Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

SOCI 216: American Social Problems

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  Course Description

Nature and impact of American contemporary social problems.

Prerequisite: None

Proctored Exams: Final



  Textbooks

Required

  • Mooney, Linda, David Knox and Caroline Schacht. (2015). Understanding Social Problems. (9). Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning.
    • [ISBN-978-1-285-74650-0]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.

  Course Overview

This course is designed to help you develop a theoretical framework for understanding selected social problems in American society in such areas as health care, alcohol and other drugs, violence and crime, family problems, race and ethnic relations, gender inequality, issues in sexual orientation, problems of youth and aging, work and unemployment, education, population and urbanization, environmental problems, science and technology, conflict, war, and terrorism. The goals of the course will be accomplished by thoroughly reading the assigned chapters, participating in class discussions, completing weekly writing assignments (thoroughly researched), completing quizzes and exams, and through instructor feedback on your work. This course is intended for all interested students, not only for the Sociology major. Social problems affect each and every one of us, directly or indirectly. The course will give you the knowledge to review social policies and discuss strategies for action.

  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 Objectives

  • To describe and differentiate between various theoretical perspectives in the study of social problems.
  • To apply the sociological perspectives to identify, describe and explain a wide variety of social problems in America, including the problems of health care, prejudice and discrimination, population and environment.
  • To evaluate the social policies designed to remedy social problems and recognize the problem of policy implementation in American society.
  • To examine personal values and action relevant to the solution of social problems.

  Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Describe and explain social problems as structural in nature rather than treating them as individual pathologies.
  • Describe and explain social problems from the three primary sociological perspectives.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills in understanding the primary social problems including: racism, sexism, poverty, industrialism, famine, environmental degradation, terrorism, and access to health and healthcare.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 540-600 90-100%
B 480-539 80-89%
C 420-479 70-79%
D 360-419 60-69%
F 0-359 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions (16) 80 13%
Papers (6) 150 25%
Quizzes (4) 40 7%
Midterm Exam (1) 120 20%
Proctored Final Exam (1) 210 35%
Total 600 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Introduction 0 Wednesday
Discussion 1 5
Discussion 2 5 Friday
Writing Assignment 1 25 Sunday

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 5 Wednesday
Discussion 4 5 Friday
Writing Assignment 2 25 Saturday
Quiz 1 10 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 5 Wednesday
Discussion 6 5 Friday
Writing Assignment 3 25 Saturday

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 5 Wednesday
Discussion 8 5 Friday
Quiz 2 10 Sunday
Midterm Exam 120

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 10 5 Friday
Discussion 9 5 Wednesday
Writing Assignment 4 25 Saturday

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 5 Wednesday
Discussion 12 5 Friday
Writing Assignment 5 25 Saturday
Quiz 3 10 Sunday

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 5 Wednesday
Discussion 14 5 Friday
Writing Assignment 6 25 Saturday

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 5 Wednesday
Discussion 16 5 Friday
Quiz 4 10 Saturday
Final Exam 210
Total Points: 600

  Assignment Overview

Discussion Postings

Discussion postings should be complete by the weekly deadlines of Wednesday and Friday at midnightDo not attempt to answer your chosen question until after you have read the appropriate chapter, as your response should be informed by the readings. Your response should be at least 4-5 sentences (a paragraph) in length and contain “substantive” content. Your answer should stay on the topic and demonstrate your understanding of the material in the text book.  Your opinion must be supported by material drawn from the reading. “Substance” refers to depth and insight.  I recommend that you keep the textbook open by your computer when you type your posting, and go ahead and tell us the page from which you are reading as you type, i.e. (Mooney et al., p. 52).  This method helps everyone in the class to “re-read” important parts of the textbook and benefit from your insights about the issues(s).  You are also encouraged to read postings of your classmates, and to respond as if you were sitting in a “brick and mortar” classroom.

Each discussion topic is worth 5 points. The majority of your points (4 points) are awarded for your “main posting,” which should be one paragraph in length. However,  you will also be awarded one point (1 point) on each discussion for “participation”- by this we mean you must read and respond to at least one colleague’s posting to be eligible for the entire five points.  Response posts that contain “good post”, “I agree” statements or lack any real content will not receive credit.  Beyond this requirement, you are encouraged to respond to as many postings as you wish. I will make a contribution to each discussion as well to extend course material as well as to encourage interaction. I would like our course discussions to be similar to what happens in a “brick and mortar” classroom.

