Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: SOCI-1306- Section: 71
Social Problems
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Instructor Information
Instructor Kristi Clark
Phone(409) 382-3248
Location:Instrumentation Technology - Room: 133
Hours:Upon Request
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description Application of sociological principles and theoretical perspectives to major social problems in contemporary society such as inequality, crime and violence, substance abuse, environmental issues, deviance, or family problems.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Demonstrate comprehension of content-area reading material. measured by PSLO Alpha Pre & Post Test.
2.Describe how the sociological imagination can be used to explain the emergence and implications of contemporary social problems. ( PSLO 1, 2, 3) measured by: exams, assignments, video assignments and/or research/proposal assignment.
3. Explain the nature of social problems from at least one sociological perspective, e.g., critical, functional, interpretive, etc.( PSLO 1.2,3, 5 ) measured by: discussions, assignments, video assignments and/or research/proposal assignment.
4. Identify multidimensional aspects of social problems including the global, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of social problems.( PSLO 1,2,3,5 ) measured by discussions, assignments, video assignments and/or research/proposal assignment.
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of ones own culture in relation to others.
Textbooks Text: Social Problems and the Quality of Life, 13th Edition, 2014, McGraw
Hill. ISBN# 978-0-07-802686-7
Lecture Topics
Major Assignments
1). Chapter discussions: I will post these discussions under the
DISCUSSION link. The chapter discussions will be similar to guided
reading, which means to help you as you read the chapters. They will be
graded. There will 15 chapter discussions and will be worth 10 points each
totaling 150 points.
The Semester Project is a very important assignment. For the Semester
Project, students will have an Academic Research Paper.
2) Academic Paper - Students will follow a standard research format
(taught in Eng 1302; MLA or APA) which will include a cover sheet, outline,
some form of citation or footnoting, and a works cited page. The paper
will require research on a social problem related topic such as moral
decline, racial injustice, family disorganization, poverty, globalization,
social change, marriage and divorce, or any issue raised by the assigned
text. The paper will be a MINIMUM OF 4 TO 6 PAGES in length, word
processed, double-spaced, standard font size (12), Courier or Times
Roman, default margins, and otherwise professional in form and
appearance. There are to be at least FIVE resources (educational
PAPER will have to be approved by the instructor. The completed
Academic Semester Paper will have a due date posted on the
CALENDAR LINK as well. A complete outline for the research paper will
be posted on the homepage at a later date.
3) Journals- There will be 10 journal entries for this course. The Journals
will be posted on the homepage. A detailed instructions sheet will also be
posted on the homepage. There will be a current social problem topic
assigned. Students will retrieve an article from the internet regarding this
social problem topic. Once located, there is a specific outline for the
students to complete. Each journal entry is worth 10 points.
4) Assessments/Exams- Unit assessments/exams will be posted with
more details later on in the semester.
Extra Credit- There will be an opportunity for extra credit (10pts and
20pts) which will be posted on the homepage at a later date.
Final Exam Date December 7, 2018 - 12:00 AM   Through  December 11, 2018 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale 765-850=A
509 and below =F
1. Journals are worth 10 points each totaling 100 points.
2. Chapter Discussions are worth a total of 150 points.
3. Academic Research Paper is worth 200 points.
4. Assessments/Exams-4 exams worth 100 points each equally 400 total
Determination of
Final Grade
1. Journals are worth 10 points each totaling 100 points.
2. Chapter Discussions are worth a total of 150 points.
3. Academic Research Paper is worth 200 points.
4. Assessments/Exams-4 exams worth 100 points each equally 400 total
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance
and college success. A student with three absences may be dropped from
Consistent and punctual attendance is mandatory. Students who leave
class early or habitually come to class late (over 10 minutes) will be
counted as absent. A student may be dropped after three consecutive or
five cumulative absences. It is the students responsibility to initiate a drop
form if wishing to withdraw. Students should not assume that they will
automatically be dropped by the instructor. Students failing to initiate
appropriate action for withdrawing from the course through the Admissions
office could risk receiving the grade of F. If class is an online class, the
student must log in at least two times per week.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.