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Syllabus Soc 202 Fall 08 Sills

Syllabus Soc 202 Fall 08 Sills

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This course examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalization. This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts that sociologists use to analyze various aspects of social life while discussing current global social issues. The goal is not to have you accumulate "facts" about societies, but rather to give you the tools that to think critically about important current social issues. Topics in this course will include: challenges of global inequalities in life chances, wages and work, gender and education; conflict and violence at all levels (from crime to politics, terrorism to war); and finally issue of sustainability and the problems of urbanization, crowding and environmental destruction.
This course examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalization. This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts that sociologists use to analyze various aspects of social life while discussing current global social issues. The goal is not to have you accumulate "facts" about societies, but rather to give you the tools that to think critically about important current social issues. Topics in this course will include: challenges of global inequalities in life chances, wages and work, gender and education; conflict and violence at all levels (from crime to politics, terrorism to war); and finally issue of sustainability and the problems of urbanization, crowding and environmental destruction.

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Social Problems in Global Context
Soc 202 Social Problems in Global Context
GE Core: GSBGE Marker: GLInstructor: Stephen J. SillsEmail: sjsills@uncg.eduOffice: GRAM 320Office Hours: M W 9:00-12:00Class Times: T R 9:30-10:45Required Text: Sernau, Scott (2005) "Global Problems: theSearch for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability.” PearsonEducation
Course Description:
 This course examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in differentworld regions with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalization. Thiscourse is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts that sociologists use toanalyze various aspects of social life while discussing current global social issues. The goal is not to have you accumulate "facts" about societies, but rather to giveyou the tools that to think critically about important current social issues. Topics inthis course will include: challenges of global inequalities in life chances, wages andwork, gender and education; conflict and violence at all levels (from crime topolitics, terrorism to war); and finally issue of sustainability and the problems of urbanization, crowding and environmental destruction.
Course Goals:Evaluation
: There are 1000 pts available. Grades are will be calculated as the sum of thefollowing assignments:
1.
Homework - Chapter Outlines 15% (150 pts)
2.
Online Quizzes 50% (500 pts)3.Current Events Log 15% (150 pts)4.Current Events Presentation 10% (100 pts)
5.
Attendance 10% (100 pts)6.Attendance Bonus and other Extra Credit +5% (50 pts)
Homework – Chapter Outlines:
For selected readings and chapters in the text, students will be expected to
complete
an outline of the reading (10 pts each). The outline should cover themajor themes (designated by headings and subheadings in the text) and key terms(bold in the text). Write 1-2 sentences for each theme/sub-theme. Write this usingyour off-line word processor, then either cut and paste or attach the document tothe appropriate homework space on BLACKBOARD. An example is provided HERE:http://www.uncg.edu/~sjsills/Courses/Example of outline.htmlYou will submit youroutlines
prior to class.
Assignments received after the class will be considered lateand penalized 10% each day
.
For example a 10 pts assignment turned in 3 dayslate would be worth a
maximum
of 7 pts
. AFTER TEN DAYS NO CREDIT WILL BEPOSSIBLE.
 
