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SOCY 2031 Social Problems

Benjamin Hutcherson

This course introduces students to the concept of social problems and their underlying sociological realities. Over the course of the semester, we will examine the construction of social problems as they relate to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexuality, religion, drugs, socioeconomic status, economic shifts, and political systems. Students will continue to develop their sociological imaginations as they consider the ways in which these social problems differentially affect people based on their social location(s).

1. Define the concept of social problems and explain the underlying sociological processes that inform how humans construct social problems.
2. Summarize the principal theoretical perspectives on social problems.
3. Define the principal social problems in contemporary American society and examine them through multiple analytic lenses.
4. Describe and analyze the myriad causes of these problems.
5. Explain how myriad systems of power (e.g., race, ethnicity, class, gender, sex, sexuality) inform how people think about and experience institutions connected to these social problems.
6. Formulate potential solutions for social problems and evaluate their impact on different subsets of the population.

Henslin, James. Social Problems:  A Down-To-Earth Approach,11th ed. ISBN: 9780205965120.
(NOTE: You do NOT need MySocLab.)

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Quizzes (13) 65 Points (5 points each)
Reading Notes (13) 65 Points (5 points each)
Discussion Board Assignments (4) 60 Points (15 points each)
Written Assignments (2) 60 Points (30 points each)
Total 250 Points

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