SAN JOAQUIN DELTA COLLEGE
5151 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95207
COURSE: Sociology 1B Problems of a Changing Society
INSTRUCTOR: Manuel R. Román, Jr., Ed. D.
(916) 427-8156 (Home)
(916) 427-2150 (Fax/Message)
(209) 954-5262 (Division Office)
(916) 203-0211 (Cell)
CLASS HOURS: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. OR as published in DELTA Schedule.
TEXT: Understanding Sociology and Social Problems, 4th Edition, with
Study Guide, by L. Basirico, B. Cashion, J. Eshleman and M.
Román, Jr., Horizon Textbook Publishing, Redding, CA: 2008.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to focus attention on the social
problems which grow out of rapid social and cultural change. Among topics considered
are family disorganization, economic insecurity, juvenile delinquency and adult
criminality, physical and mental ill health, racial discrimination, international tensions,
and education. (UC, CSU, CAN SOC 4)
METHODOLOGY: Instruction modalities include lecture, audio-visual presentations,
guest speakers, group discussions, and group presentations.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Punctuality and active participation in class discussions
and activities; read and orally present a text chapter with outline to class members;
complete periodic written assignments and supplemental readings and surveys;
complete two (2) written Midterms; and complete a Final Examination with brief Essay.
See Final (Essay Guidelines) for additional information.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Provides students an understanding of sociological
institutions and current social problems with an emphasis on societal and future impact.
Also provides an opportunity for self-understanding as it relates to the issues.
MAJOR AREAS OF STUDY:
Chapter 1. The Nature and Uses of Sociology
Chapter 2. Methods of Studying Society
Chapter 3. Culture and Society
Chapter 4. Socialization and Social Interaction
Chapter 5. Deviance and Social Control
Chapter 6. Social Stratification
Chapter 7. Race and Ethnicity
Chapter 8. Gender
Chapter 9. Age
Chapter 10. Family
MIDTERM # 2
Chapter 11. Religion
Chapter 12. Education
Chapter 13. Politics
Chapter 14. Economics
Chapter 15. Health
Chapter 16. Population and Ecology
FINAL EXAMINATION WITH ESSAY
GRADING: The following graded activities and grading scale will be used.
Class Participation 5 Points
Chapter Presentation 20 Points
Midterm # 1 (Chapters 1-5) 30 Points
Midterm # 2 (Chapters 6-10) 45 Points
Final Examination with Essay 100 Points (Essay is 30/100 points)
Total 200 Points
Grades will be assigned as follows:
180 to 200 points A
160 to 179 Points B
140 to 159 Points C
120 to 139 Points D
· Two (2) participation points will be deducted for each non class
participation. One (1) participation point will be deducted for leaving class
early or tardiness.
Final (Essay Guidelines)
Final Essay Chapter Selected: ____________________________________
Use APA format: Do not use contractions, unless part of a quotation; do not
use first person “I”, use “This student, This writer, etc.; and spell acronyms
1. In the first paragraph cite the Chapter title and number. State the
reason for selection.
2. In the second paragraph, cite at least six (6) facts, figures, statistics,
etc. cited in the text.
3. You may use “bullet point or narrative format, or a combination.
4. In the last paragraph cite a personal or professional experience relating
to the Chapter selected, as part of your Conclusion.
COURSE REQUIREMENT GUIDELINES
• 25 to 35 minutes in length maximum. May be seminar (panel), power point, or
lecture presentation format. Divide presentation time equally among
presenters. Include an Introduction (introduce each presenter by first and last
names and describe what will be presented), Transitions between speakers,
i.e., (“And now _______ will present _______”), and Conclusion (summary of
what was presented). POINTS WILL BE DEDUCTED FOR EXCEEDING THE
TIME LIMIT, READING, NOT KNOWING THE MATERIAL, NOT KNOWING
THE “KEY TERMS” (VOCABULARY), DISORGANIZATION, LACK OF
COORDINATION, LACK OF PRACTICE, POOR VOICE TONE, POOR VISUAL
CONTACT AND POOR CONVEYANCE OF MATERIAL.
• Provide a typed, numbered (bottom center), standard or “bullet point” outline with
KEY TERMS (numbered last page(s) to each class member.
• Incorporate outside readings, experiences, visual aids, internet research,
related special interest materials, etc., to give the chapter more “meaning”. DO
NOT READ. Reading will severely impact the grade. KNOW THE MATERIAL
and “talk” to the class or demonstrate. PRACTICE AS A GROUP BEFORE
PRESENTING. THIS IS IMPORTANT IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A HIGHER
• Grading is based on delivery, content, organization, visual aids, team work
and knowledge of material.