Please remember to exercise courtesy and civility when you post and respond
.  Postings that include profanity and/or ab hominem passages will be subject to deletion from the discussion board by the instructor and will not receive credit.  Remember, this is a college setting where higher standards of communication and exchange are expected from all. Replace this text with your 'Section Overview' text.

Writing Assignments

Each Dropbox writing assignment (6 total) will be worth 25 points. Grades are assigned on the basis of a demonstration of mastery of course content, critical thinking skills, completing the requirements of the assignment as described, correct spelling and grammar, correct citations and formatting.  The papers should be at least 2 pages in length (excluding cover page and bibliography), be typed in a 12 point font, and have 1 inch margins on all four sides.  Always save a copy of your paper after it is completed.  This way, if something happens and it becomes “lost” on the way to the dropbox  you can quickly resubmit it if necessary. In this event, tardiness penalties will apply so be sure your paper has been properly submitted before you log off. The first paper is due Sunday of Week 1.  All other papers after Week 1 are due by midnight Saturday of the week they are assigned

Quizzes

Four quizzes are offered during weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8. The quizzes are worth ten points each.  The quizzes are open book and must be completed within the week they are open. 

Exams

There will be two exams: a midterm exam and a proctored final exam. 

Midterm: The midterm will have 60 questions and is worth 120 points. It is not proctored, but you will be on your honor to complete the exam without assistance of any kind. No notes, books, or other forms of assistance are allowed.  You will be allowed 60 minutes to complete the midterm exam. The midterm exam is due SUNDAY of week four.

Final Exam: The final exam will have 70 questions and is worth 210 points. An appropriate proctor is required in accordance with Columbia College policy.  Notes, books, and other forms of assistance are not allowed.  You will have 75 minutes to complete the final exam. The final exam is due SATURDAY of week eight.

  Course Outline

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

Readings
Chapter 1
Introduction
Make a contribution to the “Introduction” topic. This posting is due by Wednesday of the first week. This is to serve as an “icebreaker” to help us all to become acquainted with each other.
Discussion 1
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• List five major social institutions in society. For each, give an example of a possible breakdown in the institution and a social problem that might have resulted from that breakdown.

• Definitions of social problems change over time. Identify a social condition, now widely accepted, that might be viewed as a social problem in the future.
Discussion 2
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• Functional sociologists point out that as policies are enacted to solve a social problem, these policies, though well intended, often have unintended consequences that can develop into other social problems. Can you think of a solution to a problem that has unintended consequences? Can the unintended consequences be avoided?

• Briefly compare the three dominant theoretical perspectives (functionalism, conflict, symbolic interaction) as they address social problems. Which, if any, do you think does a better job of helping you understand social problems?

• In our society we are encouraged to see most social problems as "private troubles" rather than "public issues"? Do you agree with a “private troubles" orientation to social problems, why or why not?

• Think of an important social institution (family, religion, education, politics, economics) and describe both its manifest and latent functions. Second, choose a social problem and explain the subjective and objective elements of that social problem.
Writing Assignment 1
Choose one macro-level social problem and describe its impact on society. Further, discuss how one major Sociological theory can be used to view and research this social problem.

In your paper, explain 1) why the social problem is persistent and 2) the ways that it affects the social system. For example, perhaps you believe that illegal immigration into the U.S. is the largest social problem, so you will write 2-3 solid paragraphs discussing this issue in depth. Next, 3) you are to apply a Theory to explain why the specific social problem exists. Let’s say that you choose the Functional Theory. If so, you will then explain in some depth how the Functionalist Theory approaches the issue of illegal immigration, using related Sociological concepts as appropriate.  Finally 4) again, from the perspective of the chosen theory, propose a solution to the problem.  All four components must be included in the paper to be eligible for full credit.  The paper should be between 2-3 pages, excluding title page and references.. Be sure to carefully edit your writing and correctly cite and list references.  You must have at least two references. The paper must be uploaded to the Dropbox. I will not accept papers via email.  Due Sunday of week one. 
Readings
Chapter 2
Discussion 3
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• For nearly a century, campaigns to bring about universal health care in the United States have failed. Do you envision universal health care in the United States in your lifetime? Why or why not?

