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Coeur d'Alene · Social & Behavioral Sciences · Sociology

Social Problems

  • Fall 2012
  • Section Sections 1 and 2
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/15/2012
  • Modified 08/22/2012

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This course provides a study of the nature, cause, treatment, and prevention of patterns of emotional disturbance and personality disorganization. It introduces the major categories of mental disorders as defined in the DSMIVR. This course will not fulfill a requirement for the A.A. or A.S. degree and may not be transferable. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Psyc 211 Outcomes:

1. Student is able to define what behaviors are abnormal and how such definitions developed.
2. Student is able to explain the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural causes of abnormality.
3. Student can explain the major methods of assessment used by mental health professionals to identify types of mental disorders.
4. Student understands the etiology and treatments available for mental health disorders.
5. Student can apply critical thinking skills to distinguish between myth and fact in information about abnormal behavior.
6. Student is aware of the major legal issues as they apply to people with mental disorders. These include, but are not limited to, hospitalization, involuntary hospitalization, the rights of mental health patients, and treatment.

Outcomes are measured by any of the following: classroom participation, exams, in-class group activities, and papers.

Psyc 211 Abilities:

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: Student analyzes and evaluates information and arguments, and constructs a well-supported argument.
Historical, Cultural & Global Awareness: Student demonstrates a basic understanding of diverse cultural views and the impact of these views on local and national events.
Social Responsibility/Citizenship: Student demonstrates awareness of the relationship that exist between an individual and social groups and/or private/public institutions, the nature of these relationships, and the responsibilities and consequences that result from change in these relationships.
Scientific Reasoning: Student will demonstrate the ability to apply scientific reasoning to investigate and to solve problems.
Abilities are measured by any of the following: classroom participation, exams, in-class group activities, and papers.

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       Fall Semester 2012


Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences

   Syllabus – Social Problems 102 – Sec. 01/02

                                    Instructor: Ken Ostaszewski, M.A., C.C.C.J.S.

National Association of Forensic Counselors

Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist

   Office: M.H.S. 145  Phone: 769-3322

Office hours: 11:00am–12:00pm (by appt)

                                                       [email protected]


Course Information:

Credit: 3.0 credit hours.

Course type: Lecture and group/collaborative discussion and participation.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, however it would be helpful if you have completed Sociology 101 prior to this course.

Required textbook:

Mooney, Knox, Schacht – Understanding Social Problems  8th  Ed. 2013 -Wadsworth

ISBN # 978-0-8400-3156-3

Supplies: No special supplies are required, however as all written work is to be typewritten, access to a word processor or computer is required

Caveats: No special restrictions or requirements not typically associated with academic coursework

Course Description: 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.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course students will be able to do the following:

1. Understand the difference between personal and social problems and how these     

    differences affect our understanding of social problems.

2. Discuss the processes involved in social interaction, its impact on social structures and

    social change, and the socialization process.

3. Describe the nature of culture and its diversity within theUnited States and

    internationally. Display an understanding of issues surrounding cultural diversity and   

    an understanding of cultural backgrounds different from their own.

4. Describe the basic structures and functions of several social institutions, such as

    family, economics, education, religion, and politics.

5. Explain the basic elements of ecology, and describe how urbanization and population

    changes, influences the social and physical environment.

6. Describe the properties and processes common to behavior called “deviant” and the

    mechanism of social control that may be applied.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes: Your abilities to do this will be measured through class discussion, periodic exams, essays, and/or quizzes.

General Education Abilities:

The cumulative outcome of the course objectives will include the following general education abilities addressed as follows:


  1. 1.     Historical, Cultural, Environmental and Global Awareness: The world is becoming smaller and more cultures are coming into contact than ever before. In this course, you will not only learn more about our society but other cultures as well and how they are connected to the larger socio-historical, global whole. In the process of taking this course, you will gain a broader understanding of the similarities and differences between people from around the world—and within our own culture as well. You will compare cultural patterns that affect or are affected by social problems and explore population growth, war, and environmental problems posing a threat to our existence.
  2. 2.     Scientific Reasoning: This class requires the ability to organize, develop, and integrate one’s own ideas, beliefs and feelings, within an appropriate framework, i.e. readings, questions, answers, and comments exchanged in class regarding the various topics chosen for manner at all times, in spite of differences of ideals and moral values. Good communication requires a respectful, courteous manner at all times, in spite of differences of ideals and moral values.
  3. 3.     Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: At times during the course of the semester, you will be presented with multiple—and perhaps even contradictory explanations regarding issues surrounding social and cultural phenomena. You will need to understand the different perspectives offered and demonstrate the ability to critically apply the different perspectives put forth in this class.  

      Assessment of General Education Abilities: Your ability to do this will be  measured through class discussion, periodic exams, essays, and/or quizzes.

Course Requirements:

  1. 1.               2 hours of study for each class hour. Therefore, a minimum of 6 hours of study time will be required each week outside of class.
  2. 2.               Five Examinations covering material from the reading and lectures will be given. The questions will be multiple-choice. There will not be comprehensive exams in the course. The examinations will cover the material since the last exam.
  3. 3.               There will be no make-up exams. You must attend class and take your exams at the scheduled time on your syllabus.

