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PAD 201 E

Social Change Spring 2014

Suffolk University Sawyer Business School





Leann L. Baldwin


[email protected]

Sawyer #1043

Course Time:

Tuesday/Thursday-4:00 – 5:15 pm

Office Hours:

Tuesday/Thursday; 2:30 – 3:45 pm

Also By Appointment


This course examines social change in the U.S. and abroad. The course also examines the role of business, nonprofit

organizations, and the public sector in addressing social problems. Topics studied may include the Civil Rights

Movement, environmental issues, education reform, and health policy.

Learning Goals:

• To expose students to social change, social movements, and contemporary social problems.

• To understand the role of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and the public sector in addressing social problems.

• To understand institutional structures and contemporary issues related to social change.

• To improve research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Learning Objectives:

• To become familiar with different sociological perspectives of social change and social movements.

• To understand the intersections between different sectors, including collaboration and the process of

government regulation.

• To become familiar with the meaning and practice of corporate social responsibility and social


• To understand the mutual influence of business and social change and articulate how social movements and social

problems can drive the creation of new businesses or industries.

• In addition to a broad understanding of multiple social issues, students will gain more in depth understanding of at

least one social problem, including the way businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations address that

problem and/or are influenced by it.


• Please make sure you check your Suffolk e-mail account regularly. This will be my primary method of

communication with students outside of class.

• Course material will be posted on BlackBoard. Please explore the material available on BlackBoard during the

first week of classes. I will let you know as additional items are posted. If you are not familiar with Blackboard

please let me know and I will walk you through it.

• All assignments will be submitted through Blackboard.



COURSE MATERIALS A custom textbook-Social Change (with Steiner and Steiner as primary author)-is the primary text for this

course. It is available in the Suffolk Bookstore. The ISBN Number is 978-1-121-36852-1

You can also purchase theE-book at: There will also be several articles posted on Blackboard


You are required to submit one paper on a social problem or social movement of your choice. The paper should include an

overview of the problem/movement, as well as responses from different sectors toward addressing the problem. You may

choose a topic of interest, with the instructor's approval. The paper should be 5-7 pages long. Please see the "Paper

Guidelines" document at the end of this syllabus for more detailed information on requirements for this assignment.

There are three major purposes of this assignment:

1. To learn more about a social problem/movement and the responses of different sectors to that problem.

2. To demonstrate understanding of concepts discussed throughout the course.

3. To improve research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

I am available to help with this paper. Your choice of topic and TEN (10) potential sources are due to me by: Tuesday February 17th. If you would prefer to e-mail me a topic for approval prior to searching for references, please do so. The research paper is due on Thursday April 2nd. Each student will give a brief presentation, worth 10% of your research paper grade. Presentations will be scheduled for the last few days of class.

Assignments: There will be 3 assignments throughout the semester, as well as your topic for your paper, your final paper/presentation, and a final exam.

I WILL NOT accept late work without previous notice (unless you are sick and you have a note from the Dean of


Reasons work can be late include documented illness, death in the family or other such issue. I expect that you will let me

know prior to the due date that your work will be late. All the assignment due dates are in this document so "I didn’t know I

had an assignment due" is not considered a reasonable excuse and you will receive a 0.

ALL assignments should be submitted through Blackboard unless otherwise noted. If you do not know how to do this please let me know ASAP!

You have the opportunity to rewrite any homework assignment (or which you received a grade below 90. These papers need

to be handed in by Tuesday April 14, 2015. You must submit the assignment rewrites on Blackboard i n t h e

r e w r i t e f o l d e r as well.




If I do not think that students are doing the required reading for classes I may have several quizzes throughout the

semester. These will be worth 10-20 points each.

Class Participation:

Class discussions are an integral component of this course. Students are expected to attend class regularly and arrive

prepared to discuss the assigned readings. Excellent class participation involves demonstrating an understanding of key

concepts in the readings, critical thought, and the ability to apply theoretical concepts to practice. Students should respond

to one another in a thoughtful and considerate manner.


not attendance - you do not get credit for taking up space.

