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 Course Title:   Social Issues

 Title Abbreviation:   SOCIAL ISSUES

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    149

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    510392

 EPC:    420

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

Survey of current social issues. Includes the impact of attitudes and values influencing perspectives, goals, and outcome expectations of service providers and clients. Looks at social change in the past and controversies surrounding social issues today.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Accurately identify current social issues.
  2. Describe specific ways in which social issues intersect with one another.
  3. Identify the need of a pluralistic perspective when looking at social issues.
  4. Assess the quality of the service delivery systems responding to social issues.
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to the issues and the social systems.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

0. Application and Integration

Definition: Applying information from one or more disciplines and/or field experiences in new contexts (Outcome 0.1); developing integrated approaches or responses to personal, academic, professional, and social issues (Outcomes 0.2-0.5).

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
0.3 Identify and evaluate the relationships among different perspectives within a field of study and among different fields of study.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

Course Contents

  1. Lecture, reading and discussion of relevant social issues.
  2. A pluralistic approach will be taken to all topics and the mode of instruction used.
  3. Presentation of historical groundwork for all issues and the political influences.
  4. Guest speakers from the field who represent current service delivery models will provide a local perspective.
  5. The process of change will be discussed throughout the course.