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07SYG2010-01.syl - 1Florida State University SYG 2010-01/07...

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1 Florida State University SYG 2010-01/07 Social Problems T Th 12:30 – 1:45pm HCB 103 Fall 2007 Dr. Gloria Lessan Office: 505 BELLAMY Sociology Department 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 E-mail: [email protected] TA email: [email protected] SYLLABUS 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. COURSE DESCRIPTION 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: 1. Identify, define, and illustrate basic concepts, theories, research techniques and findings to analyze and discuss social problems. 2. Compare and contrast the different theories and methods used to examine and explain varied social problems. 3. Critically examine your social environment in terms of the connections between social problems and the structural factors of gender, race, age, and class 4. Acquire an increased awareness of the inequalities affecting human groups and their choices. 5. Write and think critically via class discussions, written assignments, and exams about the concepts, theories, and research techniques in the field. REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS 1) Kornblum, William and Joseph Julian, 2006 . Social Problems. (12 th . Edition) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. This textbook is identified as K and J in the Course Outline. 2) Tiemann, Kathleen A. Editor. 2003 . Crossroads. Readings in Social Problems. A Custom Publication. Pearson Custom Pub. This textbook is identified as C in the Course Outline. These texts are available at Bill’s and FSU Bookstore 3) Additional readings for specific topics ( described in the Course Outline) will be posted on Bb 1
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COURSE REQUIREMENTS Reading Assignments : Students are expected to have active and constructive class participation. Hence, assigned readings should be read prior to and during the corresponding class dates depicted in the Course Outline below . Of course, additional readings are required before the midterm. The complexity of the reading materials is appropriate for college freshmen. Thus, if at first you do not understand them, you must read them as many
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