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Social Problems

Please note that Social Problems: A Human Rights Perspective and Race, Class, & Gender (ninth edition) are available in paperback and Kindle formats. Social Problems: A Human Rights Perspective is also available in Nook or Google play formats; or you can read it for free on the JCCC library website. (If you donʼt have a Kindle or Nook tablet, free Kindle and Nook apps can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, iPad, and Android.) Both books can be purchased or rented from the college bookstore.

I am also using an online text, Steven E. Barkanʼs A Primer on Social Problems (an approximately 70-megabyte PDF file).

The syllabus for this course is here. There are no specific dates for the reading list further down the page. However, the materials will be covered in order. (If we will skip over anything, I will make an announcement in class.)

D2L will only be used to record test grades. Therefore, you won’t find anything on that site, for this course, until nearly the end of the semester.

This is the semester schedule for the entire JCCC campus.

You are expected to always be prepared for one section ahead in Steven E. Barkanʼs textbook (A Primer on Social Problems) and Eric Bondsʼ textbook (Social Problems: A Human Rights Perspective).

When we get to the reader (by Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins), later in the semester, please keep two articles ahead.

In case you are absent, I suggest that you have the phone number of at least one other student (to find out what you missed).

You will also need the Adobe Reader, or a compatible program, for the PDF files. Most people have that (free) program installed already, but it can be downloaded here.

  1. Read chapter 1 (Understanding Social Problems) in A Primer on Social Problems (PDF) and this article on Critical Realism (PDF).
  2. Read chapter I (Introduction to the Human Rights Perspective) in Eric Bondsʼ book.
  3. Read chapter II (Rights to Wellbeing and Property in an Unequal Society) in Eric Bondsʼ book.
  4. Read chapter III (American Inequality and the Rights to Speech and Democracy) in Eric Bondsʼ book.
  5. Read chapter IV (Racism and the Human Right to be Treated Equally Before the Law) in Eric Bondsʼ book.
  6. Read chapter V (Sexism and the Right to Bodily Integrity) in Eric Bondsʼ book.
  7. Read chapter VI (U.S. Society, Global Inequalities, and Human Rights) in Eric Bondsʼ book.
  8. Read chapter VII (Conclusion: Volunteerism, Activism, and the Pursuit of Human Rights) in Eric Bondsʼ book.
  9. Please read pages xi-xix and 1-14 of Race, Class, & Gender by Margaret L. Andersen and Patricia Hill Collins.
  10. We will go as far as we can, in order, through the following articles from Race, Class, & Gender: 1-23, 26, 28-29, 31-34, 36, 38, 40, 43-44, 46, 48-51, 53-62.
  11. At the end of the semester, completion of the course evaluation will, according to sociology department policy, be a requirement for taking the final exam. Details will be given in class at that time.