Social Issues

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCI 1155
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 Weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Online
Hybrid
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
Online

Overview

Course Description
This course introduces students to the concepts, methods, and theories of sociology through the examination of social problems. It examines the social conditions and processes related to defining, responding to, and resolving social problems. Social problems to be examined range from personal to institutional issues and include historical as well as contemporary examples.
Course Content
  1. Introduction
  • Private Troubles and Public Issues
  • Approaches to Studying Social Problems
  • Sociological Perspectives on Social Problems
  • The History of Social Problems
    • Definition
    • Moral panics
    • Mobilization
    • Politicization
    • Reaction and Response
    • Policy Implementation and Treatment
  • Social stratification, class, and poverty
  • Gendered inequality
  • Racialized inequality
  • Sex and sexualities
  • Discussion of two or more of the following topic areas:
    • Substance use and misuse
    • Crime and inequality
    • Social issues for contemporary families
    • Work and workplace issues
    • Health and healthcare issues
    • The environment and sustainability
    • Globalization and social issues
    • Colonialism and neocolonialism
    • War and terrorism
    Methods Of Instruction

    The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:  lectures, audio visual materials (including overheads, films), small group discussions, oral presentations (discussion seminars) and specialist guest speakers.

    Means of Assessment

     

         

    Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.

    An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

    Midterm exam

     25%

    Essay assignment 

     25%

    Essay outline

       5%

    Final exam

     25%

    Short written assignment            

     10%

    Participation

     10%

    Total

    100%

    Students may conduct research with human participants as part of their coursework in this class. Instructors for the course are responsible for ensuring that student research projects comply with College policies on ethical conduct for research involving humans.

    Learning Outcomes

    At the conclusion of the course, the successful student will be able to:

    1. Identify the major social problems evident in contemporary Canadian society, including both microproblems involving interpersonal relations as well as macroproblems involving structural factors and change.
    2. Discuss the actors, interests, and processes by which social factors are constructed as social problems.
    3. Describe the primary theoretical perspectives used by sociologists in approaching social problems.
    4. Distinguish between and evaluate the effectiveness of micro, meso, and macro level responses to social problems.
    5. Understand and explain the ways in which structural factors such as age, class, sexuality, race, and gender are related to social inequality and social issues.
    6. Describe the social, political and economic contexts of social inequality, with an emphasis on poverty, and explain the ways in which these are socially constructed.
    7. Apply a range of theoretical perspectives to interpret social problems associated with gender, race and ethnicity.
    8. Discuss the ways in which formal institutions, especially the family, formal organizations and the workplace have become redefined in terms of power, violence, diversity and technology.
    9. Discuss the ways in which the mass media have become involved in the social construction of social problems.
    10. Explain the global dimension of social problems, both as sources of Canadian social issues and in terms of the linkages and precedents they provide in interpreting domestic issues.
    11. Evaluate the role of the state/government in addressing social problems.
    12. Evaluate contemporary social policy in terms of its effectiveness in addressing social problems.
    13. Understand and evaluate social movement responses to social problems.
    14. Critically evaluate social problems in terms of the organization and structure of contemporary Canadian society.

     

    Textbook Materials

    Textbooks will be reviewed and updated periodically. Examples of textbooks that may be used for this course include:

    • Tepperman, L and Curtis, J. (most recent edition). Social Problems: A Canadian Perspective. Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.
    • Mooney, L.A. et al (most recent edition). Understanding Social Problems. Scarborough, ON: Nelson Education Canada.

     

    Requisites

    Prerequisites

    No prerequisite courses.

    Corequisites

    No corequisite courses.

    Equivalencies

    No equivalent courses.

    Course Guidelines

    Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

    Course Transfers

    Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
    Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO SOC 101 (3) 2013/01/01 to -
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU SOC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN SOCI 1XX (3) 2009/09/01 to -
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOCI 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU SA 150 (3) 2018/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG SOCI 1125 (3) & DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) = SFU SA 150 (4) & SFU SA 1XX (2) 2018/09/01 to -
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU SA 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2018/08/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1210 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1211 (3) 2011/01/01 to -
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 102 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 252 (3) 2019/01/01 to -
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 252 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2016/12/31
    University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO SOCI 202 (3) 2005/05/01 to 2016/08/31
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) & DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) & DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV SOC 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2008/08/31
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 100B (1.5) 2008/09/01 to -

    Course Offerings

    Fall 2021

    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    32952
    Mon
    07-Sep-2021
    - 08-Dec-2021
    07-Sep-2021
    08-Dec-2021
    Moore
    Joseph
    Full
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    35
    0
    0
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Mon
    New Westminster - North Bldg.
    N4215
    11:30 - 14:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    35555
    Mon
    07-Sep-2021
    - 08-Dec-2021
    07-Sep-2021
    08-Dec-2021
    Moore
    Joseph
    Open
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    35
    15
    20
    0
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Mon
    New Westminster - North Bldg.
    N4306
    15:30 - 18:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    36720
    07-Sep-2021
    - 08-Dec-2021
    07-Sep-2021
    08-Dec-2021
    Geleta
    Esayas
    Waitlist
    SOCI 1155 090-This is an online course
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    33
    33
    0
    15
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    36721
    07-Sep-2021
    - 08-Dec-2021
    07-Sep-2021
    08-Dec-2021
    Geleta
    Esayas
    Waitlist
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    33
    33
    0
    13