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 Course Title:   Social Issues

 Title Abbreviation:   SOCIAL ISSUES

 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    149

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    511508

 EPC:    424

 REV:    2017

 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. Required course for the generalist degree.



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. Have a general familiarity with a number of significant social issues, and be able to apply critical thinking and communication skills within the classroom for a discussion of these topics.
  2. Think both as social scientist and as a helping professional in evaluating evidence regarding the development of social issues and in assessing their impact on members of the community.
  3. Differentiate between “personal problems or issues” and “social problems or issues.”
  4. Review underlying historical, social, and environmental conditions that have contributed to the development of social issues and problems.
  5. Discuss and describe the role of the media in shaping public attitudes toward social issues.
  6. Communicate effectively with others, within and outside the classroom, in discussing the importance and impact of social problems.
  7. Develop an appreciation for the multiple perspectives with which controversial issues can be viewed and tolerance for the different perspectives on an issue held by other groups and individuals.

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.

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. Group assignments where students review specific social issues.
  5. The process of change will be discussed throughout the course.