Jun 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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SO 301 - Social Problems

This class will scope the definitions, explanations, and solutions of social problems in our society today. We will describe when a public issue becomes a social problem. Issues important to most people in America are homelessness, loss of income, health care access and coverage, marriage and family violence, child abuse and neglect, elder abuse and neglect, prostitution, racial inequalities, substance abuse, and population and urban growth. We will look at the three theoretical foundations of sociology-functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interaction-and how we can apply the three theories to the scope of social problems. Awareness of social problems can enhance our understanding of what is going on in our social structure today so that we can minimize them.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 5 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: Final Project

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Analyze the impact of social institutions in our American society. 
  • Recognize the variety of problems that face each of us as citizens of the United States. 
  • Analyze the causes and consequences of problems based on the functionalist, conflict, and interactionist frameworks. 
  • Value other nations, the social problems they face and how they are attempting to solve their problems. 
  • Identify the complexity of social problems and their solutions.

Credits: 3

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