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Fall 2020  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (31555)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/08/2020 - 12/16/2020
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
Off Campus
UMN REMOTE
Enrollment Status:
Open (54 of 55 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In this course, we will engage in a sociological examination of major social problems facing the contemporary US and abroad. We explore the origins and causes of different social problems, seek to understand how they impact individuals, groups, and the society as a whole, and evaluate solutions. We ask how an issue becomes defined as a "social problem," discuss the social construction of reality and deviance, and consider the primary frameworks under which societies have organized their responses to different social problems. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
This course is completely online in a synchronous format. The course will meet online at the scheduled times. Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?phili191+SOC3003+Fall2020
Class Description:

How and why is Trump's administration redefining Human Rights? Why is hyperactivity a medicalized issue? How is violence in African countries (mis-)represented by the media? How did experts invent the problem of "terrorism"? How does the memory of trauma and the Holocaust travel across space and time?


These are some of the questions we will ask and answer throughout the semester.


In this course, we will investigate how social conditions become defined as social problems. We won't take for granted that an issue in our society is an objective problem (e.g. crime or terrorism), but instead, we'll focus on the process through which a social issue becomes identified as a societal concern. We will ask questions such as: What tools and tactics do claims-makers use to identify, define and articulate a problem and solutions? How are these claims articulated to a public to mobilize them for change? What are moral panics? How do social problems travel through space and time? How do different professions discuss the same problem differently?


The course is divided into three sections. First, we'll begin with an overview of the different sociological approaches to social problems. We'll specifically focus on a social constructionist perspective to help us understand how social problems emerge. Second, we'll explore the social process that allows for social conditions to become identified as social problems. In this section, we will examine how claims-makers define a social problem, communicate it with a public, and mobilize for change. We'll pay attention to how social problems are identified by different experts, throughout space and time. Third, we will use perspectives and conceptual tools we've already learned to examine contemporary social problems, including the Black Lives Matter movement, COVID-19, decolonization and indigeneity, terrorism, white supremacy, climate change, and others. The last section of the course will mostly be led by students.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course students should be able to:


1. Understand various theoretical perspectives, especially the social constructionist perspective, on social problems.

2. Critically analyze the social construction of any social problem. This includes identifying interest-groups, claims, resources, and proposed solutions to a social problem.

3. Deploy analytical and conceptual tools to critically assess the debates around contemporary social problems.

4. Critically evaluate academic texts, political rhetoric, news reports, policies, artwork, and other cultural products that are used to define and respond to social problems.

5. Develop your own views about certain social problems, and identify its causes, consequences and possible solutions.

6. Publicly and compellingly present your sociological understanding about a certain social problem along with your group.

Grading:

Reading Journals (25%)

Sociological Imagination Assignment (15%)

Creative Group Project (40%)

In-Class Assignments (15%)

Office Hours (5%)

Exam Format:
No Exams
Class Format:

We will meet once every week on Tuesday 11:15am-12:30pm. Lectures will be recorded and available on Canvas. Outside of the lecture period, students are expected to read and prepare for lecture, meet with their group to complete a group project, and complete individual course assignments.

Workload:
TBD.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/31555/1209
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
1 September 2020

Spring 2019  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (66090)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/22/2019 - 05/06/2019
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 150
Enrollment Status:
Open (57 of 58 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
In this course, we will engage in a sociological examination of major social problems facing the contemporary US and abroad. We explore the origins and causes of different social problems, seek to understand how they impact individuals, groups, and the society as a whole, and evaluate solutions. We ask how an issue becomes defined as a "social problem," discuss the social construction of reality and deviance, and consider the primary frameworks under which societies have organized their responses to different social problems. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC3003+Spring2019
Class Description:
In this course, we will engage in a sociological examination of major social problems facing the contemporary U.S. In each unit, we explore the origins and causes of different social problems, seek to understand how they impact individuals, groups, and the society as a whole, and evaluate remedies that have been tried, as well as untried ones that hold particular promise. We begin the class by asking how an issue becomes defined as a social problem, discuss the social construction of reality and deviance, and consider the primary frameworks under which societies have organized their responses to different social problems. In the next sections of the course, we focus on major controversies surrounding the American family, crime and punishment, the distribution of wealth & income, the degradation of the environment, health care and medicine. The tools we will utilize include sociological texts, newspaper articles, and documentary films. Students will write two short position papers and take a midterm and a final. *Note* there is no textbook for the course, but students should expect to purchase a sizable coursepack.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
40% Reports/Papers
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
true/false and essay
Class Format:
30% Lecture
20% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
30 Pages Reading Per Week
8-10 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66090/1193
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 September 2018

Summer 2017  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (88108)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
06/12/2017 - 08/04/2017
Mon, Wed 05:30PM - 08:00PM
UMTC, West Bank
Carlson School of Management 2-224
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Analysis of major social problems, including inequality, crime, drug abuse, pollution, and racism. Proposed solutions, evaluation of policy consequences. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?pharr004+SOC3003+Summer2017
Class Description:
This course is an exploration of how sociologists confront, diagnose, analyze, and theorize contemporary social problems. Some of the topics we will examine include the environment and climate change; socioeconomic inequality and globalization; crime, punishment, and drug abuse; health and medicalization; modernization and rationalization; and the rise (or return) of nationalism and authoritarianism. In our examination of these issues we will tackle some fundamental questions, namely: 1) How and why did sociologists come to see themselves as social pathologists in the first place; 2) what drives society to define these issues as "problems" and what narratives and assumptions emerge in the process; and 3) who lays claim to these problems and how do they mobilize the public to get their message heard? This class is primarily discussion-based with brief introductory lectures; course materials include journal articles, book excerpts, and films. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate in and lead discussions, write weekly short (2-3 page) papers, and take a final exam.
Grading:
20% class participation and presentations
20% final exam
60% short papers
Class Format:
30% lecture
35% discussion
35% films and other in-class activities.
Workload:
50-60 pages reading per week
~12-15 pages writing per term
1 exam
6 short papers
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/88108/1175
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
30 April 2017

