Social Problems & Social Welfare

Social Problems & Social Welfare

  1. Module Title: Social Problems & Social Welfare
  2. Module Prefix/Number: SOC 251
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description :This course provides students with an introduction to social welfare problems and policies. It is essential that sociology/social work students understand the nature of social problems and the external influences which are fundamental to the creation and establishment of social welfare policies in the United States. Students should understand the development of social policies through which various social systems and society as a whole attempt to manage, control, minimize, and eliminate social problems and their effects.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    • Describe the history, nature, structure, and characteristics of the social welfare system and the profession of in the U.S
    • Identify the relationship between social welfare policies and social and economic justice as well as institutional forms of discrimination, oppression and social control
    • Understand social problems as constructions of social realities and identify the various political, economic, cultural, and social processes that influence the definition of social problems and responses
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    • Introduction
    • Physical and mental health
    • Alcohol and drugs
    • Crime and social control
    • Family problems
    • Poverty
    • Work and unemployment
    • Education
    • Race
    • Gender
    • Sexual orientation
    • Population
    • Environmental problems
    • Science and technology
    • War and terrorism