Sociology | Social Problems & Policies
S101 | 3851 | Brooks

S101 Social Problems & Policies (3 CR)
Topic:  Issues & Opinions in American Society & Politics
3851 9:30-10:45  TR BH204

Welcome to Sociology 101.  In this course we investigate public
opinion and how people develop attitudes towards issues
relating to race, gender, family, government, and political
parties.  We consider the roles of the media and political
activists, as well as where "issues" come from in the first
place.  We will also examine what this research tells us about
the strategies that are effective in the struggle for social
change.  Throughout the course we will devote one class per
week to discussion of questions raised by our readings and
class materials.

In the first part of the course, we examine issues relating to
race to better understand how policy conflicts emerge as well
as change.  We then consider abortion, asking what role
activists have in making this such a salient issue.  Next we
investigate changes in the family, asking about the nature and
origins of social problems relating to gender.  We then study
the Civil Rights Movement to better understand the effect that
participation in social movements has on people's lives.  We
conclude by examining attitudes toward government and the
increasing importance of the electronic media in shaping
people's views and willingness to participate in political