Fall 2016  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (33985)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
09/06/2016 - 12/14/2016
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Analysis of major social problems, including inequality, crime, drug abuse, pollution, and racism. Proposed solutions, evaluation of policy consequences. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information: http://classinfo.umn.edu/?elogan+SOC3003+Fall2016
Class Description:
In this course, we will engage in a sociological examination of major social problems facing the contemporary U.S. In each unit, we explore the origins and causes of different social problems, seek to understand how they impact individuals, groups, and the society as a whole, and evaluate remedies that have been tried, as well as untried ones that hold particular promise. We begin the class by asking how an issue becomes defined as a social problem, discuss the social construction of reality and deviance, and consider the primary frameworks under which societies have organized their responses to different social problems. In the next sections of the course, we focus on major controversies surrounding the American family, crime and punishment, the distribution of wealth & income, the degradation of the environment, health care and medicine. The tools we will utilize include sociological texts, newspaper articles, and documentary films. Students will write two short position papers, take a midterm and a final, and do a group presentation on a pressing social problem of their choice. *Note* there is no textbook for the course, but students should expect to purchase a sizable coursepack.
Grading:
15% Midterm Exam
15% Final Exam
30% Reports/Papers
20% In-class Presentations
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
true/false and essay
Class Format:
30% Lecture
20% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
30 Pages Reading Per Week
8-10 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/33985/1169
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2014

Spring 2015  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (58914)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Delivery Medium
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/20/2015 - 05/08/2015
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 130
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Analysis of major social problems, including inequality, crime, drug abuse, pollution, and racism. Proposed solutions, evaluation of policy consequences. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Description:
In this course, we will engage in a sociological examination of major social problems facing the contemporary U.S. In each unit, we explore the origins and causes of different social problems, seek to understand how they impact individuals, groups, and the society as a whole, and evaluate remedies that have been tried, as well as untried ones that hold particular promise. We begin the class by asking how an issue becomes defined as a social problem, discuss the social construction of reality and deviance, and consider the primary frameworks under which societies have organized their responses to different social problems. In the next sections of the course, we focus on major controversies surrounding the American family, crime and punishment, the distribution of wealth & income, the degradation of the environment, health care and medicine. The tools we will utilize include sociological texts, newspaper articles, and documentary films. Students will write two short position papers, take a midterm and a final, and do a group presentation on a pressing social problem of their choice. *Note* there is no textbook for the course, but students should expect to purchase a sizable coursepack.
Grading:
15% Midterm Exam
15% Final Exam
30% Reports/Papers
20% In-class Presentations
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
true/false and essay
Class Format:
30% Lecture
20% Film/Video
50% Discussion
Workload:
30 Pages Reading Per Week
8-10 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/58914/1153
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
27 March 2014

Spring 2014  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (64778)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Delivery Medium
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/21/2014 - 05/09/2014
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 235
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Analysis of major social problems, including inequality, crime, drug abuse, pollution, and racism. Proposed solutions, evaluation of policy consequences.
Class Description:
How do we decide that something is a social problem, and what do we do about it? How do race, class and gender impact our understandings of social problems in the contemporary United States? Who is primarily responsible for addressing social problems-- individuals, the government, churches, schools, or other institutions? In this class, we will examine some of the major social problems facing the United States today. Specially, we focus on controversies surrounding the 1) American family, 2) crime and punishment, 3) the distribution of wealth & income, 4) the degradation of the environment, and 5) Science, Medicine, and Health. In order to illustrate the issues to be discussed, we will watch segments from a number of recent documentary films such as Everything's Cool, Daddy & Papa, The Boys of Baraka and A Hard Straight.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
40% Reports/Papers
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
essay, as well as multiple choice and true/false
Class Format:
30% Lecture
25% Film/Video
45% Discussion
Workload:
30 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
Other Workload: This term there will be NO REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS for this class, but students should expect to purchase a sizable COURSEPACKET.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/64778/1143
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 October 2012

Spring 2013  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (66814)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Delivery Medium
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/22/2013 - 02/05/2013
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 5
 
02/06/2013 - 05/10/2013
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 235
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Analysis of major social problems, including inequality, crime, drug abuse, pollution, and racism. Proposed solutions, evaluation of policy consequences.
Class Description:
How do we decide that something is a social problem, and what do we do about it? How do race, class and gender impact our understandings of social problems in the contemporary United States? Who is primarily responsible for addressing social problems-- individuals, the government, churches, schools, or other institutions? In this class, we will examine some of the major social problems facing the United States today. Specially, we focus on controversies surrounding the 1) American family, 2) crime and punishment, 3) the distribution of wealth & income, 4) the degradation of the environment, and 5) Science, Medicine, and Health. In order to illustrate the issues to be discussed, we will watch segments from a number of recent documentary films such as Everything's Cool, Daddy & Papa, The Boys of Baraka and A Hard Straight.
Grading:
20% Midterm Exam
20% Final Exam
40% Reports/Papers
20% Class Participation
Exam Format:
essay, as well as multiple choice and true/false
Class Format:
30% Lecture
25% Film/Video
45% Discussion
Workload:
30 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
2 Exam(s)
2 Paper(s)
1 Presentation(s)
Other Workload: This term there will be NO REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS for this class, but students should expect to purchase a sizable COURSEPACKET.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/66814/1133
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
15 October 2012

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