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SOCI 2420

Dr. Rodger Bates, Professor




Office: Phone: 678/466-4647

Office Hours: M, W 9:00 – 10:30 AM, Fayette Campus

T- 109B 10:00 -12:00 AM and 1:00 – 3:00 PM and by appointment,

Main Campus
Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 214, (770) 961-3719,
Mission of the University
Clayton State University provides an intellectually challenging, culturally rich learning environment, encouraging all students to take advantage of the outstanding educational and career opportunities provided for residential and commuter students from a diverse range of ethnic, socioeconomic, experiential and geographical backgrounds. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs of superior quality taught by professionally active teaching faculty committed to promoting academic excellence. University programs and services are informed and guided by the following essential considerations:

  • recognizing and responding to the increasingly complex global context of contemporary life;

  • promoting community-based, experiential learning to create enduring and meaningful connections between education and other aspects of life;

  • encouraging and providing opportunities for continuous education and growth; and

  • developing an understanding of advanced applications of modern technology.

Clayton State University promotes excellence in teaching, research, and service to the people and the State of Georgia, the nation, and the international community. University graduates communicate effectively, think critically, learn and work collaboratively, demonstrate competence in their chosen field, and posses the capability of adapting to changing circumstances and new challenges. Clayton State University students are encouraged to develop an individually compelling sense of social and civic responsibility, community leadership and service to society.


SOCIOLOGY 2420 - An in-depth study of major social problems including population, hunger, drug use, science and technology and poverty.

NOTEBOOK COMPUTER REQUIREMENT: Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student’s academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access. For further information on CSU’s Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to

  • Ability to use the WindowsTM operating system.

  • Ability to use a Microsoft WordTM word processing program.

  • Ability to send and receive e-mail using the OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM program.

  • Ability to use Georgia View.

  • Ability to attach and retrieve attached files via email.

  • Ability to use a Web browser.


This is a 100% online course. Students must have ongoing computer and internet access.

The following objectives are focused upon in this course:
The purpose of SOCI 2420, Social Problems is to facilitate student-learning and understanding of the following objectives:
Objective I – to learn and understand how sociologists define, study and respond to social problems, with special attention to those that influence human behavior in the United States;
Objective II – to learn and understand how resource disparities contribute to social inequalities within American society;
Objective III – to learn and understand how deviant behaviors are socially defined and treated as social problems;
Objective IV – to learn and understand how institutional inconsistencies emerge as social problems;
Objective V – to learn and understand the macro-level consequences of societal and international social issues and problems.

Required text: Kendall, D. (2013)

Social Problems in a Diverse Society: Sixth Edition

Pearson: Boston. ISBN 10; 0-205-15290-2

There are required video lectures available for each chapter covered in this course. They are available through Georgia View and can be accessed through the web-site for this class. A series of supplemental videos are also available for most chapters and are required viewing. Viewing of videos is best done through Firefox, Safari or Chrome.

General Policy:

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

University Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to participate in all class assignments and activities. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through their course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of their courses, determine what effects excused and unexcused absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy:

This is a 100% online course. Students must complete the course pre-test and syllabus quiz by no later than Aug. 16. Students not completing these requirements may be dropped from the course as a NO SHOW.

Missed Work:

Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for missed work or deadlines. Any make-up examinations must be scheduled prior to the regularly scheduled exam date. If that is not possible, then it is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor ASAP to arrange for a make-up examination with a valid and documented excuse. No make-ups will be allowed for quizzes.

Course participation is expected

  1. There will be two examinations and a Final Examination. The exams will be a combination multiple choice and true/false questions. The examination will not be cumulative, except the final examination which will have a cumulative component. PLEASE DO NOT MISS THEM. THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UP EXAMS EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF EXTREME ILLNESS AND UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES, NOTHING CAN BE MADE UP UNLESS ARRANGED IN ADVANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTOR PRIOR TO CLASS.

  1. There will be quizzes on most chapters in your text. Missed quizzes, for whatever reason, will not be rescheduled.

4. Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student

Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

  1. All quizzes and examinations will be taken online..

NO EXTRA-CREDIT WILL BE OFFERED OR ACCEPTED FOR THIS CLASS!! Please respect this policy as its purpose is to honor fairness to all students in the course. Grading will be done on a numerical scale during the semester, with a final letter grade determined at the end of the course. Each graded item has been given a point value, and the total points earned will determine your letter grade according to the scale below.


