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Summer 2013    SOC 201 Social Problems (3 units)

Section 8282     Class Begins June 10 Ends July 18

Course Description

This class will study the social problems of modern society, including, but not limited to, issues related to health care, family relations, urbanization, crime, poverty, education, race relations, and an aging population.

Recommended: English 80 or placement into English 200 through assessment process (CSU/UC) AA/AS area B2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4; CAN SOC 04)

  • Instructor: Dr. Denise Orpustan-Love, Ph.D., MSW
  • Email:
  • After the class has started, please use Etudes Private Messages for communication.
  • Textbook Information: Social Problems, 14th Edition by William Kornblum and Joseph Julian, ISBN:  0205832326, Approximate cost: $115
  • Estimated Time per Week: Students can expect to spend approximately 12 to 16 hours per week reading, writing, and participating in online class discussions.
  • Special Requirements: Email the instructor after you sign up for the class. Log into Etudes the first day of class (6/10).
  • Assignments & Tests:   Students will complete in-class activities, reflections, discussions, two mid-term essays (short answer, essay) and a final essay.
  • 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.

Log in to your course on the first day of the class. Here's how:
Go to the ETUDES portal at

Log-in 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