SOCI-1020: Social Problems (On Campus, Web-Assisted)

Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Denise Malloy

Instructor Rank

Assistant Professor

Instructor Email dmalloy@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Office

Union Ave. Campus Building A Room 211B

Office Hours

Union Campus: MWF 10:40 - 12:40; Tues. 12:10 - 2:10; Thurs. 10:35 -12:35

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-5318 BUT THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS BY EMAIL.

Department Phone

901.333.5195

Course Information
Course Description

This course examines what social problems are, who defines them and how, how particular social problems affect various social groups, as well as, some solutions to various social problems. We’ll use sociological theory, methods and research findings to identify and analyze the causes of social problems. Our examination of social problems will cover four broad areas: 1. Major sociological theories used to explain and understand social problems; 2. Problems related to social inequality (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, class and institutional inequality); 3. Problems involving deviance, conformity and well-being; 4. Problems of social institutions and global population.

Student Learning Objectives

Specific outcomes/objectives for this course are to: • Understand why some social issues become defined as social problems and others do not; • Use critical thinking to evaluate information about social problems; • Compare, contrast and apply sociological concepts and theories to explain particular social problems and to identify possible solutions.

Prerequisites

DSPW 0800, DSPR 0800 or equivalent. However, though it is not required to take first, Introductory Sociology 1010 helps one better understand the theories that are applied in this course. Thus, Introductory Sociology is good to already have under your belt before taking this course.

Instructional / Learning Methods
  • Lecture 
  • Class exercises: both in class and outside of class, online exercises, and some group exercises as well. Exercises are not always given. I will let you know in class if any are available so that you could participate.
  • Quizzes/Tests
  • Critical thinking writing assignments for in-class debates
  • Class participation
  • Extra Credit is offered to any student who participates in a Service-Learning activity. I have a list on hand, but if you have an idea about what you might like to do, please discuss this with me so that I can try to arrange for a partnership between Southwest and the agency with which you would like to work.
Specific Course Requirements

Students are required to read assigned chapters before each class meeting in order to prepare for class lecture and discussions. Students also must have an active Southwest email account.

Each student is required to have a valid, and functional Southwest Email account. Email is the best way to communicate with the instructor outside of class. You email must originate from your Southwest email account in order to be answered.

This is a web-assisted course so assignments will need to be turned in through PAWS. Quizzes will be taken in PAWS, your grades can be checked in PAWS. Notes, if any are posted, will be delivered in PAWS. Outside class discussions will take place in PAWS. Should you miss a class and want to know what you missed, contact a class mate through PAWS to find out what you missed. The instructor will not fill you in on missed lectures or class discussions.

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Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Macionis, John J. Social Problems, Fifth Edition, Pearson, 2013. 

For the Printed Text... ISBN-13:  978-0-205-88139-0. 

For the Electronic Version...ISBN-13 978-0-205-88140-6.

Purchase one or the other, not both. YES, you need the textbook in order to pass the course!

Additional Text

None

Supplementary Materials

FREE! Companion Website for Social Problems textbook: wps.ablongman.com/ab_henslin_socprob_7/39/10052/2573429.cw/index.html

This Companion website was developed for use with the 7th edition of  James Henslin's textbook. However, it is still relevant and can help you to study for quizzes and exams. It is highly recommended that you visit the site on a daily basis to help you prepare for each class meeting as well.

Hardware Requirements

Internet Access

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My. Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements
  • PDF file reader
  • MS Word
  • MS PowerPoint

The software listed below in the "General Software Requirements" is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

Many instructors require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Word.

General Software Requirements Operating System: * Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, Vista ( Windows XP Service Pack 2 recommended) * Mac OS X (up to 10.4) (OS 10.4 recommended) * Linux Windows Supported Browsers: * Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0 * Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 * Firefox 1.5, 2.0 * Opera 9.0 Mac OS X Supported Browsers: * Netscape 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 * Firefox 1.5, 2.0 * Opera 9.0 * Current Anti-Virus protection * Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

It would be helpful for you to have Microsoft Office products installed on your computer. The products most useful to this course is: MS Word, Powerpoint, and a program such as QuickTime that allows you to download and view content on the web.