Please review the Netiquette program for online instruction on the course home page.


As course instructor, I will be available during the posted Office Hours and by appointment. I also will review my Course E-Mail at least every other day and will respond to student emails normally within 48 hours. Examinations will normally be graded and posted within three (3) working days. All grades will be available on the Course Web-Site when posted. Final grades, however, will only be available from the Office of the CSU Registrar.

The mid-term grade in this course will be issued on approximately June 20 and will reflect a portion of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of “W”. Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form available in the Office of the Registrar and Oct. 4 is the last day to withdraw without penalty.
Operation Study: At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.


Clayton State University is a community of scholars which emphasizes the mutual responsibility of all members to seek knowledge honestly and in good faith. Students are responsible for doing their own work and any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism. All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs. Judicial procedures are described at:

Grading Policy:

The final grade in this is based upon a student’s performance on the syllabus quiz (10 pts.), 12 chapter quizzes(120 pts.), the two examinations (200 pts.) and the Final Examination (125 pts.) and 3 Discussion Posts for a total of 470 points. The following grading scale will be used:


Grade Percentage Range Total point Range Final Grade

A 00-90% 423-470 A

B 80-89% 376-422 B

C 70-79% 329-375 C

D 60-69% 282-328 D

F 0-59% 0 - 281 F

There will be a series of 12 quizzes (10 pts ea./multiple choice) on most of the chapters.

Examinations #1, #2

Examination #1 & #2 will cover a number of chapters (5), as scheduled. It will involve 100 multiple-choice questions and true/false(1 pt. ea.) questions examinations will be evaluated as a 100 point examination.

Final Examination:

The Final Examination will involve 125 multiple choice questions (1 pt. ea.) One hundred questions will cover the chapters not previously tested and 25 questions will be comprehensive covering the full breadth of the course Final Examination will be worth 125 points. It is a 2-Part Examination.

Discussion Posts:

There will be 3 discussion Posts. Discussion Post 1 is a brief personal introduction and explanation why you are taking this course. Discussion Post 2 is an explanation of a key concept or issue from the first half of the course and why you think this is important. Discussion Post 3 is an explanation of a key concept of issue from the second half of the course and why you think it is important. Discussion Posts will be graded on a 1-5 point scale based on originality and sociological relevance. The due dates are listed in the Discussion Section of the Course Content.

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: The test dates, assignments, policies, etc. stated in your syllabus are, of course, subject to change in response to exceptional circumstances. If the unexpected occurs and changes are needed, students will be notified as soon as possible.

Pre-test /Syllabus Quiz

Aug. 12-16 NLT 10:00 PM

First Exam: NLT 10:00 PM

Second Exam: July 4-5 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Final Exam: Nov. 25-26 (M-T) NLT 10:00PM

Quiz 1 (1) Chapter 1 Aug. 15-16 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 2 (2) Chapter 2 Aug. 22-23 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 3 (3) Chapter 3 Aug. 29-30 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 4 (5) Chapter 5 Sep. 5-6 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM
Examination # 1 Chapters 1-5 Sep 12-13 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM
Quiz 5 (6) Chapter 6 Sep 19-20 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 6 (7) Chapter 7 Sep. 26-27 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM


Quiz 7 (8) Chapter 8 Oct. 3-4 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 8 (9) Chapter 9 Oct. 10-11 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM
Examination # 2 Chapters 6-10 Oct. 17-18 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM
Quiz 9 (11) Chapter 11 Oct. 17-18 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 10 (12) Chapter 12 Oct. 24-25 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 11 (13) Chapter 13 Oct. 31-Nov. 1 (Th/F)NLT 10:00 PM

Quiz 12 (16) Chapter 16 Nov. 7-8 (Th/F) NLT 10:00 PM
Final Examination Chapters 11-13, 16 Nov. 25-26(M/T) NLT 10:00 PM

Final Examination – Part II Nov. 25-26 (M/T) NLT 10:00 PM
Remember to save and submit all quizzes and examinations PRIOR to 10:00 PM on dates due as the Georgia View System MAY shut-down at 10:00 PM for maintenance.

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