Sociology 210

SOCY 210

Catalog Entry

SOCY 21O. Social Problems
Three hours lecture (3).

An analysis of problems such as crime and delinquency, over-population, social inequality and poverty, and minority oppression is the focus of this course.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

I. Orientation to the Study of Social Problems

A. Why Study Social Problems?

1. Definitions, fallacies, and attitudes toward social problems
2. Objectives

B. The Sociology of Social Problems

1. Frame of reference: social change, cultural relativity, and learned behavior
2. Approaches to the study of social problems: the social disorganization approach, the personal deviation approach, the value-conflict approach, and the labeling perspective

C. The Analysis of Social Problems

1. The interpretation of data

II. Major Social Problems in the United States

A. Vested Interest and Pressure Groups
B. Crime and Delinquency
C. Problem Families and Family Problems
D. Religious Problems and Conflicts
E. Population Problems
F. Educational Problems
G. The Problem of Poverty
H. The Race Problem--Discrimination in American Life
I. Problems of Urban and Rural Communities
J. Problems of Class Differentiation
K. Mass Communication: Control, Content, Censorship
L. The Personal Pathologies and Deviations
M. Health and Medical Care Problems
N. Civil Liberties and Subversion
O. Environment and Social Policy

III. Conclusions and Future Prospects

A. The Sociological Approaches Reassessed
B. Some Difficulties of Solutions
C. Summary


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A combination of lecture and informal discussion is used in this course. Both may focus upon the text(s) or other assigned readings, audio-visual presentations, or applicable materials drawn from media discussions of current events.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Students will:

1. examine/understand/demonstrate a knowledge of the major social problems;
2. be provided an appreciation for the complexity of social issues;
3. demonstrate why solutions to social problems are so elusive;
4. become better-informed citizens.


Assessment Measures

Students may be graded on the basis of in-class examinations, which may consist of a combination of objective and essay questions; quizzes; term papers, presentations, or projects; and class attendance and participation.


Other Course Information

Informal, ungraded in-class writings may be used to stimulate discussion.


Review and Approval

January, 2001 Reviewed Peggy A. Shifflett

May 2009