Social Problems Syllabus for 2021-2022
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SOCI-1306-001 Social Problems


Course Description

Application of sociological principles and theoretical perspectives to major social problems in contemporary society such as inequality, crime and violence, substance abuse, environmental issues, deviance or family problems.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Online Course

Syllabus Information


ISBN: 9780135215395
You can buy this book direct through Pearson Revel,(cheaper)  or get an access code from the bookstore. 


Students must have access to a reliable computer. Access to some word processing software, such as MS Word (preferred). Internet access is a must.

Open Office is a free download if you do not have a word processing system. 

Students using MACs should save and submit papers in PDF> 

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
1. Describe how the sociological imagination can be used to explain the emergence and implications of contemporary social problems.
2. Explain the nature of social problems from at least one sociological perspective, e.g., critical, functional, interpretive, etc.
3. Identify multidimensional aspects of social problems including the global, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of social problems.
4. Discuss how “solutions” to social problems are often contentious due to diverse values in society.
5. Describe how the proposed “solutions” to a social problem, including social policies, may bring rise to other social problems.

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If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

All Students are expected to follow the Amarillo College Student Code of Conduct. Any violation of this will be dealt with appropriately.

Grading Criteria

Students will be evaluated on the bases of the all the quizzes and assignments. Quizzes MUST be done by the due date and due time. Quizzes will NOT be turned back on once the due time has passed. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to complete 2 extra credit assignment that is detailed in the class syllabus. Quizzes have equal weight and value for the course.

 A    2880 - 2592

 B     2591 - 2304

 C     2303 - 2016

 D     2015 - 1728

 F     1727  down

All work is done online according to the calendar due dates.

Quizzes,chapter assignments are done ONLINE at Pearson Revel. Other assignments are found IN Blackboard.


This is a new policy – please read carefully.


IF I have to email you because I cannot open your paper, which can happen if they are NOT submitted in docx, pdf or rtf format, or for any other reason – ie: it’s blank, then you will lose 5 points off the paper. Your paper still needs to be resubmitted in the assignment area before the due date and time to be accepted.

IF I have to GRADE your paper via email for any reason you will lose another 5 points.

IF you do NOT send the paper INSIDE the class email, you will lose another 5 points.

For some assignments – this means you potentially are starting with an 85 out of 100 points. For other assignments, you may be starting with 35 out of 50 points!

I will NOT take late papers any longer. The due dates are posted from day 1 of the class.

Bottom line – you submit a paper not in docx , pdf or rtf. I cannot open it. I email you – you lose 5 points. Deadline has passed, the assignment is closed, you now have to send it via email. You lose 5 more points. You don’t send it from inside the class email, you lose another 5 points.

My suggestion is to go to the dollar store, buy a $1.00 calendar, and take a couple of hours with different color pens at the beginning of each semester, and mark every assignment due for all your classes on this calendar. Hang in a place you can look at every day. If the assignment is going to take a few days or weeks to do – make a note of it a week or two ahead of the due date so you can get started! 

IF you have trouble understanding how to attach, or copy/paste into the assignment area, you need to contact me DAYS before the assignment is due, not hours! Or call the ACTX help desk for help! 


This is an online class. All work is done online.


Mod soc problems FALL 1 2021 1306-001     All assignments are due by Friday 8pm

This class moves VERY QUICKLY! Do NOT get behind! You may work ahead. All quizzes and assignments are on.

Due Date


Aug 23

Class Begins 

Chapter assignments are found in Pearson Revel. You MUST log in, and click through the chapters

to find your mini quizzes, the chapter quizzes, and the writing assignment. (The writing assignments DO count) 

If you do NOT complete each portion in the chapters, you will receive a 0 for that portion.

Check out your Service Learning project and start making plans for your volunteer work.

If what you want to do is NOT listed, you MUST get it approved through me.

Normal church volunteer work does NOT count!

Aug 27

Chapter 1: How Sociologist View Social Problems 166 points

Chapter 2: Interpreting Social Problems 148 points

Chapter  1 & 2 Assignments due Aug 27 10pm   

Not doing these assignments will result in you being dropped from this class due to lack

of participation.

Sept 3




Chapter 3: Social Problems related to Sexual Behavior 160 points

Chapter 4: Alcohol and other areas  203 points

Chapter Assignments  due Sept 3, 10 pm    

Sept 10



Chapter 5: Violence in Society : rape and murder 189 points

Chapter 6: Crime and Criminal Justice 193 points

Chapter 7: Economic Problems: Poverty and wealth 162 points

Chapter 5, 6, 7 Assignments  due 10pm Sept 10


Sept 17

"Just the Basics Please" Appendix Due  Attach by midnight   200 pts

Extra Credit Assignment Due  attach by midnight  (25 extra points)

Sept 24



Chapter 8: Racial and Ethnic Relations  193 points

Chapter 9: Inequalities of Gender and sexual orientation 186 points

Chapter 10: Medical Care: Physical and mental illness  177 points

Chapter 8, 9,10 Assignments  due Sept 24 10pm   

Oct 1

Service Learning Project  due by Midnight    200 pts Located in 'common assessment'

Oct 5


Oct 8

Chapter 11: The Changing Family  150 points

Chapter 12: Urbanization and Population 211 points

Chapter 11, 12, Assignments due Oct 8, 10pm   


Finals Week

Oct 12




Chapter 13: The Environmental Crises 171 points

Chapter 14: Violence, War and Terrorism     171 points

Chapter 13 & 14 Assignments  due Oct 12 TUESDAY, 10pm  


Census 8/30

Additional Information

****The instructor reserves the right to modify this syllabus if circumstances warrant****

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Syllabus Created on:

08/02/21 10:36 AM

Last Edited on:

08/02/21 10:55 AM