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Social Problems Syllabus Fall11

Social Problems Syllabus Fall11

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SOCIAL PROBLEMS CRN 44910 HSOC 103G-01 Dr. Anne L. Borden Office: Wheeler Hall 205 MWF10:00- 10:50am Office Hours: 3:00-4:00 Tu/Th TBA e-mail: aborden@morehouse.edu COURSE OVERVIEW If we look around us, we are surrounded by social problems: poverty, racial discrimination, sexism, unequal access to health care, dangerous working conditions, and so on. Why do such problems exist? How do we identify or recognize “social problems”? What, if anything, can we do about them? We will begin by developing perspectives for understanding social problems. We will explore the constructionist perspective, which centers around the question: Why do we recognize some conditions as “problems”, while simultaneously ignoring other conditions? We will then focus specifically on social problems in several arenas: class inequality; racial and ethnic inequality; gender inequality; sexual orientation; disability and ableism; work; health; and global inequality. Within each substantive area, we will examine not only the problems themselves, but also how different groups wield unequal power in both defining and proposing solutions to social problems. ________________________________________________________________________________ COURSE OBJECTIVES *Students will be able to make connections between individual troubles and larger social problems. *Students will be able to explain what it means to take a sociological perspective when looking at social problems. *Students will be able to clearly identify and analyze a social problem(s), including possible sources of the problem(s), solutions to the problem(s) and social barriers to resolution. *Students will recognize the role of the culture, ideology and power in shaping our understandings and evaluations of social problems. Fall Semester 2011 Class time: Classroom: Wheeler Hall

Attendance on debate days is important in order to learn from your classmates and to provide them with feedback (and moral support!). After that. On debate days. Second.2 COURSE REQUIREMENTS Attendance You are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings for that day. class members will be given a chance to ask the debaters questions. it is considered late. If you are not in class. You will present an oral debate as well as well as a 2-page typed summary of your argument. and formal student debates. Please purchase a small stapler that you may keep nearby (perhaps in your backpack). Keep all memos that have been returned with a grade for your files. Class time will involve a combination of lecture. For each 2-page memo (typed and double-spaced). for a total of 30%. It is imperative that you be present at each class for two reasons. If you submit a memo one class period late. At the beginning of the semester. If a hard copy is not submitted at the beginning of the class. and to play a role in grading the debaters. Memos You are required to complete three short written assignments. First. discussion. nor do I accept assignments by e-mail. which I call memos. Debates You will also participate in a debate of a social problem. you will have the opportunity to choose from several debate topics. This is your responsibility in case there is a discrepancy between what you think you earned on a memo and what I have in my records. Assignments also must be submitted through WebCT by 5:00 on the due date. I do not accept assignments slipped under my door. I will not accept it. the highest grade you will receive on it is a C. All memos must be stapled. question. Each memo is worth 10% of your grade. you will find that I often use class time to introduce material that is not found in the readings. Your debate is worth 20% of your final grade. I will ask a question which will require you to think sociologically. to vote on who won the debate. WebCT Discussions Borden Social Problems . I believe that students learn best by engaging with the material through in-depth discussion. films. I will provide details about debates in a handout. and debate ideas in the readings with your classmates. Hard copies of memos are due at the beginning of class. Your attendance during debates and your response to the debates of others will count towards your own debate grade. you will miss the opportunity to discuss. You must submit each assignment both ways.

Remember: Your personal integrity is more valuable than your grade on any assignment. We will not have regular class sessions on Fridays. please turn your cell phone to silent or vibrate and do not answer it during class. Come to class dressed in a manner that shows selfrespect. You must do the readings on the syllabus on Fridays. I will take attendance on Fridays and your thoughtful participation will account for 20% of your course grade. Plagiarism or any other form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated.any time between 9:00am and 5:00pm. respect for your colleagues and for Morehouse College. If you are confused about how to cite a book or article (or have any other questions related to what constitutes plagiarism). Before each exam. Each exam is worth 15% of your final grade. You are required to login to WebCT and take part in on-line activities and discussions. please ask. or otherwise engage in distracting behavior. Both tests will consist primarily of multiple choice. play with your smart phone. ________________________________________________________________________________ COMPORTMENT In order to create an atmosphere of learning. browse the internet. You may choose when to participate. Go to the “green thumbtack” icon to see the discussion for the day. It is each student’s responsibility to be familiar with the expected codes of conduct as outlined in the Student Handbook and the Student Catalogue. Difficulties related to a computer or internet connection do not constitute excused absences from the assignment. in addition to any reading or assignment posted as a discussion. The final exam will not be cumulative. Exams There will be both a midterm exam and a final exam. Do not send text messages. ACADEMIC INTEGRITY The division of Humanities and Social Sciences at Morehouse College endorses the highest standards and expectations of academic honesty and integrity. I will distribute a study guide that will help you prepare. Sanctions for violation of these standards include possible suspension or dismissal from the college.3 WebCT is an integral part of this course. It is my expectation that you will find Wednesdays both enjoyable and informative. short answer and essay questions. Do not wear Borden Social Problems . We will “meet” on WebCT every Friday.

