Department of Sociology
Nassau Community College
Garden City, New York 11530

COURSE OUTLINE (On-line Course)

Course Title: SOCIAL PROBLEMS, SOC 212

Description: Application of sociological principles to problems of social disorganization and deviant behavior in industrial societies. Analysis of such problems as family disorganization, race conflict, poverty, mental illness, suicide, aging, crime and delinquency, drug and alcohol addiction, overpopulation and the ecological crisis.

Texts: Understanding Social Problems, Eighth Edition, by Linda Mooney, David Knox and Caroline Schacht, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2013.

Hands on Sociology: Using Computers To Learn About Society, (Third Edition) by William Feigelman & Yih-Jin Young, Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, 2006.


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Outline of Topics, Assignments and Test Schedule

1. The Sociology of Social Problems

A. What is a Social Problem
B. Theoretical Perspectives of Social Problems
C. Social Problems Research

Assignments: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 1;

Feigelman & Young, Introduction and Chapters 1,  2 & 3.

2. Population Growth and Aging

A. A World View of Population Growth and Aging
B. Sociological Theories of Population Growth and Aging
C. Social Problems Related to Population Growth and Aging
Assignments: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 12;

3. Crime and Violence

A. Theories of Crime
B. Types of Crime
C. Demographic Patterns of Crime
D. Violent and Property Crimes
E. Approaching Some of the Methodological Complexities of
Crosstabular Analysis

Assignments: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 4; Feigelman & Young, Chapter 12.

Text Test No. 1 (This test covers Topics 1-3)

Quantitative Test # 1 on Feigelman & Young, Chapter 12, "Crime & Violence."

4. Race & Ethnic Relations

A. Important Concepts in Analyzing Race and Racism
B. Theories of Prejudice and Discrimination
C. Ethnic and Race Differences in Contemporary America
D. Has Affirmative Action Made Any Impact on Reducing Racism?

Assignment: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 9.

5. Gender Inequality

A. The Status of Men and Women in the US and Other Societies
B. Gender Stratification: Structural Bases
C. Differences in Sex Role Socialization
D. Toward Gender Equality?
Assignment: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 10.

6. Family Problems

A. American Families in a State of Transition
B. Explaining Rising Divorce and its Consequences
C. Domestic Violence and Child Abuse
D. The Future of the American Family
Assignment: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 5.

Text Test No. 2 (This test covers Topics 4-6).

Quantitative Test # 2 on Feigelman & Young, Chapter 10, "Marriage and Family in the US"

7. Alcohol and Drug Abuse

A. Patterns of Drug Use and Abuse in America
B. Theories of Drug Use and Abuse
C. Depression and Drug Use
D. Types of Drugs Abused: Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana, Other Illegal Drugs
E. Drug Social Policy and Rehabilitation Issues

Assignment: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 3.

8. Illness, Health Care and Mental Health Issues

A. Global Health Concerns
B. Health in the US and Access to the Health Care System
C. The Distribution of Mental Health Problems
D. Policy Issues Connected With Solving Health Care Problems

Assignment: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 2.

9. The Environmental Crisis

A. Globalization and the Environment
B. Overview and A Sociological Understanding of Environmental Problems
C. Our Environmental Crisis
D. Effectively Managing Our Scarce Resources and Controlling Pollution
Assignment: Mooney, Knox, Schacht, Chapter 13.

Text Test No. 3 (This test covers Topics 7-9).

Quantitative Test # 3 on Feigelman & Young, Chapter 13, "Youth Problems"