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Course content may be adapted from this outline to meet the needs of this particular class.

All dates
are tentative; we may need to make adjustments to the schedule as the course progresses. All readings
from Global Problems: the Search for Equity, Peace, and Sustainability unless otherwise indicated.
Additional information about topics/assignments will be available in class and from the course Blackboard

Date Topic Preparation (completed BEFORE class) Other
Module 1: What are Social Problems?
8/24 Introduction
Visit the class site and read “Defining the Discipline” then read Ice
What are Social Charon and Vigilant 2009 Chapter 1 “An Introduction to the Study Breaker
problems? of Social Problems” in Social Problems Readings with Four
Questions [Blackboard]
What are Read Module 1 Introduction “The Sociological Imagination” then Choose
8/31 GLOBAL Social read Peterson Wunder and Mueller Chapter 1 “The Sociological blog
problems? Perspective Global Problems and Globalization” [Blackboard] topic

Module 2: Global Economic Inequalities

Sernau Chapter 1 Class: A World of Rich and Poor Blog 1
9/2 Class Matters 1 9/3
Chapter 19: Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination In Principles of
Economics by Libby Rittenberg, Timothy Tregarthen at
Poverty around the World
Poverty and
Class Split By Decision: The rich are getting richer due to market forces
—and to very human
Watch: The End of Poverty
Globalized Blog 2
9/9 Sernau Chapter 2 Work: The Global Assembly Line 2
Labor 9/10
Behind the Brand
A Heavier Burden Even As Recovery Spreads Worldwide, Workers
Workers and
9/14 Are Finding Themselves Working Harder For Less Money
Human Rights
Watch Vanguard Season 2 Episode 12: Battle of Saipan
Complete Quiz #1 Online between 11 AM 9/14 and 11 AM 9/16

Module 3: Race, Ethnicity, and Migration

Sernau Chapter 8 Ethnicity and religion : deep roots and unholy Blog 3
hate 9/17
Race and Ethnicity”” WikiBooks Introduction to Sociology
The Myth of
9/16 3
Test your racism click on the
Global South Africa under apartheid
9/21 Continuum of
Ethnic Relations Watch Darfur Diaries: Message From Home
Rethinking The Immigration Debate Blog 4 9/24
9/23 enforcement-opinions-contributors-jeffrey-kaye.html
Watch Vanguard Season 1 Episode 16: Destination Anywhere
9/28 Ethnocentrism
and Arizona's Un-American Immigration Law
Complete Quiz #2 Online between 11 AM 9/28 and 11 AM 9/30

Module 4: Gender Inequalities

Sernau Chapter 3 Gender and Family: Overburdened Women and Blog 5
Displaced Men 10/1
Watch all five parts of The Gender Puzzle
9/30 Sex vs. Gender 4
Gender Tracking
The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation
Global Gender Watch the Global Gender Gap Report 2009
Watch Echoes: 50 Years of Progress for Women in Politics
Kendall Chapter 6 – Sexual Orientation [on Blackboard] Blog 6
Sexuality and
10/7 Watch Mildred and Richard Loving Documentary 10/8
Human Rights
Module 5: Development and Education
Module 5: Development and Education
No Class Fall Break
Inequalities in
10/1 Blog 7
access to Sernau Chapter 4 Education: Access and Success 5
4 10/15
Toward Universal Primary Education: Investments, Incentives, and
Institutions. Chapter 2 Education and society: multiple & Chapter 5
Education systems in developing countries benefits, unrealized
10/1 Millennium potential
9 Goals
Watch: School Matters - Education for All - Halfway There?
Complete Quiz #3 Online between 11 AM 10/19 and 11 AM 10/21
Module 5: Development and Education
Module 6: Global Crime
What is crime? Sernau Chapter 5 Crime: Fear in the Streets
10/2 Blog 8
& Global drug Watch Vanguard Season 3 Episode 8: Cocaine Mafia 6
1 10/22
10/2 Human Watch The Day My God Died
6 Trafficking
World Report Prisons
10/2 Punishment and Blog 9
Watch Vanguard Season 2 Episode 10: The Most Controversial Jail
8 Prisoner Abuses 10/29
in the World

Module 7: Global Conflict

11/2 Violence Sernau 6 War: States of Terror 7
Watch Vanguard Season 3 Episode 4: Notes from a War on Terror Blog 10
11/4 War & Terror 11/5
Complete Quiz #5 Online between 11 AM 11/23 and 11 AM 11/25

Module 8: Demographic, Health, and Resource Issues

11/9 Principles of Demographic transition theory
Watch Hans Rosling on global population growth TED Talks
Sernau Chapter 9 Urbanization: Cities Without Limits
11/1 Megacities and Watch: Environment Jon Kamen: Mass Urbanization Blog 11
1 Sprawl 11/12
11/1 Global Sernau Chapter 10 Population and Health: Only the Poor Die Young
6 Pandemics Watch: Black Dawn: The Next Pandemic
Watch: THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of
11/1 The American Dream Blog 12
Peak Oil
8 11/19
Global Pollution
Sernau Chapter 12 Ecology: How Much Can One Planet Take?
11/2 and Global Blog 13
Watch Vanguard Season 2 Episode 10: The Most Controversial Jail 10
3 Warming A 11/27
in the World
Global Warning
Complete Quiz #5 Online between 11 AM 11/23 and 11 AM 11/25

Current Events Presentations In Class
12/2 Current Events Presentations In Class