So201 Social Problems 4 credits
This course is intended to introduce students to a wide range of social issues in the United States (US) today. Issues will be approached from both the theoretical and practical perspectives. The course will begin with an overview of the social landscape in the US with special attention to the difficulties facing particular groups and the entire population. Once this overview is presented, students will study the major ideologies in the US, especially liberalism and conservatism, to provide a theoretical framework with which to understand public policy debate. The major social issues that confront society will then be studied. These include persistent poverty, environmental degradation, immigration, gun control, abortion, prayer in school, affirmative action, gay rights, criminal justice, capital punishment, corporate accountability and others. Service-learning may be a component of this course.