Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

SOCI 216: American Social Problems

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  Course Description

Nature and impact of contemporary social problems.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Final



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Required

  •  Mooney, L., Knox, D. & Schacht, C. 2017. Understanding Social Problems (10th). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.  eText

Bookstore Information

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eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address. Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the Ed Map storefront at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns: Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy. Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Note: Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials, but may do so through the Ed Map storefront. Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

  Course Overview

Describe the processes whereby social issues come to be defined as social. Explain the difference between individualistic and sociological explanations for social problems. Describe and explain three different sociological theoretical perspectives on social problems. Explain sociological perspectives on specific social problems.

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

  Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the processes whereby social issues come to be defined as social problems.
  2. Explain the difference between individualistic and sociological explanations for social problems.
  3. Describe and explain three different sociological theoretical perspectives on social problems.
  4. Explain sociological perspectives on specific social problems.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 855-950 90-100%
B 760-854 80-89%
C 665-759 70-79%
D 570-664 60-69%
F 0-569 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 240 25%
Writing Assignments (6) 300 32%
Quizzes (4) 40 4%
Midterm Exam 140 15%
Final Exam 230 24%
Total 950 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction Discussion -- Wednesday
Discussion 1 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 15 Friday/Sunday
Writing Assignment 1 50 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4 15 Friday/Sunday
Writing Assignment 2 50 Sunday
Quiz 1 10
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6 15 Friday/Sunday
Writing Assignment 3 50 Sunday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 15 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 2 10 Sunday
Midterm Exam 140

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10 15 Friday/Sunday
Writing Assignment 4 50 Sunday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 15 Friday/Sunday
Writing Assignment 5 50 Sunday
Quiz 3 10

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 15 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14 15 Friday/Sunday
Writing Assignment 6 50 Sunday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 15 Wednesday/Saturday
Discussion 16 15 Friday/Sunday
Quiz 4 10 Saturday
Final Exam 230
Total Points: 950

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

There will be two discussion topics each week. You are expected to make an initial response to the discussion question and two responses to other classmates’ posts for each topic. Initial post for the first discussion of the week is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Wednesday, while the initial post for the second discussion of the week is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday.  Your responses to both discussions are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday of each week, except for Week 8, when your responses are due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday.

The response to the discussion question should be formal and cite text when necessary. The use of a particular format (e.g., ASA) is not required for the response. The response to the discussion question should be influenced by material from the readings and videos when appropriate. The response to the discussion question should be at least 2 paragraphs in length.  The responses to others’ contributions can be less formal, but should go beyond agree/disagree observations.  Each response to another student's contribution should be at least 4 sentences in length. Successful completion of all posts is worth 240 points.

Writing Assignments

Six two-page topical writing assignments, worth up to 50 points each, will be assigned. Each paper should be written in 12-point font with one-inch borders. In addition, each paper must be a minimum of two pages in length, and a maximum of four pages in length. Page count excludes title page. The title page should be on a separate page. The paper should be written in ASA format. The topic of the paper will be aligned with each week’s subject. The papers are due by Sunday 11:59 p.m. CT in Weeks 1-3 and 5-7. Remember, spelling and punctuation will be considered when grading the paper. You are reminded to consult the grading rubric, especially regarding the requirement to apply two Sociological concepts, as well as to use two authoritative sources.

Quizzes

Four 10-point multiple-choice question quizzes are due at the end of Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8. These are open-book quizzes; you are allowed one attempt and have a 15-minute time limit. The quizzes in Weeks 2, 4, and 6 are open Monday 12:01 a.m. CT through Sunday 11:59 p.m. CT of the appropriate week. The Week 8 quiz is open until Saturday 11:59 p.m. CT.

Exams

A non-proctored Midterm and a proctored Final exam are offered in the course. Students must submit the “Student Proctor Information Submission Form” to the Proctor Information Dropbox by the end of Week 2. This form and additional information about Proctoring is located in the Content area of the course.

