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SOC 6 - Social Problems

Instructor: Deborah Bauer
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Course Description

This course takes an in-depth look at selected social problems from a sociological perspective. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Each class will cover at least one of each of the following: a social problem dealing with social inequality, a social problem of national concern, and a social problem of global concern.

Current topics include: the current trend of "wilding" behavior by individuals and institutions, the growth of inner cities, the social consequences of the globalization of labor, and terrorism.

To take this class, you must have daily access to a computer with an Internet connection and experience using a web browser. You will also need to utilize your college Zonemail account. Learn more about Zonemail.

Check the college catalog for CSU/UC transferability and to see if this course meets AA/AS degree requirements.

The instructor may drop students who miss the first meeting of a course. The first meeting of online or hybrid Distance Education courses is the first day of the class as specified in the class schedule listing. For these courses, instructors may drop students who do not log into their Blackboard course and/or complete indicated activities by the third day of classes. DE instructors may drop students if they have not submitted work and/or accessed the class for two consecutive weeks.

There might be an instructional materials fee associated with this course. Learn more about instructional materials fees.

This class begins Jan 19 and ends May 27.

On-Campus Meetings

There are no required on-campus meetings for this class. You can attend an OPTIONAL, on-campus orientation to Online Learning on Jan 13 from 1 - 2:30 pm or Jan 14 from 5:30 - 7 pm in Room 2410. A virtual session will be offered on the Internet on Jan 19 from 5:30-7 pm.Learn more about these orientations, which are NOT course-specific.

How This Class Operates

This is not a self-paced class; there are due dates throughout the semester that you are expected to meet, just like in a traditional, face-to-face class. Some assignments will be done on your own; others will be done in groups. Active participation and collaboration is required. Communication will take place primarily via the Course Message Tool.

This class is divided into Modules, and each Module contains various activities. All the Modules will be accessible from the Course Materials area, but students will only be able to access currently active and open Modules. All Modules open on Sunday and close at 11:55 p.m. the following Sunday.

Module 1 is designed to help you become familiar with the technological aspects of taking an online course. You have 3 days to post your introductory initial discussion and response. You have 6 days to complete the other activities in the Introductory Module. Subsequent modules cover course content from the required textbook and class activities.

Class Activities

The Modules have content activities to supplement your readings. Each module includes an Initial Discussion that is due Wednesday at 11:55 p.m., followed by a Response due on Fridays at 11:55 p.m. The module will also contain a weekly quiz, due before the module closes on Sunday 11:55 p.m.

Activities include discussion of current events, analysis of film, videos and other artifacts that pertain to issues in Social Problems. Activities also include identifying and explaining key sociological concepts from the text with regard to Sociological theory; collaborative discussions on sensitive topics such as race, class, and gender, sexual orientation, and social media among a few.

Class Project(s)

A course project is due in three parts: Part 1-Introduction to the Topic (a specific social problem) and examination of scholarly articles; Part 2-Theoretical Analysis of a social problem; Part 3-All of the above incorporated with Results, Possible Solutions and Conclusions presented to the class through the discussion board. This may be a PowerPoint or another chosen venue upon instructor’s approval.

How Students Are Graded

Each discussion post is worth 15 points. Each week, students will be quizzed on the information found in the week's module. Each quiz is worth 10 points. There are three Tests. Each test is worth 40 points. The project is worth 150 points.

Succeeding in an Online Course

Students who succeed in online courses tend to be independent, self-motivated learners with good computer skills. If you are a procrastinator who relies heavily on the can't use a computer too well, have taken less than 21 units of college credit in your lifetime, and/or have a grade-point-average under 2.0, you should probably consider enrolling in a face-to-face course instead.

Also, don't enroll in this class if you believe the myth that learning online requires less effort than learning face-to-face. This course covers the same content and has similar activities as the face-to-face version of the course; only the method of delivery changes.

LPC offers a tutorial called "Succeeding in an online course" that will not only tell you if you are a good fit for online learning, but it also offers many strategies -- among other pertinent information -- that will help you succeed online. Please complete the tutorial.


This course will use the Blackboard course management system as its virtual classroom. To learn how to log in to Blackboard, go to the Blackboard Login Procedures page. Once you enroll, you will not be able to log in until the first day of class.

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