SOC402 Syllabus - Syllabus SOC402 has no prerequisites This...

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Syllabus SOC402 has no prerequisites This course presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems, especially in the United States. Attention is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and illiteracy, and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration is given to diverse sociological perspectives regarding the causes, consequences, and solutions to these problems. This course takes the point of view that major contemporary American social problems such as poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and illiteracy, have profound impacts directly and indirectly on the "workplace," which is to say on individual workers, on the work process, and on the organization and management of work. The impacts to be explored include, but go far beyond, the economic costs to firms and consumers that are often cited in popular discussions of social problems such as alcoholism and illiteracy. They include, for example, the diminished capacities of managers to motivate and enlist the best efforts from work forces divided along racial, sexual, and class lines; the communities' costs suffered when "footloose" industry suddenly moves out; and they include such costs to workers as unsafe working conditions, and the application of new technologies in ways that de-skill work and increase alienation. Lastly, the course emphasizes the rich array of theoretical perspectives, largely drawn from the American sociological tradition, that are available to participants wanting to analyze the causes, conditions, consequences, and solutions of social problems. The text has been selected because it is a readable summary and compendium of such perspectives. It is broad enough to provide students with a clear sense of the alternatives, the debates among social theorists and experts, and the diverse policy consequences resulting from the selection of different theories. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Examine how diverse perspectives on social problems shape our understanding and actions.
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2. Analyze the social problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and illiteracy. 3. Illustrate an understanding of the context of social problems by specifying the interrelationship between problems and broader socioeconomic trends, structures, and institutions. 4.
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2011 for the course SOC 402 taught by Professor Annieshropshire during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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SOC402 Syllabus - Syllabus SOC402 has no prerequisites This...

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