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Number:SY318
Name:Contemporary Social Issues
Description:The course examines the causes and consequences of two types of social problems: those involving deviant behavior, such as alcohol and drug abuse, delinquency and crime, mental disorders, and prostitution; and those generated more directly by the social structure itself, such as ethnic prejudice and discrimination, aging, sex roles, and urban and rural poverty.
Credit(s):3
Offered (DAY schedule):
Instructor Permission Required:N
Pre-Requisite(s): SY113

Course Objectives

Be able to identify and discuss a variety of social issues.
Be able to use sociology terminology as presented in the course.
Have conducted appropriate research in the topic areas designated.
Have expressed an interest in topic areas as illustrated by inclusion of related readings to class discussion.
Have demonstrated new knowledge of topic as shown by class participation.
Be able to read related material and make appropriate participatory comments.
Demonstrate an ability to work independently as a learner
Be able to carry this knowledge over into decision-making processes.

Books Previously Used in this Course

Term Year Title ISBN Author Edition Publisher
S 2015 No Text Required
F 2014 A COMPLAINT FREE WORLD: HOW TO STOP COMPLAINING BOWEN
F 2014 NOT FOR SALE BATSTONE 10
F 2014 SOCIAL PROBLEMS DOLGON 11
S 2014 TAKING SIDES:...SOCIAL ISSUES:EXPANDED FINSTERBUSCH 17TH 14
S 2012 Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues Exp Finsterbusch 16 McGraw-Hill
S 2011 Clashing Views on Social Issues 0078050014 Finsterbusch 16 McGraw-Hill
S 2011 TAKING SIDES: SOCIAL ISSU 0-07-805001-4 FINSTERBUSCH 16 MCGRAW-HILL
S 2010 CONTEMPORARY READINGS IN 1-4129-6530-6 LEON-GUERRERO SAGE
U 2010 TAKING SIDES: SOCIAL ISSU 0-07-351523-X FINSTERBUSCH 15 MCGRAW-HILL PUBLISHING
S 2009 TAKING SIDES: SOCIAL ISSU 0-07-351523-X FINSTERBUSCH 15 MCGRAW-HILL PUBLISHING
V 2009 TAKING SIDES: SOCIAL ISSU 0-07-351523-X FINSTERBUSCH 15 MCGRAW-HILL PUBLISHING
S 2008 TAKING SIDES: SOCIAL ISSU FINSTERBUS 1 MCG
S 2007 SOCIAL PROBLEMS 0-13-227616-X KORNBLUM 12 PEARSON EDUCATION
S 2006 Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Soc 007319090-X Finsterbusch 13th Dushkin
S 2006 Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Social Issues 0073514969 Finsterbusch 14 McGraw-Hill/Dushkin
S 2006 TAKING SIDES:...SOCIAL ISSUES FINSTERBUSCH 14TH 06
S 1999 Coursepack
S 1999 Society:Windows for Society