North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology
Social Problems SOC-102
Office: Molstead 209, cubicle A. I am present only during office hours. Please make an appointment to see me through our course message area for a face to face conference.
E-mail: Use our Blackboard message tab because I check this multiple times during the day, Monday through Friday, and occassionally on week ends. Use the NIC e-mail only if you have difficulty using our course messaage function at firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to designate 101 online course in the subject box when using the NIC mail so your message will not get deleted as spam.
Because this is an online course only, there are no face to face meeting times or class times.
Online weekly "Office Hours": Thursdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
I am very willing to meet face to face with students at the NIC main campus Molstead 209 office, located to the left of the computer lab upstairs above the library, cubicle A by appointment. Thursdays would be the most open time avialable.
This course investigates the persistent problems of American society as they relate to values, attitudes, and social change. Application of sociological principles to the identification and analysis of selected problems will be consistently developed. SOC 102 fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week
Required Text: Macionis, John J. (2012). Social Problems, 4th Ed, census update.
New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 0-205-16491-9 or the older edition, 4th Ed, 2010, ISBN: 0-205-74900-3
If you do not have a text book yet, you may purchase one online at www.bookstore.nic.edu . Have your credit card ready. Text books are also available at the NIC library main desk to help you with assignments while your financial aid comes in or to help while waiting for your book if you have ordered online from the publisher or any other text book outlet.
Supplies: A computer with the appropriate browser settings for Blackbaord online learning is required. Make certain you have completed the browser check list found on your log-in page. All programs must have a green check mark in front of them. For any technical questions, please call our NIC Help Desk at 208-769- 3280
Through reading, completing assignments, weekly quizzes and midterm and final exams, students, upon completion of this course, will demonstrate their understanding of the following outcomes:
1.) Understand the theoretical and practical basis for social problems within the U.S. This will be measured through assignments, quizzes, and essay exams.
2.) Develop a sound explanatory framework for understanding the structural and functional social dilemmas we discuss. This will be measured through quizzes and assignments.
3.) Have a broader view of social problems in an increasingly complex global social world. This will be measured through assignments, quizzes and exams.
4.) Display an understanding and apply conceptual knowledge of both intended (manifest) and unintended (latent) domains of social problems in our society. This will be measured through quizzes, and assignments.
5.) Display knowledge of the conservative, liberal, and radical political interpretations of social problems in our society. This will be measured through assignment activities, quizzes, and exams.
Course Requirements and Grading:
Introductory Bonus Activities on the Welcome Page: must be completed the first week for attendance purposes! You will be marked absent from this course if a brief bio and instructor syllabus message and completion of an easy syllaby quiz is not completed by noon Thursday, 8/30. 1.) Brief bio posting in Welcome page. 2.) Instructor E-mail message within our course regarding the reading and understanding of the syllabus. 3.) Syllabus quiz found on the Welcome page. Note: Introductory activities must be completed by noon Thursday for attendance purposes! Introductory activities will earn 10 points total, with 5 points for the syllabus quiz, 3 points for a syllabus message to the instructor, and 2 points for posting your bio.
An assignment report choosing one question out of two requiring internet research. A summary of all relevant text book information on the topic you choose for each chapter must be provided, and inclusion of one hyperlink with a summary of the web article is required in your assignment posting for each chapter. You are expected to use university sites with .edu in the address, government sites with .gov in the address, poling sites such as the census, or organizational sites with .org in the address for each chapter's internet source. Only one web address and summary of the information for each chapter report is required. Each report is worth 30 points. Question answers over 15 chapters x 30 = 450 points possible.
YouTube video reaction summaries: View the YouTube video for each chapter and thoroughly summarize the content applying it to our text book's information. Provide your general reaction also. Each video summary is worth 20 points. 20 x 15 = 300 points possible.
Quizzes: will be made available with each chapter and will remain available until the end of our fall semester, 11:59 PM Thursday, December 20th. Each quiz has 10 true - false questions. A second chance to take the quiz is available for our first week only. Each quiz allows one hour for completion, so this should be plenty of time for everyone! Each quiz is worth 10 points. 15 quizzes at 10 points each = 150 points possible.
