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Welcome to Sociology 1160-01 Online


Spring 2014


Hi Everybody in Sociology 1160-01 Online,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this interesting intellectual experience this semester.

It is advisable that you be ready to start working from the first day of classes, at the beginning of the semester.

You need to know the basic information and policies related to the course, as mentioned in the syllabus below.

You also need to explore various sections of materials available to you on Georgia View.

Most importantly, you need to look at the Calendar daily to know and keep up with the course activities.

Check your email at GV also daily to see if there are messages from me or from your colleagues.

All communications concerning the course should be through the Georgia View system. Don't use DSConnect email unless there's something you have other than the course, or if Georgia View is not working.

I’m looking forward to see your Introductory Messages, with photos if possible, telling the class about yourself, major, career, hobbies, at the Discussions section on Georgia View.


Here’re few lines about me:

I was born in Gaza, Palestine, in 1950. In 1967, I left to Jordan, then to Egypt, Libya, and the UAE, before immigrating to the USA, in 1986. I have been teaching sociology and anthropology courses at DSC since 1991.

I completed my M.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology in 1988, and my Ph.D. degree in Sociology, in 1993, at the University of Georgia.

I am now teaching the Introduction to Sociology (SOCI-1101) course in three different ways: Regular, Hybrid, and online. I teach Marriage and Family (SOCI-2293) as a regular course in Spring, I also teach Introduction to Anthropology (ANTH-1103) and Social Problems (SOCI-1160) courses online.

I am married with five grown up children and four wonderful grandchildren.

Dr. Hassan El-Najjar.


Social Problems  

SOCI - 1160 – 01O, CRN: 20261 

Spring 2014  

14 August – 11 December 2013 

This is an online class that will meet only once every about three weeks for in-class unit exams 

Dates: Class meets four times for taking unit Exams  

(See the Course Schedule) 

Day: Wednesday 

Time: 10:50 am - 12:05 pm 

Room: Brown Center 203 

Online Course 


Office Hours:

MW: 10:00 – 12:10 pm 

  T: 10:45 – 12:10 pm 

  R: 10:45 – 01:00 pm

Or by appointment for other times: 



Course Contents

Six Steps to Do Well in This Course

Several materials are provided to you through the Georgia View (GV) online learning system in order to help you do well in this course.

To do well, then, is dependent on using these materials and completing the following six steps thoroughly:

1. Read each assigned chapter.

2. Read the author's chapter outlines.

3. Write down your essay discussion of the assigned topics then submit it through GV.

4. Read and look at the author's power-point presentations.

5. When you complete all of the above five activities, take the relevant online test.

6. Finally, skim through all of the above before taking the in-class exam.



Social Problems, Census Update, 4/E
John J. MacionisKenyon College

ISBN-10: 0205164919

ISBN-13:  9780205164912 

Publisher:  Pearson

Copyright:  2012

Format:  Paper; 552 pp

Published:  07/05/2011

Status: Instock

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Macionis's Social Problems is the only social problems text that explains how society frames social problems and solutions through politics. The text analyzes social issues and policies, using the concepts of sociological theory and the everyday language of politics.  

This text helps students understand the attitudes and values that define the political spectrum in the United States. Once students know how social problems are defined by our society through politics, and how the policies to solve these problems are developed, students are able to  become involved in solving social problems through activism and political involvement.


Course Learning Objectives  


The Department of Social Sciences assists students in developing an ability to acquire data, understand relationships, process information, draw conclusions, and critically evaluate issues related to the society and culture of the United States and the world at large. To achieve these aims, the Department offers courses that support the Colleges various associate and baccalaureate programs. These courses include offerings in anthropology, criminal justice, geography, history, political science, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.  


1. Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate and analyze perspectives and values of diverse cultural groups and their historical experiences in the United States.  

2. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze origins of and solutions for social problems, particularly in relation to racism, sexism, poverty, and crime. 

3. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze origins of and solutions for social problems, particularly in relation to alcohol, drugs, work, and family life.



