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SECTION A – Course Information

1. Course ID:

SOC     2

Student Learning Outcomes

2. Course Title:

Contemporary Social Problems

3. Division:

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

4. Department:

Sociology, Philosophy Department

5. Subject:

Sociology

6. Short Course Title:

Contemp Soc Problems

7. Proposed Effective Term:

Summer 2018

The required Cover Sheet Supplemental Form can be created after completion of Section A

SECTION B – Official Course Information

1. Recommended Class Size:

a. Maximum Class Size:

  35

Note:   If the course is new or class size of an existing course is to be changed, a Class Size Supplemental Form is required.

b. Class Size Approval Date:

  

Note:   Date to be entered by the Instruction Office.

 

2. Method of Instruction:

 Lecture

 Work Experience, Occupational

 Laboratory

 Open Entry/Exit

 Lecture and Laboratory

 

 Independent Studies

 Distance Learning

 

 

3. Contact Hours for a Term:

Note: If not a variable unit/hour course, enter the hours in the "Low" column only. Leave the hours in the "High" column blank.

 

Low

High

Lecture(total)    

Scheduled:

         54.00 To

  

To be arranged:

                  To

  

Lab(total)      

Scheduled:

 

                  To

  

Lab/Lecture Parity?    Yes  No

Does this course have lab parity?

If not, are you going to  apply for lab parity?                          Yes  No

To be arranged:

                  To

  

Activity(total)    

Scheduled:

                  To

  

To be arranged:

                  To

  

     

Clinical:

   To

  

Total Hours:    

Scheduled:

              54 To

  

To be arranged:

                  To

  

 

 

4. Credit Units:

  3.00 To

  

Note: Units of credit are based on:

1 Unit of credit per eighteen (18) hours of lecture contact hours for a term

1 Unit of credit per fifty-four (54) hours of lab, activity or clinical contact hours for a term

 

5. Taxonomy of Programs (TOPS) Information:

a. TOPS Code and Course Program Title:

220800 - Sociology

     b.  Course Control Number:    

(To be entered by the Instruction Office Only.)

 

6. SAM Priority Code: [Select One]

A.

Apprenticeship

Courses offered to apprentices only.

B.

Advanced Occupational

Courses taken in the advanced stages of an occupational program. Each “B” level course must have a “C” level prerequisite in the same program area.

C.

Clearly Occupational

Courses taken in the middle stages of an occupational program. Should provide the student with entry-level job skills.

D.

Possibly Occupational

Courses taken in the beginning stages of an occupational program.

E.

Non-Occupational

 

 

7. Please place this course into the appropriate discipline by selecting from the drop down list. The discipline placement indicates what preparation is needed to teach the course. Discipline faculty may place their courses into more than one discipline as appropriate:

Sociology

8. General Course Information

a. Course Credit Status:

D Credit Degree Applicable

b. State Transfer Code:

A Transferable, UC/CSU/Private

c. State Classification Code:

A Liberal Arts/Sciences Degrees

d. Basic Skills Status/Level:

N Not a Basic Skills Course

e. Sports/Physical Education Course:

Yes

( Only check here if the course is a physical education course.)

f. Grading Method:

Letter Grade Only

g. Number of repeats allowed:

Non-repeatable Credit - equates to 0 repeats

Note: If course is repeatable, complete the Repeatability Supplemental Form.

h. Please provide cross listed course if applicable:

  

 

9. Course Preparation

Note: If this course has any requisite, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite. If a requisite is being removed, please complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for removing the requisite. If a new requisite is being added, complete the Content Review Supplemental Form and provide rationale for the requisite.

a.   Prerequisite

Eligibility for ENGL 68

b.   Co requisite


c.   Advisories


d.   None

              

10. Course Special Designators:


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11. Course Program Status:


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 Program Applicable

 Stand-alone

 12. Funding Agency Category:

       Not Applicable

       Primarily developed using economic development funds

       Partially developed using economic development funds

 

 

SECTION C – For new transfer requests only, please complete the Transfer Status (CSU) Supplemental Form before submitting course for approval.

