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SOC 1041 - Sociology of Social Problems

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course is a survey of the sociology of a selected set of social problems in the U.S. and globally, e.g. crime and violence, poverty, unemployment, war and terrorism, environmental degradation, and population growth. The social-structural and cultural sources of these problems are critically analyzed, and structural and cultural solutions following from such analyses are examined.
MnTC Goals
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science, 9 Ethical/Civic Responsibility

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in ENGL 1021  or completion of ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher and assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Problems of Social Inequality (such as Class, Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, or Age)
  2. Problems of Social Institutions (such as Education, Criminal Justice, Family, Health Care, or Military)
  3. Social Movements and Social Change
  4. Sociological Concepts and Theories
  5. Sociological Research Methods
  6. Specific Social Problems (such as unemployment, population, war, terrorism, and the environment)

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Analyze the relationship between many social problems and social inequality in society using a sociological perspective.
  2. Describe the causes of various social problems.
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to analyze core concepts, theories, and research findings related to the study of social problems.
  4. Connect theoretical perspectives on social problems to concrete realities of everyday life and the social world.
  5. Evaluate solutions to various social problems.

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