SO186/Social Problems

Late Fall/2019

Course Information

Instructor: Dr. Michael Thompson

  • Days/Time: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: None
  • Required Text: Provided
  • Instructor Email: michael.thompson@colbycc.edu

CCC Mission

Challenge students to adapt to a diverse society. Create opportunities for student growth. Connect student learning with professional experiences.

Course Description

This course focuses on major social theories, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of social problems using sociological methods. Areas include social inequality, social change, social conflict, the role of globalization in producing social problems and those problems primarily located in private life and institutions.

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Course Objectives and Competencies

Objective 1: Sociological Imagination

Upon completion of Objective 1, students will:

  • Differentiate between what constitutes a "social" problem” versus a “personal problem.”.

Objective 2: Sociological Theories

Upon completion of Objective 2, students will:

  • Analyze the micro and macro dimensions of social problems utilizing sociological theories and evidence.

Objective 3: Social Inequality

Upon completion of Objective 3, students will:

  • Describe how social problems are associated with patterns of social inequality

Objective 4: Sociological Perspective

Upon completion of Objective 4, students will:

  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of solutions to a social problem utilizing a sociological perspective.

Objective 5: Institutional Policies and Practices

Upon completion of Objective 5, students will:

  • Evaluate the relationships between social problems and the policies and practices of social institutions

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Course Policies

Assignments and Tests

Students are expected to be actively engaged in all class activities and communicate to the instructor when exceptions are imminent. Students are responsible for quality and timeliness of all assignments. Late work may not receive full credit. All assignments for this course will be submitted only in the manner and place set forth in the assignment instruction. Assignments must be submitted by the given deadline or special permission must be requested before the due date. Extensions will not be given beyond the next assignment date except under extreme circumstances. If turning in work late please indicate your name and identify the lesson at the top of the assignment. The will be no makeup date or late acceptance of collaborative work or in class assignments. Bottom line, late assignments are not acceptable.

Students will be prepared to take an examination at the designated time and place, with all the necessary items fully prepared for usage and without unauthorized papers, books or other materials. Emergency situations will be handled on an individual basis. Student should inform the instructor or designated representative as soon as possible regarding an emergency. If you miss a scheduled test for any reason you must document the reason for the absence in order to take the makeup test. No students will be allowed to take a makeup exam without prior approval. The format of the makeup may differ significantly from the administered exam. If you fail to take the makeup, a zero will be recorded. There will be no makeup date for the Final Exam or for collaborative or class assignments and work. Students must be present for the Final Exam unless excused in advance by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Attendance Policy

Colby Community College views class attendance as a mandatory activity. However, if students must be absent, the students should make arrangements in advance with the instructors. Students absent as official college representatives (athletics, activities, or scholarship fulfillment) are not counted absent but MUST make advance arrangements with instructors to complete all course work. Punitive grades cannot and will not be assigned if the college excuses the absence. It is always the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of any absence due to illness or any other reason.

CCC Policies

Attendance

Colby Community College views class attendance as a mandatory activity. However, if students must be absent, the students should make arrangements in advance with the instructors. Students absent as official college representatives (athletics, activities, or scholarship fulfillment) are not counted absent but MUST make advance arrangements with instructors to complete all course work. Punitive grades cannot and will not be assigned if the absence is excused by the college. It is always the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of any absence due to illness or any other reason.

Finals

In accordance with Colby Community College policy, students are required to be present for their final exam and/or complete any assessment during the time stated. If you have a conflict with this time, you must obtain written permission two weeks prior from the Executive Vice President and the instructor to schedule a make-up exam. Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the final exam schedule, and oversleeping are not viable reasons for rescheduling a final.

Syllabus Information Disclaimer

I reserve the right to change any information contained in this document, when necessary, with adequate notice given to the student. Notice shall be given in the classroom during class. No other notice is required. It is the students’ responsibility to stay current with any changes, modifications, adjustments or amendments that are made to this document. Students should adhere to the attendance, cell phone, assignment, test and grading policies in the course syllabus.

Academic Integrity

Colby Community College defines academic integrity as learning that leads to the development of knowledge and/or skills without any form of cheating or plagiarism. This learning requires respect for Colby’s institutional values of quality, service and integrity. All Colby Community College students, faculty, staff, and administrators are responsible for upholding academic integrity.

Cheating is giving, receiving, or using unauthorized help on individual and group academic exercises such as papers, quizzes, tests, and presentations through any delivery system in any learning environment. This includes impersonating another student, sharing content without authorization, fabricating data, and altering academic documents, including records, with or without the use of personal and college electronic devices.

Plagiarism is representing or turning in someone else’s work without proper citation of the source. This includes unacknowledged paraphrase, quotation, or complete use of someone else’s work in any form. It also includes citing work that is not used and taking credit for a group project without contributing to it.

The following procedure will be used for students who violate the policy for the Academic Integrity Policy begins with the notification of the first infraction and continues throughout the student’s tenure at Colby Community College:

  • First Offense — Student will receive a zero for the assignment and the student will be reported to the Executive Vice President.
  • Second Offense — The student will receive a failing grade in the class and be reported to the Executive Vice President and removed from the class in which the offense occurred.
  • Third Offense — The student will be reported to the Executive Vice President and dismissed from the college.

Any questions about this policy may be referred to the Executive Vice President.

Assessment

Colby Community College assesses student learning at several levels: general education, program, and course. The goal of these assessment activities is to improve student learning. As a student in this course, you will participate in various assessment activities. An example of your work, a paper, some test questions, a presentation, or other work may be selected for assessment. This process will not affect your grade, will not require you do additional work and your evaluation will be confidentially handled. Results of these activities will be used to improve teaching and learning at Colby Community College.

Tutoring

Free tutoring is available to all students at Colby Community College. The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), located in the Library, provides support services for all learners, on-campus and online. To schedule an appointment, visit https://hfdavismemoriallibrary.setmore.com/, email tutor@colbycc.edu or call 785-460-5480.

Tutoring is available in Student Support Services to eligible SSS participants. Please contact Student Support Services for qualifying program criteria at 785-460-5510, or by stopping by Student Support Services, located in the Student Union.

Online tutoring from ThinkingStorm is available to Colby Community College students 24/7 through their Canvas accounts. Every student can access up to 10 free hours of online tutoring each semester. For assistance with online tutoring, students may contact ThinkingStorm Support at care@thinkingstorm.com or by phone at 1-877-889-5996.

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

According to the Americans Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the college of his/her disability and to request accommodation. If a member of the class has a documented learning disability or a physical disability and is requesting special accommodations, he/she should contact disability services at disability@colbycc.edu.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Colby Community College provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The College does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion, tenure, other employment practices, application for admission or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation or religion. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Colby Community College, 1255 S. Range Ave., Colby, KS 67701 (785) 460-5490).

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440
FAX (312) 263-4162
https://www.hlcommission.org/

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Method of Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the following:

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Personal Introduction and Readiness Quiz 20
Graded Activities185
Final Project-Digital Story (required for an A in the class)50
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You will have the opportunity to earn extra credit:

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Your grade will be based on the following:

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90 - 100
B
80 - 89
C
70 - 79
D
60 - 69
F
0 - 59

Course Timeline

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