Sociology | Current Social Controversies
S105 | 10253 | Blouin


Topic:   Understanding Social Problems

TWO HOUR WEEKLY COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIRED
THIS IS A SERVICE LEARNING COURSE


This course offers the unique opportunity to acquire both academic
and practical knowledge on current social issues, by combining
traditional classroom learning with volunteering.  Because academic
classroom material sometimes seems overly abstract or even detached
from reality, volunteer experiences will add a helpful and much
needed perspective.  We will focus both our volunteer work and our
academic inquiry around the following social problems: child
welfare, poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence. Through
readings, lectures, class discussions, and written reflections we
will consider the causes, consequences, and solutions to these
problems.  You will be asked not only to apply information acquired
from books and lectures to make sense of your volunteer experiences,
but to bring these first-hand experiences into the classroom.
Ultimately by synthesizing practical experience and academic
inquiry, we will explore the larger social context that causes these
problems and constrains their solutions.  In addition, we will
examine volunteer work as its own controversy by assessing the value
of volunteer work itself.