This course presents an introductory sociological analysis of causes, changes in, and attempts to effectively treat some of the major problems in contemporary American society. These include: hunger, environmental problems, poverty, crime and delinquency, family problems, and homelessness. Service Learning projects are encouraged. Group 1 course.
Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies
Placement into ENG 111
General Education Outcomes supported by this course
Communications - Direct, Critical Thinking - Direct
Other college designations supported by this course
Degree Req:Cultural Persp/Div, Infused: Writing Intensive
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Describe basic social theories.
- Relate course contextual information to trends in cultural, political, and economic life.
- Discuss the varying perspectives of sociology and the corresponding analyses of modern social problems.
- Apply concepts, research skills, and theoretical perspectives to analyzing and solving modern social problems.
- Analyze personal and social life.
- Explore patterns of social and economic forces like globalization, technological change, social change and institutional problems as they relate to modern social problems.
- Conduct studies of social problems across the world including social-scientific and ethnographic studies.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Identify personal and institutional biases, prejudices and assumptions that encapsulate diverse social groups social problems.
Learning How to Learn:
- Investigate the importance of social and civic engagement in solving challenges facing contemporary American society.
- Apply empathy to perceive the diverse patterns associated with varied life chances people experience.
- Practice metacognition in their reflective journal writings.