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Social Problems I : A World in Crisis

War, crime, poverty, global warming our world often seems full of dire warnings and predictions. How can we make sense of it all and still dare to step outside each day? Social Problems I: A World in Crisis will explore some of the biggest challenges facing our world today and prepare you to tackle them head-on. You’ll learn what led to these social problems, what effects they have on our lives and societies, and what possible solutions exist for solving them. Whether you want to save the world from the next pandemic or better understand the effects of the media on society, this course will help you develop a plan of action!

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Course Highlights

  • Investigate social problems in society, such as poverty.
  • Examine the effects of conflict, war, and terrorism on nations, societies, and individuals.
  • Explore the impact of crime on our lives and communities.
  • Consider why some issues become social problems and others do not.

Units at a Glance

Unit 1: Analyzing Social Problems

In this unit, you will be introduced to the topic of social problems. We will discuss what social problems are, some of the major elements of social problems, and the stages that social problems often go through. We will also examine different types of social problems and some of the issues that researchers and society have in studying and understanding social problems. Finally, we’ll investigate several different approaches to social problems and how these approaches guide the possible solutions that are considered for a social problem.

Unit 2: Mass Media

In this unit, we will examine the mass media and its effect on social problems. The media both influences existing social problems and is seen as a social problem itself for the negative effects that it appears to have on some areas of social life. We will examine several ways that the media influences social problems and our awareness of them. We will also learn about how the media was used during the Rwandan genocide.

Unit 3: Poverty

In this unit, we will discuss the social problem of poverty, both in North America and in other parts of the world. In doing so, we will examine different definitions of poverty and how these affect the solutions that are suggested for poverty. We will investigate the possible causes of poverty and the costs of poverty to both individuals and society. Finally, we will discuss possible answers to the problem of poverty.

Unit 4: Education

In this unit, we will discuss some of the social problems in the educational system. We will discuss some of the issues that educators have identified, including cheating, school dropouts, illiteracy, and school financing. We will also examine the practices and effects of tracking, grade inflation, and social promotion. In addition, we will consider segregation, hidden curriculums, and school violence. Finally, we will discuss some of the suggestions that social scientists and others have made for addressing the education problems.

Unit 5: Health Care

In this unit, we will examine some of the social problems connected with health care. We will discuss the connections between health and global economic development and examine the AIDS epidemic across the world. We will also investigate several bioethics controversies, including abortion and euthanasia. Finally, we will discuss some of the social problems present in the health care system in the United States.

Unit 6: Crime

In this unit, we will discuss the social problem of crime in society. We will examine the history of crime and how crime is measured. We will also discuss different types of crime, including traditional street crimes and organized crime. Finally, we will investigate some different explanations for crime and suggestions from scholars on how to decrease crime around the world.

Unit 7: Population and the Environmental Crisis

In this unit, we will discuss the related social problems of population growth and environmental issues. We will examine how fast the world’s population is growing and the effects that overpopulation has on society. We will also look at some different approaches that countries have used to reduce their population growth. In addition, we will look at how society contributes to the environmental crisis and what we can do to reduce our environmental impact.

Unit 8: War and Terrorism

In this unit, we will discuss the social problems of war and terrorism. In doing so, we will consider various explanations for what causes war. We will also examine some of the costs of war and some suggestions on what might reduce war. We will also discuss terrorism, including some different types of terrorism. In addition, we will look at some of the weapons used by terrorists and how terrorism might be reduced globally.

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