Syllabus

Social Problems SSC210-OA

Spring I March 18, 2019 to May 10, 2019

Three Credit Course

Instructor:         Gail Scaramuzzo, Ph.D.

Phone: 570-241-2014

E-Mail: gail.scaramuzzo@falcons.lackawanna.edu

Office Location:        On-line at the above e-mail address

Office Hours:         Students can reach me through the falcon’s e-mail or my cell

                                   Phone. I will answer e-mails within 24 hours and I can be reached

                                   On my cell phone between the hours of 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM.

                                   Please leave a message if I am not available and I will return your

                                   Call as soon as possible after your message is left.

 Text: Understanding Social Problems, 10th Edition. Mooney, L., Knox D., Schacht C.

 This book is to be used as a resource. Check the library to see if there is a copy for your use.

Description:

 This Social Problems Course is a sociology course designed to scientifically study human society and learn about the social problems affecting people throughout the world.


All of us, of course, already have considerable experience living in society and interacting with other people. 

This course and its syllabus are built around Mooney, Knox and Schacht’s text, Social Problems (9th Edition) It will provide a sound theoretical and research basis for students headed for careers, not just in sociology, but in many diverse disciplines to include business, psychology, health care, social work, criminal justice, education, fine arts and the humanities, just to name a few. You will be presented with all of the basic concepts, methods, and theories common to this discipline and will be given examples of actual social problems and diverse social behaviors as well as controversies, which are on-going in in the world today.  In addition to developing skills for understanding social problems in the United States, we will be making comparisons of social problems as experienced by people globally. 

 

Objectives:

By the end of this course, the student shall be able to satisfy the following outcomes expectations:

              1.     The ability to critically think and apply their knowledge to today’s social problems.

2.      The ability to understand the meaning and depth of social problems

3.      The ability to study social problems from many perspectives, emotional, physiological, psychological, economic, social, cognitive, and philosophical

4.      The ability to understand the positive and negative stereotypes of those who do encounter social problems

5.      The ability to understand the nature of social problems and some of the solutions to these problems

6.      The ability, no matter what his/her academic major or future life path, to care about the social problems affecting people throughout the world.

 

Requirements:

Part I: Sociology and the Study of Social Problems

Chapter 1: Thinking about Social Problems

The learning objectives for Part I include the following:

  1. Understanding the objective and subjective elements of Social Problems
  2. Variability in Definitions of Social Problems
  3. The Sociological Imagination
  4. Theoretical Perspectives to include, but not limited to Structural-Functionalist Theories of Social Problems; Conflict Theories of Social Problems; Symbolic Interactionalist Theories of Social Problems
  5. Social Problems Research
  6. Understanding Social Problems

Part II:  Problems of Well-Being

Chapter 2:  Physical and Mental Health and Health Care

Chapter 3: Alcohol and Other Drugs

Chapter 4: Crime and Social Control

Chapter 5: Family Problems

The learning objectives for Part II are to understand the following:

  1. Patterns of health around the world, to include morbidity, life expectancy and mortality; Sociological Theories of Illness and Health Care; HIV/AIDS: A Global Health Concern to include HIV/AIDS in Africa and the United States; The Growing Problem of Obesity; The extent and Impact of Mental Illness; Social Factors and Lifestyle Behaviors Associated with Health and Illness; Problems in U.S. Health Care;  Strategies for Action: Improving Health and Health Care; Understanding Problems of Illness and Health Care
  2. Drug Use and Abuse from a global perspective and the social consequences of their use and abuse as well as treatment alternatives
  3. The sociological theories of crime from a global perspective; types of crime; demographic patterns of crime; cost of crime and its control and strategies for action to reduce crime and increase social control
  4. Family Problems around the world and the changing patterns in U.S. Families; Sociological perspectives, to include, but not limited to Structural-Functionalist; Conflict; Feminist and Symbolic Interactionalist Perspectives
  5. Violence and Abuse in Intimate and Family Relationships; Intimate Partner and Family Violence and Abuse; Prevention Strategies; Social Causes and Consequences of Divorce; Strategies to Strengthen Marriage and Families

Part III:  Part III: Problems of Inequality

Chapter 6: Poverty and Economic Inequality

Chapter 7: Work and Unemployment

Chapter 8: Problems in Education

Chapter 9: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Chapter 10: Gender Inequality

The learning objectives for Part III are to understand the following:

