Social Problems – SOCI 201

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

Prerequisites

None

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize, discuss, and write about social problems and their historical development in the United States and around the world.
  2. Discuss social problems from a biblical worldview perspective.
  3. Research various social problems and present facts, trends, and possible solutions in written APA format.
  4. Identify current group phenomena which are problematic in society.
  5. Describe specific problems in the following fields, but not limited to: poverty, sexual behaviors, prejudice and discrimination, family systems, crime and violence, mental health and health care, war and terrorism, and technology and environment.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Henslin, J. M. (2018). Social problems: A down-to-earth approach. (Custom ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion Board Forums will be included for Modules 2, 4, and 6. Initial thread will be due Thursday night with 350 word count, replies due Monday night 250 word count. Initial posts and replies will be supported using APA citations and scripture where appropriate. (MLO: A, C, D, E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.

Essay Assignment

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

Article Exploration

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. (MLO: 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.   (MLO: A, C). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2).

Article Review

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

Tests (4)

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