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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Maria Davis

Contact

  • Phone: 232-6337 (During Office Hours)
  • Office: CLA 4.616
  • Office Hours: Monday noon-1:00 pm

Interests

Religion, Religion and Health, Latin America

SOC 308 • Contemp Us Social Problems

46060 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JGB 2.218
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Course Overview: 

This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the myriad of contemporary social problems confronting the United States. Students will employ sociological concepts and perspectives to uncover the roots of this country’s most pressing social issues, ranging from various forms of inequality and changes in work and family life to healthcare, immigration and terrorism. Students will gain an understating of the ways culture and policy, as well as current changes in our social institutions, shape individual and group behavior and can both exacerbate and ameliorate social problems. Finally, this course equips students with the sociological theories and concepts to understand and evaluate social problems, as well as the ways in which people struggle to change them.

Required Text:

Social Problems: A Service Learning Approach. Corey Dolgon and Chris Baker. SAGE Pine Forge Publishing. 2011

Course Requirements: Grades for this course are distributed as follows:

  • Three in class exams – 25% each – consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions per exam.
  • Reflection Assignments – 25%. Students will complete nine to twelve short reflection assignments worth 10 points each. Reflection assignments require attendance; therefore, make-ups will not be given for missed assignments.

SOC F308 • Contemp Us Social Problems

88130 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm WAG 308
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Course Overview: 

This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the myriad of contemporary social problems confronting the United States. Students will employ sociological concepts and perspectives to uncover the roots of this country’s most pressing social issues, ranging from various forms of inequality and changes in work and family life to healthcare, immigration and terrorism. Students will gain an understating of the ways culture and policy, as well as current changes in our social institutions, shape individual and group behavior and can both exacerbate and ameliorate social problems. Finally, this course equips students with the sociological theories and concepts to understand and evaluate social problems, as well as the ways in which people struggle to change them.

Required Text:

Social Problems: A Service Learning Approach. Corey Dolgon and Chris Baker. SAGE Pine Forge Publishing. 2011

Course Requirements:

Grades for this course are distributed as follows:

  • Three in class exams – 25% each – consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions per exam.
  • Reflection Assignments – 25%. Students will complete nine to twelve short reflection assignments worth 10 points each. Reflection assignments require attendance; therefore, make-ups will not be given for missed assignments.

SOC 308 • Contemp Us Social Problems

45610 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CLA 1.106
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Course Overview: 

This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the myriad of contemporary social problems confronting the United States. Students will employ sociological concepts and perspectives to uncover the roots of this country’s most pressing social issues, ranging from various forms of inequality and changes in work and family life to healthcare, immigration and terrorism. Students will gain an understating of the ways culture and policy, as well as current changes in our social institutions, shape individual and group behavior and can both exacerbate and ameliorate social problems. Finally, this course equips students with the sociological theories and concepts to understand and evaluate social problems, as well as the ways in which people struggle to change them.

Required Text:

Social Problems: A Service Learning Approach. Corey Dolgon and Chris Baker. SAGE Pine Forge Publishing. 2011

Course Requirements:

Grades for this course are distributed as follows:

  • Three in class exams – 25% each – consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions per exam.
  • Reflection Assignments – 25%. Students will complete nine to twelve short reflection assignments worth 10 points each. Reflection assignments require attendance; therefore, make-ups will not be given for missed assignments.

SOC F308 • Contemp Us Social Problems

88460 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am BUR 116
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Description

This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the myriad of contemporary social problems confronting the United States. Students will employ sociological concepts and perspectives to uncover the roots of this country’s most pressing social issues, ranging from various forms of inequality and changes in work and family life to healthcare, immigration and terrorism. Students will gain an understating of the ways culture and policy, as well as current changes in our social institutions, shape individual and group behavior and can both exacerbate and ameliorate social problems. Finally, this course equips students with the sociological theories and concepts to understand and evaluate social problems, as well as the ways in which people struggle to change them.

Required Text

Social Problems: A Service Learning Approach. Corey Dolgon and Chris Baker. SAGE Pine Forge Publishing. 2011

Course Requirements

  • Three in class exams – 25% each – consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions per exam.
  • Reflection Assignments – 25%. Students will complete nine-twelve short reflection assignments worth 10 points each. 

SOC 308 • Contemp Us Social Problems

45415 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 130
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Course Overview: 

This course provides students with the opportunity to examine the myriad of contemporary social problems confronting the United States. Students will employ sociological concepts and perspectives to uncover the roots of this country’s most pressing social issues, ranging from various forms of inequality and changes in work and family life to healthcare, immigration and terrorism. Students will gain an understating of the ways culture and policy, as well as current changes in our social institutions, shape individual and group behavior and can both exacerbate and ameliorate social problems. Finally, this course equips students with the sociological theories and concepts to understand and evaluate social problems, as well as the ways in which people struggle to change them.

 

Required Text:

 Social Problems: A Service Learning Approach. Corey Dolgon and Chris Baker. SAGE Pine Forge Publishing. 2011

Course Requirements: 

Three in class exams – 25% each – consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions per exam.

Reflection Assignments – 25%. Students will complete nine short reflection assignments worth 10 points each. 

SOC 308 • Contemp Us Social Problems

45255 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm BUR 216
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Description: 

This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine the myriad of contemporary social issues confronting the United States today.  Students will employ sociological concepts and perspectives to analyze our nation's moπst pressing social problems, ranging from various forms of social inequality, to crime, terrorism and war, and environmental degradation.  Students will gain an understanding of how social institutions, such as education, the economy, and family shape individual and group behavior and can both exacerbate and ameliorate social problems. Finally, students will be challenged to examine policy solutions to these pressing social issues.

Required Texts:

Macionis, John. 2008. Social Problems, 3rd Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall. 

Grading Policy:

4 exams 20% each

in class assignments 20%

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