Russell A. Castro, MA
Tel. (985) 549-5984 Office Hours: 10:30 – 12:30 (or) 1:45 – 4:00 TuThr Email: Rcastro@selu.edu
Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice Office: Fayard Hall 358-A
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1) Discover a “multi-perspectival” approach to understanding social problems by alternately framing analyses and interpretations through the Functionalist, Conflict Theory, and Interactionist paradigms;
2) Illuminate relationships between what otherwise appear to be “unrelated” social phenomena;
3) Explore the processes by which public perceptions of social problems are established, the accuracy of public perceptions, and the implications of public opinion for social reform/political behavior; (and)
4) Develop the vocabulary and skill to clearly articulate complex social insights to others.
Please remember that you will be responsible for ALL assigned material regardless of whether or not it is covered, or referred to, in class. This also applies to any supplemental materials used or assigned (e.g., documentaries, feature films, outside lectures, etc.). Exams are usually about 50% - 50% from lecture and reading (+ additional materials such as films, documentaries, guest speakers, etc.).
Required and Recommended Texts:
Required: Social Problems J.W. Coleman & Donald R. Cressey (7th Edition) 1999.
Recommended: Constructing Social Problems, M. Spector & J. Kitsuse 1987.
There will be 3 comprehensive examinations. The exams may be multiple choice, true-or-false, short-answer, and/or essay questions ranging from ONE to 100 items, each. Exams may include information covered in lecture, the textbook, student presentations, exercises and assignments. Please bring a (functional) Scantron-B form and a Blue Book to all exam meetings. Scantron-B forms that are damaged (that is: folded, creased, or crinkled on the edge) or that are marked incorrectly (for instance, marked in ink instead of #2 pencil) cannot be processed, and will therefore receive a failing “0” score.
ALL exam scores will count; that is: there will be no “dropped score” deleted from your average. Generally NOT PERMITTED without advance arrangements, all “make-up exams” will be in essay format.
Attendance and behavior policy:
Attendance records (role) will be kept and reported to the administration, as required. Regular attendance is strongly recommended, and required for best performance. In class, please refrain from: Disrespectfulness of any kind, Personal conversation, Lateness, Early departure, Sleeping, Eating, Drinking, and/or Smoking.
Grades: PERCENT OF FINAL GRADE
A: 100-85 Exam I: 33.3%
B: 84-70 Exam II: 33.3%
C: 69-55 Exam III: 33.3%
F: 39 and below
ANYONE IN THIS CLASS WITH A DOCUMENTED DISABILITY WHICH MAY REQUIRE SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS, PLEASE INFORM THE INSTRUCTOR AND THEN CONTACT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE, STUDENT UNION ROOM 203, PHONE: 549 - 2247.
Good Luck and have a pleasant and personally enriching semester!
*All dates, materials, and information stated herein are subject to change by the instructor.