SOC_231_Syllabus_Spring_11 - Syllabus

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SOC 231: Contemporary Social Problems Spring 2011 Dr. Susan Boser Office Hours: 102A McElhaney M 9:00 – 11:00 and 2:30 – 3:30 E-mail: [email protected] T 3:30 - 3:30 Phone: 724-357-129 W 2:30 - 12:30 and by appointment Graduate Assistant: Rachel Smith, [email protected] Course Description: Using a sociological perspective, this course examines pressing social problems as they relate to the social construction of race, class and gender in contemporary American society. These issues will be considered through multiple lenses, including historical, economic and social, with connections to current social policy. Particular emphasis will be placed on the topic of poverty and the US social welfare system. Objectives: Students will be able to: Demonstrate knowledge about the meaning and value of the sociological perspective Describe the historical and economic roots of the social construction of race, class and gender Evaluate contemporary institutional systems and popular culture regarding their role in fostering discrimination and oppression Conduct critical analysis of current social issues in light of race, gender and class at the individual, organizational and systemic levels Assess current US social welfare policy in terms of its impact on the individuals it seeks to help Apply knowledge from the course to identify options for supporting social change Conceptual Framework INTASC Standards NCSS Program Standards Course Objectives Course Assessment 1a 1 5 Individuals, Groups, & Institutions To examine the social causes and consequences of contemporary social problems To identify societal responses to social problems and ways that social change occurs Midterm Evaluation Final Evaluation 1
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Readings: Kozol, J. (1992) Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools. New York: Harper Perennial McIntyre, L. (2011) The Practical Skeptic, 5 th Ed. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill. Rothenberg, P. (2010). Race, Class and Gender in the United States, 8 th Edition . NY: Worth Publishers. Seccombe, K. (2010). "So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?" Welfare Recipients' Perspectives on the System and Its Reform, 3 rd Ed. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. On reserve: Michel, S. & Muncy, R. (1999). Engendering America: A Documentary History. McGraw Hill College. On E-reserve: Additional required readings will be placed on e-reserve through Stapleton Library. To access the course readings: Go to the E-reserve link at the website for Stapleton Library at You may select “instructor” and enter “Boser” or you may select “course number” and enter 231, etc. This will bring you to a list of courses of that type; from that, select Soc 231. At this point you will be asked for the password, which is “bossoc231” (lower case only). This will take you to a page that lists the readings for the course. Communicating with me.
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SOC_231_Syllabus_Spring_11 - Syllabus

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