SOC 268 Syllabus



Division:      Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


 Curricula in Which Course is Taught:


Course Number and Title:   Sociology 268,  Social Problems


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture: 3                      Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:



I.          Catalog Description:  Applies sociological concepts and methods to analysis of current social problems.  Includes delinquency and crime, mental illness, drug addition, alcoholism, sexual behavior, population crisis, race relations, family and community disorganization, poverty, automation, wars, and disarmament. 


II.         Relationship to the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:

The basic concepts associated with social problems will be introduced. The course will enable students to be more effective in living and working within our society by learning about the social problems “game” and the players who take part in it and by exploring several current social problems and the question of resolving social problems.


III.        Required Background:


          Sociology 201, 200, or permission of instructor


IV.       Course Content:


1.    Introduction to Social Problems, techniques for defining and analyzing social problems

2.    Current Social Problems such as:

a.    Delinquency

b.    Crime

c.    Mental illness

d.    Drug addiction

e.    Alcoholism

f.     Sexual behavior

g.    Population

h.    Race relations

i.      Family and community disorganization



V.           Learner Outcomes


VI.          Evaluation

The student will:


A.           Define Social Problems and
     methods of studying them.

B.           Explore current Social Problems.

C.            Demonstrate oral and written
      grammatical competence and an         appropriate reading level

Some combination of quizzes, essays, written assignments, tests, or special projects as determined by faculty will be administered.


All students are required to complete a research project defined by the faculty member.


All written materials and oral presentations will be assessed for grammar and logical coherence.   



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


  Critical Thinking

  Cultural and Social Understanding

  Information Literacy

  Scientific Reasoning