Feb 28, 2024
SOCY-292 Social ProblemsCredits 3 / 3 Contact Hours
Pre-requisite: Placement into RDNG-030 (ACSR-030), completion of ELAP-110 with a minimum grade of 2.0, or successful completion of RDNG-016 or ACLT-074 with a minimum grade of 3.0.
A sociological analysis of major social problems with some cross-cultural and global perspective. Crime and juvenile delinquency population and ecology terrorism and war and race relations an aging population and physical and mental health; potential programs for the prevention and amelioration of these problems.
- Identify the social forces that shape social problems
- Analyze social problems from the three main sociological perspectives
- Evaluate competing points of view regarding social problems
- Link sociological social problems from class with current events
- Appraise the factors that have shaped one’s view of social problems
- Distinguish the factors that contribute to a population’s health, including those within a country and at the international level, and describe how these factors are measured
- Examine patterns of drug usage and drug laws from a sociological perspective.
- Explore the definition of crime in the United States, incorporating how the criminal justice system controls crime and deals with its effects.
- Summarize problems related to the family, including child abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence, and divorce, as well as prevention and mediation strategies.
- Distinguish between absolute and relative poverty using global examples.
- Explain problems related to education in the United States, including how education contributes to social inequality and efforts being made to improve education.
- Appreciate historical patterns of interactions between various race and ethnic groups, applying this knowledge to current racial inequalities today.
- Appreciate sexual orientation diversity in the United States, including laws and prejudices that have lead to a heterosexist dominant culture.
- Summarize the changing role of the economic institution.
- Examine population patterns and processes, including the context of urbanization, movements toward Smart Growth and planned shrinkage of communities, and the impact of population growth on the environment.
- Synthesize population growth and environmental problems with the benefits and problems of science and technology.