CURRENT SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Spring Term 2013
Justice Studies Program
Social Science Division
Lewis-Clark State College
Spalding Hall, Room #211
500 8th Ave.
Lewiston, ID 83501-2698
Phone: (208) 792-2794
Monday & Wednesday 3:00PM-4:15PM
Classroom: ACW #136
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday 2:00pm-3:00pm, and by appointment
Students develop a sociological frame of reference for understanding some of the complex problems of our society. Problems examined include poverty, environmental degradation, racism, sexism, crime, substance abuse, inadequate healthcare, etc. in the context of American society..
This course is designed to help students become critical consumers of information concerning the causes, consequences, and solutions related to current social problems.
It is expected that students will become more adept at utilizing social scientific analysis to analyze social problems in a critical manner. The written work and verbal presentations of students should reflect systematic, logical arguments clearly supported by theory and research. Students will have opportunities to practice effectively communicating their social science analysis.
Class Participation 20%
Exam One 20%
Exam Two 20%
Exam Three 20%
Exam Four 20%
Attendance is expected and active participation is essential for the success of this class. Students who participate actively derive the most lasting benefits from the course. Attendance will be taken most days, and at the end of the semester, students with an attendance record of 90% or better will receive an extra one percent added to their course grade. Participation includes attending class meetings and contributing to class discussions. In order to ensure adequate student discussion, I reserve the right to call on students to discuss the topics of the day, so please be prepared to contribute.
Participation also includes short oral reports prepared in small group discussions on selected issues in the readings (to be assigned in class). The small groups will consist of three or four students each. I will assign group members on the day of discussions. Each group will pick a member to take notes and prepare a short document with the names of the group members and an outline of the group’s main points. The document will be turned in at the end of the class and serve as the basis for the group’s report grade. I will post questions on our website to be considered approximately one week in advance.
The reports will be evaluated on the quality and thoughtfulness of your social scientific analysis of the assigned material. They will be graded as: excellent, surpassing expectations (A), good, competent work (B), satisfactory (C), not satisfactory (D), failing (F).
FIVE (5) REPORTS WILL BE ASSIGNED. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THREE (3). YOU MAY PARTICIPATE IN FIVE REPORTS IF YOU NEED EXTRA CREDIT. The extra credit will be applied towards your participation grade. An "A" extra credit report adds three percent to your participation grade, a "B" is worth two percent, and a "C" is worth one percent.
There will be no make-up reports since you are allowed to skip two.
Four exams (including the final exam) consisting of essay, multiple-choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blanks questions will be administered in class. Study questions will be available prior to the exams to help you prepare. You may skip one exam or drop the worst score of exams one, two or three. YOU MAY NOT SKIP THE FINAL EXAM OR DROP ITS SCORE. Since you may skip an exam, there will be no make-up exams, except in the case of documented college-sanctioned activities.
Any student with questions remaining as to what constitutes cheating or plagiarism should consult the instructor in order to avoid any misunderstanding. If a student is caught cheating, at minimum, he/she will fail the assignment, the Judicial Affairs Officer will be notified and the incident recorded.
Moreover, we will be dealing with controversial issues at times and it is essential that discussions remain constructive and respectful.
Please refrain from gaming, web surfing, texting, or using your cell phone during class. It is distracting, annoying, and disrespectful.
A ³ 93%
A- ³ 90%
B+ ³ 87%
B ³ 83%
B- ³ 80%
C+ ³ 77%
C ³ 73%
C- ³ 70%
D+ ³ 67%
D ³ 63%
D- ³ 60%
F ³ 53%
Readings: (Available at the Lewis-Clark Bookstore)
Social Problems by Eitzen, Stanley; Zinn, Maxine Baca, and Smith, Kelly Eitzen, 12th Ed. 2011, Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon
Topics and Assignments:
(Due to the nature of academic discussions, the topics listed below will not always correspond to the days’ discussions.)
Martin Luther King Jr. Day LCSC Closed
Introduction to the course and the nature and meaning of social problems
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 1
Wealth and Power
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 2
Last day to drop classes without a W
Threats to the environment – part 1
Eitzen et al., chapters 3 & 4
Report #1 due Feb 6
Threats to the environment – part 2
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 4
EXAM ONE FEBRUARY 13
President’s Day Vacation
Demographic changes in the U.S.
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 5
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 7
Racial and ethnic inequality
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 8
Report #2 due March 6
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 9
EXAM TWO MARCH 13
Crime and justice - part 1
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 12
Report #3 due March 20
Crime and justice - part 2
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 12
April 1-5: Spring Break
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 13
Report #4 due April 10
April 11: Last day to withdraw
The economy and work
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 14
EXAM THREE APRIL 17
The health care system
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 17
April 29-May 1:
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 18
Solving social problems
Reading: Eitzen et al., chapter 19
Report #5 due May 8
May 15: Final Exam/Exam Four
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