Course

Social Issues

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

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
    Learning Activities

    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

    These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

    Institution Transfer Details for SOCI 1155
    Camosun College (CAMO) CAMO SOC 101 (3)
    Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU SOC 1XX (3)
    Coast Mountain College (CMTN) CMTN SOCI 1XX (3)
    Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU SOCI 1XXX (3)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) DOUG SOCI 1125 (3) & DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) = SFU SA 150 (4) & SFU SA 1XX (2)
    Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU SA 150 (3)
    Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU SOCI 2100 (3)
    Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU SOCI 252 (3)
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) & DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6)
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV SOCI 1st (3)
    University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) DOUG SOCI 1155 (3) & DOUG SOCI 2235 (3) = UBCV SOCI 100 (6)
    University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV SOC 1XX (3)
    University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC SOCI 100B (1.5)

    Course Offerings

    Winter 2023

    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    CRN
    12709
    Thu
    Start Date
    -
    End Date
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor Last Name
    Ashe
    Instructor First Name
    Siobhan
    Course Status
    Waitlist
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    Max Seats Count
    35
    Actual Seats Count
    35
    0
    Actual Wait Count
    1
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Thu
    Building
    Coquitlam - Bldg. B
    Room
    B2170
    Start Time
    9:30
    -
    End Time
    12:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    CRN
    16277
    Mon
    Start Date
    -
    End Date
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor Last Name
    Moore
    Instructor First Name
    Joseph
    Course Status
    Waitlist
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    Max Seats Count
    35
    Actual Seats Count
    34
    1
    Actual Wait Count
    1
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Mon
    Building
    New Westminster - North Bldg.
    Room
    N4305
    Start Time
    11:30
    -
    End Time
    14:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    CRN
    16646
    Start Date
    -
    End Date
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor Last Name
    Geleta
    Instructor First Name
    Esayas
    Course Status
    Waitlist
    Section Notes

    All course activities will be asynchronous. Students will not be required to be online at specific scheduled time.

    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    Max Seats Count
    35
    Actual Seats Count
    34
    1
    Actual Wait Count
    38
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Building
    None
    Room
    None
    -
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    CRN
    16853
    Mon
    Start Date
    -
    End Date
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor Last Name
    Moore
    Instructor First Name
    Joseph
    Course Status
    Waitlist
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    Max Seats Count
    35
    Actual Seats Count
    32
    3
    Actual Wait Count
    1
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Mon
    Building
    New Westminster - North Bldg.
    Room
    N4306
    Start Time
    15:30
    -
    End Time
    18:20
    CRN
    Days
    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor
    Status
    CRN
    17059
    Wed
    Start Date
    -
    End Date
    Start Date
    End Date
    Instructor Last Name
    Burkowicz
    Instructor First Name
    Jakub
    Course Status
    Open
    Max
    Enrolled
    Remaining
    Waitlist
    Max Seats Count
    35
    Actual Seats Count
    34
    1
    Actual Wait Count
    0
    Days
    Building
    Room
    Time
    Wed
    Building
    Anvil Office Tower
    Room
    909
    Start Time
    12:30
    -
    End Time
    15:20