Social Problems – SOCI 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/02/2021

Course Description

A study of social dilemmas such as crime, pollution, war, poverty, drug addiction, and racial discrimination. Course content is both theoretical and practical.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

Many of us go through our lives without really understanding the many social problems that plague our world. There is a great need to study social problems because they arise out of human need or perceived need. These need-based behaviors and situations interlock to cause other social problems. A careful description and understanding of the causes of these problems will help to facilitate solutions.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

This quiz will assess the student's understanding of basic concepts related to research, theories, and worldview. The student will answer 10 questions (true and false or multiple choice). The student may consult the Research Overview Presentation at any time during the quiz. CLO: E; also SSI Learning Outcomes 1 and 3.

Discussions (3)

There will be discussions in Module 2: Week 2, Module 4: Week 4, and Module 6: Week 6. Each initial thread will be due by Thursday of the assigned Module: Week, with a 350 word-count requirement. Replies will be due by Monday of the same Module: Week, with a 250 word-count requirement. Initial threads and replies will be supported using APA citations and scripture where appropriate. (CLO: A, C, D, E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.

Essay Assignment

Each student will write an 800-1,000 word essay which will include (2) primary resources using APA citations. A title page, body of content for essay, and reference page will be included. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 2, 3, 4).

Article Exploration Assignment

Each student will select an article from the list provided. Students will read the article, identifying information by highlighting the text and labeling it with a comment bubble. Students will write a brief reaction essay which will consist of 250-400 words. (CLO: A, C, D). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3).

Observation Assignment

Each student will choose one observation from the instruction page and conduct an observation only assignment. This study will be 100% achievable via observation only, with no interaction between you and the participants. (CLO: A, C). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2).

Article Review Assignment

The student will select one journal article from the online databases at the Jerry Falwell Library. The article selected will follow a social problem which has been discussed in class. The student will write a two-page paper reviewing the article following instructions provided. (CLO: A). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1).

Quizzes (4)

Quizzes will be taken in every even-numbered module/week. The quizzes are comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions that cover information from the course materials. The quizzes are open-book, open-notes, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F).