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 Course Title:   Social Problems

 Title Abbreviation:   SOCIAL PROBLEMS

 Department:    SOC&

 Course #:    201

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    451101

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2013

 Course Description  

A survey of the major contemporary social problems including crime, violence, drug dependency, mental illness, racism, poverty, inequality, breakdowns in the family, education, and quality of life, and the impact of technology. A variety of sociological perspectives and social policies on social problems are reviewed as well as research methods used in analyzing current social problems.



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:  

Academic Social Sciences  

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. To describe, understand, and explain the concept of ?"social problems??
  2. To describe the scope and subject matter of sociologically relevant problem areas
  3. To develop an understanding of the major concepts and technical language the sociologist employs to describe various social problems
  4. To understand and explain the principal methods of researching the current major social problems in the U.S.
  5. To describe the various sociological approaches used in analyzing the current major social problems in the U.S.
  6. To learn an appreciation of the complexity of social policies used in addressing social problems publicly
  7. To express and develop writing skills through a series of graded exercises and written exams
  8. To develop cooperative and verbal skills through classroom discussion on a variety of social problem areas; and as well as writing skills
  9. To develop oral presentation skills on a social problem topic

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 . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

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 . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.
4.6 Utilize ethical practice in relation to diverse communities and cultures for the promotion of equity and social justice.

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 . . .
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.2 Demonstrate their understanding of the principles of scientific methods, analysis, and reasoning.

Course Contents

  1. A constant scrutiny about what constitutes a social problem, i.e., how do you know a social problem when you see it
  2. An attention to the basic building blocks in the study of social problems and the methods used in studying them
  3. A focus on diversity issues and how social problems may affect different social groups in different ways
  4. An attention to the various sociological approaches and theories of social problems with a special emphasis on critical thinking and the exploration of hidden values, biases, and assumptions that are a part of social problems analysis
  5. Applied work in a variety of critical approaches emphasizing the importance of social contexts in understanding and interpreting social problems
  6. Discussion of articles and sociological relevant data that describe specific social problem areas
  7. Understanding the various linkages and connection between social problem areas, i.e., how one social problem is connected to the other social problems in society