Quizzes:
 There will be five timed
online
quizzes. Each quiz is worth 100 pts. You will haveone hour in which to complete them. You may not log off and on. Quizzes must becompleted in one sitting. If you have inconsistent internet connections, I suggestgoing to a lab on campus. You will not be allowed to collaborate, though you mayuse the text and online recourses. However,plagiarismwill not be tolerated.Students will be required to acknowledge the UNCG Honor Code before beginningthe quiz. You may see the UNCG Academic Integrity Policy athttp://academicintegrity.uncg.edu/complete/for details.Quizzes will cover the information from readings, lectures, discussions, and in-classassignments. The format includes multiple choice, short answer, and essayquestions. A study-guide will
NOT
be provided (don’t ask). Your homework outlinesshould serve as very effective guides to the text and your notes will cover what wediscuss in class.
There is no excuse for missing a quiz as they are offered online and with a 48 hour window.Current Events Blog:
A central component of this course is to learn about
current
global
social problems. Each student will develop expertise on aparticular
global
social problem by following current events onthat problem throughout the semester. TheCurrent Events Blog will be an on-going weekly assignment. Each week you will writean entry (about 250 words) on a newsworthy topic in yourproblem area (these correspond to the 12 topic areas of the textand will be randomly assigned on the first day of class). Thisstory should be global in nature (not US-only) Your goal is to become an expert on the problem. Each weekyou will find at least one event in the news
from that week 
and write a
summary
and
brief analysis
of the significance of the event(s). You will provide a citation (weblink) to yoursource(s) for that week. Please include your name, the date andtime of the post, and the topic in the title of the blog. List thesource as a weblink (URL) at the end of your blog. You will needregular access to a
serious
news source. Many online newssources, including online news databases (such as lexisnexis)and major national newspapers, are available through thelibrary (http://library.uncg.edu/news/) or throughhttp://news.google.com. Watch that your source is
reputable
. Your current events log will be posted on the class blog. You willneed to respond to the invitation to join the blog as a contributor. Your posting mustbe made by
Friday 5 pm
to be counted for the week. Late submissions/postingswill result in
-1 point per day.
After ten days no credit will be given. There are approximately fifteen weeks in the course. Each event entry will be worth10 pts for a total of 150 points (15% of final grade). You will also be expected to
comment
on at least one other person's blog eachweek. No comments will result in
-1 point per week.
 
EntryDue Date
1 8/292 9/53 9/124 9/195 9/266 10/37 10/108 10/179 10/2410 10/3111 11/712 11/1413 11/2114 11/2815 12/5
 
Current Events Presentations:
During the last week of class you will present a recap of your current eventsusing 3 Power Point slides. You will summarize the major current events inyour topic area. The class will be involved in scoring your presentation. Aselection of test questions on the final quiz will be generated from thesepresentations. This assignment is worth a total of 100 points (10%of finalgrade). Scoring will be based on the following criteria:
ContentKnowledge50ptsThoroughness25ptsVisuals15ptsOralpresentation10pts
Studentdemonstrates fullknowledge of topicswith explanationsand elaboration.Recounts topic area,gives clear examples of major events andissues, drawsmeaningful conclusionsabout the issues orsummarize the majorevents.Student used visuals toreinforce presentation.Presentation has nomisspellings or grammaticalerrors. Presentation isvisually appealingStudent used a clearvoice and correct,precise pronunciationof terms, showsconfidence and polish.Was engaging andmade eye-contact withaudience.
 Attendance
:Attendance is required. Attendance is vitally important for the understanding of thematerial and participation in the class discussions. Attendance will be taken on fiverandom occasions throughout the semester.
Four
of these attendance checks willcount for 25 pts each for a total of 100 pts (10% of the final grade). Thus, if you arepresent for four of the five random checks, you will receive full credit forattendance. The fifth will count as an
extra
10 pt bonus for perfect attendance. If you are out for
official
reasons, sick, or absent for any other prearranged reasons,you will be given an attendance
make-up
assignment worth 25 pts. It is yourresponsibility to contact the instructor regarding make-up. This must be completedwithin one week of the absence. If you are absent for any other reason, you will notreceive credit for that day and no make-up will be provided. Official absences arethose, which occur when you are involved in an official activity of the college, i.e.,field trips, tournaments, athletic events, and present an official absence excuse. If you must miss a class for an official reason, present the written excuse to me beforethe absence. Other official absences include jury duty and subpoenas. Appropriatedocumentation will be required. If prior arrangements have been made, you will notbe penalized.
Religious/Cultural Holidays:
 You have the right to observe major religious/cultural holidays without penalty. Atleast one week before the holiday, you should submit a written statement thatincludes both the date of the holiday and the reason why class attendance isimpossible. Prior arrangements must be made. If prior arrangements have beenmade, you will not be penalized.
Illness:
If you are absent due to personal illness, or illness of a dependent, you must providewritten documentation to that effect. Acceptable documentation includes doctor’snote (on office letterhead), hospital record, or records from a recognizedmedical/healthcare agency.

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