EVALUATION Grades will be based on the following:

Research Paper 90 pts

Presentation 10 pts

Assignments 50 pts ea.

Quizzes 10-20 pts. ea.

Class Participation 10 pts per class

(280 points total)

Final Exam 100 pts

Total (without quizzes) points 630

Example grade:

500/630 = .7936*100 = 79.36 = C +

Grading Scale

A= 95-100%

A-= 90-94%

B+ = 87-89%

B = 83-86%

B- = 80-82%

C+ = 77-79%

c =73-76% C- = 70-72%

D+= 67-69%

D = 63-66%

D- = 60-62%


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DISABILITY SERVICES: If you anticipate issues related to the format or requirements of this course, please meet with me. I

would like us to discuss ways to ensure your full participation in the course. If you determine that formal, disability-related

accommodations are necessary, it is very important that you be registered with the Office of Disability Services (located in 73

Tremont St., 7th floor, 617-994-6820) and notify me of your eligibility for reasonable accommodations. We can then plan how best to

coordinate your accommodations.

ABSENCES & CLASS ATTENDANCE If you miss class for a medical reason and would like the absences excused, please contact the Student Affairs Office at 617-573-

8239. Please do not bring your medical notes to class.


A range of issues can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, health issues, alcohol/drug problems,

feeling down, difficulty concentrating, l a c k of motivation, o r feeling ill. These concerns or other stressful events may lead to

diminished academic performance or may reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. University resources can help you

address these and other concerns you m a y h a v e . You c a n l e a r n m o r e a b o u t S u f f o l k ’ s broad range of confidential medical and

mental health services at


"An amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of

student achievement that is an institutional established equivalence that reasonably

approximates no less than: (1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class

student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for

one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or (2) At least an equivalent amount

of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution including

laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other a c a d e m i c w o r k l e a d i n g t o t h e a w a r d o f c r e d i t hours."

THE EARLY ALERT PROJECT: This class participates in Suffolk's Early Alert Project. Around week 6, I will notify the

Ballotti Learning Center if you have struggled with writing or language skills, excessive absences, incomplete work, or difficulty with the

course content. This w a r n i n g i s not a n official g r a d e , y e t it indicates concerns I have about your progress that need to be

addressed immediately. If you are contacted about an Early Alert, please respond to those individuals and also visit me during my

office hours so we may talk about strategies for how you can be successful in this class.


• February 10th is the l a s t d a y t o w i t h d r a w from a course without receiving a grade of "W” on your transcript. You may drop a course

prior to this date via MySuffolk.

• March 19th is the last day to drop a course without a grade of "F" on your transcript. You may drop the course via My Suffolk.

• After M a r c h 19th you may not w i t h d r a w from a course unless there are serious extenuating circumstances a n d documentation. You

should contact the Student Affairs Office 617-573-8239 to request a late course withdrawal.

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If you need help with APA or MLA citations please go to: or make an

appointment to see me.

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COURSESCHEDULE: ***Please note that this is a tentative schedule and may change if necessary during the course.

TOPIC DATE Assignments/Readings Due

Introduction 1/20 No Reading Assignment

Social problems, Social Movements & Social Change

1/22 – 1/27

“Social Change” pp. 2-32

“Social Movements & Contentious Politics” pp. 33-46

Three Sectors in Society

The Business, Government, Society Connection


1/29 – 2/3

“The Study of Business, Government & Society” pp. 47 – 67

“American Democracy Now” pp. 68 – 97

The Role of Government 2/5 – 2/12

“State & Local Policy Making” pp. 98 - 134

The Role of Business


2/17 – 2/19

“Regulating Business” pp. 136 – 171

“The Dynamic Environment” pp. 172-204

2/24 – 2/26

“Corporate Social Responsibility” pp. 205-240

“Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurship” pp. 241 – 252

“Identifying Market Opportunities in Ten Great Divides” pp. 253 - 288

The Role of Nonprofits/Community Organizations


3/3 – 3/5

“Casa Amiga” Case available on Blackboard

There will be an in class assignment associated with this case. If you are not prepared you will receive a “0”

