Welcome to the course page for: Sociology 70-Social Problems

Scroll down to find links to your course syllabus, exam study guides, prompts for papers and assignments, downloadable lecture slides, and links to assigned articles. If you run in to any trouble, E-mail me at the address located on the front page of the syllabus.

*End of the Semester Extra Credit Opportunity: Hey Folks, it appears the Documentary I discussed in class will actually be airing this Sunday at 5PM on CNN as noted on the following CNN webpage: http://www.cnn.com/shows/the-hunting-ground .If you are unable to view it or record it on CNN you should be able to rent it as a download on Youtube for under $5. Let me know if you need assistance.

Trigger Warning:As discussed in class, the film focuses on sexual assault on college campuses, so if you do not feel comfortable viewing this type of material, let me know and I will find another film for you to earn some extra credit points.

In order to obtain 5 points extra credit for this course, view the documentary and answer the following questions. This can be turned in anytime up until the end of the semester.

1. What is your overall reaction to this film? Explain
2. What do you think can help to solve this social problem? Explain
3. Do you feel that the film makers were accurate in their presentation of the issue at hand? Explain.


Fall 2015 Syllabus-Soc 70


Final Paper

Example Paper in APA format:



Exam Study Guides

Exam #1

Exam #2

Exam #3-Final Exam


Article Analysis Assignment Prompts (1-4)

Article Analysis #1:
Read the following two articles and type a response to the following questions. You may use 12 pt font and single space your document. There is no page requirement, but you need to answer these questions thoroughly. Number each of your responses:
Article 1 http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/
Artcle #1 in Word Format
Article 2 http://www.theguardian.com/education/commentisfree/2015/aug/18/trigger-warnings-dont-hinder-freedom-expression
1. Briefly summarize each article in less than five sentences.
2. Define 'trigger warning' in your own words.
3. Which of the articles do you believe makes a stronger point/set of points? Explain your answer using examples from the articles.
4. How does this issue illustrate the subjective nature of social problems?
5. What do you see as the primary social problem related to this issue? Explain.

Article Analysis #2

Trigger Warning: This video deals with issues of race and privilege, which tend to evoke strong emotions and comments from viewers.

Rather than reading an article, I'd like you to view the YouTube video above. The speaker is anti-racist author and speaker who focuses on institutional racism and the concept of white privilege. As you view the video, take at least one page of hand written or typed notes, and then type your answers to the following questions/responses:
1. What is privilege? What is white privilege? Give at least two examples of the existence of white privilege according to the speaker, Mr. Wise.
2. Do you primarily agree or disagree with the perspectives shared by the speaker? Why? Explain.
3. What would you say is the primary thesis of this speech?
4. Please give at least three examples of forms of racial inequality discussed in the speech.
5. Attach your notes to your written responses and turn in on Wednesday, 9/30/15

Article Analysis #3

Read the interviews from the PBS link above and respond to the following questions.
1. Among the individuals interviewed, what are some of the main social problems with the American educational system? List and provide a brief explanation for at least 5 issues discussed.
2. What do the individuals interviewed identify as some of the possible solutions to the problems discussed?
3. What do you feel is the single largest social problem in American education, and what do you think can be done to fix it?

Article Analysis #4

1. Google or look up the term "Lobbying". What does this term mean? What is a "lobbyist"?

-Read a couple of the articles from the websites listed below, and consider and answer the questions listed below as well:

2. Questions:
a. How did lobbyists attempt (and largely succeed) to influence the health care legislation President Obama was trying to pass?
b. What special interest groups (organizations, corporations, businesses, etc) have a vested interest in influencing the health care legislation? Why is this the case?
c. Do you believe it is OK for politicians to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists and special interest groups? Why or why not?
d. Google or look up "the revolving door of politics and industry". What do you find? Attempt to define the concept: the revolving door.


Downloadable Lecture Slides

Introduction to Sociology Week #1

Soc. Imagination Handout from Class

Chapter #1

Chapter #2
Part #1 Slides

Part #2 Slides

Section #2
Racial and Ethnic Inequality

Gender Inequality

Problems in Education

Problems of the Family

Section #3
Problems with Health and Health Care

Crime and Deviance

Environmental Problems