: 1) Explain how social problems interact and reacts with the larger society. 2) Utilize class concepts to support your opinions about social problems. 3) Describe key concepts in each unit and make connections between the concepts in different units. 4) Use sociological theories and concepts from class either to analyze your service learning experience. READINGS: 1) Text: Social Problems 3rd edition, 2008, John J. Macionis ISBN 0132433397 (Any edition is fine!) * I suggest looking for it at http://www.dealoz.com/ 2) Blackboard Readings/Video: See Blackboard (Course Content, Handouts, Online Reading/Video) • “Sicko” • Preparing for Power • Savage Inequalities 3) Optional: This is extra information that includes my Sociology in the Media Blog http://sociologyinthemedia.wordpress.com, Sexual Orientation quiz, Freegans, & more. See Blackboard (Course Content, Handouts, Just for Fun) CLASS REQUIREMENTS: 1) Attendance/Participation: 30 points • Attendance: (20 points) Regular attendance is vital to success in this class, Potential Test Question(s) will be Given at the Beginning of Every Classo and attendance will be taken at the end of every class. Lastly, each student can miss 1 class without any penalty. Note 1:o If you miss class, it is your responsibility to get caught up from a classmate. Note 2: It is your responsibility to drop the class officially if needed. • Participation: (10 points) You can earn points by confirming the Learning Agreement See Blackboard (under Assignments) , and doing in class practice exercises. 2) Exams: EachThere will be 1 midterm, and 1 final. They will consist of multiple-choice questions and some short answer questions. A study guide will be posted 2 weeks before each exam. is worth 40 points3) Discussion Board Prompts: Each is worth 20 points • You will need to complete 2 discussion board prompts (see course outline for dates) about some social problem issues. You will use class concepts to make arguments about the various issues. More details are available on blackboard. See Blackboard (under Discussion Board) 4) Service Learning Project: 50 points • In this activity you have a chance to apply the knowledge you have learned this semester and use it to discuss your experience participating in 12-hours of community service. Extensive details on Blackboard See Blackboard (under Assignments) 5) Extra Credit Media Clips Board: 4 Points (Max) • You can earn this by posting a link to an online video clip with an explanation of how it relates to something in lecture on the Extra Credit Video clip discussion board. Each clip is worth 2 points. Your clip cannot be something shown in class or already posted by somebody else on the forum. See Blackboard (under Discussion Board) Grading Summary Attendance & Participation 30 points 15% Discussion Board Prompts 40 points 20% Service Learning Project 50 points 25% Midterm 40 points 20% Final 40 points 20% 200 points 100% Grading Scale A = 180 - 200 points 90 - 100% B = 160 - 179 points 80 - 89% C = 140 - 159 points 70 - 79% D = 120 - 139 points 60 - 69% F = 119 & below 59% & below • Late Papers and Assignments: 3 points will be taken from the final score of an assignment for each class meeting in which papers or assignments are late. • Redoing Assignments: Under NO circumstances can you redo an assignment, since it would be unfair to others. • Make-up Exams, Extensions, or Taking an Exam Early?: None of these are an option. There is another option that I give ONLY for excused absences, which must include DOCUMENTED illnesses (doctor’s note required, if you do not have a doctor you can go to the Student Health Center) or emergencies (i.e. accidents with a police or emergency room report). I must approve these before we can discuss another option. If I do not approve you the other option, you will receive a zero on the exams. Remember oversleeping or a family vacation will not be approved. • Submissions: Take home assignments must be typed, double-spaced with 12-point font. • Borderline Grades: If a student receives a % grade that has a 9 with some decimals trailing it, I will round your grade up ONLY IF THE STUDENT HAS AN ATTENDANCE RECORD HIGHER THAN THE CLASS AVERAGE. Thus if you have not done this I will not be able to round your grade up even if it ends with 9.99999. If a student has a score that ends with a 9 with no decimals, you will not be considered for a grade round up, n exceptions. • Disabilities: If you have a disability that may impede your ability to successfully complete this course, you should contact the Special Services Center (949-582-4833) BY THE FIRST WEEK OF THIS COURSE . Their staff will assist you in arranging accommodations that can help you meet course requirements.STUDENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES: • Opinions Welcome and Encouraged: This class will be a safe place where you can share their opinions and ask questions without fear of reproach. I feel so strongly that you share your opinions in class that I will not share mine. Multiple viewpoints are presented in class (I never say what my view on them is) for you to evaluate. • Create a Respectful Environment: Since you are safe to share ANY viewpoint, you would like as long as it is done in a respectful manner. I have a


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