SOCI130: Contemporary Social Problems
Section: E51     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSummer III 2012 / (6 weeks): Jul 9, 2012 to Aug 16, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Max Probst   Email:
Phone: 215-968-8270

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 15 - 22 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

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Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

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Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Welcome to Contemporary Social Problems!

This course is designed to help you apply your “sociological imagination” to the study of social problems. One of the major requirements for this course is being able to analyze society using critical thinking skills.

There are many advantages to taking online courses. You can be anywhere while you take this course, work at any time during the day or night, and you can work and learn at your own pace.

With this being said, your online journey requires self-motivation and self-discipline. You are required to read, review and study the materials at your own pace. Since we do not meet face-to-face, it is important that you communicate with me via email or telephone if have any questions or problems relating to accessing or understanding the course materials, the assignments, and tests.

I look forward to working with you all this semester.

Best, Max Probst


There will be orientation information posted on our Canvas site to familiarize you with the objectives and requirements of the course. This will be under the "Start Here!" module.

Course Objective:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to understand how a social problem is constructed/defined;

understand the basic facts behind the major social problems facing the U.S. and the world today;

understand different sociological perspectives used to explain particular problems;

and develop the ability to evaluate arguments concerning the impact of social problems and solutions to social problems.

A.Learning Goals:

1.To expose students to a sociological view of social problems.

2.To develop the ability to apply the scientific method in the study of social problems.

3.To stimulate interest through topical discussion of social problems.

4.To cultivate a sociological perspective of social problems.

5.To cultivate an understanding of the complexities of American social problems and a sensitivity to the problems faced by individuals and groups in our society.

6.To develop the ability to read critically and think analytically about society and social problems.

7.To develop the ability to identify, define, and investigate social problems and propose ways of dealing with them.

B.Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

1.The sociology of social problems: functional and conflict perspectives.

2.Power and inequality as critical factors: social class, race, gender and age.

3.Family related problems: divorce, child abuse, single-parent families, the nuclear family.

4.Private troubles: alcoholism, drug abuse, crime, deviance.

5.Solutions to social problems.

6.Additional topics and chapters may be chosen according to current events and the specialization of the instructor.

Textbook and Other Requirements:

The textbook we will be using this semester will be Henslin’s Social Problems: A Down-To-Earth-Approach 10th edition. You will need to have access to a personal computer to participate in the on-line discussion questions and to submit assignments.

Contact With the Professor:

Although the majority of the course work is completed individually, regular and frequent contact with me is encouraged and expected. You should feel free to contact me at any time with questions you may have. The best way to reach me is through email on Canvas or by sending an email directly to

We will be utilizing several features of Canvas, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool and the "Assignments" link. Please review the Canvas Basics course ( which is available to students before the start of the semester. No login is required. Please use Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser. Internet Explorer is not very compatible with Canvas.