Course Abstract Details

SOC-110, Social Problems

Credits: 3

Course Description

SOC-110, Social Problems, examines various causes of societal concern both globally and in the United States. Problems explained and addressed include poverty, economic and political inequality; ageism, racism, sexism; prostitution, pornography and crime; physical, mental health and substance abuse; the changing nature of intimate relationships and the family; and, population growth, international immigration and environmental degradation. Prerequisite: Exemption/completion of READ-099. Three hours lecture each week. Three credits. Three billable hours. DIVERSITY/WORLD VIEW. GENERAL EDUCATION

Course Objectives and Grading Information

1. Explain what constitutes a social problem, the social context that sociologists use to understand social problems and the major social theories used to analyze social problems. (GE 1,2; PG 1,2,4) 

2. Research and explain the various ways of defining poverty, the extent of poverty in the United States and in other countries, and develop possible solutions to poverty. (GE 1,2,4,6; PG 1,3,4) 

3. Participate in class discussions analyzing how age, gender, race/ethnicity and social class contribute to a number of social problems in the U.S. and in other societies, maintaining a cooperative and respectful approach during these discussions. (GE 1,2,6,7; PG 1,2,4) 

4. Use the sociological perspective on deviance to analyze and explain social problems such as crime, prostitution and pornography, and drug abuse. (GE 1,2; PG 1) 

5. Explain physical and mental health care as a social problem, the current crisis of health care in the U.S and develop well reasoned solutions to this problem. (GE 1,2,4,7; PG 1,2,3,4) 

6. Describe changes in family structure in the U.S. and problems related to family instability and domestic violence. (GE 1; PG 1,4) 

7. Describe current patterns of population growth and international migration in the world; explain why such growth and migration has occurred, and the interrelationship with environmental degradation. (GE 1,2,6,7; PG 1,2,4)

Learning Goals

The abbreviations in parentheses represent Learning Goals which have been identified for this course and program of study:

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