SOC 111 - Social Problems
This course presents a sociological study of social issues with a particular focus on those social issues that have been defined within U.S. society as social problems. Topics presented for discussion and critical analysis include: sociological theory, research methodology, social inequality, deviance, sexuality, physical and mental health, urbanization, globalization, war/terrorism and the environment. Additional topics may be included as social problems are continually defined within U.S. society. This course satisfies the civic education requirement.
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Describe the difference between a social issue and a social problem as it is defined in the U.S.
2. Discuss the reasons for variations in the definition and recognition of social problems over time and within industrialized societies.
3. Identify the major research methodologies used by sociologists to collect data.
4. Analyze the major sociological causes underlying social problems.
5. Identify possible sociological solutions that may alleviate some aspects of social problems.
6. Analyze public policies that foster the continuance of some major social problems from the sociological perspective.
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