  1. How to Define and Measure Poverty and Economic Inequality around the world; The Human Side of Being Poor, How Sociological Perspectives view Poverty; How Age, Sex and Education impact Poverty; Health Problems caused by Hunger, Lack of Clean Water and Sanitation; Family Stress and Parenting Problems Associated with Poverty; Housing issues, Intergenerational Poverty; War and Social Conflict Caused by Poverty
  2. The New Global Economy; Capitalism and Socialism; The Changing Nature of Work; Global Trade and Free Trade Agreements; Transnational Corporations and their impact on Employment; Unemployment and Underemployment Problems; Sweatshop Labor; Child Labor and Health and Safety Issues in the Workplace; Understanding and Responding to Problems regarding Work and Unemployment
  3. Sociological Theories on Education; Problems in the Educational System in the U.S.; Inequality of Educational Attainment; Low Levels of Academic Achievement; Dropout rates; Inadequate Schools and Facilities and their contribution to the Problems; Trends and Innovations in American Education;
  4. Diversity Worldwide; The Social Construction of Race and Ethnicity; Patterns of Racial and Ethnic Group Interaction; Race and Ethnic Group Relations in the U.S.; U.S. Immigration from an Historical Perspective; Guest Worker Program, Illegal Immigration, Becoming a U.S. Citizen and Myths about Immigration and Immigrants; Racism and its Forms; How Prejudice is a Learned Trait; The Role of the Media in Socialization Concepts; Types of Discrimination to include, but not limited to Individual vs. Institutional, Employment, Housing and Educational Discrimination; Segregation; Hate Crimes and The Response to Prejudice, Racism and Discrimination
  5. The Status of Women and Men; Gender Inequality; Gender Stratification, Structural Sexism; Cultural Sexism; Traditional Gender Roles and Socialization; The Feminization of Poverty; The Social Psychological Costs of Gender Socialization; Gendered Violence; Sexual Orientation and the World View of Homosexuality; The View in the U.S.; Prejudice and Homophobia and Biphobia; Working Toward Equality

Part IV:  Problems of Globalization

Chapter 12: Population Growth and Aging

Chapter 13: Environmental Problems

Chapter 14: Science and Technology

Chapter 15: Conflict, War and Terrorism

The learning objectives for Part IV are to understand:

  1. A World View of Population Growth and Aging and the Problems Related to This; Prejudice and Discrimination Toward the Elderly; Family Care-Giving; Retirement and the Role of Social Security; Ageism and Age Discrimination in the Workplace; Population Growth and Aging; Environmental Problems; Energy Use – World-Wide; Social Causes of Environmental Problems; Responding to these Problems; The Technology Revolution and its Impact on the Family and the Workplace; Loss of Privacy; Changes in Social Relationships; the Malicious Use of the Internet; Governmental Policies; World Conflict; Sociological Theories of War; Terrorism; Strategies for Action to Curb Conflict.

Evaluation:

On or before Saturday of the first week of the course, March 23, 2019 by 11:55 PM) you will be asked to write an autobiography. Please make certain it is in-depth and speaks to the reasons you are choosing to obtain a college education and why you feel this course will be of benefit to you. This will count as 30 points toward your grade. I require at least 300 words of substantive information. You will also be asked to complete a Course Navigation Quiz and a Syllabus Quiz.  The Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus quiz are in the assignment area as online quizzes, and the autobiography is located in the Discussion forum under the Topic “Let’s Get to Know One Another”. These MUST be completed by the deadlines listed on the homepage of the course and in this syllabus, by 11:55 PM on the dates assigned, or you will not be given credit. If they are not posted correctly, you will not be given credit. The Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus Quiz are worth 35 points. They must be completed by Sunday of the first week of the course (3//24//2019) by 11:55 PM. You will find these and the directions for each in the Assignment section of your course page. Each quiz MUST be completed as instructed. Please make certain that you follow these instructions. I CANNOT accept any assignment that is late or that is not submitted properly. Please don’t ask me to do this. Have a backup computer in case yours doesn’t work, give yourself enough time to make alternate arrangements if there’s a glitch. PROCRASTINATION CAUSES FAILURE! This is a very intense course and all assignments and requirements must be posted timely and in the right places for you to succeed. You will also find other pertinent study and research aids in the HANDOUT area. During the first week of class I expect you to complete your autobiography and comment on a fellow learner’s autobiography, as well as complete answers to the initial discussion questions, and the replies to fellow learners or to me. There will be a teamwork project during this course. Teams will be assigned by me. Each week assigned, by Wednesday of that week on or before 11:55 pm, each team member of the team assigned to them will find and post an article that that provides information to the topics I list that is pertinent to your research paper. Then, by the end of the week (Sunday, at 11:55 PM for the weeks assigned), each team member of a given team will synopsize another team member’s posted article and state why it helped to expand the topic in question. If you do not understand, or are confused by this assignment, please contact me as soon as possible so you don’t lose points.