“Collaborating with Activists: How Starbucks Works with NGOs” pp. 327 - 353


Civil Rights & The Environment

3/17 – 3/19

“Civil Rights, Women, & Diversity” pp. 355 – 399

“Lobbying for Good” Case available on Blackboard


3/31 – 4/2

“Industrial Pollution & Environmental Regulation” pp. 400 – 440

“FedEx & Environmental Defense” pp. 441 - 463


4/7 – 4/14

Semester Wrap-up & Final Exam Review

4/14 All assignment rewrites are due – upload them on Blackboard in the “rewrite” folder.

4/16 – 4/30

Student Presentations – Although it will take 4 days to do presentations, be prepared on April 16th. If I call your name & you are not prepared you will receive a “0.”

5/1 FINAL EXAM – 8:00 am – 9:50 am please note the time change.

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Overview of


Select a social problem or social movement as the primary topic of your paper. You should describe the problem (or the

problem the social movement addresses) - ( e.g., Why is it a problem? What geographic area/populations does it impact-or

at least which areas/populations are you focusing on? What are some of the challenges?) and then describe how this

social problem is being addressed by each sector {business, nonprofit, government).

Include specific examples from at least one organization in each sector where possible. You may also wish to include a

description of how individual citizens address or could address the problem, or any innovative ideas you have for business,

government, or nonprofits to address the problem? Make sure to bring in some of the concepts discussed in class (e.g., social

change, social movements, the role of various sectors, etc.).

Required Length: 5-7 pages (double-spaced)





Academic Honesty:


Reference List:

Number and Quality of


The paper and presentation are worth 100 points toward your final grade.

There are three major purposes of this assignment:

4. To learn more about a social problem/movement and the responses of different sectors to that problem. 5. To demonstrate understanding of concepts discussed throughout the course.

6. To improve research, writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills.

I leave most formatting to your judgment. Please include your name on the paper and number pages; 1-inch margins

and 12 point font as the standard, so please don't diverge significantly from this.

Writing should have a clear line of argument and be well-organized. I strongly suggest that you work from an

outline and do a grammar/spell check before submitting your paper.

Academic dishonesty, including any form of plagiarism, is not tolerated and will result in a failing grade. Students are

expected to be aware of and abide by the Academic Honor Code of Suffolk University. Please see the course syllabus for

additional information. In-text citations (parenthetical references or footnotes) and a reference list are required. Please use either the MLA style or

the APA style. A minimum of 5 references is required, including at least 2 academic references {i.e., books, journal articles). Clearly,

reading extensively on a topic contributes to a quality paper. Keep in mind that the process of searching for references on

your topic, as well as reading through them for relevant information, is part of the value of this assignment. Exploring the

approaches of organizations in three different sectors is likely to involve a review of many resources, so it's likely that most

papers will have a reference list that exceeds the minimum of 5 references. Make sure to consider the quality of your sources, as this will be considered in your grade. Although there are many good

resources available on the Internet, there are also a lot of non-reliable sources. Books and academic journals are generally

higher quality resources than various websites. Due to the nature of this assignment, organizational websites (such as those

of businesses, non-profits, government, and activists), news articles, and reports may also be very helpful. Please do not use

Wikipedia or similar sources.

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Library Resources As a student at Suffolk University, you all have access to a wide variety of resources at the Sawyer Library. The library provides resource guides in government, business, and nonprofits. Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in navigating these resources. IMPORTANT DATES February 17, 2015 Paper topic and list of 10 potential references due.

o You should describe your topic in paragraph form- what do you want to discuss and why? o Your 10 sources should be in APA or MLA format -I will not accept a list of URLs. o Five of your 10 sources must be academic.

April 2, 2015 All papers due.