CSU Transferable              CSU Approval Date:                     (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for CSU Transfer Status

UC Transferable                 UC Approval Date:                      (mmddyyyy)                 

Applying for UC Transfer Status

Note:  CSU Transfer Status must be obtained prior to submitting a request for UC Transfer Status to the UC Chancellor.

 

SECTION D - General Education Request

Mt. San Antonio College and CSU General Education course approvals are submitted to the Educational Design Committee and GE Subcommittee for approval.

1.  The Articulation Officer submits the course directly to the CSU Chancellor for approval.

2.  Upon receiving CSU approval, the course will be placed in the CSU approved area for the Mt. SAC Associate Degree GE.

Yes

No

Requesting approval for inclusion on Mt. SAC and CSU General Education List?

Note:   If requesting approval for inclusion on the General Education List, the General Education Course Evaluation Supplemental Form must be completed before submitting course for approval.  If request is approved, the remainder of Section D will be completed by the Instruction Office.

1. Mt SAC General Education Applicability:

    GE Approval Date :                   (mmddyyyy)

AAD2 - Elective Courses
ASD2 - Elective Courses

2. CSU General Education Applicability (Requires CSU approval):

    CSU Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

CSD0 - Sociology & Criminology

3. IGETC Applicability (Requires CSU/UC approval):

    IGETC Approval Date:                   (mmddyyyy)

IG4J - Sociology & Criminology

 

 

SECTION E - Course Content

1. Course Descriptions

a. Catalog Description:

(Write a clear, concise course description, summarizing the course content.  Include major goals of the course, scope, requirements for successfully completing the course, and any unusual aspects of the course.)

Sociological principles and concepts as applied in the understanding of social problems. Special emphasis on the analysis of social values, social organization, role, status and stress, and also on the study of controversial public issues that arise in contemporary American society. Students will be encouraged to evaluate and discuss both the theoretical and practical approaches to social problems.

b. Class Schedule Description:

Yes

No

Is a course description to be printed in the Class Schedule?

(If yes, write one or two sentences condensing the catalog description for the prospective student.  Does not require as much detail as the catalog description. Limited to 130 characters, including spaces.)

Basic sociological principles and concepts to the study and understanding of social problems.

2. Course Outline Information

In courses that include lecture and laboratory, the topical outlines should be separate and distinct, each specific and appropriate to the activities to be conducted.

a. Lecture Topical Outline:

(The lecture topical outline should provide a detailed record of the content of the course.)

- Definitions of terms and concepts of general sociology; basic elements of the major sociological paradigms
- Definitions and basic causes of social problems
- Social research methods; the scientific method; distinguishing scientific evidence from propaganda and empirical generalizations from value judgments; implicit and explicit values and assumptions
- Various approaches to social problems in order to suggest solutions
- Wealth and poverty as a social problem
- Racism, prejudice, and discrimination
- Gender inequality
- Ageism as a social problem
- Inequality based on sexual orientation
- Deviance, the sex industry, and social problems
- Global social problems: war and terrorism
- Crime as a social problem
- Violence as a social problem
- Health care: problems of physical and mental illness; suicide
- Sociological perspectives on family-related problems
- Problems in education
- Problems in politics and the economy
- Problems in the workplace
- Population and the environmental crisis
- Urban problems
- Patterns and trends for the future based on past and present facts
- Final exam

b. Lab Topical Outline:

(The lab topical outline should reflect the activities in lab.)


3. Course Measurable Objectives:

(Measurable course objectives should identify expected outcomes: specific, observable student actions – what the student should be able to do, know or feel as a result of taking this course.  A majority of objectives should reflect critical thinking, i.e. application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.  Course objectives should relate directly to methods of evaluation)

Provide a minimum of five (5) course measurable objectives:

1. Define terms and concepts of general sociology.
2. Describe the basic elements of the major sociological paradigms.
3. Recognize both implicit and explicit values and assumptions.
4. Apply social research methods and the scientific method.
5. Distinguish scientific evidence from propaganda.
6. Distinguish empirical generalizations from value judgments.
7. Predict patterns and trends for the future based on past and present facts.
8. Synthesize the various approaches to social problems in order to suggest solutions.
9. Evaluate various solutions to social problems.

