Professor Teresa Madden
Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leon-Guerrero, Anna. Social Problems: Community, Policy, and Social Action.
Pine Forge Press. 2005.
Online Readings as assigned.
Readings are posted in the weekly folders. You are
responsible for reading them each week as posted.
Course Purpose and Objectives
This course is an examination of major social problems facing individuals and families in
the United States today, including
overpopulation, hunger, poverty, racism, sexism,
health care, substance abuse, education, crime, politics, work and the global economy, the
mass media, the environment, and war and terrorism. Students analyze the factors
contributing to the development of problems, their characteristics and the consequences
The main objective of this course is to introduce you to the concept of a
sociological study of contemporary social crises, how to identify them, how they emerge,
whom they concern, and the process and implementation of social change. Furthermore,
the course will help you to develop a better understanding of the nature of how diversity
and its consequent stratification impacts social behavior in the United States and in the
larger global society.