Tuesday/Friday: 12:30pm – 2:20pm
Office: O’Connor 336
Office Hours: Mon/Wed 10:30 – 12:30 or by appointment
Phone: (508) 626-4864
Discussions of social problems are everywhere. They’re mentioned in Instagram and Twitter posts, news reports, and political speeches. We see them dramatized in movies, TV shows, and YouTube videos. Therefore, you come into this course already familiar with many of the issues we will discuss, and they may personally affect you. The course offers fascinating new ways to understand these important topics, exposing you to the hidden stories behind social problems.
Assigned readings are chapters from a book I have written for this course titled Seeing Social Problems: The Hidden Stories Behind Contemporary Issues that will be published in January 2020. All chapters are posted below. There is NOTHING you need to buy!
*Please bring assigned readings to class. Either print them or access them electronically in class via your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
There are 12 written homework assignments throughout the semester that are due on the dates indicated below. You are to answer any three questions of your choosing from those listed in the section titled “What Do You Know Now?” at the end of each chapter.
To be eligible for full credit (3 points per write-up), you must post your work before class starts and follow these guidelines:
- Number your responses.
- Write one paragraph per response – more is okay.
- Include details from the chapter. BSing counts for nothing.
GRADING AND EVALUATION:
Your final grade will be based on the following:
I understand sometimes there are justifiable reasons for missing a class, but if you miss more than two it will start to affect your grade. If you have to be absent, there is no need to give me a doctor’s note. It is your responsibility to catch up on material you missed.
Students should be aware of the University’s policies concerning academic honesty, which are stated in the undergraduate catalog: “Integrity is essential to academic life. Consequently, students who enroll at Framingham State University agree to maintain high standards of academic honesty and scholarly practice. They shall be responsible for familiarizing themselves with the published policies and procedures regarding academic honesty.” Infractions include plagiarism, cheating on exams and quizzes, unauthorized collaboration with other students, and submitting work in more than one course for academic credit without prior approval of the instructor. The FSU Catalog defines plagiarism as “claiming as one’s own work the published or unpublished literal or paraphrased work of another.” Penalties for academic dishonesty may include receiving a failing grade for the course, academic suspension, and dismissal from the University.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:
By taking this class, you agree to abide by Framingham State University’s policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working, and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people. The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act (“MCRA,” M.G.L. c. 12, §§ 11H, 11I, 11J) protects the rights of all residents of and visitors to Massachusetts to be free from bias-motivated threats, intimidation, and coercion that interfere with their civil rights. The MCRA protects the right to attend school, live peacefully, and enjoy other basic rights.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH
*Homework assignment #1 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH
*Homework assignment #2 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH
*Homework assignment #3 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1st
*Homework assignment #4 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH
*Students from SHOWA Boston will be joining us.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8TH
*Homework assignment #5 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH
*Homework assignment #6 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22ND
*Homework assignment #7 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH
No class – I will be away.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28TH
*Midterm paper due via email
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST
*Homework assignment #8 due on Blackboard
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH
*Read in class: “The Hearts of Boys”
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH
*Homework assignment #9 due on Blackboard
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH
*Homework assignment #10 due on Blackboard
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND
*Homework assignment #11 due on Blackboard
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
No class – Thanksgiving break
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
No class — snow day
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH
No reading!…We will attend a lunch discussion about the earth’s sustainability (see details here), for which you may earn extra credit.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH
*Homework assignment #12 due on Blackboard
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16TH
*Final paper due via email