SOC& 201: Social Problems

Class Program
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Social Science

Investigates social problems of today from a sociological perspective. The course examines important issues of the economy, drug abuse, crime, inequality, family, education, race and ethnic relations, environment, and war and terrorism. The course is structured to promote the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of students by using the sociological imagination.

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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. The Sociological Perspective
    1. The sociological imagination
    2. Macro and Micro levels of analysis
    3. Theoretical Perspectives
      1. Functionalism
      2. Conflict Theory
      3. Symbolic Interaction
  2. Methods used by Sociologists
  3. Interpreting Social Problems
  4. Socialization
  5. Drugs and Alcohol
  6. Crime and Violence
  7. Inequality
  8. Race and Ethnic Relations
  9. Family
  10. Education
  11. Environment
  12. Health Care
  13. Population and Urban Problems
  14. War and Terrorism