 

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 3+
  • Opera 9+
  • Safari 4+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Grading Scale

100 - 90 = A

 89 - 80 =  B

 79 - 70 = C

 69 - 60 = D

BELOW 60 = F

 

Testing Procedure / Policy

If there is a computer lab available to us we and if we can access PAWS, the class will take tests/exams/quizzes on the computers in the lab. In the case that we are not afforded one or the other, then tests/exams/quizzes will be administered on paper in class. If tests/exams/quizzes are administered on paper, then students will have to use a scantron sheet for these assignments. Students will be advised a head of time when they must bring a scantron sheet with them to class. Please note that 80% of tests/exams/quizzes will be proctored in class. All major tests/exams will be given in class. Quizzes, however, may be taken outside of class, when possible. No Make-up Quizzes or Exams. No Exceptions.

 

 

Every enrolled student must be present in class on test days. No one will be allowed to take an exam or test outside of class time. If you miss taking a test/exam/quiz you will not be alowed to make it up, unless you had an *emergency.

*An emergency is something that happens suddenly, is absolutely out of your control, and keeps you from being able to come to class. It is the descretion of the instructor what constitues an emergency. For example, an emergency is not: a court date, a doctor's appointment (for you or any relative), an illness (yours, or a relative or friend), a planned or unplanned trip, the birth of a baby (unless the birth is premature), a marriage ceremony, an engagement/party, a baby shower, or anything party realted, a meeting with an advisor or another instructor, an appointment in the financial aid office, a meeting of any other sort trouble with transportation. However, If your car breaks down, then upon your return to class, bring a bill from the place where you had to have it towed or fixed. That document needs to include the company's name and address information. The list above is not conclusive. Whatever the excuse, the "emergency" will be evaluated by the instructor as either valid or not. No makeup test will be given without proper documentation. No exceptions.

 

 

Major Assignments

Exams, Quizzes, both scheduled and Pop Quizzes, Class exercise: Dates TBA

Participation / Attendance Policy

 

Regular attendance is a requirement and will be considered when final grades are assessed.Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. Ten points (one letter grade) will be deducted from final grade if a student misses: 4 or more classes in regualr 14 week semester course; 2 or more classes in a flex or summer course.

However, in the event that classes cannot meet, this attendance policy will adjust for those reasons.  You will be required to sign an attendence roster or you will be given some assignment that will count you as being in attendance for class meetings. If you are absent, you are required to submit written, dated documents such as a doctor's note, a court  document, or one from your job in order to have an absence excused. The documentation must be submitted immediately upon your return to class.

The following is required for reporting initial class attendance when the course shell and its contents are available: Each student is required to check in with the instructor at the beginning of the semester by submitting their Syllabus Confirmation/Initial Class Attendance document. Go to the Dropbox section in PAWS to download, complete, and submit this document to me.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

I ask that we respect one another in the classroom and while online:

--Please be tolerant of points of view different than your own

·       Please do not talk or cause distractions in classs when someone else is speaking, it's rude and annoying.

·       Please allow your classmates the chance to explain herself/himself in class discussion so that we don't miss the point of what they are saying.

·       Please THINK BEFORE you react to what someone says. Listen with the intention of trying to understand a person’s position on a subject. If you disagree with what someone says in class or online, then offer empirical evidence (facts/proof) to support your position on the subject.

·       Be fair

When online, limit your conversation to a professional one. Do not take what's said personally, and do

not divulge too much personal information. Keep personal information at bare mininum.

Cussing is prohibited, keep a professional tone in all that you write online or say in class.

Do not insult or threaten anyone.

Do not post anything online in "text messaging code," always write complete, grammatically correct

sentences written in standard English.

Additional Policies

See Semester Calendar for drop dates and holidays. You can also find Final Exam dates on this calendar.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

I check email regularly, but there may be a time when I cannot check as often on a particular day. Please allow me a 24hr return time on your emails. Generally, I'll check email three times a day, if I do not answer your email right away, please give me about a day to get back with you.

