Application of sociological principles and theoretical perspectives to major social problems in contemporary society such as inequality, crime and violence, substance abuse, environmental issues, deviance, or family problems.

Meets NCTC Core Curriculum Requirement

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe how the sociological imagination can be used to explain the emergence and implications of contemporary social problems
  • Explain the nature of social problems from at least one sociological perspective, e.g., critical, functional, interpretive, etc.
  • Identify multidimensional aspects of social problems including the global, political, economic, and cultural dimensions of social problems
  • Discuss how “solutions” to social problems are often contentious due to diverse values in society
  • Describe how the proposed “solutions” to a social problem, including social policies, may bring rise to other social problems

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0


  • Must be TSI Complete for Reading