SOC 212W - Social Problems
Analyzes contemporary social problems within the theoretical framework of social change, value conflicts, and social deviation and examines resulting implications for social policy.
Prerequisite(s): SOC 211W . READING LEVEL 3 and WRITING LEVEL 3 or permission of instructor.
Lecture Hours: 45 Lab Hours: 0
Meets MTA Requirement: Social Science
Outcomes and Objectives 1. Identify the scientific method as applied to the study of social problems, and practice critical thinking using a scientific approach.
A. Apply scientific method to the study of major American social problems.
B. Correctly interpret simple statistical tables, correlations, and data as it relates to social problems.
C. Identify the major research strategies on social problems including demographic studies, survey research, field observation and, social
D. Define a social problem and be familiar with the key components of the definition.
E. Identify the major myths and logical fallacies that relate to specific social problems.
F. Demonstrate an understanding of the history of specific social problems, such as poverty, mental illness, violence, and child abuse, in this
2. Apply both a micro and macro level of analysis to various social problems, demonstrating understanding the specific effects of given
social problems on the individual, on primary groups such as the family, on institutions such as education, and on society at large.
A. Distinguish between a micro and macro analysis of social problems.
B. Employ a micro analysis to specific social problems such as mental illness, crime and delinquency, prostitution, etc.
C. Employ a macro analysis to specific social problems such as poverty, education, and health care.
D. Identify the effects of specific social problems, such as drug abuse, at the individual level of analysis.
E. Assess the effects of specific social problems, such as incest and child abuse, on the familiy.
F. Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of specific social problems, such as violence, on the American educational system.
G. Identify the effects of a specific social problem, such as poverty, at multiple levels of analysis: on individuals, family, the educational system,
and on society at large.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the major sociological theories that are used to analyze social problems; functionalist theory, value
conflict theory, social disorganization theory, labeling theory, and theories that relate specifically to deviant behavior. Identify the multi-
casual factors that result in specific social problems.
A. Distinguish between biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives on the issue of causation.
B. Demonstrate an understanding of what multi-casual analysis involves and distinguish between primary and secondary causes.
C. Explain functional theory and apply to the analysis of a specific social problem such as poverty.
D. Explain value conflict theory and apply to the analysis of a specific social problem such as gender inequality.
E. Demonstrate an understanding of labeling theory and apply to the analysis of a specific social problem such as mental illness.
F. Demonstrate an understanding of the essential of social disorganization or change theory and apply to a specific social problem such as
stress and institutional dysfunction.
G. Be able to employ various theories that relate specifically to deviant behavior such as differential association theory, control theory,
subculture theory, and means-ends theory.
H. Be able to utilize a number of these theories in combination to analyze specific social problems.
4. Identify and assess various solutions for given social problems, such as poverty, and propose more effective alternatives.
A. Apply sociological knowledge to the solutions of major social problems.
B. Identify the complicating factors that make social problems difficult to resolve or solve, such as the visibility of the problem, interrelatedness
of social problems, lack of publicity, subjective immersion, and the heterogeneity of American society.
C. Assess current solutions to given social problems, such as crime and mental illness.
D. Demonstrate an understanding of why various solutions to specific social problems, such as poverty, are not particularly effective.
E. Compare a single solution approach with a multiple solution approach to specific social problems.
F. Demonstrate an understanding of what ways solutions to specific problems, such as poverty, can directly cause other social problems to
G. Based on a critical assessment of solutions to various social problems, be able to propose
5. Using writing tasks to promote learning.
A. Practice critical writing skills within the subject.
B. Demonstrate knowledge of subject matter.
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