Oct 04, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 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:
  • Describe some of the factors contributing to the health care problems in the United States
  • Articulate many of the problems that the family can experience such as divorce, child abuse, and others
  • Explain several reasons for poverty in the United States and around the world
  • Demonstrate an understanding of aging and sexism
  • Identify some of the factors contributing to criminal behavior
  • Distinguish between fact and myth regarding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the world’s arms race and nuclear war
  • Demonstrate a personal willingness to involve themselves actively and intelligently in the social issues of the day
  • Apply knowledge of social problems to become a better equipped professional 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
  • The sociological approach to social problems
  • Physical and mental health
  • The changing family
  • Sex and social norms
  • Sex roles and inequality
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Poverty and affluence
  • Aging
  • Crime
  • War and nuclear war
  • Environment

Dr. Jan Fertig

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