Midterm Exam: A fill in the blank exam with 20 questions. 20 x 1 = 20
Final Exam: A fill in the blank exam with 35 questions. 35 x 2 = 70
Total Number of Points Possible = 1000
Extra Credit: You may earn bonus points within your chapter report assignment each week if you can find an appropriate current events news article from sources such as the New York Times, Newsweek, Time Magazine, any newspaper such as the Spokesman Review or the Cd'A Press, or ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN or public television source. As much as 5 bonus points can be earned if you include the readable online article by posting the complete web address within your weekly report. You must also mention how this article is related to our chapter of the week, explaining in detail the sociological concept or social issue related to this news article. The challenge is to find an appropriate article related to the regularly scheduled week we are discussing within our Discussion Forum. Most extra credit reports earn 1 or 2 points only because the news article is not applied to an idea or concept within our chapter for that week.
Letter grades will be assigned based upon this percentage breakdown:
92.5-100% (925-1000 pts.) = A
89.5-92.4% (895-924 pts.) = A-
87.5-89.4% (875-894 pts.) = B+
82.5-87.4% (825-874 pts.) = B
79.5-82.4% (795-824 pts.) = B-
77.5-79.4% (775-794 pts.) = C+
72.5-77.4% (725-774 pts.) = C
69.5-72.4% (695-724 pts.) = C-
67.5-69.4% (675-694 pts.) = D+
62.5-67.4% (695-674 pts.) = D
Below 59.5%(595-and bellow) F
Strategies for Success
- Stay in contact with the instructor via the course e-mail if you have any questions or problems.
- Log-on at least once every day or two and read everything carefully. Since all on-line communication is written, you may find it's easy to get confused or behind, so stay current in your assignments as much as possible!
- Make paper copies of the syllabus and schedule, and assignment pages. Students tell us it's easier to refer to a paper copy than to log back on to check a small detail.
- Use the cookie crumbs (on the top toolbar) if you get lost and can't find your way back to a page.
- Stay focused and motivated! This requires a great deal of self-discipline!
- Use a thumb drive to keep your reports on in case of a malfunction within Blackboard. You can always post your report again if something happens that your report is not saved within the discussion forum.
- Stay on schedule. Don't get further than one week behind in your assignments. You will find it very difficult to catch up and to participate in the discussion forum. Maximum learning in this class requires that you participate with your classmates each week. If you are behind, where is the participation??? (Assignments will be docked 20% from your original grade if posted the following week without a valid and excused reason.)
- Keep a good sense of humor!!! The learning curve can be steep at first. If you expect mishaps, computer glitches, and a little confusion, then you will enjoy this class without too much undo stress!
- Send comments and questions through our course message area . Whenever points are unclear or contradict each other, or there are points you do not understand be certain to raise them by sending your questions to me by course e-mail or by calling me (665-5078) or setting up an appointment to visit me in Molstead Hall, above the Library, room 209.
Feedback Response Time: Students can expect the instructor to respond to their e-mail questions within a 24 hour period of time Monday through Friday. In general, this instructor checks into the course at least twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon. The only time this is not valid is when the instructor is away at conferences, and she will let you know how long she may be out of contact. Weekends are generally not work days, but the instructor always checks in at least once to see if there are any urgent e-mails or messages that need to be answered.
Attendance: Attendance during the first week of class is essential in order to avoid being dropped from this course. Attendance will be determined by your participation in our Welcome area of the course as well as the first two chapters in the Week One Learning Module. Attendance will mean that you have posted a bio, sent the instructor a course e-mail message after having read the syllabus and agree to the policies, and have completed the syllabus practice quiz. These three activities must be complted by noon Thursday, 8/30 for attendance records! Completion of the first two chapters is also required the first week. Late assignments will only be accepted one week behind the scheduled week, so do your best to keep up. The registrar's date for dropping students for non attendance for fall semsester courses is Thursday, 9/6.
Course Problems: If you are experiencing any technical computer problems, please call the NIC help desk at 208-769-3280 or use the Blackboard Help function on the sidebar. There are certain problems that I can help you with, but if you have any problems with instruction, please make an appointment to see me. I am very open to discussion. Please keep in mind that I am here to help you to the best of my ability---Your education is very important to me!
Assistance: Please use the course message area to contact me privately. I am more than willing to help or assist students on material presented that they do not understand. If you do not feel like bringing something up in the Q and A discussion area for clarification, I encourage you to send me a private message through our course or call me at 208-665-5078 at my office, or make an appointment to see me in Molstead 209.
