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SOC 2205 Social Problems

An introduction to social problems facing large, complex societies using sociological theories and methodology to examine causes, treatments and solutions. Among the topics discussed are: mental illness, health care, alcohol and drug abuse, violence, crime, delinquency, inequality, poverty, immigration, family, global and environmental issues.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: SOC 1101 


  • Examine the impact of social structure and culture on social policy in resolving or exacerbating social problems.
  • Demonstrate how the major theoretical perspectives and the scientific method are used to evaluate and analyze social problems. Develop proposals for addressing social problems. Compare and contrast specific social problems in cross-cultural context.
  • Analyze the process through which social problems are identified, legitimized, and addressed.
  • Examine the impact of social structure, such as structures of inequality, the economy and the political system in generating social problems.
  • Examine the role of social movements in constructing and / or resolving social problems.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3