Courses: Social Problems (SOCLH133B01)
This course is designed to identify the nature and severity of social problem and to evaluate proposed solutions to such problems. The goal of this class is to provide basic tools to answer questions such as the following: What constitutes a social problem? Who defines when something is a social problem? Why do some social problems receive so much attention, while others are ignored? Under what conditions do different types of social problems emerge? In this course, students will learn to think critically about a variety of social problems in our society and about the strategies and policies designed to solve problems such as poverty, crime, wage inequality, educational inequality, racism and sexism. Students will learn to criticize popular discourses from a critical sociological perspective and will be encouraged to form their own opinions and critiques.
Fulfills: SO I