SOCI130 Contemporary Social Problems
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology
Course Number and TitleSOCI130 Contemporary Social Problems
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250 minutes
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionA systematic study of changing American social problems and controversies. Selected topics such as poverty, crime, drug abuse, problems of the family, problems of the aged, changing sex roles, and the abortion debate are examined.
Required Course Content and Direction
- To expose students to a sociological view of social problems.
- To develop the ability to apply the scientific method in the study of social problems.
- To stimulate interest through topical discussion of social problems.
- To cultivate a sociological perspective of social problems.
- To cultivate an understanding of the complexities of American social problems and a sensitivity to the problems faced by individuals and groups in our society.
- To develop the ability to read critically and think analytically about society and social problems.
- To develop the ability to identify, define, and investigate social problems and propose ways of dealing with them.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- The sociology of social problems: functional and conflict perspectives.
- Power and inequality as critical factors: social class, race, gender and age.
- Family related problems: divorce, child abuse, single-parent families, the nuclear family.
- Private troubles: alcoholism, drug abuse, crime, deviance.
- Solutions to social problems.
- Additional topics and chapters may be chosen according to current events and the specialization of the instructor.
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:Text and articles selected by individual instructors of each course section. Details are provided to the students by each instructor and included on the instructor’s course format distributed to students.
Teaching Methods EmployedLecture presentation, class discussion, and film. Additional methods, including computer aided material, at the instructor’s discretion.
Review/Approval Date - 2/99