 

Each week there will be two (2) discussion questions posted.  You must participate and reply to each question by Thursday of each week on or before 11:55 pm. This is done so that there is time to expand the discussion prior to the end of the week. (I expect substantive answers. You must contribute pertinent content that relates to your text and submit external research you have found that will contribute to the topic discussion. Perhaps you can find something you can use in the teamwork articles that are posted.) You must respond to each DQ question topic, first giving your input regarding the topic and then participating in a discussion about the topic with fellow learners. Your grade will depend on the depth and breadth that you give to each topic. I expect to see at least an initial post to the two initial questions and then at least 2 additional replies during the week that are substantive and on point regarding the topics.  (One or two sentence replies with general comments like, “great reply.” Or, “I wish I said that.”  Will not be counted. You must post at least 300 words of critical thought for each reply,  with at least one external resource added as an in-text citation).Each initial reply to the two initial questions is worth up to 10 points for a total of 20 points for the week. You must submit input at least 6 times during each week. One post to answer each Initial Question, (due before 11:30 PM on Thursday of each week), and then reply at least four more times before the end of each week. Additional replies are worth 4.5 points each for a total of 18 points each week. As you know, this course is a very condensed method of learning. I must have full participation so that we can cover all of the work necessary for you to absorb the extensive material that is being provided. I too, will be participating in the Threaded Discussions as the moderator and I will interject some comments and questions. It doesn’t matter what time of day that you respond) since this is an on-line course where you work at your own pace in your own time frame, as long as you follow the deadlines for each assignment.. However, you must post and reply at least 6 times during the week, and post your article and synopsis, each week that is assigned, or you will be dropped from the course. (This is how attendance is tracked.)  So, in order to document that you are in class for that period, you must post the required number of times each week, or you will be dropped from the course. 

 

Your teamwork project will be as follows:  

Each week assigned, you will do some research and find an article that pertains to the topic I assign to your team.  This will be posted in the teamwork section of the course before each Wednesday at 11:55 PM during the weeks assigned). Then each team member will read another team member’s article and create a synopsis of the article and post the synopsis as a reply, and explain how it pertains to one of the topics for the research paper. Your synopsis is due at the end of the weeks assigned on Sunday by 11:55 PM.

 

Please contact me immediately if you have any questions. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward helping you to collect research for your research paper.

 

Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5 points for the article posted and up to5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.) Teams will be assigned by me. Please check the Team Listings in the Discussion area of the course in the first week’s discussion area of the course. Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit.

 

In response to your assignments, your grades will include the following format:

1.       What was expected (see the criteria listed above)?

2.       What you did well (I will comment at the top of your completed research paper).

3.       Where you could improve (I will comment at the top of your paper).

4.       Writing skills (Since you are a college student, I will require that you provide scholarly writing and resources. PLEASE do not use Wikipedia as a resource. It will not count and I will deduct 2 points for its use.)

5.       Why you received the grade that you did (I will explain at the beginning of your competed research paper).

You will also have points deducted for:

1.     Incorrect spelling (up to 10 points)

2.     Absence of scholarly input. Please do not use slang, or text shorthand. (up to 5 points)

3.     Incorrect usage of in-text references (up to 5 points)

4.     Less than 300 words in each of the 2 posts in the discussion forum and less than 150 words in the 4 replies each week. (up to 4 points for less than the required word count in each paragraph)

5.  Absence of an exterior research source in your discussion posts. (2 point deduction)

 

Please feel free to call on me for any difficulties you may be having. Again, I respond to all e-mail within 24 hours. You may also post general questions on the course page in the GENERAL QUESTIONS posting area on the course page. I answer telephone calls between the hours of 10:0 AM and 10:00 PM each day the course is in session. If I don’t answer immediately, leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible. DO NOT Text me. DO NOT use any other email but your Falcon’s email. I will not reply.

