Fall 2006   


Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning, and service to God and humankind.


SOCI 3304- Social Problems (CRIJ/JUAD 3304)


Instructor : Karen Medbury MSW, LCSW

Class Time and Location: Tuesdays 6-10 pm


Office Hours : By appointment only


Contact Information : 377-4727 Email : karen.medbury@eielson.af.mil


Catalog Description : Social problems including causes, interrelationships, and program of ameliorations.


Prerequisite : None, however SOCI 1301 is recommended


Textbook : Social Problems in a Diverse Society by Diana Kendall


Course Outline : Social Problems will cover the identification, research, and theories regarding today’ social problems. The primary social problems we are facing nationally and globally will be discussed. Students will exam and present potential solutions to the problems.


Course Requirements: There will be a midterm and final exam as well as a paper and a project tied to the paper. For the paper select one of the social problems identified and discuss in the text book. Prepare an 8-10 page paper on the history of the problem, research on the issue and propose possible solutions. The paper requires at least 2 additional resources to the text, 1 of which needs to be research based. The paper needs to be in simple APA format (to be discussed in class) and is due by October 17th. For the project you will share your social problem and potential solutions. Be creative in your solutions, there does not have to be current research to support them. Each student will have 6-10 minutes to share their theories with the class. Participation in class discussion is expected and will be 2% of your grade.


Course Outcome Competencies : Upon successful completion of this course, each student will understand and be able to describe:

•  the definition of social problems;

•  division of society as it relates to wealth, social class, race / ethnicity, and gender;

•  the inequalities of sexual orientations;

•  the deviant view of prostitution, pornography;

•  crime & justice;

•  family related problems;

•  problems in the field of education.



Method of determining course grade: (based on 100 points possible)

  Class Participation = Grade   X    2% = __________ points

  Paper = Grade       X   25% = __________ points

  Project = Grade     X   15% = __________ points

  Exam 1 = Test score     X   29% = __________ points

  Exam   2 = Test score     X   29% = __________ points

          Grand Total = __________ points


The University has a standard grading scale: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F= below 60, W = Withdrawal, WP = withdrew passing, WF = withdrew failing, I = incomplete. An incomplete may be given within the last two weeks of a long term or within the last two days of a microterm to a student who is passing, but has not completed a term paper, examination, or other required work for reasons beyond the student’s control. A grade of “incomplete” is changed of the work required is completed prior to the last day of the next long (10 to 15 weeks) term, unless the instructor designates an earlier date for completion.  If the work is not completed by the appropriate date, the I is converted to an F.






Attendance : Students enrolled at one of the University’s external campuses should make every effort to attend all class meetings.  All absences must be explained to the instructor, who will then determine whether the omitted work may be made up.  When a student reaches that number of absences considered by the instructor to be excessive, the instructor will so advise the student and file an unsatisfactory progress report with the campus dean.  Any student who misses 25 percent or more of the regularly scheduled class meetings will receive a grade of F in the course.  Additional attendance policies for each course, as defined by the instructor in the course syllabus, are considered a part of the University’s attendance policy.

Additional attendance policies : Consideration will be given for TDYs and Exercises as long as the instructor is notified ahead of time.


Instructor's policy on Academic dishonesty: Intellectual integrity and truthfulness are fundamental to scholarship. Scholars, whether they are performing as students or as teachers, are engaged in a search for truth. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and also a form of theft. Plagiarism occurs when a student fails to give proper credit when information is either quoted or paraphrased. Carelessness is no excuse. As such, it is a breach of scholarly responsibility. It is unethical and in some cases illegal. Looking at or copying someone else’s test, answer sheet, and/or paper are counted as cheating. Plagiarism and cheating may result in an “F” in the course.




Service for the Disabled : It is University policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the University. Any student who requires special arrangements in order to meet course requirements should inform the instructor immediately.


Tentative Schedule :

September 26th – Midterm Exam


October 17th – Papers Due


October 24th – Presentations Due


October 31st – Final Exam


**NOTE – A more detailed outline will be added when the text becomes available.