Social Problems I
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Students will learn more about the challenges facing societies and the relationships between societies, governments, and individuals in these areas. Each unit will focus on a particular area of social concern, often with a global view, and examine possible solutions at both a structural and individual level.
• Understand social problems and what elements are commonly found in social problems.
• Review the different stages of a social problem.
• Discuss some of the issues in studying social problems.
• Examine the two types of social problems.
• Discuss two approaches to social problems.
• Understand what makes up the mass media.
• Discuss how the media affect what is seen as a social problem.
• Learn how gate-keeping, agenda setting, and framing affect the perceptions of social problems.
• Examine how the media was used in the Rwandan genocide.
• Investigate claims that the media are connected to social problems like violence and racism.
• Understand the different ways of defining poverty and deprivation.
• Understand the extent of poverty in North America and around the world.
• Examine the possible causes of poverty.
• Investigate the costs of poverty for individuals and society.
• Discuss potential ways to decrease poverty.
• Understand some of the social problems affecting the educational system.
• Discuss the benefits of desegregation and the issues in implementing desegregation.
• Understand what tracking is and the effects that this practice can have.
• Examine school violence and some of the solutions that have been suggested.
• Investigate some of the solutions that have been suggested for educational problems.
• Understand the global AIDS epidemic and the patterns of transmission.
• Discuss the abortion and euthanasia controversies.
• Investigate how health is related to economics.
• Examine some of the problems in the United States health care system.
• Discuss how health care might become more equal throughout society.
• Review the different types of crime in society.
• Discuss the history of crime and how urbanization affects crime rates.
• Investigate theories on why individuals commit crimes.
• Understand how social issues like poverty influence crime rates.
• Think about how to decrease crime rates in society.
• Examine the effects that overpopulation has on individuals and society.
• Investigate how many people the earth can support and feed.
• Discuss different ways to reduce population growth globally.
• Learn how cultural values and practices influence environmental problems.
• Discuss the social consequences of environmental issues.
• Examine various theories on what causes war.
• Understand the costs of war for individuals, societies, and countries.
• Discuss how the arms race began and what form it currently takes.
• Investigate some of the different types of terrorism.
• Look at the weapons that terrorists might use and what effects they might have on individuals and society.
COURSE LENGTH: One semester
REQUIRED TEXT: No required textbook for this course.
MATERIALS LIST: No required materials for this course.
Unit 1: Analyzing Social Problems
Unit 2: Mass Media
Unit 3: Poverty
Unit 4: Education
Social Problems I Midterm Exam
Unit 5: Health Care
Unit 6: Crime
Unit 7: Population & the Environmental Crisis
Unit 8: War and Terrorism
Social Problems I Final Exam