 

Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

 

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes making posts and replies in a course-related graded discussion forum or submitting a course-related written assignment. Activities (Syllabus quiz, Course Navigation Quiz, Academic Honesty Pledge, Autobiography) not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

 

Students that fail to participate in an academic activity as described above in the online classroom prior to the last day to drop/add will automatically be dropped from the course.

 

  • You are required to engage in discussion by making an initial post to your instructor’s prompt by the assigned day of the week, and then submitting the required number of replies by the end of the week.
  • Students who do not participate in any course-related discussions AND who do not submit any course-related assignments for ONE week will be DROPPED from the course. It is the responsibility of the student to formally withdraw from the course at the Registrar’s office.

 

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.

Good Discussions in Course Resources will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Ask yourself the following questions to help guide you in having a great discussion:

  • Did I answer the discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material that promoted conversation?
  • Did I support my answers to the discussion questions with research and reading?
  • Did I make the required number of replies to my classmates?
  • Did I continue the conversation with peers that replied to my discussion?
  • Did I answer any additional questions the instructor may have asked?
  • Are all of my responses detailed and clear?
  • Did I make my initial post and replies by the assigned due dates?
  • Did I relate my responses to the course reading, notes, and/or personal life?
  • Did I provide the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learned from what I have contributed and can continue the conversation
  • Did I use proper grammar, spelling and netiquette?
  • Did I meet the criteria for the number of words required in each post and reply?
  • Did I include an in-text scholarly citation that supported my input in each post and reply?

 

Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will negatively affect your weekly score.

 

Withdrawal Policy

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.

To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. No exceptions will be made.

Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.

 

Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.

 

Instructor Policies

  • All emails and responses posted in the General Questions section of the forum will be answered within one day.
  • All assignments will be graded within 3 days of the assignment due date
  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • If your assignments are not handed in on time, you will receive a zero
  • If you do not post properly and on time, each week, you will receive a zero and be dropped from the course.
  • If your input is not substantive, communicated well with research added, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 

Grading

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

0

 

Grading:

This course is graded on a point scale. 500 points equals a grade of 100 percent. 

 

You are required to post four answers each week. Deliver input into the Teamwork section consisting of research articles and synopsis and analysis of these articles during the time lines listed in the syllabus and complete the Course Navigation Quiz, your autobiography and syllabus quiz on time and completely. You will be graded on all seven weeks’ worth of work. 

Academic Integrity Statement                                                                          4 points

Course Navigation Quiz on or before the end of the first week of class         35 points

Autobiography on or before the end of the first week of class                        30 points

Syllabus quiz on or before the end of the first week of class                           35 points

2 initial DQ posts each week                                                                                 140 points   -- 20 points each week

2 additional posts each week                                                                                126 points   -- 18 points each week

1 teamwork posting each week assigned                                                               30 points     -- 10 points each week

1 Research Paper                                                                                             100 points

 TOTAL POINTS FOR COURSE                                                                500 points

 

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • If your assignments are not handed in on time, you will receive a zero
  • If they are not submitted in the proper forum or assigned online area, you will not receive credit. No assignment will be accepted through email. NO EXCEPTIONS. Research Papers must be submitted in RTF or WORD format. NO EXCEPTIONS>
  • If you do not post each week, you will receive a zero and be dropped from the course.
  • If your input is not substantive, communicated well with research added, as well as being grammatically correct with no misspellings, points will be deducted for any and all deficiencies.

 

Rubrics:

Rubric for Discussion Question Posts

20 points per week for a total of 140 points

What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?

Where?

Points Earned

Post answers to both discussion questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation 2 posts per week containing at least 300 words. Initial posts are due on Thursday of each week by 11:55 PM. An external scholarly article citation must also be included in each post each week.

 140 for the course

 

 

 

Continue both conversations with at least 2 more replies, to fellow learners and/or the instructor. Each reply must contain at least 200 words and must be submitted before Sunday for each week. An external scholarly article citation must also be included in each post each week.

 126 for the course

 

 

 

Make certain you use correct grammar, spelling and syntax. Also make certain you use proper netiquette

-2 for each error

 

 

 

Please respond to other learners and to your instructor in a civil manner using proper netiquette. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Scholarly input is educational not adversarial.

 

 

 

 

To make certain you understand, remember and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said”, “I see”, “I agree”, or “Good thinking” are NOT acceptable. You must also make certain you don’t repeat what others have said. You will not receive credit for these types of answers.

No credit

 

 

 

Read the Good Discussions document in the HANDOUTS and LINKS section of the course and in this syllabus. It will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class.

