Sociology M02

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Sociology M02 SPRING 2007 Social Problems Professor Teresa Madden ONLINE COURSE CRN 31644 Contact info: teresa.madden@csun.edu You must include your course (SOC M02) and your full name in all correspondence! Text: Leon-Guerrero, Anna. Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action. Pine Forge Press. 2005. Online Readings as assigned. Readings are posted in the weekly folders. You are responsible for reading them each week as posted. Course Purpose and Objectives This course is an examination of major social problems facing individuals and families in the United States today, including overpopulation, hunger, poverty, racism, sexism, health care, substance abuse, education, crime, politics, work and the global economy, the mass media, the environment, and war and terrorism. Students analyze the factors contributing to the development of problems, their characteristics and the consequences for society. The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the concept of a sociological study of contemporary social crises, how to identify them, how they emerge, whom they concern, and the process and implementation of social change. Furthermore, the course will help you to develop a better understanding of the nature of how diversity and its consequent stratification impacts social behavior in the United States and in the larger global society. Course Assumptions
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· Social Problems are sociological conditions that are caused by other sociological conditions. · Social Problems constitute harms that are socially patterned; they are not random occurrences · The chief contradiction of postmodern societies involves great inequalities in the distribution of resources. · Social Problems are interconnected with diversity. Issues of diversity, i.e. race, ethnicity, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, and social class will be integrated into the curriculum throughout the semester. · Social Problems have solutions! · The text is a starting point for dialogue, debate, and discussion COURSE REQUIREMENTS Announcements: At the course homepage there is an announcement section, which you will need to check on a regular basis. Many of your questions can be answered there. Also, any changes made to the course will be announced there. CHECK THE ANNOUNCEMENT SECTION OFTEN – especially at exam times and at the end of the semester before official grades are posted! If the announcement section or any other portion of the course “disappears” let me know immediately. General: WebCT Vista is our main course management system that supports the online course. You should log in to WebCT Vista at least three times per week. LOGGING INTO WebCT Vista: * Go to http://vcccd.blackboard.com * The Internet Explorer and Firefox web browsers seem to function better than
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Netscape in WebCT Vista. * AOL users: once you enter the Internet through AOL, please minimize (do not close)
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Sociology M02

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