• Why do you think the American Psychiatric Association (2000) avoids the use of such expressions as "a schizophrenic" or "an alcoholic" and instead uses the expressions "an individual with schizophrenia" or an individual with alcohol dependence"?

• View TR Reid's "Healing of America" discussion at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfqBNNAgopY. What are your reactions to it? Even if you do not incorporate this video into your discussion you are encouraged to view this and other videos under discussions as these are meant to expand your knowledge on the weekly topics. These are talks offered by “experts” in the field
Discussion 4
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• In the U.S., some believe access to health care is a basic human right, while others feel it should be allocated on the basis of ability to pay, usually through employer provisions. Which position comes closest to how you feel on this issue? Why?

• Many college students do not have health insurance. Consequently, some have to drop out of college because of their inability to pay for the treatment of an unexpected illness and the cost of college simultaneously. Do you think people should have to make a choice between continuing college (or any other similar endeavor) and paying for health care?

• Do you think an employer or any other organization has the right to dismiss an individual simply because s/he sought mental health counseling or had suicidal thoughts and behaviors? Depending on your answer, what impact do you think the response to the situation might have on society?

• Should prison inmates receive costly medical treatments at taxpayers' expense?
Writing Assignment 2
Discuss the possibilities for improving the health care 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. You are reminded to consult the grading rubric, especially with regard to 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. Be sure to include your personal comments and ideas on the health care dilemma in America.

You will need to write well and edit carefully. Sentence and paragraph structure, as well as spelling and punctuation are part of your grade. Write at least 2-3 pages in your own words. Due Saturday of Week 2.
Quiz 1
Click on “Quizzes” at the D2L course site and complete the 10 point, open book quiz on chapter 2. The quiz is open between Monday and Sunday. Once the quiz closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm central time, you will not be allowed to re-enter to take the quiz. Be sure to plan your schedule accordingly.
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
Chapters 3 and 4
Discussion 5
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• Are alcoholism and other drug addictions a consequence of nature or nurture? If nurture, what environmental factors contribute to such problems? Which of the three sociological theories best explains drug addiction?

• Crime statistics are sensitive to demographic changes. Explain why crime rates in the United States began to rise in the 1960s as baby-boom teenagers entered high school, and why they may increase again as we move into the twenty-first century.

• Watch Johann Hari's discussion of drug policy at www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong. What do you think of what he is saying? Even if you do not incorporate this video into your discussion you are encouraged to view this and other videos under discussions as these are meant to expand your knowledge on the weekly topics. These are talks offered by “experts” in the field.
Discussion 6
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• The United States has one of the highest prison incarceration rates in the world. Why do you think this is so? What, if anything, can be done to reverse this trend?

• Many states are facing fiscal crises. Some states, like California, have debated legalizing marijuana and taxing it heavily to create revenue. Do you agree or disagree with such proposals? Explain your position.

• What is meant by "restorative justice? Do you think a move in this direction is good? Can crime be deterred without punishment?

• Should all types of sex offenders be required to register?
Writing Assignment 3
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. You are reminded to consult the grading rubric, especially with regard to the requirement to apply two Sociological concepts as well as to use two authoritative sources. Write 2-3 pages in your own words. You will need to write well and edit carefully. Due Saturday of Week 3.
Readings
Chapter 5
Discussion 7
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• Which perspective, the marital decline or the marital resiliency perspective, best explains changes occurring in American families?

• In the United States, women are more likely than men to initiate divorce. Why do you think this is so?

• Watch Stephanie Coontz's discussion of the history of marriage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIeAnU7_7TA. What are your reactions to it? Even if you do not incorporate this video into your discussion you are encouraged to view this and other videos under discussions as these are meant to expand your knowledge on the weekly topics. These are talks offered by “experts” in the field.
Discussion 8
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• In 1979, Sweden banned corporal punishment in all places, even the home. Today, at least 24 other countries have adopted a similar ban. In the U.S. it is legal in all 50 states for a parent to use corporal punishment to discipline a child. Do you think the United States should follow suit in banning corporal punishment? Why or why not?

• Some scholars and politicians argue that "stable families are the bedrock of stable communities." Others argue that "stable communities and economies are the bedrock of stable families." Which of these two positions would you take and why?

