Social Problems
3 Credit Hours

Course Description

This course is an examination of social phenomena that have been described as social problems in contemporary society. This course provides an understanding of causes, effects and proposed solutions to current social problems based on the latest research. Studying social problems in-depth and from various perspectives encourages critical thinking and new approaches to solving the issues of our time. Current problems that are explored include: poverty, race and immigration issues; deviance, crime and violence; gender inequality; changing family issues; the environment and global issues. Current and timely world events are studied in reference to social issues.

This course is ideal for students entering any type of human service, criminal justice, political science or law field. The individual who is interested in current issues would also benefit.

Students will gain new perspective on long standing social problems through textbook reading, current events, internet activities and critical thinking questions.

Course Delivery
FlexNet courses are taught via the internet using iNET (located in TritonPass). Students can enroll in a FlexNet course at any time throughout the semester as long as there is space available in the course, except the last three weeks of the term. Students have until the end of the term to complete the course from the time of enrollment and payment. All FlexNet courses end on the same date, the last day of the term, no matter the enrollment date. FlexNet courses do not have weekly deadlines, but it is highly recommended for students to stay on task.

Course Requirements
Computer/internet is required. Student must be comfortable using the internet, know how to use e-mail, send attachments.

The course will cover 17 chapters of the assigned textbook. The course is presented with a suggested 15-week outline. Students may work at their own pace. For each chapter assignments may include critical thinking questions, term discussion and Internet assignments. There are a total of 15 quizzes. Exams are multiple choice and short answer. All work is completed on-line.

Instructor: Gretchen Miller, MA
712-732-2991 ext. 2812