SOCY 102 Social Problems

Examines some of the primary forms of deviance and social disorganization which face our society at the present time. Emphasizes the problems which face American society in particular, including crime, alcoholism, problems of the elderly, racial prejudice, over urbanization and others. In the discussion of a specific problem, there will be an attempt to examine basic causes, ultimate effects on both individual and society, and possible solutions.

Credits

3

General Education Competency

[GE Core type]

SOCY 102Social Problems

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I. General Information

Department

Social Science

II. Course Specification

Course Type

Program Requirement

General Education Competency

[GE Core type]

Credit Hours Narrative

3

Semester Contact Hours Lecture

40

Grading Method

Letter grade

Repeatable

N

III. Catalog Course Description

Examines some of the primary forms of deviance and social disorganization which face our society at the present time. Emphasizes the problems which face American society in particular, including crime, alcoholism, problems of the elderly, racial prejudice, over urbanization and others. In the discussion of a specific problem, there will be an attempt to examine basic causes, ultimate effects on both individual and society, and possible solutions.

IV. Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

Understand the difference between a personal problem, public issue, and a social problem Understand how values and goals influence social problems. Recognize the underlying causes of social problems Understand historical and modern solutions to social problem; and hypothesize own solutions Recognize the value of volunteer experience in contribution to the alleviation of social problems

V. Topical Outline (Course Content)

The difference between a personal problem, public issues, and social problems How values and goals influence social problems Service learning An investigation into the causes and solutions of a variety of social problems – including but not limited to – Societal level economic problems, poverty, inequality, family problems, education, crime/punishment, and environmental problems.

VI. Delivery Methodologies

Required Assignments

Reading response papers Social problem group project Presentation 6-8 hour service learning project

Required Exams

Lecture and chapter quizzes Final exam/project

Required Text

Finsterbusch, Kurt, ed. 2014. Annual Editions: Social Problems 13/14. 40th Edition. New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

Specific Course Activity Assignment or Assessment Requirements

Reading response papers Social problem group project Presentation 6-8 hour service learning project Lecture and chapter quizzes Final exam/project