Soci 261 Notes
September, 15 2015
Deviance Durkheim, Marx and Weber - Social Problems
They are trying to understand how society interacts and why it would lead to social problems.
Durkheim Theory of Anomie
No norms in place and there is ch
SOCI261: Social Problems
Defining a Social Problem
- A social problem is a social condition (poverty) or a pattern of behaviour (violence
against women) that people believe warrants public concern and collective action to
bring about change Ken
Why Are Academic Prospects Brighter for Private High School Students?
School plays an important role in acquiring jobs that provide financial steadiness and so
parents struggle with choosing whether to send their children to pri
SOCI 261 Social Problems Take-Home Final
Short Answer Questions (15 Marks)
1. What does responsibilization mean, and how does Glasbeek use this concept? (Two
A: Responsibilization means: a process associated with (neo) libe
Aaron Webster was a 42-year-old homosexual man who was beaten to death with a
baseball bat on November 17th 2001, in Vancouvers Stanley Park. This was marked as a
Disproportionate harm: Exceeds harm inflicted on individuals; has as its goal
Crime of all types have been steadily decreasing since the 90s. One exception: though
there are less homicides than ten years ago, the percentage of those homicides which
are committed by strangers is rising
Global truths about Crime
- There is no count
There are no universal fixed definitions of social problems.
- It consists of an objective element which refers to the existence of a social condition and
a subjective element.
- The objective element of a social problem exists independent
Social Cost Model
a way of measuring the total costs to individuals, institutions, and society as whole
from the costs of premature deaths and disability. Used to access many negative social
phenomena, of which impaired driving is just one, that cut shor
SOCI 261 - Essay Outline & Final Essay requirements
Final Essay - 30% (1,500 - 2,500 words) - due Saturday April 16 at 11:00pm (through Moodle)
For this essay, you will choose any social problem discussed in class and argue which theoretical perspective(s
(Jean-Franois Ouellet, 6352014)
Title: Speak Canadian: A Theoretical Analysis of Quebecs Relationship with Cultural Identity and/or Race
Subject: Quebec & Race
Line of questioning:
o What is Quebecs relationship with race?
o Is Quebec racist?
CLASS #1 (Jan. 12)
PLAN FOR TODAYS CLASS
Name cards & Course outline (with CURE visit)
Introducing social problems for us
Social problems for others?
Guessing game & video
6. 101 in(sociol
CLASS #3: JAN. 26, 2016
UPDATES & REMINDERS
Slides (available after, not before class)
Documents (let me know if you have issues with pop-up)
Survey course (many topics in little time)
Librarian vote (the majority voted to have librarian come
CLASS #4: FEB. 2:
RACIAL & ETHNIC INEQUALITY
AS YOU ARE ARRIVING.
1: GET or MAKE your nametags
2: START WRITING YOUR FREE WRITE (FOR
SUBMISSION PART 1)
do you think are the root causes of racial and
November 11th, 2015
Class # 17
Statistics on Family Violence in Canada:
99,000 Canadians are victims of family violence or were victims in 2010.
90% of those by spouse, 17% by parents. 14% extended family, 11% by siblings, 9% by a
child. (Also in
September 30th, 2015
Class # 6
Function of poverty Keeps some people doing the lower jobs in society
Balance in society Allows to establish a limitation between lower jobs and top
November 16th, 2015
Class # 18
Video on Addictions:
Through a Blue Lens: Speaks of Vancouver Downtown Eastside.
A lot of addicts were initially there to party or mask the pain and suddenly become addicted.
Cops in Downtown Eastside try to help pe
November 18th, 2015
Class # 19
Movies notes: Through Blue Lens (The Odd Squad)
Made by a group of police officers that name themselves The Odd Squad.
Vancouver deals with drug addiction as a social problem
o These people have a lot of problems, a
November 23rd, 2015
Class # 20
Biopsychosocial: way that we look at addictions in sociology and social work.
Social learning (how does your social environment affect your learning?)
In social work, we look at the
October 19th, 2015
Sex & Gender
Sexism: 1 aspect of social problems basically discrimination against somebody based
on their sex or gender. Depriving of access to resources based on their presume sex or gender.
Stereotyping: picture in our heads
November 9th, 2015
Class # 16
When born ambiguous genitilia
Today, we still see parents making the choice for individuals that live through this. The
gender is chosen for them.
Movie on sexual diversification:
October 28th, 2015
The expectations for masculinities prevent men from attaining their full potential
as human beings
Men are socially constructed to be as follows (aka The ten commandments of
SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2015
CLASS # 4
Weber = symbolic interactionism (relating to each other by symbol.)
Weber (1864 1920):
Builds on Marx, but looks at lifestyles of individuals
Four social classes (by late 1800s society had developed into these four
November 4th, 2015
Class # 15
Many people dont fully understand what transgender really is.
There are several terms that are distinct:
Being gay was still mentioned until the DSM III (D
November 2, 2015
Class # 14
Homophobia / Gender and Sexuality
Heteronormativity: idea that heterosexuality is normal and this is how we look at sexuality.
Heterosexuality: is consensual sex as opposed to non-consensual sex (pedophilia or bestiali
Class # 8
Speaks of intersection between; race, gender, and social problems.
Situated in a housing project in Toronto called Rejeant Park, an area that is in the process of
Revolves around two boys: Kendell and Mikey
October 26th, 2015
Title of the movie : Life with Dad
8 million single mothers
2.5 million Single fathers
In the last 10 years, the number of men looking over their children has grown nearly 3
times that of women. Single dads are becoming a more
SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2015
CLASS # 3
Three Main Theorists
Deviance (these three are trying to understand how society interacts why it
leads to social problems).
Study of Anomie (develp. Theory of Anomie): Means
normlessness/ no norms in pl
October 5th, 2015
Class # 7
Video on Poverty and Racism:
Grew up in Regeant Park (considered a poorer area)
Father is very absent; has other kids
Many internal issues
Judicial issues are prominent
Seem to be part of the env
CLASS #2 (Jan. 19)
PLAN FOR TODAYS CLASS
2) QUICK RECAP OF LAST CLASS
3) APPRECIATING METHODS (when looking at social
4) APPRECIATING THEORY (when looking at social
QUICK FEEDBACK FROM LAST CLASS