• What policies should be maintained or enacted to assist the American family?
Quiz 2
Click on “Quizzes” at the course site and complete the 10 point, open book quiz over chapter 5. The quiz is open between Monday and Sunday. Remember, once the quiz closes Sunday at 11:59 pm central time you will not be allowed to reenter to take the quiz. Be sure to plan your schedule accordingly.
Midterm Exam
The exam covers material from chapters 1-5. The exam consists of 60 questions at two points each for 120 points total. The exam will be open Tuesday through Sunday of Week 4 and must be completed prior to midnight on Saturday of week four. You are not allowed to use books, notes or other materials to assist you with the exam. However, this exam is not proctored. Any discovery of cheating will result in a grade of zero for the exam and possible disciplinary action by the appropriate College officials. You will be allowed 60 minutes (1 hour) to complete the exam.
Readings
Chapters 9-11
Discussion 10
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• Explain the argument of anthropologists and other social/behavioral scientists that race is a social construction, and not a biological classification.

• How has the gay rights struggle been functional or positive for American society?

• Briefly describe both institutional discrimination against women and institutional racism (as these social forces currently exist).

• Are gender roles a matter of biology or environment?
Discussion 9
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• Do you think that time will come when a racial classification system will no longer be used? Why or why not? What arguments can be made for discontinuing racial classifications? What arguments can be made for continuing it?

• Should race be a factor in adoption placement? Should people be discouraged from adopting a child that is a different race from the adoptive parents? Why or why not?

• Read Richard Rothstein's article about how government policies contributed to racial segregation. This can be found under Content for week five. What are your reactions to it? Even if you do not incorporate this paper into your discussion you are encouraged to view this and other videos under discussions as these are meant to expand your knowledge on the weekly topics. These are talks offered by “experts” in the field.
Writing Assignment 4
Discuss the social problems of prejudice and discrimination. In your paper, you must include examples of prejudice and discrimination on the basis of one of the following: 1) race, 2) ethnicity, 3) sex, and 4) sexual orientation, as part of your research. In other words, discuss the relationship between prejudice and discrimination and one of the social characteristics listed. You are reminded to consult the grading rubric, especially with regard to the requirement to apply two Sociological concepts as well as to use two authoritative sources. Remember, spelling and punctuation will be considered when grading the paper. Write 2- 3 pages in your own words. As always, consult the grading rubric. Due Saturday Week 5.
Readings
Chapters 8 and 15
Discussion 11
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• What public policies or programs from other countries for children and the elderly might be beneficial if they were adopted in the United States? Do you think policies from other countries would be successful here?

• How do schools in poorer, predominantly minority districts differ from those attended by children of white middle class and upper income families? Do you think these differences impact the future quality of life of the children?

• Read the Biddle/Berliner paper about unequal education funding under Content: what are your reactions? Do you agree or disagree with the authors? Even if you do not incorporate this into your discussion you are encouraged to view this and other videos under discussions as these are meant to expand your knowledge on the weekly topics. These are talks offered by “experts” in the field.

• Student violence is one of the most pressing problems in U.S. public schools. One response is defensive, having police patrol halls, using metal detectors, and so on. Other than such defensive tactics, what violence prevention techniques should be instituted?
Discussion 12
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• In what ways are war and defense spending, functional?

• How does war benefit political and economic elites, according to the conflict perspective? Give examples.

• What are some of the macro causes of terrorism?

• Do you believe the time will come when war and other forms of armed conflict will become a "thing of the past? Explain why you feel the way you do.

• List some of the arguments for and against the Patriot Act. Do you think the Act should be extended or allowed to expire?
Writing Assignment 5
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. You should focus on one of the following educational issues: 1) high school dropout rates, 2) inequality in educational funding, 3) inadequate infrastructure, 4) low levels of student performance, or 5) low levels of teacher performance. Include suggestions of how you think the problem can be alleviated. You are reminded to consult the grading rubric, especially with regard to the requirement to apply two Sociological concepts as well as to use two authoritative sources. Write at least 2-3 pages in your own words. Remember, spelling and punctuation will be considered when grading the paper. Due Saturday Week 6.
Quiz 3
Click on “Quizzes” at the course site and complete the 10 point, open book quiz over chapters 8&15. The quiz is open between Monday and Sunday. Once the quiz closes on Sunday at 11:59 pm central time, you will not be allowed to reenter to take the quiz. Be sure to plan your schedule accordingly.
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
Chapters 6-7
Discussion 13
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• The poor in the United States have low rates of voting and thus have minimal influence on elected government officials and the policies they advocate. What strategies might be effective in increasing voter participation among the poor?