       4.         No incompletes are assigned in this class!        

Evaluation and Grading:

Grades can be computed at any point in the course by dividing points earned by points possible [Ex. 240/275 = 87%].  Percentages are as follows:

A         = 93%             C+      = 77%             F = Below 63%

A-        = 90%             C        = 73%

B+       = 87%             C-       = 70%

B         = 83%             D+      = 67%

B-        = 80%             D        = 63%

Point System:

Examinations (Five)                                                   = 225 points

Class Discussion and Participation                            =   50 points

Total                                                                           = 275 points

Attendance Policy:  Attendance will have a direct bearing upon your grade in the following way. It will affect your grade on participation in class discussions and you may miss important information or changes to the schedule. You are responsible to obtain class notes of information missed during an absence.

Evaluation of participation will include: Attendance and preparedness for class

(i.e., reading material before class); attention during class, effort made during class to assimilate material, participation in discussions, promptness, and courtesy during class discussions

Classroom Behavior:

Cell phones and pagers will not be permitted in class.

Each student should show manners and consideration for others in the classroom. This is particularly important when we are discussing controversial issues. If your classroom behavior becomes a problem you can be dropped from the class.

Disability Statement:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, NIC provides services and accommodations to students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional,

physical  mobility, visual or hearing disabilities. For more information please contact

The Center for Educational Access in theCollegeSkillsCenter, LKH 135.

Telephone 769-5947.


                                          Fall Semester – 2012

                                      Tentative Course Schedule     

                          Social Problems 102 – Sec. 01/ 02

              Mon/Wed 9:00am–10:15am & 10:30am-11:15am M.H.S. 113

                          Instructor: Ken Ostaszewski, M.A., C.C.C., J.S.

                           National Association of Forensic Counselors     

                           Certified Clinical Criminal Justice Specialist

                                 Office: M.H.S. 145  Phone 769-3322

                                 Office hours: 11:am – 12:pm (by appt.)

                                                  [email protected]

Tentative Course Date      Test/Assignment/Lecture Topic     Assignment/Reading

Aug 22 (Mon)                        Introduction

Aug 24 (Wed)                        Thinking About Social Problems                   Chapter 2 

Aug 29 (Mon)                        Illness and the Health Care Crisis              Chapter 2       

Sept 31 (Wed)                         Alcohol and Other Drugs                               Chapter 3

Sept 05 (Mon)                        Labor Day Holiday – Campus Closed          

Sept 07 (Wed)                         Alcohol and Other Drugs             Chapter 3                                

Sept 12 (Mon)                        Test # 1 – Chapters 1, 2, 3 – No make up Exams!

Sept 14 (Wed)                        Crime and Social Control                             

 Chapter 4                                   

Sept 19 (Mon)                         Crime and Social Control                  Chapter 4       

Sept 21 (Wed)                        Family Problems              Chapter 5                                                         

Sept 26 (Mon)                        Family Problems                                            Chapter 5

Sept 28 (Wed                          Poverty and Economic Inequality                  Chapter 6

Oct  03 (Mon)                         Poverty and Economic Inequality                  Chapter 6            

Oct  05 (Wed)                                    Test # 2 - Chapters 4, 5, 6 – No make up Exams!                                                                             

Oct  10 (Mon)                         Work and Unemployment                              Chapter 7       

Oct  12 (Wed)                         Problems in Education                                   Chapter 8                  

Oct 17 (Mon)                          Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration                  Chapter 9

Oct 19 (Wed)                          Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration                  Chapter 9  

Oct 24 (Mon)                         Test # 3 - Chapters 7, 8, 9 No make up Exams! 

Oct 25 (Tue)                           Advising Day – No Day Classes scheduled

Oct 26 (Wed)                          Gender Inequality                                           Chapter 10                                 

Oct  31 (Mon)                         Issues in Sexual Orientation                          Chapter 11   

Nov 02 (Wed)                         Issues in Sexual Orientation                          Chapter 11    

Nov 07 (Mon)                         Last day to withdraw from class.


Nov 07 (Mon)                         Population Growth and Urbanization                        Chapter 12

Nov 09 (Wed)                         Test # 4 – Chapters 10, 11, 12 No Make up Exams!


Nov 14 (Mon)                         Environmental Problems                               Chapter 13

Nov 16 (Wed)                         Science and Technology                                Chapter 14


Nov 21 (Mon)                         Class Canceled for the Holidays!                                                                      

Nov 23 - 25                             Thanksgiving Holiday – Campus Closed

Nov 28 (Mon)                         Conflict, War, and Terrorism                        Chapter 15

Dec 30 (Wed)                         Conflict, War, and Terrorism                        Chapter 15                                              

Dec 05 (Mon)                         Test # 5 - Chapters 13,14, 15  No make up Exams!

Dec 07 (Wed)                         Test # 5 – chapters 13,14, 15  No make up Exams!

Dec 09 (Fri)                            Curriculum Day – No Day Classes Scheduled


Dec 12 -15                              Final Exam Week –  Study!


Dec 26-30                               Holiday Break – Campus Closed





Division Policies

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: 

Academic Dishonesty
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:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
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.

Student Responsibility
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:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To 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: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

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 7, 2011. 

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:

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:

Additional withdrawal information:


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.

Institutional Statement

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.