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Outcome Summary Social Problems (200 Level Course)

Title Social Problems (200 Level Course)
Course Number 20809202
Credits 3
Organization Western Technical College
Developers WTCS General Studies Alignment Team
Development Date 12/1/2009
Revised by Jerry Harazmus
Revised date 8/9/2011
Instructional Level College Parallel
Instructional Area Social Science - 809
Division General Education
Department

Instructional Type Contact Hours Outside Hours Credits
 Lecture  54  0  3

Description


This course examines the major issues confronting society: economic and political change, nationalism, racial and ethnic relations, sexism, socioeconomic class, crime and justice, health and education, and family life. It discusses causes, effects, possible solutions and future trends. This course requires student participation in reading, writing and discussion.



Prerequisites


  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Sociology (10809196 or 20809203) with a C or better.

Supplies

  • None

Core Abilities

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population

Competency

1.  Analyze the concept of social problems


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner uses sociological terms in context
  • learner compares sociological perspectives
  • learner gives concrete examples of how issues are seen from each perspective
  • learner applies the definition of a social problem

Learning Objectives

  • Define a social problem
  • Identify the major sociological perspectives
  • Identify the idea of a social problem
  • Discuss effects of social problems on society

2.  Analyze the social construction of social problems


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner communicates the meaning of the social construction of reality
  • learner gives a valid example of a socially constructed problem
  • learner provides evidence of the validity of their example
  • learner provides examples of socially constructed problems
  • learner gives a visual example of the social construction of reality

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize that social problems are constructed
  • Identify the components of culture
  • Define a social problem
  • Determine the significance of perception in reality

3.  Analyze the interrelationship between social problems and the major social institutions in society


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner uses sociological terms in context
  • learner identifies the major social institutions
  • learner identifies social problems related to social institutions
  • learner identifies the impact social institutions have upon the socialization process
  • learner demonstrates how institutions can be dysfunctional for society

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the major social institutions
  • Explore the different meanings of the word "institution"
  • Describe the functions of major social institutions

4.  Analyze how social problems are reinforced and preserved by social groups who maintain wealth and power


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner uses sociological terms in context
  • learner identifies the power elite
  • learner demonstrates how the power elite influence the economic and political systems
  • learner explains how individual and collective behavior initiate change in society
  • learner assesses the cross-cultural definition of "poor"

Learning Objectives

  • Define the terms wealth and power
  • Explore the influence the wealthy have over others
  • Contrast the living standards of the poor and wealthy

5.  Formulate potential solutions for social problems using a systematic and empirical approach


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner uses sociological terms in context
  • learner identifies an issue as a social problem
  • learner employs a formal systematic approach to problem solving
  • learner critically analyzes potential solutions for such problem
  • learner decides on a feasible solution using empirical evidence as support
  • learner develops a solution to a given social problem
  • learner explains the advantages and potential flaws in empirical thinking
  • learner explains bias in research and ways to prevent it
  • learner uses critical reasoning

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the steps in critical reasoning
  • Identify the different research methods
  • Define empiricism
  • Determine the importance of empiricism

6.  Analyze how attitudes towards human differences (e.g, race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, age, and disabilities) are interrelated to the problems of inequality


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner uses sociological terms in context
  • learner differentiates between the concepts of race and ethnicity
  • learner differentiates between the concepts of sex and gender
  • learner identifies what is meant by the concept of class
  • learner explains how societal attitudes and practices promote social inequality
  • learner demonstrates the ways in which people are treated differently in society

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the causes of racism
  • Identify solutions for discrimination
  • Recognize that sex and gender are different

7.  Analyze crime and deviance in American Society


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner uses sociological terms in context
  • learner differentiates between crime and other forms of deviance
  • learner gives examples of how deviance is relative to social context (e.g., time, place, and culture)
  • learner distinguishes between the various crime typologies (e.g., violent, white collar, and corporate)
  • learner explains how social institutions promote deviance
  • learner describes the causes and effects of crime in America

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the types of crime in America
  • Identify societal sanctions and their effects
  • Describe the different sociological theories of deviance
  • Recognize cross cultural views of punishment
  • Define deviance cross culturally

8.  Examine the impact of poverty on life chances


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner uses sociological terms in context
  • learner identifies the strategy that is used to calculate poverty
  • learner gives evidence of the correlation between poverty and specific life chances (e.g., access to education, health care, housing, etc.)
  • learner formulates solutions for poverty
  • learner explains how poverty affects people's lives

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the causes of poverty
  • Define poverty
  • Identify correlates of poverty
  • Determine the effects of poverty on society

9.  Analyze the education system in American Society


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner describes the impact of education on poverty
  • learner explains the linkage between race and education
  • learner uses sociological terms in content
  • learner applies the functions of education to case problems
  • learner demonstrates how problems in the U.S. Educational System affect people

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the nature of the American Education System
  • Determine the functions of education
  • Identify the Alternative Educational Systems
  • Identify problems in the U.S. Educational System

10.  Explore solutions to a variety of American Social Problems


Criteria - Performance will be satisfactory when:

  • learner analyzes different solutions for advantages and disadvantages
  • learner applies solutions to actual societal problems
  • learner demonstrates feasibility of solutions
  • learner uses sociological terms in content

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various social problem solutions
  • Explore difficulties in implementing various solutions
  • Acknowledge the importance of solving social problems