 

 

 

 

Be certain all responses are clear and substantive. The initial posts for the discussion questions

 

 

 

 

Make certain that all responses are detailed and relate to the course readings and notes, your own everyday lie, or both. This will ensure that you provide your fellow learners with something that is not generic and will help all of us learn from what you have contributed.

 

 

 

 

Additional Participation Rubric:

What should I do:  Please make certain that after you answer the initial questions, that you post at least two replies as additional input in the discussion area for that specific week.  These posts must be substantive and pertain to the topics relating to the questions and your text and to the contributions of your fellow learners or to me. They must be at least 200 words in length and must be supported by scholarly sources that are posted with your answers. (Please use APA citation form).

Points Available: Each answer is worth up to 9points depending on the depth and content of the answers. 3 points will be deducted if word content is less than 200 words, or if a citation is missing.

Did I do this: You can use this section to help you to monitor your own progress and double check that you have met each requirement successfully.   _____________________________________________

Where? Please identify exactly where you believe you have met each requirement. If there are outside sources that are required, maintain a record in case you need to validate your efforts to your instructor. ________________________________________________________

Points earned: You will find the points earned after each assignment            has been completed in the assignment tab of your course.

Teamwork Rubric

Point Value: 10 points

  • Choose an article that expands the body of knowledge regarding the topic assigned.
  • Post the article in your team’s teamwork assignment area by Friday for the first week and by Wednesdays for the second and third week. Make certain the article is posted on time and is from a scholarly source that will expand our knowledge base specific to the topic assigned.
  • Synopsize a fellow learner’s posted article and indicate why it is pertinent to the topic that we are discussing.
  • The article posting is worth up to 5 points and the article synopsis is also worth 5 points.

Due Dates and Late Penalties

  • No Late work will be accepted. No exceptions!
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Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.

 

The following are among the forms of dishonesty, in a classroom of any type, for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(Please see student handbook for more information)

 

 

Disability Statement

Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the Disability Services office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination

Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 

Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 

 

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 

 

Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.

Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589, piggam@lackawanna.edu.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Georgia Egan, Affirmative Action Officer/Director of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, EganG@lackawanna.edu or Gopu Kiron, Affirmative Action Officer/eLearning Director, Angeli Hall, Ground Floor, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-7929, kirong@lackawanna.edu.

Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at www2.ed.gov/ocr, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov.   

Portfolio and Coursework

Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course Schedule

 

Topics

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week One

General Overview of coursework; an overview of problems of well being

Creates the groundwork for functional participation in course and understanding of basic causes of social problems. Meets objectives #1 and #5

Course Navigation Quiz,

and Syllabus Quiz; Chapters 1-2 and 3

 

 

 

 

 

Week Two

Study of social control, crime, family problems and poverty and economic inequality

Objectives  #1, #3 and #6

 

Research articles and discussion of pertinent information in specific to chapters 4, 5 and 6

Week  Three

Study of the work world, education and race and ethnicity

Objectives  #2, #3, #5 and #6

Review of assigned teamwork project and assessment of discussion input. Review of Chapters 7, 8 and 9

Week Four

Study of social problems associated with gender inequality, sexual orientation and population growth and aging

Objectives  #1, #2, #3, #4, #5  and #6

 

Discussion input examines the depth of knowledge each learner brings to the table. Research paper compilation assesses learner absorption of content of course.  Review of Chapters 10, 11 and 12.

Week Five

This week discusses science and technology, environmental issues and the social problems that bring about war, conflict and terrorism

Objectives #1, #3, #4, #5 an #6

 

Review of Chapters 13 and 14. Analysis of input from learners regarding their assessment of their satisfaction regarding their education regarding social problems and their resolution.

Week Six

This week discusses social problems regarding the creation of war

Objectives #1, #3, #4, #5 an #6

 

Review of Chapter 15. Discussion of current hostile situations in the world.

Week Seven

This week discusses an overview of course topics and summarizes the concepts and objectives of the course. It is student-based and is used to determine and assess the student satisfaction and outcomes learners feel they have completed since beginning the course.

Objectives #1,#2, #3, #4, #5 an #6

 

Review of all Chapters. Analysis of input from learners regarding their assessment of their satisfaction regarding their education regarding social problems and their resolution. Discussion of any problems or positive findings after research paper review and grading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each week you will respond to two Threaded Discussion Topics. All assignments must be submitted by 11:55 PM of the day they are due. See the homepage each week for due date schedule.