Course Requirements and Evaluation  


Students are required to attend to online class activities, read the text, submit assignments on time, and take all the tests described in this syllabus. Evaluation will be based on the student's ability to demonstrate understanding of the topics discussed throughout the course.  


Evaluation is divided into the following main parts:  

1. There are four multiple-choice exams, which account for 50% of the grade (12.5% each). The exams will be drawn from the text, lectures, and media presented in the class.

2. Chapter Online Tests, on Georgia View, which account for 25% of the grade.

3. Essays, discussing social problems, one on each chapter covered in the course, which account for 15% of the grade (See details on Georgia View, at the Discussions section).

4. Essay Discussions, on Georgia View, which account for 10% of the grade. 

 Notes Concerning deadlines and dates of exams and tests:  

1. Exams are to be taken in class, on campus, at the specific dates and times stated in the course schedule section. 

2. Chapter Online tests and quizzes are to be taken through the Georgia View system, at the announced dates and deadlines. 

3. Students are strongly encouraged to take exams and tests on time. Missing exams may lead to a penalty of 10% (or 20%) points less for each test or exam (See details in the Schedule Section). 

Course Schedule & Exams                                                  


Because of the online nature of this course, flexibility in taking tests and exams is necessary but within the range of time specified in the schedule below.  

Online chapter tests are clearly and specifically announced in terms of dates, times, and deadlines in the schedule below and in the Georgia View / Vista system.  

It is the responsibility of students to read components of this syllabus, updates, and announcements of assignments regularly in Georgia View, in order to know the dates and times of online tests, exams, and other course assignments and activities. 

The course in-class unit exams are to be taken on on the same dates mentioned below, at the DSC campus, at the same time and in the same place the class meets. 


Make-up exams (for the first four in-class exams) can be requested for extremely difficult circumstances (Students are expected to provide documentation for these circumstances).  

If an exam is justifiably missed (e.g. physical injury or death in the family), a student may ask for a make-up exam to be scheduled as soon as possible.  

Students missing an exam (with excusable circumstances) may be assigned a day for a make up for that exam within few days. 

Students missing an exam without an excusable and documented circumstance will be assigned a day to make up the test but with a penalty of 10% of points less, to be deducted from their total score for that test. 

If a student misses the make up day, then a second make up time may be scheduled but with another penalty of 10% points less (20% total), to be deducted from his/her total score for that test. 

The online tests cannot be made up because students are allowed about a week to take each one of them. The exception is if there are severe circumstances, as mentioned above.


A Tentative Course Schedule 


1. 1/06 - 1/12     1   Studying Social Problems  

2. 1/13 - 1/19     2   Poverty & Wealth

3. 1/20 - 1/26     3   Racial & Ethnic Inequality   

(MLK Holiday: Monday, January 20, 2013)

4. 1/27 - 2/02          Review

EXAM I: (CHAPTERS 1, 2, 3), Wednesday, 1/29

5. 2/03 - 2/9       4   Gender Inequality

6. 2/10 - 2/16     5   Aging & Inequality

7. 2/17 - 2/23     6   Crime, Violence, and Criminal Justice

8. 2/24 – 3/2           Exam II

EXAM II: (CHAPTER 4, 5, 6), Wednesday, 2/26

9. 3/03 - 3/09 No Assignments, Enjoy Your Spring Break: March 3-7, 2014

10. 3/10 - 3/16     7   Sexuality

(Mid-Term Grades Due: 3/14)

11. 3/17 - 3/23    8  Alcohol & Other Drugs

Mid of the Semester: March 21, 2012 (Withdrawing without Evaluation)

12. 3/24 - 3/30    9  Physical & Mental Health

13. 3/31 - 4/06    Exam III

EXAM III: (CHAPTER 7, 8, 9), Wednesday, 4/02

14. 4/07 - 4/13     10   Economy & Politics

15. 4/14 - 4/20     11   Work and Workplace


16. 4/21 – 4/27    12   Family Life


17. 4/28                     Review

Last Day of classes for the A Session: Monday, April 28, 2014

EXAM IV (CHAPTERS 10, 11 & 12): Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 10:30-12:30.