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SOC 210
Contemporary Social Issues


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
Course for curious students who like to delve deeply into hot-topic current issues. The quarterly theme is determined in advance based on the results of recent student polling. Using valid sources and digital resources students explore sociological approaches to understanding diverse perspectives regarding key current issues. Examples of prospective hot topics include immigration policies, sustainability, corporate crime, prison industry, healthcare reform, war, social impact of climate change, globalization, social consequences of demographic changes (e.g. aging population), social movements, or other emerging and current social issues. Typically only one current issue, or perhaps two related ones, is closely examined each quarter. Contact the instructor for specific quarterly theme.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate critical thinking, writing, speaking and problem-solving skills.
  • Articulate without bias more than one viewpoint regarding controversial issues.
  • Apply the relevance of social issues to individual lives and communities.
  • Employ appropriate sociological and scientific research methods.

  • Course Topics
  • Sociological Approaches to Social Analysis
  • Defining the "Hot Topic" Contemporary Social Issue
  • Research Methods and Scientific Inquiry/Investigation
  • Stakeholders: Who Benefits and Who Doesn't?
  • Viewpoints Analysis
  • Gauging the Social Impact
  • Prospects for Social Change

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    SOC 210
    Winter 2010
    1217
    Susan Palmer


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
    X
     
     
     
     
    X
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.