Florida State University
T Th 12:30 – 1:45pm
Dr. Gloria Lessan
Office: 505 BELLAMY
Office Hrs: T Th 11:00 – noon or by appt
Tel. # 644-6416
TA: Lisa Rill. Office Hrs: T Th 11:30-12:30
TA Office: 506Bel
Welcome to SYG2010 (Social Problems is a 3 credit-hour course
I extend this initial greeting to
all of our twice-a-week meetings in the semester (28 total) during which we will learn about
the problematic social conditions people live in. Hopefully, our working together will make us
realize more that we are both product and makers of the social world we live in. This
syllabus describes the expectations, responsibilities, and content of the course.
Retain it in
your SYG 2010 folder and bring it to class.
We will consult it as often as it is necessary to
clarify, restate or change the above parameters of the course.
This course entails a sociological approach to a diverse number of contemporary social problems.
Issues of study include conditions deemed critical in social institutions i.e., education, the family,
the economy, and polity as well as perceived problematic behaviors such as crime, violence, sex-
related practices, and use and abuse of both legal and illegal substances among others.
COURSE OUTCOMES AND GOALS
At the end of the course you will be able to:
Identify, define, and illustrate basic concepts, theories, research techniques and findings
to analyze and discuss social problems.
Compare and contrast the different theories and methods used to examine and explain
varied social problems.
Critically examine your social environment in terms of the connections between social
the structural factors of gender, race, age, and class
Acquire an increased awareness of the inequalities affecting human groups and their
Write and think critically via class discussions, written assignments, and exams about the
concepts, theories, and research techniques in the field.
Kornblum, William and Joseph Julian, 2006
. Social Problems.
. Edition) Upper Saddle
River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
This textbook is identified as K and J in the Course Outline.
Tiemann, Kathleen A. Editor. 2003
Crossroads. Readings in Social Problems.
Pearson Custom Pub. This textbook is identified as C in the Course Outline.
These texts are available at Bill’s and FSU Bookstore
Additional readings for specific topics ( described in the Course Outline) will be posted on