Spring 2023  |  SOC 3003 Section 001: Social Problems (65578)

Class Component:
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
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 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:
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Class Description:
What can you learn from sociology about how to look behind the "social problems" you hear about on the news? This class will teach you to ask yourself three questions. Why has this issue come to be seen as particularly problematic in a particular place and time? What kind of assumptions lie behind the popular interpretations of the problem? Which groups are "claiming" the problem and which are successfully persuading the public to accept their interpretation? Kicking off with the development of the concept "social problem" during the late 19th century, we will move on to the medicalization of everyday life during the 20th-century, the privatisation of "welfare" during the late 20th-century, and to the continuing debate over whether problems of inequality are best addressed by tending to "needs" or demanding "rights."Among the specific social problems we will tackle will be substance abuse, educational inequality, anorexia, and homelessness. The class will incorporate a community involvement element, where students go out and work with an activist or non-profit organisation for two to three hours per week (or four to six hours every two weeks, for example). You will digest and interpret your experiences "in the field" in class time and in the final take-home paper.
30% Other Evaluation Other Grading Information: class participation and presentations, 30% mid-term, 40% community involvement and related final paper
Class Format:
40% Lecture
25% Discussion
35% Other Style group work, films and other in-class activities.
25-50 Pages Reading Per Week
10 Pages Writing Per Term
1 Exam(s)
1 Paper(s)
Other Workload: 2-3 hours of community involvement (service learning) per week.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 May 2007

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