May 22, 2024  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 472 - Social Problems

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course helps to make the student aware of the problems and challenges of our modern times. Included are problems associated with the family, physical and mental health, poverty, ethnic and race relations, gender and age inequality, drugs, crime, and environmental concerns. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Have a better understanding of some of the factors contributing to the health care problems in the United States
  • Have a better understanding of many of the problems that the family can experience such as divorce, child abuse, and others
  • Be cognizant fo the fact that even though poverty would seem the most contrary to the American norm of social reponsibility, it does exist, and the reasons for this
  • Have a better understanding of aging and sexism
  • Identity some of the factors contributing to criminal behavior
  • Distinguish between fact and myth regarding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Have the desire to be actively involved in deterring the world’s arms race and nuclear war.
  • A personal willingness to involve him/herself actively and intelligently in the social issues of the day.
  • The ability to become a better equipped engineer or technologist and to contribute to the fullest extent possible to the technical and social solutions of the problems of tomorrow.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction (1 class)
  • The sociological approach to social problems (3 classes)
  • Physical and mental health (4 classes)
  • The changing family (5 classes)
  • Sex and social norms (1 class)
  • Sex roles and inequality (2 classes)
  • Prejudice and discrimination (2 classes)
  • Poverty and affluence (2 classes)
  • Aging (2 classes)
  • Crime (2 classes)
  • War and nuclear war (2 classes)
  • Environment (2 classes)

Alicia Domack

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