the class requires several sources of reading material. 104 Sale Hall Annex.com/bookstore/product. Students currently registered with the ODS are required to present their Disability Services Accommodation Letter to faculty immediately upon receiving the accommodation. GA 30314.4 saggy pants. S.. which are available at the college bookstore. Eric. Atlanta. editor. THINK Social Problems. hats. Students with disabilities or those who suspect they have a disability must register with the Office of Disability Services (“ODS”) in order to receive accommodations. including those with documented disabilities. or sunglasses (unless for a medical reason) in the classroom. _____________________________________________________________________________ STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Morehouse College is committed to equal opportunity in education for all students. John D. New York: Harper Perennial. Kurt.asp? isbn=0205733093 Finsterbusch. Carl. ISBN: 0060838582 (referred to as “Schlosser” in the course schedule) ________________________________________________________________________________ HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED The following table summarizes the assignments and exams for the semester. 830 Westview Dr. I have ordered the following texts. 2011. (404) 215-2636. Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Social Issues. Consequently. Assignment Borden Social Problems Due Date Points . 2007. pajamas. Boston: Pearson ISBN: 0205733093 (referred to as “THINK” in the course schedule) Follow this link to purchase an online version of the text: http://www. ISBN: 0073514969 (referred to as “Finsterbusch” in the course schedule) Schlosser. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Morehouse College. If you have any questions. FAX: (404) 215-2749. (14th edition) Dubuque. contact the Office of Disability Services.mypearsonstore.W. COURSE MATERIALS This course offers a survey of a wide array of Social Problems. Iowa: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. 2005.

Chapter 1 (2nd half) TBA INEQUALITY: POVERTY AND WEALTH THINK. see WebCT TBA Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 9 “Has Affirmative Action Outlived its Usefulness?” SECTION FOUR: GENDER Borden Social Problems . Chapter 1 (Ist half).5 Memo One Memo Two Memo Three MEMO TOTAL Debate WebCT Discussions Midterm Exam Final Exam TOTAL W September 7 M September 26 M November 9 10 10 10 ------------30 20 20 15 15 _________ 100 sign up for a date Fridays M October 10 Scheduled by College COURSE SCHEDULE (subject to change) SECTION ONE: August 24 (W) August 26 (F) August 29 (M) August 31 (W) SECTION TWO: September 2 (F) September 5 (M) September 7 (W) September 9 (F) February 12 (M) SECTION THREE: September 14 (W) September 16 (F) September 19 (M) September 21 (W) INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS Introductions THINK. Chapter 2 (2nd half). see WebCT Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 8 “Is the Underclass the Major Threat to American Ideals?” RACE AND IMMIGRATION THINK. Chapter 3 (2nd half). Chapter 3 (1st half) THINK. see WebCT NO CLASS: Labor Day Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 11 “Is Government Dominated by Big Business?” MEMO #1 DUE THINK. Chapter 2. see WebCT THINK.

Chapter 9 “What’s in the Meat” . MEMO #3 DUE November 11 (F) November 14 (M) November 16 (W) Borden Social Problems Schlosser. see WebCT Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 6: “Should Same-Sex Marriages Be Legally Recognized?” SECTION EIGHT: FAST FOOD. Chapter 6 “On the Range”. Chapter 4 (2nd half) MEMO #2 DUE Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 5 “Should Mothers Stay Home with Their Children?” See WebCT Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 10 “Are Boys and Men Disadvantaged Relative to Girls and Women?” Review for Midterm Exam (no reading) See WebCT MIDTERM EXAM SECTION SIX: MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY October 12 (W) October 14 (F) October 17 (M) THINK. Chapter 7 “Cogs in the Great Machine”. Chapter 6 (2nd half). HEALTH AND GLOBALIZATION October 26 (W) October 28 (F) October 31 (M) November 2 (W) November 4 (F) November 7 (M) Schlosser. See WebCT Schlosser. Preface and Chapter 1 “The Founding Fathers” Schlosser.PROBLEMS OF WORK. Chapter 2 “Your Trusted Friends”. See WebCT THINK. see WebCT THINK. Chapter 9 Schlosser. see WebCT Schlosser. Chapter 7 (1st half) THINK. Chapter 8 “The Most Dangerous Job” Schlosser.6 September 23 (F) September 26 (M) September 28 (W) September 30 (F) October 3 (M) October 5 (W) October 7 (F) October 10 (M) THINK. See WebCT Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 2: “Does the News Media Have a Liberal Bias?” SECTION SEVEN: SEX AND SEXUALITY October 19 (W) October 21 (F) October 24 (M) THINK. Chapter 7 (2nd half). Chapter 5 “Why the Fries Taste Good” November 9 (W) Schlosser. Chapter 4 (1st half). Chapter 3 “Behind the Counter” Schlosser. Chapter 4 “Success”. Chapter 6 (1st half) THINK.

Chapter 10 “Global Realization” Debate: Finsterbusch Issue 3: “Is Third World Immigration a Threat to America’s Way of Life?” Schlosser. Afterward. Chapter 17 Schlosser.7 November 18 (F) November 21 (M) November 23 (W) November 25 (F) November 28 (M) November 30 (F) December 1-2 (Th-F) Scheduled by College THINK. see WebCT Schlosser. Epilogue. see WebCT Reading Days Final Exam Borden Social Problems . “The Meaning of Mad Cow” Review for Final Exam (no reading). “Have it Your Way”.

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