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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will be utilizing several features of Canvas, but most frequently the "Discussion" tool and the "Assignments" link. Please review the Canvas Basics course (https://bucks.instructure.com/courses/36545) 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.