SOC 202 DE Summer

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Social Problems, Hybrid (SOC 202 DE)

Summer 2017 (CRN 50794)

Frank Ha, PhD

The syllabus is in two parts. The first part contains course information, including required books and course requirements. The second part contains the course schedule. The syllabus for the Summer 2017 course is now under construction. It will be ready before the start of class. 

Syllabus, Part 1: Course Information 

Syllabus, Part 2: Schedule

Wait list procedure

If you are on the wait list, please read the college wait list procedure found here: (opens in new window). If you are still on the wait list on the first day of class, you will be sent an add code in the morning. YOU MUST ADD THE CLASS BEFORE THE END OF THE DAY.

Welcome and start date

My name is Frank Ha and this is the hybrid version of the Social Problems (Sociology 202) course that I teach. This is a six week course. We cover the same amount of material covered in my 18 week face-to-face courses in six weeks. Make sure you have enough time in your life to take this course. Also, if you have never taken an online course or used Canvas, you will need a few hours to get familiar with the structure. This is a hybrid course, meaning that you will have to come on campus to take exams two times (see below). You will be able to log on to Canvas (our learning management system that we will be using) on the first day of class. Instructions for logging on are below.

Mandatory meetings

This class meets 6 weeks (6/12-7/21). This class will meet on the SLO campus on the following dates: Thursday July 6th and July 20th in room 6303 from 6:30 - 8 pm. 

Contact information

Contact information can be found on my main page at (opens in new window). The best way to reach me is via email at


The course management system we will be using is Canvas. The link to Canvas and a quick-start guide can be found here.

Problems logging on?:

If you are having problems logging on, go to Cuesta Technical Support( (opens in new window) for information on how to get help. You can also try calling the Help Desk in the Computer Lab, room 3400. Their phone number is 546-3100 ext: 2802. If no one is there, send an email to

Required textbook

THINK Social Problems, 2/E. 2013. John D. Carl. Pearson.

The above textbook is required. The textbook is available at the campus bookstore.

Instructor-initiated dropping of students who do not log on to Canvas and make at least one post by Friday, June 16:

Students who have not logged on to Canvas and made at least one post by Friday, June 16 may be dropped from the course unless the student contacts the instructor before that day. If you plan on dropping the course, you must drop by yourself. It is the student’s responsibility to drop if you do not plan on taking this course.

Reinstatement policy

If a student has been dropped due to this attendance policy, the instructor may reinstate the student if all of the following conditions have been met:

  1. The student appeals for reinstatement based on extenuating circumstances for the absence. Extenuating circumstances are verified cases of accidents, illness, and other circumstances beyond the control of the student.
  2. The student had been doing satisfactory work and has a reasonable chance of passing the course based on the instructor’s judgment.
  3. The student is readmitted is by Sunday, June 25

Dropping the course 

It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop a class by the withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: If you drop this class after the last day to drop without a "W," you will receive a "W" on your transcript.  All courses in which you earn a grade of "D", "F", "NP" and/or "W" are counted as "unsatisfactory" attempts to successfully complete the course. You are only allowed 3 attempts to repeat courses for which you receive an "unsatisfactory" grade.  A "W" on your transcript will count as an "unsatisfactory" attempt to successfully complete the course.

Student learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate that I have the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the study of sociology.
  • Use critical thinking and perceptive reading skills
  • Use my skills for sociological analysis
  • Show an understanding of concepts, language, and definitions sociologists use to interpret their vision of social life.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method.
  • Analyze social events using major sociological perspectives.
  • Describe the characteristics of current social problems. Discuss the types and extent, the causes, the consequences, possible solutions, and the politics surrounding them
  • Describe the research methods and theories used to understand social problems from a sociological perspective
  • Display a critical understanding of how social problems are shaped by historical transformations and current societal patterns
  • Discuss the role of inequality, power, and prejudice in understanding social problems
Academic integrity

Cheating is absolutely not tolerated. You are encouraged to study together for the exams. You are encouraged to discuss take-home essays with others, but you cannot work on the essay together. Take-home essays should be written completely independently. Plagiarism will result in a zero on that part of the exam, at minimum. Also, asking someone who has taken an exam before you have about the content of the exam, for example, if there is an essay on the exam or not, or receiving information about an exam that you have not yet taken is prohibited. For more information on the college's policy regarding cheating refer to the Cuesta College Student Code of Conduct(including Student Computer Technology Access Agreement) 5500_Standards of Conduct.pdf(opens in new window).

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities, whether physical, learning, or psychological, who believe that they need accommodations in this class are encouraged to contact Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS) or the instructor as soon as possible to ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. The DSPS phone number is 546-3148, and they are located in the Academic Support Center, Building 3300. Here is the link to the DSPS page: Disabled Student Programs and Services 

Student computer competency requirements

Students are expected to know how to use a computer and use an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Chrome. Why don't you take the Online Class Readiness Quiz : (opens in new window) to see if you are ready.

Computer requirements

Browser requirements and minimum computer specifications can be found at (opens in new window).

College Support Services

  • Tutorial services are provided to students and can be found at the following link: Tutorial Services

Help and Technical Support

  • For issues related to accessing Cuesta's Canvas Site or other technical issues, email:
  •  If the Cuesta server goes down or the power is out, you are still responsible for accessing the course.  When this happens, you can access the class through:
  • For all other issues related to the course or course content, please email me.

Course and College Policies

  • Authentication policy: Authenticating student identity will be conducted through the use of the Learning Management System, CanvasCanvas requires each student to log into the program using a secure login and password to access. 
  • Regular Effective Contact policy: Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and office hours which may be asynchronous or synchronous.

Netiquette and Online Course Participation

Use respectful and appropriate language in your forum discussions.

Student Expectations (Summer Session)

  • Students should log on to the course at least five times per week.
  • In order to succeed in the course, students should buy the required textbook listed above.
  • In order to succeed in this course, expect to spend at least 15 hours per week doing the readings, participating on the discussion forums and preparing for exams