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Social Problems SOC 202 CRN 33249
Meets 01/22/19-05/24/19
Spring 2019
Frank Ha, PhD

Welcome and start date

My name is Frank Ha and this is the fully online version of the Social Problems course that I teach. If you have never taken an online course or used Canvas, you will need a few hours to get familiar with the structure. You will be able to log on to Canvas (our learning management system that we will be using) on the first day of class, Tuesday, January 22.

Wait list procedure

If you are on the wait list, please read the college wait list procedureLinks to an external site.. If you are number 10 or lower (1 through 10) on the wait list on the first day of class, you will be sent an add code in the morning. YOU MUST ADD THE CLASS BEFORE THE END OF THE DAY. 

Logging on to Canvas

Here is the link to Canvas: https://cuesta.instructure.com/
Here is a Canvas Quick Reference Links to an external site.guide with instructions on logging in.

Mandatory meetings

There are no mandatory on-campus meetings. This class is fully online.

Contact information

  • Office phone805-546-3100 ext. 2679
  • Emailfha@cuesta.edu.Links to an external site. (Best way contact me. I will generally respond within 24 hours on weekdays. Expect longer response times on weekends, holidays, and during the summer session. Make sure you tell me your name and what section you are in.) 
  • Office: Building 6200, Room 6213
  • Spring 2019 hours: Monday, Wednesday 10-11 am; Tuesday, Thursday 11 am to noon, and by appointment

Problems logging on?:

If you are having problems logging on, go to Cuesta Technical Support.Links to an external site. for information on how to get help. You can also try calling the Help Desk in the Computer Lab, room 3400. Their phone number is 546-3100 ext: 2802. If no one is there, send an email to support@my.cuesta.edu.Links to an external site.

Required textbook

Macionis, John J. 2018Social Problems. 7th ed. New York: Pearson Education, Inc. 

The above textbook is required. The textbook is available at the campus bookstore.

Instructions on how to access Revel Social Problems, 7e:
2. Sign in to your Pearson Account or create one.
3. Redeem your access code or purchase instant access online.

Course description and objectives

Studies current major social problems and the application of basic sociological principles and concepts in considering solutions. Advisory: SOC 201A and eligibility for ENGL 156. Transfer: CSU; UC. (Formerly SOC2)

Student learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate that I have the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the study of sociology.
  • Use critical thinking and perceptive reading skills
  • Use my skills for sociological analysis
  • Show an understanding of concepts, language, and definitions sociologists use to interpret their vision of social life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  • Analyze social events using major sociological perspectives.
  • Describe the characteristics of current social problems. Discuss the types and extent, the causes, the consequences, possible solutions, and the politics surrounding them
  • Describe the research methods and theories used to understand social problems from a sociological perspective
  • Display a critical understanding of how social problems are shaped by historical transformations and current societal patterns
  • Discuss the role of inequality, power, and prejudice in understanding social problems

Course requirements

Module timed quizzes = 40 percent 
Timed essays = 30 percent 
Activity assignments = 20 percent
Module discussions = 10 percent

The scale below will be used when calculating your final grade

A 90 percent and above 
B 80 to 89 percent
C 67 to 79 percent
D 55 to 66 percent
F 54 percent and below

I reserve the right to modify the grade scale when computing final letter grades to account for the level of difficulty of the course. I will not modify the scale to your disadvantage.

Instructor-initiated dropping of students who do not log on to Canvas by Sunday, January 27 at 11:59 pm:

Students who have not logged on to Canvas by Sunday, January 27 at 11:59 pm may be dropped from the course unless the student contacts the instructor before that day. If you do plan dropping the course, you must drop by yourself. It is the student’s responsibility to drop if you do not plan on taking this course.

Critical Dates For Course
Term: Spring 2019
Last day to add with add code: 03-FEB-19
Last day to drop with a refund: 03-FEB-19
Last day to drop without a "W": 03-FEB-19
Last day to drop with a "W": 21-APR-19
Census Date: 04-FEB-19
Last day to choose Pass/No Pass grading: 14-FEB-19

Dropping the course 

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class by the withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: If you drop this class after the last day to drop without a "W," you will receive a "W" on your transcript.  All courses in which you earn a grade of "D", "F", "NP" and/or "W" are counted as "unsatisfactory" attempts to successfully complete the course. You are only allowed 3 attempts to repeat courses for which you receive an "unsatisfactory" grade.  A "W" on your transcript will count as an "unsatisfactory" attempt to successfully complete the course.

Academic integrity

Cheating is absolutely not tolerated. You are encouraged to study together for the quizzes. You are encouraged to discuss assignments with others, but you cannot work on the assignment together. Assignments should be written completely independently. Plagiarism will result in a zero for that assignment, at minimum. Also, asking someone who has taken an exam before you have about the content of the exam or receiving information about an exam that you have not yet taken is prohibited. After taking the exam, please to do not discuss the exam with anyone who has not already taken the exam. Do not post or share the questions with anyone or anywhere. For more information on the college's policy regarding cheating refer to the Cuesta College Student Code of ConductLinks to an external site..

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities, whether physical, learning, or psychological, who believe that they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Programs and ServicesLinks to an external site. (DSPS) or the instructor as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. The DSPS phone number is 546-3148, and they are located in the Academic Support Center, Building 3300. 

Student computer competency requirements

Students are expected to know how to use a computer and use an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome.

Computer requirements

Browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site.can be found hereLinks to an external site..

College Support Services

Help and Technical Support

  • If the Cuesta server goes down or the power is out, you are still responsible for accessing the course. When this happens, you can access the class through here
  • For all other issues related to the course or course content, please email me.

Course and College Policies

  • Authentication policy: Authenticating student identity will be conducted through the use of the Learning Management System, CanvasCanvas requires each student to log into the program using a secure login and password to access. 
  • Regular Effective Contact policy: Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and office hours which may be asynchronous or synchronous.

Netiquette and Online Course Participation

Use respectful and appropriate language in your forum discussions.

Student Expectations

  • Students should log on to the course at least three times per week.
  • In order to succeed in the course, students should buy the required textbook listed above.
  • In order to succeed in this course, expect to spend at least nine hours per week doing the readings, assignments, participating on the discussion forums, and preparing for quizzes.
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