SOCI230 Contemporary Social Problems

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Sociology

I. Course Number and Title
SOCI230 Contemporary Social Problems
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
SOCI110 (C or better) and COMP110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students examine and analyze complex contemporary social problems. The major topics include the application of sociological theory to local, national, and international social problems, including the environment, poverty, crime, violence, drug abuse, and inequality. Students prepare and present an original research project that includes research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. analyze the objective and subjective nature of social problems;
    2. evaluate the structural and individual components of social problems;
    3. apply sociological theoretical perspectives to social problems; and
    4. execute an original research project that includes research design, data analysis and interpretation.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. definition of social problems
    2. application of conflict and functionalist theory to social problems
    3. application of symbolic interaction theory to social problems
    4. research methods
    5. application of research methods to social problems
    6. structural components of social problems
    7. individual components of social problems
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals is based on classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Approval/Revision Date: Approved 9/24/2013; New Core 8/2015