April 16, 2015 Presentations begin- you must be prepared to present on this day. POTENTIAL TOPICS Below is a list of potential topics for your paper. Most of the topics below are quite broad. It is fine, and probably advisable, to generate a narrower topic from one of those below. Students are also encouraged to think of other social problems not listed below. Your focus can be domestic or global; current or historical.

Examples of areas to consider for paper topics:

• Racial/Ethnic Inequality/Civil Rights Movement

• Gender Inequality/Women's Rights Movement

• Gay and Lesbian Movement

• Various Environmental Issues (e.g., global warming, pollution,


• Various Education Issues (e.g., achievement gaps, urban

school issues)

• Various Health Issues (e.g., lack of health

care/insurance, obesity)

• Poverty

• Homelessness

• Crime (e.g., violence, recidivism)

• Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse

• Terrorism

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All assignments are available on Blackboard. The assignments will be available to students until 5:00 pm on the day they are due. If you do not submit your assignment by then you will need to hand me a hardcopy of the assignment during the next class and it will be considered late. You will lose 10 points for every class your assignment is late. DO NOT E-mail me papers!

Assignment #1 - Due January 29th

Based on the ideas of innovation & invention, research an

innovation that you feel has had a major impact on either

American culture, the culture of another country, or the global

culture as a whole. BE CREATIVE! It is not fun to read 30 papers about the cell phone, Facebook, or iTunes. Think outside the box! 1. Give a brief history about how the innovation came

about- who discovered it, how did they discover it, what

does it do ...... pretend no matter what you innovation is

that I have never heard of it.

2. Describe the impact this innovation has had on the

culture you chose. Has it made society better or

worse? Were there unintended consequences that

could not have been foreseen at the time of


3-4 pages+ bibliography: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE IN TEXT



Paper Topic - Due February 17th

Write one (1) paragraph describing your topic. What do you want to discuss and why? Do not give me a one word topic.

List (in APA or MLA format) at least 10 sources for your

research paper. Five (5) of these sources must be academic

(see paper guidelines for a description of an academic

source). DO NOT give me a list of URLs.

Assignment #2- Due March 3rd

You will be given the name of a film to watch during the first week of class. You only need to watch the film you are assigned.

Watch the film and write a 3-4 page paper about of the film answering the three questions below:

1. What was it about (what country, what population, what was the issue)?

2. What did you learn? This is not a summary of the film. I want to know what you learned about the world, about social change.

3. How you can connect what you learned from the film to what you have learned in a class on social change? Use specific examples of things we have read in the text or that we have discussed in class.

When you get into class on 3/3 you will be broken up into groups

based on the film that you watched. Together you will present

your film to the class.

Assignment #3- Due March 19th

Write the first paragraph of your paper answering this question:

• Do you think medical marijuana should be legal in the United States, why or why not? This part of the paper should be very brief.

Watch the PBS Frontline Documentary: The Pot Republic


republicD Write a 3-4 page paper discussing the

following: 1. What role does government (state/local/federal) play in the

marijuana issue in California? What are their concerns and goals?

2. What role does business play in the marijuana issue in California? What are their concerns and goals?

3. What role do nonprofits play in the marijuana issue in California? What are their concerns and goals?

4. Has your opinion of the topic changed after watching the documentary, why or why not?

Final Paper Due April 2nd Please see the paper guidelines earlier in the syllabus for more information. Presentations: Presentations will be held beginning on April 16th. Everyone needs to be prepared to present on this date, names will be called at random beginning on 4/16 – if you are not in class or are not prepared when your name is called you will receive a zero (0).

Presentation Rubric:

Well organized 2 points

Good summary of paper 2 points

Makes BGS Connection 2 points Clear explanation of movement/problem & solution

2 points

Time (5-7 minutes) 2 points

Total: 10 points

Final Exam: May 5th 5:40 pm Cumulative exam 40 multiple choice (2 points each)/2 short answer (10 points each)/100 points total There is a study guide posted on Blackboard in the assignments folder. I suggest you look at it prior to beginning your readings for the semester so you know what information is important as you read.