A documented and critical analysis of major social problems in the United States, in a global as well as national context. This course aims at providing an understanding of the structure of society and of the underlying causes and conditions that maintain social problems. Special attention will be given to how we think about social problems: the social definitions of problems, the role of ideologies, the role of mass media, and the impact of these social processes on social policy formation. Students will explore their personal values in response to social issues in such areas as health, work, children's welfare, and the environment. (Offered every year.)
3 credits
Lower Division
Pathways Curriculum
The Core Capacities, Approaches to Creation and Analysis, The Interdisciplinary Clusters