• Do you think we should have a full employment economy? A full employment economy is defined as having less than 2% unemployment. This may require government job creation activity if the private sector cannot generate enough jobs to make this a possibility.

• Watch Robert Reich's discussion of current economic trends at www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yV_ZSmWanI. Do you agree or disagree with Reich, why? Even if you do not incorporate this video into your discussion you are encouraged to view this and other videos under discussions as these are meant to expand your knowledge on the weekly topics. These are talks offered by “experts” in the field.
Discussion 14
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• What factors contribute to the alienation of the worker? What steps might be taken to minimize alienation?

• Describe the concept of "McDonaldization" and provide examples from your life.

• In what ways do unions benefit workers? Or, do they benefit workers at all? Should steps be taken to encourage worker unions? If so what should be done to encourage union membership?

• Should caps be placed on the salaries of CEOs when their employer takes a government (taxpayer) bailout? What is your opinion of CEO caps as a strategy to alleviate inequality?
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. The Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines for 2010 is $21,350 for a family of four. 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? You are reminded to consult the grading rubric, especially with regard to the requirement to apply two Sociological concepts as well as to use two authoritative sources. Write 2-3 pages in your own words. Remember, spelling and punctuation will be considered when grading the paper. Due Saturday Week 7.
Readings
Chapters 12-13
Discussion 15
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Wednesday:

• Today, one of the most significant forces in the United States and throughout the developed world is the aging of the population. As the population ages, what issues must cities confront in order to accommodate the needs of the elderly residents?

• Do you think safe abortion should be part of reproductive health care in developing countries?
Discussion 16
Answer one of the following questions and respond to classmates by Friday:

• Which perspective do you believe is correct regarding population growth: Thomas Malthus argued that rapid population growth would lead to shortages in vital resources such as food and water, while conflict theorists assert that population growth is irrelevant. Instead it is the unequal distribution of resources which is causing the shortages.

• Should motives be considered in imposing penalties on persons who are convicted of acts of eco-terrorism? For example, should a person who sets fire to a business to protest that business's environmentally destructive activities receive a lighter penalty than a person who sets fire to a business for some other reason?
Quiz 4
Click on “Quizzes” at the course site and complete the 10 point, open book quiz over chapter 13. The quiz is open between Monday and Saturday. Remember, once the quiz closes on Saturday at 11:59 pm central time, you will not be allowed to re-enter to take the quiz. Be sure to plan your schedule accordingly.
Final Exam
Students must take a proctored final exam. You are allowed one attempt to take the exam. The exam period is Tuesday-Saturday of Week 8. The final exam will consist of 70 multiple choice questions at three points each for a total of 210 points. The exam covers reading material from weeks 5-8 (chapters 6-13, 15). You may not use books, notes or other materials to assist you with the exam. You will be allowed 75 minutes to complete the exam. 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.

  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

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

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.

All coursework and assignments must be completed by Saturday of Week 8, the last day of the session.

Quizzes:
makeups are not allowed.  You have the entire week to complete the quiz at a time of your choosing.  Plan your time accordingly.  Missing the quiz will result in a grade of zero for that quiz.

Weekly papers:
Points will be deducted from late papers based on a percentage basis. “Late” is defined as after the 11:59 pm (CT) Saturday deadline. Expect a 5 point deduction for each day the paper is late.  Papers turned in five days after the deadline are not eligible for credit.

Discussions:
Discussions posted late will not receive credit. The discussions are similar to coming to class; this is where we exchange ideas, late posts defeat the purpose.

Exceptions MAY be made in the event of a verifiable family or medical emergency.  I must be notified before, not after the deadline whenever possible.   Whether an exception will be granted and what will be allowed is left to the discretion of the instructor.  On a related note, I strive to submit grades for each assignment within 48 hours of their due date. If after this time there is not a grade associated with the assignment, contact me immediately so we can determine why this is so.

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 Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. 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.