 You are also required to submit one (1) paper during week six. It must be submitted through the file exchange.  Pease make certain it is submitted in RTF or WORD format. Any other format will not be accepted.  Please do not submit it through any other method.  You will not receive credit

You are required to reply to topic input each week with a minimum of four submissions each week, one to answer each discussion question (2 initial replies, due on Thursday of each week at 11:55 PM) and four other replies to respond to another learner’s reply for each topic (2 replies per topic) before the end of each week..

You are required to participate in the Teamwork section of the discussion forum of the course on the weeks listed. (Weeks 2, 4 and 7) Please make certain you participate in all the weeks posted. These weeks are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences. You will be given a topic and must research and post a scholarly article that is pertinent to the topic given. This article must be posted in the teamwork section by Wednesday of each week by 11:55 PM. The analysis of other learner’s articles must be posted by Sunday of each week assigned by 11:55 PM.

 

You are required to submit one (1) paper. It must be submitted through the file exchange in the proper format.  Please do not submit it through any other method.  You will not receive credit

You are required to reply with topic input each week with a minimum of six submissions. You must submit 2 posts for each initial question and submit 4 replies during the week to other learners or to me.  See the deadlines listed on the home page each week. You are required to participate in the Teamwork section of the discussion forum of the course on the weeks listed. Please make certain you participate in all the weeks posted. These days are different than the discussion question dates. Pay particular attention to the differences. (Don’t forget, your article must be posted before each Wednesday at 11:55 PM to receive credit).

 

Week One:

  1. Completion of Course Navigation Quiz and Syllabus Quiz.

You will be required to complete the Course Navigation Quiz and the Syllabus Quiz listed in the Assignment section of this course beforeSunday, March 24, 2019, by 11:55 PM. These quizzes are worth 35 points.  No credit will be given if a Quiz is not completed by 11:55 PM onSunday, 1/25/2019. No exceptions!

 

  1. Complete Autobiography.

I would like each student to introduce themselves, as I feel this is a very good way to validate the importance of each of you. We can recognize the diversity of people and experiences present in the “classroom” and create an atmosphere of informality, safety and mutual respect. I would also like you to tell me why you chose this course and what you expect to learn from it. Your biography posting is worth 30 points. This autobiography must be completed by Saturday, 1/26/2019 by 11:55 pm.

 

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4.        Complete Academic Integrity Statement

 Make certain you follow the instructions to complete the Academic Integrity statement pertaining to plagiarism. This must be completed by Thursday, 1/24, 2019 by 11;55 pm.

 

Week One: January 22 to January 27, 2019 

#1 Complete Autobiography.  Complete Course Navigation Quiz and Syllabus Quiz.

#2 Complete Discussion Questions one and two.

#3  Read Chapter One and Two and Three for this week’s discussion.

#4  Read Instructions and information regarding your research paper for this course.

#5  Complete Academic Honesty and Integrity Statement.

 

  1. Please read Chapters , 1, 2 and 3 in your references and use the power points for This week’s discussion.
  2. Your teamwork project will be as follows: 

Each week assigned, (Weeks 2, 4, and 7) you will be given a subject to research. Each member of the team will find a "scholarly" article to contribute on the subject and then each team member will read another team member's article and create a synopsis of the article and then post the synopsis as a reply and explain how it pertains to one of the papers that are listed as approved topics for the research paper due on April 28, 2019, 2019 at 11:55 PM. The articles must be posted before 11:55 PM on Wednesday of each week and the synopsis must be posted before 11:55 PM by the end of the week (Sunday at 11:55 PM). The topics that will be researched can be used to create your research paper. If this is done correctly, it should assist every team member since the assignments will be geared toward research for the three topics that are listed for the papers. Please contact me immediately if you have any questions.

 

  1. Each week’s teamwork assignment will be worth a total of 10 points. (The assignment is worth up to 5 points for the article posted and up to 5 points for the analysis and synopsis of the chosen article.)Your teamwork assignment begins on week 2 of the course. Teams will be assigned by me. Check the Team Listing Topic in week 1 to see in which team you will participate.  This research will assist you in the creation of your final paper. If each of you research the topic in the Teamwork topic area it will help all of you because you will have information to be used for your papers that is collected by the team groups, instead of individually. Make certain your articles are pertinent and a lot of the work for your papers could be completed before you start! Work with each other and collaborate so that there is no overlap. Duplicate articles will not be given credit; neither will duplicate synopses or duplicate analyses.
  2. #5 You are required to write a 6-8 page paper. Here are the instructions:

There is one paper for this course, due at the end of the 6th week of the course (4/28/2019) before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style and must use the RTF or WORD format. The paper should be between 6-8 pages. (Less than at least 6 FULL pages will cause a deduction. The title page, the abstract page and the reference page do not count toward the total number of pages for the report). I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct. You will have three topics listed below which your teams will be researching, to choose from, that must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources you and your teammates collect.

