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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
website.

Outlin
Date Topic Preparation (completed BEFORE class) Other
es
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
8/26
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
Global
9/2 Class Matters 1 9/3
Stratification
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/national/class/index.html
Chapter 19: Inequality, Poverty, and Discrimination In Principles of
Economics by Libby Rittenberg, Timothy Tregarthen at
https://www.flatworldknowledge.com/stephenuncg/social-problems
Poverty around the World
Poverty and http://www.globalissues.org/article/4/poverty-around-the-world
9/7
Class Split By Decision: The rich are getting richer due to market forces
—and to very human
choices. http://www.newsweek.com/id/67846/output/print
Watch: The End of Poverty
http://www.hulu.com/watch/151119/the-end-of-poverty
Globalized Blog 2
9/9 Sernau Chapter 2 Work: The Global Assembly Line 2
Labor 9/10
Behind the Brand
Names http://www.icftu.org/www/PDF/EPZreportE.pdf
A Heavier Burden Even As Recovery Spreads Worldwide, Workers
Workers and
9/14 Are Finding Themselves Working Harder For Less Money
Human Rights
http://www.newsweek.com/id/54895/output/print
Watch Vanguard Season 2 Episode 12: Battle of Saipan
http://www.hulu.com/vanguard
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 http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Introduction_to_Sociology/Race_and_Et 3
Race
hnicity
Test your racism https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ click on the
“Demonstration”
Global South Africa under apartheid
9/21 Continuum of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_under_apartheid
Ethnic Relations Watch Darfur Diaries: Message From Home
Rethinking The Immigration Debate Blog 4
http://www.forbes.com/2010/05/19/immigration-migrants- 9/24
Migration
9/23 enforcement-opinions-contributors-jeffrey-kaye.html
Push/Pull
Watch Vanguard Season 1 Episode 16: Destination Anywhere
http://www.hulu.com/vanguard
9/28 Ethnocentrism http://www.hulu.com/watch/169647/stossel-thu-jul-22-2010#s-p1-
so-i0
and Arizona's Un-American Immigration Law
Immigration http://www.forbes.com/2010/04/28/arizona-immigration-law-
health-opinions-columnists-shikha-dalmia.html
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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7S3xqHKbjU 4
Gender Tracking
http://contexts.org/socimages/2010/04/09/college-majors-
involving-women/
The Gender Wage Gap by Occupation
http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/C350a.pdf
Global Gender Watch the Global Gender Gap Report 2009
10/5
Disparities http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du62A89hgsU
Watch Echoes: 50 Years of Progress for Women in Politics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpe3BEklpuc
Kendall Chapter 6 – Sexual Orientation [on Blackboard] Blog 6
Sexuality and
10/7 Watch Mildred and Richard Loving Documentary 10/8
Human Rights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4FafoL_euI
Module 5: Development and Education
Module 5: Development and Education
10/1
No Class Fall Break
2
Inequalities in
10/1 Blog 7
access to Sernau Chapter 4 Education: Access and Success 5
4 10/15
education
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 http://www.unmillenniumproject.org/documents/Education-
complete.pdf
Watch: School Matters - Education for All - Halfway There?
http://www.teachers.tv/video/24840
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
trade http://www.hulu.com/vanguard
10/2 Human Watch The Day My God Died
6 Trafficking http://www.hulu.com/watch/69769/pbs-indies-the-day-my-god-died
World Report Prisons http://www.hrw.org/wr2k2/prisons.html
10/2 Punishment and Blog 9
Watch Vanguard Season 2 Episode 10: The Most Controversial Jail
8 Prisoner Abuses 10/29
in the World http://www.hulu.com/vanguard

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
http://www.hulu.com/vanguard 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
population http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographic_transition
Watch Hans Rosling on global population growth TED Talks
growth http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_on_global_population_growt
h.html
Sernau Chapter 9 Urbanization: Cities Without Limits
11/1 Megacities and Watch: FORA.tv Environment Jon Kamen: Mass Urbanization Blog 11
8
1 Sprawl http://www.hulu.com/watch/95404/foratv-environment-jon-kamen- 11/12
mass-urbanization-and-the-192021-project
11/1 Global Sernau Chapter 10 Population and Health: Only the Poor Die Young
9
6 Pandemics Watch: Black Dawn: The Next Pandemic
Watch: THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of
11/1 The American Dream http://www.mefeedia.com/watch/30666044 Blog 12
Peak Oil
8 http://www.hulu.com/watch/158468/fuel?c=News-and- 11/19
Information/Documentary-and-Biography#s-p1-so-i0
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 http://www.hulu.com/vanguard
Global Warning
Complete Quiz #5 Online between 11 AM 11/23 and 11 AM 11/25

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