Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Sociology 104. Contemporary Social Problems

This course will focus on the distressing, harmful, and threatening social situations that plague many societies, which include poverty, social inequality, crime, drug addiction, unemployment, terrorism, and so on. We will investigate these social problems from the point of view of general theoretical approaches as well as from the point of view of specialized theories. Particular attention will be given to the social construction of social problems. Consideration will also be given to social policy, or the set of official strategies intended to manage specific social problems. Finally, we will also discuss the practical steps, the forms of service, that may be taken to alleviate these troublesome situations.