If you miss a class or two, find out from a classmate what you missed. Notes will not be email to you from the instructor. "Tell me what I missed" emails to the instructor is not acceptable and will not be answered. Requests about your grades or requests to meet with the instructor will be answered promptly. My email address is: dmalloy@southwest.tn.edu. Always include in your email your name, the course and course section of your class.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

COURTESY REMINDER

I ask that we respect one another in the classroom and while online:

--Please be tolerant of points of view different than your own

·       Please do not talk or cause distractions in classs when someone else is speaking, it's rude and annoying.

·       Please allow your classmates the chance to explain herself/himself in class discussion so that we don't miss the point of what they are saying.

·       Please THINK BEFORE you react to what someone says. Listen with the intention of trying to understand a person’s position on a subject. If you disagree with what someone says in class or online, then offer empirical evidence (facts/proof) to support your position on the subject.

·       Be fair

When online, limit your conversation to a professional one. Do not take what's said personally, and do

not divulge too much personal information. Keep personal information at bare mininum.

Cussing is prohibited, keep a professional tone in all that you write online or say in class.

Do not insult or threaten anyone.

Do not post anything online in "text messaging code," always write complete, grammatically correct

sentences written in standard English.

 

 

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
My.Southwest Support

https://my.southwest.tn.edu/web/mycampus/home

Get Help If you have any questions about the portal or encounter a problem contact the Helpdesk

When experiencing problems with My.Southwest, you may need to submit a Student Technical Support Request.

When requesting help please provide as much information as possible, such as, your name and a full detailed explanation of the problem.

If you are experiencing difficulty with this Web site, please contact your instructor.

Online Course Support

For access to PAWS for quizzes/tests, course material, etc. go to the following link: https://elearn.southwest.tn.edu/

Many problems can be solved by making sure your browser settings are correct. Visit the PAWS Online Orientation - and run the "system check" to check your browsers compatibility.

For technical support call the Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

Dates to cover material TBA

Part I. The Sociology of Social Problems/Sociology's Basic Approach Chapter 1. Sociology: Studying Social Problems

Part II. Problems of Social Inequality Chapter 2. Poverty & Wealth Chapter 3. Racial & Ethnic Inequality Chapter 4. Gender Inequality Chapter 5. Aging & Inequailty Part III. Problems of Devaince, Conformity, & Well-Being Chapter 6. Crime, Violence, & Criminal Justice Chapter 7. Sexuality Chapter 8. Alcohol & Other Drugs Chapter 9. Physical & Mental Health

Part IV. Problems of Social Institutions Chapter 10. Economy & Politics Chapter 11. Work & the Workplace Chapter 12. Family Life Chapter 13. Education Chapter 14. Urban Life

Student Services
Student Services Links

Student Disability Services (SDS)   http://www.southwest.tn.edu/dss/ Coordinator Verties Sails III 

Accommodations arranged through the office of Student Disability Services are intended to provide flexibility and equalize opportunities for success for students with disabilities. All students with a disability who would like to receive special services must provide appropriate documentation. When academic modifications are required, it is the student's responsibility to present the updated accommodation form to each of his/her professors at the beginning of the semester.

SDS Contact Information: Macon Cove Campus Farris Room 2194 (Inside Testing Center Suite 2182) (901) 333-4223 (901) 333-4788 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Union Avenue Campus M Building Room 112A (Inside Admissions Suite - M Building 110) (901) 333-5116 (901) 333-5200 Tuesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Students with a documented disability are encouraged to register with the SDS at least three weeks before the beginning of the semester in order to obtain accommodations and support services. All information related to a student's disability is kept confidential and may be accessed only by the SDS staff. Technical Support Help Desk Phone: (901) 333-4357

Campus Police Police Services/Public Safety Visit online: http://www.southwest.tn.edu/police/ Phone: (901) 333-4242 [Macon Cove] / (901) 333-5555 [Union Avenue] Fax: (901) 333-4443 [Macon Cove] / (901) 333-5742 [Union Avenue]

Semester Calendars, News and Events http://www.southwest.tn.edu/events/

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center - Nabors Auditorium, Room 100 (Mac), Room 108 (PC)
  • Bert Bornblum Library (Mac and PC) - Available during Library hours only.

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319
  • Parrish Library - Available during Library hours only.

Gill

  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Whitehaven

  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.