Syllabus for Current Social Problems Sociology 1306.01 Spring 2006 Instructor: Sharon Warden

Syllabus for Current Social Problems
Sociology 1306.01
Spring 2006
Instructor: Sharon Warden
Office: ISC 134
Telephone: 298-8365
Email: [email protected]
Home Email: [email protected]
Course Text: Social Problems, Second Edition. John Macionis. Prentice
Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. 2005.
Description of Course: Social Problems is an overview course designed to
acquaint students with basic social problems found in the United States
and globally. This course is structured to help the student define a
social problem, address why the problem is so defined, how it came
about, and what factors contribute to its continuance in society. Finally,
the course addresses possible solutions to the problems and what role
the student can play in altering and/or eliminating currently defined and
recognized social problems.
Objectives: By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Define the term social problem and understand the general characteristics of a social problem.
2. Know the paradigms and theoretical models used in defining a social
3. Understand how individuals and society define social problems and
the role that each plays in the definition of a social problem.
4. Discuss basic ideas and models of feminism and sexism in society.
5. Understand core problems in discussing ageing and the theories that
guide the study of aging in our society.
6. Address various issues of crime in our society and give a profile of
criminals, types of crime, and the criminal justice institutions in
our society.
7. Understand various issues regarding sexual activity and issues in our
society to include sexual orientation, sexual harassment, sexual
identity, and sexual problems/dysfunctions.
8. Address basic issues in the drug culture- history of, war on drugs,
the effects of drugs on units in society such as individuals and
9. Identify issues that define the current crises within the American
health care system and possible solutions to the crises.
10.Understand the economic difficulties in the United States today,
factors that contribute to these problems, and possible solutions
11.Explain problems of the American workplace, the importance of
work, the issues that might alienate or enhance the American work
12.Address problems in American family life today and how Americans
are redefining family.
13.Discuss the American family in terms of work, play, relationships,
and its future.
14.Identify issues in education and address possible solutions to the
problems found in the schools.
15.Analyze issues of population growth and look at possible solutions
for problems resulting from this growth.
16.Discuss and evaluate current problems in the environment such as
acid rain, global warming, and air pollution.
17.Discuss possible solutions to environmental issues.
18.Address issues of war and peace and define underlying causes and
strategies for war, conflict, and peace.
Requirements for the class:
There will be three major exams. Each exam will be noncomprehensive
and will be objective in nature Each of the exams will constitute 33% of
your semester grade. Reading assignments will be made throughout the
semester as necessary.
Expectations for the Class:
You are expected to attend all class lecture/discussion sessions. If you
must miss, you are responsible to obtain from the instructor all missed
assignments and to obtain notes from a classmate. Missed exams must
be made up within one week of the date in which the exam was given to
the class. Failure to adhere to these guidelines will result in a grade of
zero being assigned. Only extenuating circumstances will alter this
policy. No course grade will be curved and no grades will be dropped
You are expected to engage in behavior which is appropriate to the
college environment. If you are disrespectful, disruptive, or otherwise
nonprofessional in the classroom, you will be dismissed from the class.
Cell phones are not permitted to be on or in use during class. If a cell
Phone is seen or heard during class, you will either have to turn it off
Or leave class for the day. There will be no cell phones on exam days.
If you must have a cell phone during class on test day, plan on making
up your exam another day. Text messaging is strictly prohibited. If I see
you text messaging, you will be asked to leave for the day IMMEDIATELY,
I will be keeping office hours for you to see me as the need arises. I am
here to help you, so please feel free to drop by.
In compliance with new attendance policies at TC, you will be
automatically dropped from the course once you miss 4 class sessions
unless you have discussed the absence concerns with me.
You should expect an exam about once a month. All exams will be
announced in class one week prior to their occurrence. You will receive a
review sheet which highlights the essential material to be covered on the
TC will communicate with you (including semester grades) through TC
Connect and TC Webmail. Please make sure that you know your
account information and how to use these services.
Cheating and dishonest conduct on exams and course work will not
be tolerated. Temple college policies will be followed. A complete
description of these policies is available to you online and in the student
handbook. Please make sure that you read and understand these
guidelines and policies.
Grade Scale for Evaluation:
A= 90-100
B= 80-89
C= 70-79
D= 65-69
F= all grades below 65
I am looking forward to the semester, and I hope that each of you
achieves your goals this spring.