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Contemporary Social Problems: Sociological Perspectives

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E. Kane

Course Long Title

Contemporary Social Problems: Sociological Perspectives


An introduction to sociology through the study of contemporary social problems. Topics include inequalities of income, wealth, housing, education, and health as well as related social problems such as systemic racism, crime, poverty, homelessness, and climate change. With a particular focus on how sociologists study the process through which social conditions become defined as problems, the way various stakeholders frame those problems, and their potential solutions, students explore sociology in general and the social construction of social problems in particular. This exploration includes readings, class discussions, and community-engaged learning with local organizations addressing social problems.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

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