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam is worth 140 points total, and you are allowed 120 minutes to complete it. The exam is comprised of 60 multiple-choice questions that are worth 120 points; two 10-point essay questions will also be included in the exam for an additional 20 points. The Midterm Exam is open Tuesday 12:01 a.m. CT through Sunday 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 4.

Final Exam

The proctored Final Exam is worth 230 points total, and you are allowed 2 hours to complete it. The exam is comprised of 70 multiple-choice questions that are worth 210 points; two 10- point essays will also be included in the exam for an additional 20 points. The exam covers reading material from Weeks 5-8 (chapters 6-13, 15). The exam must be completed in the presence of a proctor. Any discovery of cheating will result in a grade of zero for the exam and possible disciplinary action by the appropriate College officials. Notes, books, and other forms of assistance are not allowed. The final exam is open Tuesday 12:01 a.m. CT through Saturday 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 1
Introduction Discussion

Introduce yourself in the "Introductions" topic of our class Discussion in our "virtual classroom." Please give us more than your name. Include your profession, hobbies, interests, and any other information that can help us get to know you.

Discussion 1

Choose a social problem and describe how you would go about researching it: briefly describe the problem and why you think it is worthy of research; next, state a hypothesis describing the variables involved in your research (a hypothesis links an independent (causal) and a dependent (impacted) variable in a logical, testable manner); then, offer a detailed description of how you would collect the data for your research (e.g., experiment, questionnaire, interviews, secondary data). Explain why you chose your method over other options. A brief description of information to help you complete this can be found in Chapter 1 as well as the video in D2L.

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 2

The text notes that social problems have a subjective and objective element; what does this mean? What are the implications of this to the definition of a social problem?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Writing Assignment 1

Choose a macro-level social problem and describe its impact on society. Then discuss how the major Sociological perspectives discussed in Chapter 1 can be used to analyze and alleviate this social problem. 

For example, you may choose drug addiction as the topic.  Begin by explaining why you think it is a problem and the harm it causes to society.  This should be considered an introductory section and should be no more than a quarter page in length.

The bulk of the paper, one and three-quarter pages at least, should then be devoted to showing how the functional, interactionist, and the conflict perspectives would explain why the problem exists. Much effort should be placed here.

1) Discuss in detail the nature of the cause of the problem from each theoretical perspective. Be sure to address the cause from the unique perspective of the theory.  For example, a conflict perspective might focus on alienation, the functionalist might focus on anomie, and the interactionists might focus on the labeling process. Describe the theoretical concepts and then show how they would apply to the problem of choice. 

2) Then, describe how each theoretical perspective might attempt to alleviate or solve the problem through the brief discussion of a policy inspired by each perspective.  There should be a degree of logical consistency between cause and policy for each when the paper is complete.  For example, the conflict perspective might argue that alienation is a factor in drug abuse. A policy from this perspective would likely attempt to address the root of the alienation to solve the problem. This often leads to the suggestion of structural reform. The functional perspective might stress rapid and uncontrolled social changes, perhaps indicating a need to gain control of these changes. The interactionists might stress how members of society are encouraged to interpret and act upon an issue. Perhaps these perceptions need to be revised. Nonetheless, some discussion of the structural changes needed, the effort to control vicissitudes, and image alteration is needed.

There are no right or wrong answers, so don’t be afraid to “do theory.” The object of this assignment is to encourage you to apply sociological theories, and to some extent your imagination, to social problems. As you will see, each theory offers a number of directions that can be taken to address a problem. For example, the conflict perspective has a Marxist and non-Marxist direction that can lead to totally different interpretations of a problem. Part of the challenge of the paper is to choose one direction from each perspective and follow it through.

Consult the grading rubric, especially regarding the requirement to apply two sociological concepts and use two authoritative sources.

Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 2
Discussion 3

List and discuss at least three social factors that are related to health and access to health care. What, if anything, can be done to alleviate the impact of these factors on health/health care?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 4

What do symbolic interactionists mean when they assert that mental/physical health issues have become increasingly “medicalized”? Do you agree with this observation? What are the benefits and/or consequences of the medicalization of health issues to society?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Writing Assignment 2

Discuss the possibilities for improving the healthcare system in America. Be prepared to explain solutions from both sides of the political fence and decide which (if any) strategy is headed in the right direction on this essential issue. Or, you may propose an alternative approach to solving the healthcare problem.  To help with this assignment we have a video featuring T.R. Reid. Reid shows us how select nations organize their healthcare systems with the belief that we might take something from these models of health care provision in the video located in the Content area.

Be sure to include your personal comments and ideas on the healthcare dilemma in America.

You are reminded to consult the grading rubric, especially about the requirement to apply two sociological concepts, as well as to use two authoritative sources. Online sources of information may be useful for this assignment as well.

Quiz 1

Quiz 1 will cover Chapters 1 and 2.  It will consist of 10 multiple-choice questions.  You will have 1 attempt and 15 minutes to complete the quiz.  You must submit the quiz no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
Discussion 5

Explain the differences between the three prevailing drug control strategies: deregulation, legalization, criminalization. Explain which you believe would be most effective for controlling narcotics abuse?  What about other substances such as alcohol and tobacco? 

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 6

Which method of criminal justice policy do you think is more effective-one that places an emphasis on incapacitation or one that places an emphasis on rehabilitation?   Explain and defend your choice. Why do you think it is superior to the alternative?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Writing Assignment 3

Choose one topic from the two listed below to write about:

Discuss the societal consequences of drug use and abuse by showing how drug abuse relates to crime and violence, family, work, and health-related issues. All four issues as they relate to drug use/abuse must be addressed to be eligible for full credit

Or

Write an essay discussing the cost of crime to society and to individuals. In your essay, consider the question of whether the punishment of perpetrators may add to the cost of crime.

Consult the grading rubric, especially regarding the requirement to apply two sociological concepts and use two authoritative sources.

Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 5
Discussion 7

What steps can be taken to better support the contemporary American family? Are your suggestions influenced more by the marital decline or marital resiliency perspective from the text?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 8

Identify and discuss factors related to domestic violence.  What steps can be taken to reduce the incidence of domestic violence?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Quiz 2

Quiz 2 will cover Chapters 3 through 5.  It will consist of 10 multiple-choice questions.  You will have 1 attempt and 15 minutes to complete the quiz.  You must submit the quiz no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Midterm Exam

The non-proctored Midterm Exam will cover Chapters 1 - 5.  It will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions and 2 essay questions.  You will have one attempt and 120 minutes to complete this exam.  The exam must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 9
  • Chapter 10
Discussion 9

Discuss at least three examples of sex/gender inequality that exist in America today. Have you personally witnessed or experienced the form of discrimination you have chosen to focus on? If you have not witnessed or experienced the form of discrimination or if you do not feel comfortable sharing your experience, provide an example you have found online. 

Which strategy for action should be pursued to alleviate the situation? 

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 10

Discuss a form of racial and ethnic discrimination listed in the text (education, employment, housing).  Have you personally witnessed or experienced the form of discrimination you have chosen to focus on? If you have not witnessed or experienced the form of discrimination or if you do not feel comfortable sharing your experience, provide an example you have found online. 

Which strategy for action should be pursued to alleviate the situation?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Writing Assignment 4

Discuss the social problems of prejudice and discrimination. Include examples of prejudice and discrimination on the basis of one of the following:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Sex

In other words, discuss the relationship between prejudice and discrimination and one of the social categories listed.

Consult the grading rubric, especially regarding the requirement to apply two sociological concepts and use two authoritative sources.

Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 15
Discussion 11

Albert Einstein is quoted as having said, “So long as there are men there will be wars.”  Do you agree or disagree with this quote?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 12

List and discuss three social factors that have influence over educational attainment. What do you believe can be done to mitigate the influence of these factors?  Based on your research, what could be potential drawbacks to the methods to mitigate the influence of these factors?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Writing Assignment 5

Choose one topic to write about.

Discuss a problem in the American public educational system. Choose one of the persistent social problems discussed in Chapter 8 of the text and discuss this issue in depth:

  1. high school dropout rates,
  2. inequality in educational funding,
  3. inadequate infrastructure,
  4. low levels of student performance,
  5. low levels of teacher performance.

Include suggestions of how you think the problem can be alleviated.

Or

Discuss social problems that are associated with global conflict and war.  What steps can be taken to minimize or eliminate global conflict?

Consult the grading rubric, especially regarding the requirement to apply two sociological concepts and use two authoritative sources.

Quiz 3

Quiz 3 will cover Chapters 8, 9, 10, and 15.  It will consist of 10 multiple-choice questions.  You will have 1 attempt and 15 minutes to complete the quiz.  You must submit the quiz no later than 11:59 pm CT on Sunday.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
Discussion 13

Describe the method by which the U.S. government currently defines poverty.  What are some criticisms and shortcomings of how poverty is defined in the U.S.?  Research how other countries define and deal with poverty.  Based on what you researched, is there a feasible alternative to the current method of measuring and dealing with poverty in the U.S.?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 14

List the four components of Ritzer’s “McDonaldization” of the modern workplace.  What do you see as the consequences of McDonaldization on workers? Is McDonaldization resulting in increased productivity, which makes it worth the impact to the workplace and the workers?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Writing Assignment 6

Discuss the social problem of poverty in the United States. In your analysis, be sure to describe the major programs that are designed to help families deal with social issues associated with poverty.  From the text, p.180, the poverty level threshold for a family of four is $24,088. Many people believe that the social programs that are in place today are not sufficient in helping families escape poverty. Do you agree?

What are your recommended solutions to the persistent problem of poverty in the U.S.? Your policy suggestion should be consistent with a view as to why poverty exists (e.g, a personal problem demands personal solutions, while a social problem demands social solutions).

Or

Name and discuss three problems of work/employment that you believe are the most urgent and need to be resolved. Discuss what role, if any, government and social policy should take in alleviating these problems.

Consult the grading rubric, especially regarding the requirement to apply two sociological concepts and use two authoritative sources.

Readings

Understanding Social Problems

  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
Discussion 15

Research and define what is meant by the “sandwich generation.”  What are some of the problems and challenges faced by members of the “sandwich generation”? Provide examples from your research to show how other cultures address this dilemma.

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Discussion 16

Do you agree or disagree with Gar Smith’s assertion that global shortages in crucial resources such as food and water can be traced to overpopulation? What are the implications of this position? What areas are overlooked?

Make sure to support your answers with references to your textbook; you may wish to reference outside resources as well.

Quiz 4

Quiz 4 will cover Chapters 6, 7, 12, and 13.  It will consist of 10 multiple-choice questions.  You will have 1 attempt and 15 minutes to complete the quiz.  You must submit the quiz no later than 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.

Final Exam

The proctored Final Exam will cover Chapters 6-13 and 15.  It will consist of 70 multiple-choice questions and 2 essay questions.  You will have one attempt and 2 hours (120 minutes) to complete the exam.  You must submit the Final Exam no later than 11:59 pm CT on Saturday.

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Quizzes are not eligible for credit after the due date.

Papers will have 20% deducted every day they are late.  Papers are not eligible for credit after five days.  Allowances may be made in the case of extraordinary circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor; however, the instructor must be informed of the circumstance before the due date. No late assignments will be accepted without documented extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student and with instructor notification prior to the due date.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have questions about the Ed Map storefront, please contact the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.