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Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.
"Social Problems in the U.S." teaches students how to think like a social scientist when encountering claims about major contemporary issues. Through readings and assignments, students develop an analytical toolkit for evaluating the scope, causes, consequences, and proposed solutions to a wide range of complicated social problems, such as: childhood poverty, racial segregation and discrimination, job insecurity, family instability, discrimination by sexual identity, unequal pay for women's work, gender imbalances in family life, health disparities, food insecurity, drug abuse, and educational inequality. Rather than cover all of these (and other) social problems in depth, the course emphasizes a conceptual framework that can be applied broadly. The semester culminates with a written proposal examining a social problem and developing an approach to address it with public policy.
When Offered Fall.
Distribution Category (SBA-AS, SSC-AS)
- Develop a strategy for discussing controversial social issues with others who hold competing perspectives.
- Demonstrate an understanding of core concepts from Sociology and Policy Analysis as they relate to topics in education, health, and social welfare.
- Distinguish between normative, descriptive, and causal claims about social problems as they emerge in public debate.
- Evaluate the validity of claims about social problems by drawing on evidence from empirical research.
- Analyze trade-offs and unintended consequences implicated in the design and implementation of social policies.
Credits and Grading Basis
3 Credits Stdnt Opt(Letter or S/U grades)
Class Number & Section Details
- TR Goldwin Smith Hall G76-Lewis
- Aug 21 - Dec 4, 2023
Instruction Mode: In Person
A portion of seats are reserved for Brooks School first year students. Any remaining seats will open for other students in August.
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