North Idaho College • Coeur d' Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Sociology
Social Problems SOC-102
Course Description: This introductory course presents the fundamental principles affecting human social systems. The concepts of traditional as well as contemporary theorists will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the forces governing groups and the conditions that transform social life. This course fulfills a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. 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.
Macionis, John J. (2008). Social Problems, 4 edition New Jersey: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 10: 0205749003
Supplies: A computer with the appropriate browser settings for Blackboard 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.
Learning Outcomes & Assessment
Through reading, completing assignments, and participating in our discussion forums, 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 forum activities, 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 forum activities, quizzes, and assignments.
3. Have a broader view of social problems in an increasingly complex global social world. This will be measured through forum activities, responses, and assignments.
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 forum activities, 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 forum activities, quizzes, and assignments.
6. Develop a desire to become more active in society to help improve some of our society's social problems. This will be measured through forum discussions.
Learning Outcomes and Assessment
1. Through reading, completing assignments, and participating in our discussion forums, students, upon completion of this course, will demonstrate their understanding of the following outcomes:
2. Understand the theoretical and practical basis for social problems within the U.S. This will be measured through forum activities, quizzes, and essay exams.
3. Develop a sound explanatory framework for understanding the structural and functional social dilemmas we discuss. This will be measured through forum activities, quizzes, and assignments.
4. Have a broader view of social problems in an increasingly complex global social world. This will be measured through forum activities, responses, and assignments.
5. 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 forum activities, quizzes, and assignments.
6. Display knowledge of the conservative, liberal, and radical political interpretations of social problems in our society. This will be measured through forum activities, quizzes, and assignments.
7. Develop a desire to become more active in society to help improve some of our society's social problems. This will be measured through forum discussions.
Course Requirements and Grading
Weekly Discussion Questions: 14 weeks at 20 points each week = 280 points
Weekly Discussion Participation: You are expected to react/respond to the weekly postings of others a minimum of 2 times per week 14 weeks at 10 points per week = 140 points
Note: Weekly discussion questions and weekly discussion participation total up to 420 points
Weekly Quizzes: 14 quizzes worth 15 points each = 210 points
Exams: 2 exams worth 100 points each = 200 points
Total Number of Points Possible = 830
Letter grades will be assigned based upon this percentage breakdown:
92.5-100% = A
90.0-92.4% = A-
87.5-89.9% = B+
82.5-87.4% = B
80.0-82.4% = B-
77.5-79.9% = C+
72.5-77.4% = C
70.0-72.4% = C-
67.5-69.9% = D+
60.0-67.4% = D
Below 60.0% = F
Instead of a lecture format where you need to attend class, we will be relying on an interactive discussion format, where you log on, compose and post your personal response regarding issues related to the chapter assigned for each week, look at what others have written, and personally comment on the postings of others in the course. You can log on at any time of the day or night to do this. The topics for each of the weekly discussions can be found in the Lessons page of this course.
Weekly discussions have 2 components: (1) Your written personal response to the chapter discussion assignment and (2) participation, which are your written reactions to the postings of other students each week. Each week's discussion can be found in the Weekly Discussions folder for each of the weeks in this course (accessible from the "Main Page" page of the course to the left column).
Late Weekly Discussion Assignments: Please no late assignments, you have a week to do it all, so that should be plenty of time.
Quizzes can be found in Quizzes/Exams folder for each of the weeks of this course. The Quiz folder can be found on the Left Columns on the Main Page for this course. Quizzes will be based only on the reading material assigned the particularly week they occur and are intended to help you keep up with your reading assignments. Quizzes consist of true-false, multiple choice questions and will not be difficult providing you have read the material assigned for that week.
Quizzes can only be taken sometime during the week that particular chapters are assigned. This week-long window should allow you to take the quiz at a time that works for your schedule. You will have up to 2 times at doing each quiz, allowing you to improve your score (only the highest score is counted). Each quiz is timed and will only allow its completion within a certain number of minutes (if you do not complete it within the allotted time you will be scored only on what you have completed). What this means is that if you haven't read the material and intend to take a quiz thinking you can look up the answers as you go, you will find yourself running out of time for the quiz--you will not succeed on these unless you have read the material ahead of time. The amount of time allotted for the completion of each quiz is 20 minutes. A student that has read the material should be able to easily complete the quiz in this time. Note: quiz questions and their order are selected at random by the computer program used for the quizzes in this course. This means that the quiz you retake will not be the same as the first time you took it, though it covers the same material.
