SOC 108 Social Problems

Course Outline

Course Number & Name:  SOC 108 Social Problems

Credit Hours:  3.0            Contact Hours:  3.0          Lecture:  3.0       Lab:  N/A             Other:  N/A

Prerequisites:  Grades of “C” or better in ENG 096 and RDG 096 or placement.  Note: SOC 101 is an advised but not a required prerequisite.

Co-requisites:  None                                                      Concurrent Courses:  None

Course Description: This course examines the causes of selected social problems.  National and Global social problems are examined, as well as those that affect urban areas.

General Education Goals: SOC 108 is affirmed in the following General Education Foundation Categories:  Society and Human Behavior and Global and Cultural Awareness of Diversity.  The corresponding General Education Goals are respectively as follows: Students will use social science theories and concepts to analyze human behavior and social and political institutions and to act as responsible citizens; and Students will understand the importance of global perspective and culturally diverse peoples.  SOC 108 also addresses the General Education Integrated Course Goals: Ethical Reasoning and Action and Information Literacy, which are respectively as follows: Students will understand ethical issues and situations; and Students will address an information need by locating, evaluating, and effectively using information.

Course Goals: Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. identify the basic approaches used in studying social problems sociologically;
  2. identify the social institutions in which social problems are found;
  3. compare and contrast the various types of social inequality;
  4. analyze and evaluate how social inequalities impact social institutions; and
  5. compare and contrast global social problems to domestic social problems.
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