4. Course Methods of Evaluation:

(Methods of evaluation should relate directly to measurable course objectives.  They indicate the kind of assignments or performance activities designed for a course to assess student learning.  Each course must list either substantial writing assignments (category 1) OR computational / non-computational problem solving demonstrations (category 2) if writing assignments are inappropriate (with an explanation of why substantial writing is not appropriate for the course).  Activities typically assigned in categories 3 and 4 must also be listed in this section.)

Category 1. Substantial written assignments for this course include:

Minimum of two essay exams comprising of at least two prompts requiring a minimum of 100 words each; topics of essays may include explaining social research methods and basic elements of the major sociological paradigms
Minimum of five reflection and analysis mini-essays requiring a minimum of 200 words each on five different social problems and potential solutions to them
One report with a minimum of 500 words on applying at least one theoretical approach to a social problem
One sociological research project with a minimum of 1000 words evaluating at least one social issue (such as ageism, racism, urban problems, gender inequality, health care problems, adolescent suicide, poverty in developing countries, etc.) using the theoretical explanations as the major focus of the project

If the course is degree applicable, substantial written assignments in this course are inappropriate because:


Category 2. Computational or non-computational problem solving demonstrations:


Category 3. Skills Demonstrations:


Category 4. Objective Examinations:

Multiple choice questions on terms and concepts of general sociology and definitions and basic causes of social problems
Short answer questions on distinguishing scientific evidence from propaganda and empirical generalizations from value judgments
Short answer questions that predict patterns and trends for the future based on past and present facts

5. Sample Assignments:

(Assignments should be directly related to the objectives of the course.  They should be specific enough to provide real guidance to faculty and clear expectations for students.  Descriptions of the type or examples of assignments are required.  For example, rather than “term paper” state “term paper comparing and contrasting the social aspects of hunting tactics of two mammal species.”  This section must establish that the work is demanding enough in rigor and independence to fulfill the credit level specified.  The nature of the assignments must clearly demand critical thinking.  Assignments should be adequate to assure that students who successfully complete them can meet the objectives of the course.  Appropriate out-of-class work is required for credit courses.)

Provide a minimum of three (3) sample assignments:

1. Select one song from pop culture and in an essay with a minimum of 500 words, evaluate the social issues addressed in this form of media such as inequalities based on gender, age, race, social class, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Use at least one theoretical approach to analyze and evaluate the issue.
2. Beginning with week three, write an article review for the topic of the week using a news story that is reported in a major newspaper or news magazine. These reviews are to be four paragraphs in length: paragraph one shows your ability to summarize in your own words; paragraph two demonstrates your critical thinking using concepts and theories from the text to analyze the news story; paragraph three shows your ability to present rationale for the decision to select article reviewed; paragraph four shows your ability to offer a solution to the topic. You will be producing five of these reviews (a minimum of 200 words each) for the term.
3. Write a minimum 4-5 page research paper on a globalization topic such as the effect of cultural diversity on definitions of social issues, the increase in poverty and inequality in developing countries, or workers interests in advanced countries and consider the essential elements of the topic and how those elements might be related.

 

6. Representative Text:

(List EXAMPLES of textbooks and other data sources and materials, which may be used in this course.  Provide author, title, publisher, date of publication, and edition.)

If the course is requested to be or is CSU transferable, provide at least one (1) representative text that has been published within the last five (5) years.  A representative text is optional for a non-transferable course.

a. Book 1:

This is the most recent edition of this text:

Yes

No

 

If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


Author:

  Macionis, John J.

Title:

  Social Problems

Publisher:

  Prentice Hall

Date of Publication:

  2015

Edition:

  6th

b. Book 2:

This is the most recent edition of this text:

Yes

No

 

If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


Author:

  Steve Barkan

Title:

  Social Problems: Continuity and Change

Publisher:

   University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing

Date of Publication:

  2016

Edition:

  1st

c. Book 3:

This is the most recent edition of this text:

Yes

No

 

If the text is more than 5 years old, please provide rationale for not selecting a more recent text:


Author:

  James Henslim

Title:

  Social Problems: A Down to Earth Approach

Publisher:

  Pearson

Date of Publication:

  2013

Edition:

  11th