There will be a total of 2 exams given in this course worth 100 points each. The final exam will not be comprehensive and will carry the same weight as the other exam. Both exams will consist of multiple choice questions (neither quizzes nor exams have essay questions--the weekly discussions provide enough essay type assignments in this course). Exams will be accessible from the course "Quizzes/Exams" page for a one week period of time in which you get to choose the one hour block in which to do the exam. Exams are randomly computer generated from a pool of questions covering the material...this means that each person's exam will be different, though the same material is covered. Because of this, I do not require people to come in to take proctored exams--exams can be taken from your home or wherever and are open-text (though open-text, if you have not read the material and studied for the exam you will not do well...1 hour is not enough time to try to look up all of the answers for the 100 multiple choice questions in these exams). You will be allowed up to two attempts on each exam, the highest score of which will be the one that counts. Because the exams are randomly generated, the exam for your second attempt will differ from the exam of your first attempt (and the third attempt will differ from your second attempt), though the same material is covered.
Late exams: The exams have a whole week in which you can choose a time to do them. If you cannot do an exam during this time you need to contact the instructor, providing a reasonable excuse in order for an extension to be granted and a makeup opportunity to be set up (when I say "excusable reason," I mean that it will need to be something very serious or important...). Extensions will only be granted if you communicate with the instructor prior to the regular time allotted for the exam expiring. Keep in mind that you are given a week in which to complete the exam, which is plenty of time to be able to do the exam on time. Waiting until the last moment to try to do the exam risks failing the exam (in addition, waiting until the last minute will not give you an opportunity to retake the exam to improve your score). I will not grant an extension for second or third attempts on the exam (if you waited until the last minute to do the exam and have done poorly, that is your fault).
Soc 102-5 -- Introduction to Social problems
Online – Fall 2012
Week 1 (8/27-9/2): Reading: Chapter 1 Sociology: Studying Social Problems
Week 2 (9/3-9/9): Reading: Chapter 2 Poverty and Wealth
Week 3 (9/10-9/16): Reading: Chapter 3 Racial and Ethnic Inequality
Week 4 (9/17-9/23): Reading: Chapter 4 Gender Inequality
Week 5 (9/24-9/30): Reading: Chapter 5 Aging and Inequality
Week 6 (10/1-10/7): Reading: Chapter 6 Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice
Week 7 (10/8-10/14): Reading: Chapter 7 Sexuality
Week 8 (10/15 to 10/19): Midterm Week Ch. 1-8 100 points NO Discussion this week Reading: Chapter 8 Alcohol and Other Drugs
Week 9 (10/22-10/28): Reading: Chapter 9 Physical and Mental Health
Week 10 (10/29-11/4): Reading: Chapter 10 Economy and Politics
Week 11 (11/5-11/11): Reading: Chapter 11 Work and the Workplace
Week 12 (11/12-11/18): Reading: Chapter 12 Family Life
Week 13 (11/19 to 11/25): THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY NO ASSIGNMENTS
Week 14(11/26-12/2): Reading: Chapter 13 Education
Week 15(12/3-12/9): Reading: Chapter 14 Urban Life
Week 16(12/10-12/16): Reading: Chapter 15 Population and Global Inequality
WEEK 17: (12/17 to 12/20) Final Exam Ch. 9 – 16 100 points No Discussion this week (Reading: Chapter 16 Technology and the Environment).
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Students who do not attend or stop attending a class for which they have registered and do not officially withdraw from the class may receive a grade of F.
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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.
The last day to withdraw from regular length Fall 2012 semester classes is 11/12/12. The last day to withdraw for a 100% refund is 9/7/12. Please note that instructors have the right to withdraw students for disruptive behavior.
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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.
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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, 665-4520, or
Course Withdrawal Information
Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal, Course Withdrawal, and Tuition Payment Information:
The last day for students to withdraw from classes the Fall term is November 12, 2012. 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.
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