SOCI1320 Social Problems

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goal Area 5 - History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences. This course introduces students to a sociological analysis of social problems. A variety of social issues are analyzed, including race, poverty, population, and inequality. Causes and consequences of social problems are explored to deepen an understanding of the impact of social problems on quality of life. Expect an emphasis on critical thinking as potential solutions are developed through the analysis of data and the application of sociological processes.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • identify what constitutes a social problem
  • examine social issues using sociological processes, approaches and concepts
  • identify personal values that influence sociological perspectives
  • demonstrate an appreciation of diverse perspectives on social issues
  • identify the social interactions involved in social problems
  • analyze social problems for causative and influencing factors
  • analyze the impact of social problems on individuals and society
  • apply sociological data to the understanding of social issues
  • use critical thinking processes to develop potential solutions for social problems
  • display the intellectual standards of accuracy, precision, clarity, fairness, completeness and depth


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other