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated! Anyone caught violating this policy will receive a grade of F for the course.
Late Work: Make every effort to stay on track each week. I will allow one week later than the week we will be discussing, and no later. In other words, if you are consistently more than one week behind, please drop this class by filling out a withdrawal card at the registrar's office. Starting with Week 3 assignments, I will penalize late postings 20% from your original score without a valid excuse. Assignments are accessible by noon on Monday the week before and are due by noon on Monday of the following week they are assigned. Students will not lose points if they have a valid excuse for not getting their work in on time. However, this is not something to be abused! As your monitor/instructor, I will have to stop believing the excuses and start docking points. All assignments for summare session MUST be completed no later than the last day of class, Thursday, December 20th!
Extra Credit: A chance to earn bonus points (5 maximum) each week can be accomplished by posting a current news event article related to the topics of the week. In order to earn all 5 points, you must include the web address of the news article and provide a complete summary and explanation of how the article fits with our chapter this week. Information must be specific and thoroughly described.
Withdrawal: Withdrawal from the Fall 2012 semester courses or from college must be completed by 5:00 PM Monday, November 12th. The last day to receive 100% refund on the course if you decide to withdraw early is Friday, September 7th, 2012. This instructor does not withdraw students! You must go to the registrar's office and sign a paper saying you would like to withdraw from this class. If you do not do this before November 12th, the last day to resign from courses, a grade of F will be given for the course is assignments are not satisfactorily completed. There are no Incomplete grades in this class!!
Important Note: This instructor does not withdraw students, nor does she give grades of Incomplete. Students must go to the registrar's office and fill out a withdrawal card before November 12th in order to avoid a grade of F for the semester.
Please also Note: The instructor reserves the right to change or amend this syllabus or the class schedule in the event of extenuating circumstances. Sufficient notice will be provided when and if this occurs.
Week 1: 8/27 to 9/2
Introductory activities: Post a bio in the Welcome area and send a message to the instructor after reading the syllabus to let her know you have read it and agree to the policies. Complete the syllabus quiz. These are mandatory for attendance purposes and will earn you 10 points! Complete by noon Thursday, 8/30! Continue to the Lessons page for our Week one, chapter 1 activities and assignments which must be completed before the end of our week.
Complete a chapter report, a video summary, and quiz for each chapter per week.
Chapter 1: Sociology: Studying Social Problems
Week 2: 9/3 to 9/9
Chapter 2: Poverty and Wealth
Week 3: 9/10 to 9/16
Chapter 3: Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Week 4: 9/17 to 9/23
Chapter 4: Gender Inequality
Week 5: 9/24 to 9/30
Chapter 5: Aging and Inequality
Week 6: 10/1 to 10/7
Chapter 6: Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice
Week 7: 10/8 to 10/14
Chapter 7: Sexuality and a 20 question fill in the blank miterm exam
Week 8: 10/15 to 10/21
Chapter 8: Alcohol and Other Drugs
Week 9: 10/22 to 10/28
Chapter 9: Physical and Mental Health
Week 10: 10/29 to 11/4
Chapter 10: Economy and Politics
Week 11: 11/5 to 11/11
Chapter 12: Family Life
Week 12: 11/12 to 11/18
Chapter 13: Education
Week 13: 11/19 to 11/25
Thanksgiving Vacation: No activities and assignments!
Week 14: 11/26 to 12/2
Chapter 15: Population and Global Inequality
Week 15: 12/3 to 12/9
Chapter 16: Technology and the Environment
Week 16: 12/10 to 12/16
Chapter 17: War and Terrorism
Week 17: 12/17 to 12/20
Final Exam: Finish late assignments and complete the final fill in the blank exam of 35 questions worth 2 points each for a total of 70 points. Every late assignment and the final exam MUST be completed by noon Thursday, 12/20!
For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.
North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts. For a complete description, please see: http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf
Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance. Phone: 208-769-5947To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.
For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: http://www.nic.edu/policy/
As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.
Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities. Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access.
If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor. Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.
By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.
If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.
Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes for the fall term: November 12, 2012. The last day for 100 percent refund for spring semester is Friday, September 7, 2012.
Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.
Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid. See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1336
Additional withdrawal information: http://www.nic.edu/catalog
An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length). Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury. Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session. If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency. The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.
All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session. If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.
Discrimination and Harassment
North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind. For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.
DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT: By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.
DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE: You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.