Social Problems

3.00 crs.

Knowledge-Values Courses: Social Science

This course introduces students to some of the core and most contentious social problems in the U.S. today. Through the readings, films, lectures, and discussion, the material provides a substantive overview and sociological critique of the conflicts surrounding issues like social inequality, racism and privilege, the family, crime and deviance, and environmental degradation, with an emphasis on understanding their root causes, social impacts, and policy/behavioral solutions. This course also emphasizes the importance of social action, awareness, human empathy, and a sense of political responsibility/citizenship, as well as how to analyze social issues from and informed, rational, and critical perspective.

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