  1. The topics are listed below (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners).  Provide detail regarding the topic that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts.

Please create your paper around the topics of:

 

  1. Research the creation and changes in entitlement programs in the U.S. in the last 100 years. Then explain the reasons they were created and document their impact on society during this period.  Do you feel that able-bodied adults should perform work or community service in order to obtain the benefits of entitlement programs? You must describe and analyze at least four programs. How have they assisted in alleviating or increasing social problems?
  2. Research the problems in the educational system in the U.S. today. Include inequality of educational attainment, prohibitive costs of education, low levels of academic achievement, dropout rates, inadequate physical facilities and their contribution to these problems. Discuss present funding sources for public school districts in the U.S.  Discuss trends and innovations in the present educational systems that are attempting to alleviate some of these problems.
  3. Research the “human” side of being poor. Discuss how age, sex and education impact poverty as well as how hunger, lack of clean water and sanitation cause health problems globally for the poor. Include issues like family stress and parenting problems and domestic abuse that are intrinsic in most families living in poverty. Include the upsurge in the disappearance of the socio-economic strata called “the middle class” in today’s society.

Week One: March 18 to March 24, 2019

 Chapters One and Two and Three to be discussed

Description: Will center on the concept of social problems and the research associated with it; the topics of physical and mental health issues and health care as well as drug and alcohol usage.

 Threaded Discussions:

  1. What are the components of the structure of society and what is meant by culture in society?
  2. Research has evolved over the past century. Discuss some of the methods used to do research in the early part of the twentieth century and give examples of some studies that would be considered unethical today. Is research regarding health issues and disease monitored adequately in today’s world?
  3. Please read Chapters 4, 5 and 6for next week’s  discussion
  4. Use the PowerPoints in the Handout section to organize your work.

 

Week Two: March 25 to March 31, 2019

 Chapters Four, Five and Six will be discussed.

Description: These chapters discuss crime and social control, family problems and poverty and economic inequality

Threaded Discussions:

  1.  Several social issues are prominent in the news today. Domestic violence and child abuse seem to be on the rise. Forced marriage, child molestation, marital rape and physical and emotional abuse are some of these issues. Do you think they are more prevalent today, or do you think that these issues are being brought out into the open more frequently than they were in the past?
  2. Do you think the concept of family and the make-up of family has evolved or devolved over the last 50 years? Please validate your opinion with scholarly input.

3. Please read Chapters 7, 8 and 9 for next week’s discussion

4. Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.

5.  Use the PowerPoints in the Handout section to organize your work.

 

Week Three: April 1 to April 7, 2019

Chapters 7, 8 and 9 will be discussed.

These chapters discuss employment and unemployment throughout the life cycle; educational problems and race, ethnicity and immigration.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Since the U. S. is described as a “post-industrialized” nation, what are some of the challenges that face employers and prospective employees in this era? Do you think it impacts individual life balance?
  2. Should Colleges and Universities provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students. Define what your concept of these spaces and tools are for you.

3.    Please read Chapters 10, 11 and 12 for next week’s discussion.

        4. 5. Use the PowerPoints in the Handout section to organize your work

 

Week Four, April 8 to April 14, 2019

Chapters 10, 11 and 12 will be discussed.

These chapters discuss gender inequality; sexual orientation and the struggle for equality for minority groups and population growth and aging.

 

 

Threaded Discussions:

  1. Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples? And should health insurance providers be mandated to offer free birth control?? Defend your position with scholarly research.
  2. Should the elderly and terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? What do the experts say?

      3.     Please read Chapters 13 and 14 for next week’s discussion.

      4.       Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.

     5.     Use the PowerPoints in the Handout section to organize your work

 

Week Five, April 15 to April 21, 2019

Chapters 13 and 14 will be discussed.

 These chapters discuss environmental problems; science and technology and conflict, war and terrorism.

