Room: HH-214 College Year: 2014 Professor Name: Russell Long
Semester: Spring Office Location: HH-216
Phone Contact: 698-1627
DMC Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
COURSE MATERIAL CAN BE FOUND AT: http://dmc122011.delmar.edu/socsci/rlong/ OFFICE HOURS: Monday – 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Tuesday – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
Wednesday – 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Thursday – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM Virtual Office Hours: 7 to 8 PM, Monday thru Thursday Please note: I will be on-line often throughout the day. I will simply make it a point to be at my P.C. during my virtual office hours. You can send me e-mails during this time and I will answer them in short order. COURSE DESCRIPTION: An analysis of major problems of contemporary society, including the social causes of these problems and the public policy consequences of solutions. Topics include inequality, crime and violence, substance abuse, deviance and family problems. Assessment Levels: R3, E3, M1.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
After successful completion of this course the student should be able to ...
1. Identify and employ various research designs and their appropriate application to the study of social life.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the major theoretical perspectives employed in the discipline.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how social class affects individual life chances.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of social structure and how it shapes and influences social interactions.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of cross-cultural differences and an understanding of the importance of cultural context.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE SUBJECT MATTER OF LECTURES OR DISCUSSIONS BY WEEK: Week 1
The Sociological Approach to Social Problems - Chapter 1
Wealth and Power: The Bias of the System - Chapter 2
World Population and Global Inequality - Chapter 3
Myths of Hunger
Threats to the Environment - Chapter 4
Demographic Changes in the U.S.: The Browning and Graying of Society - Chapter 5
Urban Problems in the United States - Chapter 6
Poverty - Chapter 7
Racial and Ethnic Inequality - Chapter 8
Gender Inequality - Chapter 9
Sexual Orientation - Chapter 10
Drugs - Chapter 13
Work - Chapter 14
Family - Chapter 15
Education - Chapter 16
A Progressive Plan to Solve Society's Social Problems - Chapter 19
Test 5 and Final
The order of the topics, as well as the topics themselves, is subject to change depending on the requirements of each professor. Students should consult the class syllabus provided them on the first day of class.
LIST OF TEXTBOOK(S) AND REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED READINGS. Social Problems, by D. Stanley Eitzen, Maxine Baca-Zinn, and Kelly Eitzen Smith, (12th Ed.) (2011), Pearson Publishing.
Lecture Notes: Found at http://www.delmar.edu/socsci/rlong/problems/lecture-notes-1306.htm TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS: Students are expected to regularly check their DMC email. In addition online resources are available through www.delmar.edu.
ADDITIONAL MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES REQUIRED: None
METHODS OF EVALUATION: Evaluation is based on tests, papers, and a final.
There are five equal weight exams. Each test is worth 15 percent of your grade. The five tests together represent 75 percent of the course grade.
Test 1 – January 30
Test 2 – February 18
Test 3 – March 18
Test 4 – April 8
Test 5 – April 29
Extra Credit: Students may add five points to their test score by writing a reaction paper to films posted on my Social Issues Page. All films are flagged with “[Video].”
Reaction papers represent 15 percent of your final grade. Students receive grades equal to 3.75 percent of their final grade for each reaction paper for a total of 15 percent. Students who don’t write reaction papers receive a zero.
Paper 1 – January 23
Paper 2 – February 13
Paper 3 – March 6
Paper 4 – March 27
Final (Concepts Test):
The concepts-test is your Final Exam and is worth 10 percent of your final grade.
Final dates: Thursday, TBA
DROP DEADLINE: April 21 EXPECTED CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE: Please review the Policy of Del Mar College on Scholastic Dishonesty found at http://www.delmar.edu/engl/instruct/jcrisp/common/plagdmc.html
I encourage students to attend all class sessions. I may drop students with excessive absences. Absences do not relieve students from the responsibility for missed assignments and exams. Students must take the initiative in arranging with their instructor to make up missed work.
Students have the opportunity to earn extra credit points through class attendance. Students can earn up to 4 points that will be added to their final average. Essentially, students earn 0.143 points (approximately) for each day they attend class. Introductory Sociology meets 28 days. The extra credit points are determined by multiplying the number of days the student is present in class by 0.143. For example:
Please save copies of all quizzes, papers, projects, correspondence, and other assignments. This is especially important when contesting grades. In the absence of your papers, the instructor’s records will be considered correct.
I will not give students a hard time if they are late for class. Note, however, that if I take attendance, I will do so at the beginning of the class. If a student misses roll call, I count them as absent.
I provide numerous opportunities to make up work. Students should make every effort to keep up with the class schedule. I tend to drop students who fall two, or more, assignments behind (An assignment can be any combination of tests and group project reports). If a student misses several assignments, they should contact me immediately. Warning!! Do not assume that I will drop you!!!. If the student does not plan to complete the course, the student should drop the course as quickly as possible.
The student has the ultimate responsibility to ensure that an official withdrawal/drop slip is completed, submitted to the Registrar’s Office, and processed.
Mid-term grades for duel-credit and Collegiate High students ONLY. I am required to submit mid-term grades for duel-credit and Collegiate High students ONLY. I will compute those grades as follows:
Test 1 40%
Test 2 40%
Paper 1 10%
Paper 2 10%
I compute the final grade as follows:
90 and above --- A
80 to 89 --- B
70 to 79 --- C
60 to 69 --- D
Below 60 --- F
DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE FOR YOUR GRADE!
I will not give any information regarding grades over the telephone. Please do not call the office or my home.
The Peer-Tutoring Center offers drop in tutoring free of charge to all students attending Del Mar College located on the East Campus @ SC 111 & West Campus @ ET 114.
Spring and Fall Hours: Mon- Thurs 8 am – 7 pm, Fri. 8 am – 3 pm, Sat 9 am – 2 pm.
Summer I & II Hours: Mon- Thurs 8 am – 5 pm, Fri. 8 am – 12:30 pm.
Contact Bob Klepac @ 361-698-2267 or the Peer-Tutoring Center directly at 361-698-2259, Live Chat with us at http://dmc122011.delmar.edu/tutoring/
DISCLAIMER FOR DISABILITIES
Students requesting disability accommodations or information should contact the Office of Special Services in the Harvin Center, Room # 188 or call 698-1298.
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I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE NECESSARY CHANGES IN THIS
SYLLABUS. STUDENTS WILL BE PROMPTLY NOTIFIED OF THESE