Social Problems


  2. A. Course Title: Social Problems
    B. Course Number: SO 223 - 10080
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: M W F 12:00:00 PM - 12:50:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Emmerich, Patty
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: I will have office hours by appointment. Dr. E.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH205

    This course includes social problems with analysis of the social principles in group living as well as individual problems arising from social class, social disorganization, and maladjustment. It includes causes, effects, and remedial measures. This is a three credit hour course.


    Social Problems is the study of current aspects of our social system that are dysfunctional. A social problem exists when an influential group asserts that a certain social condition affecting a large number of people is a problem and may be remedied by collective action.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico, Texas, and other post-secondary schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year institution.



    Henslin, James M. Social Problems. 11th ed.Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2014.)

    References: The instructor will provide materials, such as film, papers, and educational games.


    Glenn, Cheryl, and Loretta Gray. Harbrace Essentials. 2nd ed. USA: Cengage Learning, 2015.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Class instruction will consist of informal lecture, class experiential learning, and class discussion. The course will use supplemental reading, class demonstrations, and current film, as it contributes to the topics. Grading will be based on examinations, projects, short assignments, and class participation. The examinations will consist of subjective and objective formats.

    It is imperative that you come to class prepared for discussion. With such preparation, you will be able to relate to and/or identify any problem areas that need to be addressed.

    The instructor expects tolerance for different points of view that may be held by some members of the class.

    Evaluation Procedures:

    First Assessmentch. 1-2Discussion/Debates, current events, and clippings50 pts.
    Second Assessmentch. 3-6Written Exam with objective and subjective parts100 pts.
    Third Assessmentch.7-10Paper with Rubric100 pts.
    Presentations-capstoneTopic chosen by student with instructor approval. Fourth Assessment.100 pts.
    Participation in classroom discussion and
    short activities in the classroom to reinforce material
    such as role-playing, recitation, etc.
    50 pts.
    Final Examch. 11-14, and comprehensive items for Final Assessment.105 pts.
    Total Points =505 pts.

    A grade455 -505
    B grade404 -454
    C grade354 -403
    D grade303 -353
    F grade0 -302

    New Mexico Junior Collegeís institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. This particular course falls under Area IV. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    A. identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the context of complex and diverse communities.

    B. articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.

    C. describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

    D. apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    After completing this course the student should be able to:

    Understand that deviance is culturally relative.

    Explain the functions and dysfunctions of deviance.

    Differentiate among the various types of sanctions.

    Describe the major features of the criminal justice system in the United States.

    Provide a clear and concise description and analysis of major social problems in America.

    Present and describe proposed solutions for resolving each of the problems discussed.

    Stimulate interest in understanding and doing something about resolving social problems.

    Instill a sense that problems indeed can be solved, while at the same time tempering this optimism with a realistic understanding of the difficulties involved in achieving this end.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    SO 223 Social Problems-12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
    Building--Heidel Hall--Classroom--#204--M/W/F

    Monday, January 16, 2017--Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.--Campus Closed.

    Day One Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    Canvas discussion
    Discuss the "why" was Social Problems.

    Day Two Friday, January 20, 2017
    Chapter 1 "How Sociologists View Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma"

    Day Three Monday, January 23, 2017
    Chapter 1 "How Sociologists View Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma"

    Day Four Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    Chapter 1 "How Sociologists view Social Problems: The Abortion Dilemma"

    Day Five Friday, January 27, 2017
    Chapter 2 "Interpreting Social Problems: Aging"

    Day Six Monday, January 30, 2017
    Chapter 2 "Interpreting Social Problems: Aging"

    Day Seven Wednesday, February 1, 2017
    Set-up Assessment 1--(chapters 1 and 2)

    Day Eight Friday, February 3, 2017
    Complete *Assessment 1.

