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Spring 2010 SOC 201 – Modern Social Problems (3 units)

Section 4702 Class begins January 25, 2010

Course Description

Recommended: English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process
This course will use sociology to study social problems with an emphasis on systemic problems, such as poverty, racism, and sexism, in social institutions, such as the family, social services, criminal justice and the environment.
(CSU/UC) AA/AS area B2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4; CAN SOC 04

  • Instructor:  V. Varela
  • Email:   
    After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information:
    Social Problems
    Joel Best ISBN: 0393928772  Approximate Cost: $40.00
    How Can We Solve Our Social Problems? James Crone ISBN: 1412940664 Approximate Cost: $37.00
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 7 to 10 hours per week reading, writing, and taking quizzes and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Log into Etudes the first day of class (1/25).
  • Assignments & Tests: Students will complete a research paper, weekly written assignments, discussion group participation, and chapter quizzes/exams.
  • Additional Comments: The entire course will be conducted online through the Etudes program. Students are required to have Internet access, an active email account, the ability to use word processing, conduct Internet searches, attach files, send emails, and work independently.
  • New to Etudes: Here is an Online Orientation (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that will show you the basics of how to use Etudes. Here is a flash tutorial (Flash presentation opens in a new window) that demonstrates the log in protocol. Be sure to check System Requirements before getting started with Etudes. You need to do this on each computer you use while taking a class through Etudes.
  • Etudes Course: You will log into the Etudes classroom with the log-in information provided below.

Login ID


First 2 letters of first name +
First 2 letters of last name +
Last 5 digits of Student COLLEAGUE ID
(Type using all lower case letters)
Jose A. Garcia
Student ID: 1021945
Username = joga21945

Month Day of birth in school records
(Type using all lower case letters)
Birthday is April 11th, 1982 (04/11/82)
Password = 0411

Etudes link