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An examination of selected social problems, their causes and proposed
LAUER, SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE (abbrev. SPQ) 7th ed
MANIS, CHALLENGE TO SOCIETY (abbrev, MAN)
also be asked to read the LA Times, NY Times, SF Chronicle or another major
SEP 6 INTRODUCTI0N, DEFINING SOCIAL PROBLEMS -- Careers in Social service MAN ch 1
SEP 13 STUDYING SOCIAL PROBLEMS -- SPQ ch1, 2.
PART ONE -- DEVIANCE
SEP 20 CRIME AND DELINQUENCY -- Causes and Cures. SPQ 5,
SEP 27 VIOLENCE -- Myths and realities SPQ 6
OCT 4 ALCOHOL AND DRUGS --SPQ 4, MAN ch 5,
OCT 11 SEXUAL
DEVIANCE --Pornography, Prostitution, Abuse -- SPQ 4,11 MAN p.27-32 EXAM
PART TWO -- INEQUALITY
OCT 18 POVERTY -- Blaming the system, blaming the victim SPQ 7, MAN ch 6 PAPER DUE!!!
OCT 25 RACE INEQUALITY. Racism, discrimination --SPQ 10, MAN ch 8
NOV 1 GENDER
INEQUALITY/FAMILY--SPQ 9 & 14, MAN ch 7,10
PART THREE --SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS
NOV 8 GOVERNMENT --, Who owns the politicians? MAN ch 3
NOV 15 ECONOMY -- Who wrote the rules? SPQ 12, MAN ch 11
NOV 23 HEALTH
CARE Case study: Alternative Medicine SPQ 15, MAN ch9 --REVISED PAPER
--GRANT PR0POSAL OUTLINE DUE !!!--
NOV 30 MEDIA Who owns the media? MAN ch12
DEC 6 ENVIRONMENT -- SPQ 17 EXAM II
DEC 13 FINAL
PROJECT (GRANT PROPOSAL) DUE!!!
COURSE OBJECTIVES: The student will demonstrate a knowledge of:
1. how social problems have been identified, perceived and resolved.
2. the "Sociological Imagination" tradition of C. Wright Mills
3. the tools necessary to critically examine society
4. the differences between system blame and person blame approaches to societal problems
5. dominant theoretical paradigms, i.e. Functionalist, Conflict, Interactionist
6. how political and economic institutions contribute to social problems
7. how issues of class, race and gender influence the defintions and solutins of social problems
8. social science research methods, data interpretation, and the various ethical issues related to the research process.
9. behavior necessary to becoming an effective citizen in contemporary society
10. the operations of a selected agency addressing social problems
11. how to research
and write a grant proposal
should be completed before class on the date assigned. Written assignments
must be typed double-spaced, and turned in by the beginning of class. Late
papers and make-ups will not be permitted except under extreme circumstances.
Students will be asked to clip, xerox or print out analytical articles
from a major newsdaily or its website, relating to the topic being discussed
and bring it to class, with a brief critical analysis paragraph. We will
discuss these articles weekly. These articles will be turned in at the
end of the semester. An actual grant proposal (5-10 pgs) will be written
for a social service agency that you have visited. Proposals will be written
by groups after visiting several sites and selecting one to visit. Students
will also participate in a class project (a survey) including field research
THINKING: This is a critical thinking course. The article abstracts
will be a single paragraph answering one or more of the following questions
about the topic:  causes and consequences,  similar and/or dissimilar
situations, and  who benefits from the situation. There will be one
2-3 page critical thinking paper based on one of your articles, due the
last week of class.
This class is heavily oriented towards participation. Because not all
students are equally vocal, and because not all will want to share with
the entire class, small groups will be frequently used in discussions.
Groups will also be used in writing the grant proposal. Class members
will be asked to rate each other at the end of the term.
2 EXAMS 25%
FINAL PROJECT/GRANT PROPOSAL 25%
ARTICLE ABSTRACTS 10%
CRITICAL THINKING PAPER 20%
Grades will assigned according to standard criteria from A to D- and F. Students who drop are responsible to officially withdraw, otherwise they risk getting an F instead of W.