    Day Nine Monday, February 6, 2017
    Chapter 3 "Social Problems Related to Sexual Behavior"

    Day Ten Wednesday, February 8, 2017
    Chapter 3 "Social Problems Related to Sexual Behavior"

    Day Eleven Friday, February 10, 2017
    Chapter 3 "Social Problems Related to Sexual Behavior"

    Day Twelve Monday, February 13, 2017
    Chapter 4 "Alcohol and Other Drugs"

    Day Thirteen Wednesday, February 15, 2017
    Chapter 4 "Alcohol and Other Drugs"

    Day Fourteen Friday, February 17, 2017
    Chapter 4 "Alcohol and Other Drugs"

    Day Fifteen Monday, February 20, 2017
    Chapter 5 "Violence in Society: Rape and Murder"

    Day Sixteen Wednesday, February 22, 2017
    Chapter 5 "Violence in Society: Rape and Murder"

    Day Seventeen Friday, February 24, 2017
    Chapter 5 "Violence in Society: Rape and Murder"

    Day Eighteen Monday, February 27, 2017
    Chapter 6 "Crime and Criminal Justice"

    Day Nineteen Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    Chapter 6 "Crime and Criminal Justice"

    Day Twenty Friday, March 3, 2017
    Exam (chapters 3-6)*Assessment 2.

    Day Twenty-one Monday, March 6, 2017
    Exam Results
    Chapter 7 "Economic Problems: Poverty and Wealth"

    Day Twenty-two Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    Chapter 7 "Economic Problems: Poverty and Wealth"

    Day Twenty-three Friday, March 10, 2017
    Chapter 8 "Racial and Ethnic Relations"

    Day Twenty-four Monday, March 13, 2017
    Chapter 8 "Racial and Ethnic Relations"

    Day Twenty-five Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    Chapter 9 "Inequalities of Gender and Sexual Orientation"

    Day Twenty-six Friday, March 17, 2017
    Chapter 9 "Inequalities of Gender and Sexual

    Day Twenty-seven Monday, March 20, 2017
    Chapter 10 "Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness"

    Day Twenty-eight Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    Chapter 10 "Medical Care: Physical and Mental Illness"

    Day Twenty-nine Friday, March 24, 2017
    Work on the paper/rubric in class. *Assessment 3.

    Monday through Friday, March 27--31, 2017--Spring Break--Campus Closed.

    Day Thirty Monday, April 3, 2017
    Work on the paper/rubric in class.

    Day Thirty-one Wednesday, April 5, 2017
    Work on the paper/rubric in class.

    Day Thirty-two Friday, April 7, 2017
    Work on the paper/rubric in class, if needed.
    Paper due today. *Assessment 3.

    Day Thirty-three Monday, April 10, 2017
    Chapter 11 "The Changing Family"

    Day Thirty-four Wednesday, April 12, 2017
    Chapter 11 "The Changing Family"

    Friday, April 14, 2017--Good Friday--Campus Closed.

    Day Thirty-five Monday, April 17, 2017
    Chapter 12 "Urbanization and Population"

    Day Thirty-six Wednesday, April 19, 2017
    Chapter 12 "Urbanization and Population"

    Day Thirty-seven Friday, April 21, 2017
    Chapter 13 "The Environmental Crisis"

    Day Thirty-eight Monday, April 24, 2017
    Chapter 13 "The Environmental Crisis"

    Day Thirty-nine Wednesday, April 26, 2017
    Chapter 14 "War, Terrorism, and the Balance of Power"

    Day Forty Friday, April 28, 2017
    Chapter 14 "War, Terrorism, and the Balance
    of Power"

    Day Forty-one Monday, May 1, 2017
    Work on Capstone/Presentations in class.
    Capstone/Presentations if ready second half of class-time.

    Day Forty-two Wednesday, May 3, 2017
    Capstone/Presentations in class.

    Day Forty-three Friday, May 5, 2017
    Capstone/Presentations in class.
    Review for Final Exams--with comprehensive item(s) discussed.

    **Final Exams are scheduled on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.