Threaded Discussions:

  1. What products do you have in your home that can cause indoor pollution and how do they impact your health? Are there other products that could be used instead?
  2. What hazards exist today regarding safety and privacy since the inception of electronic media? Do you think that Facebook should develop more structure to protect individual privacy? What do the experts say?
  3. Please read Chapter 15 for next week’s discussion.
  4. Use the PowerPoints in the Handout section to organize your work

 

Week Six, April 22 to April 28, 2019

Chapter 15 will be discussed.

 

  1. Please do some research and discuss how feminists view their struggle for equality. Compare and contrast radical, cultural, liberal and ecofeminists’ have attempted to lobby for equality from the 1960s until now. What has changed? What do the experts say?
  2. Do you think the United Nations is powerful enough to create a policy of arms control and/or disarmament throughout the world? Are all nations members of the U.N. today?
  3. Please do an all chapter review so that we can discuss next week’s questions in depth.
  4. Use the PowerPoints in the handout section to review the chapters. They will help to highlight the pertinent information we will use for discussion.

Note Well:

 

YOUR RESEARCH PAPER IS DUE AT THE END OF THIS WEEK (April 28, 2019 BY 11:55 PM. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN IT IS UPLOADED THROUGH THE FILE EXCHANGE BEFORE THAT TIME. PLEASE MAKE CERTAIN THAT YOU HAVE MET ALL THE CRITERIA FOR THE PAPER. I HAVE GIVEN YOU INSTRUCTIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE COURSE SCHEDULE, ON THE HOME PAGE AND IN THE HANDOUT SECTION (Writing Well) OF THIS COURSE. I EXPECT THAT YOUR PAPERS WILL BE SPLENDID. DON’T DISAPPOINT YOURSELVES. GOOD LUCK!

 

There is one paper for this course, due at the end of the 6th week of the course (April 28, 2019 before 11:55 PM). This paper will be worth 100 points. Please make certain that you proof-read your assignments before submission. I will deduct points for misspellings, poor grammar and punctuation. Make certain your answers are thorough and show some thought and research. (You must have at least 6-8 scholarly resources listed in-text and on a separate reference page.) The papers must be submitted in APA style. (See the handout section on your course page for information.) The paper should be between 6-8 pages. (Less than 6 FULL pages will create deductions for you. The title page, the abstract page and the reference page do not count toward the total number of pages for the report). I will deduct points if APA style is not used and if in-text citations and a reference page and/or abstract are not included or are not correct. You will have three topics listed below which your teams will be researching, to choose from, that must be validated by information from your text and from external scholarly sources you and your teammates collect.

 

The topics are listed below (don’t forget your teamwork thread and your collaboration with other learners).  Provide detail regarding the topics that will document that you have studied it, and understand the concepts.

  1. Research the creation and changes in entitlement programs in the U.S. in the last 100 years. Then explain the reasons they were created and document their impact on society during this period.  Do you feel that able-bodied adults should perform work or community service in order to obtain the benefits of entitlement programs? You must describe and analyze at least four programs. How have they assisted in alleviating or increasing social problems?
  2. Research the problems in the educational system in the U.S. today. Include inequality of educational attainment, prohibitive costs of education, low levels of academic achievement, dropout rates, inadequate physical facilities and their contribution to these problems. Discuss present funding sources for public school districts in the U.S.  Discuss trends and innovations in the present educational system that are attempting to alleviate some of these problems.
  3. Research the “human” side of being poor. Discuss how age, sex and education impact poverty as well as how hunger, lack of clean water and sanitation cause health problems globally for the poor. Include issues like family stress and parenting problems and domestic abuse that are intrinsic in most families living in poverty. Include the upsurge in the disappearance of the socio-economic strata called “the middle class” in today’s society.

 

Week Seven, April 29 to May 10, 2019

Chapters 1 through 15 will be overviewed and discussed.

 

  1.  Discuss which chapter was most interesting to you and which was the least interesting. Give reasons why it was more important or had a greater impact on you during this course.
  2.  Please discuss the changes in your thought process since taking this course. Please list what you have learned and how it will impact the way you view social problems going forward. Please list any changes and improvements that can be made to this course in order to help me and future learners to get the best possible results.
  3. Please make certain you complete the student evaluation for this course.
  4. Make certain you participate in the Teamwork section of the Discussion area.

 

Examinations:

Your paper will be considered as an examination Therefore they should be substantive and reflect your knowledge and ability to research the subjects so that it can be determined that you have absorbed the material being taught.

     

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