SS4007 - Social Problems and Social Issues (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Social Problems and Social Issues|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2017/18||
To examine how social problems become conceived as such by the media, government and civil society and to analyse the impact of particular social problems on society. We shall also reflect on the location of particular social problems in different spaces: global, regional, national, local and examine policy responses to particular social problems
- Analyse the social construction of a social problem
- Collate information on the location and scale of a social problem
- Reflect upon sociological interpretations of a particular social problem
- Outline policy responses to a particular social problem
Week 1- 3: Introduction to social problems; competing explainations; common sense & social problems; the social construction of social problems
Week 4 - 7: Poverty & Welfare, homelessness, poor neighbourhoods
Week 8 - 10 : Migration; asylum seekers; 'Race', multiculturalism and anti-racism
Week 11 Applying Social Construction to a social problem
Weeks 12-16: Childhood & Education, Education and Critical 'Race' Theory
Weeks17 -19: Work; Unemployment;The Future of Work
Weeks 20-23: Crime, drugs and policing
Weeks 24 -25: Gangs, youth gangs and girl gangs
Weeks 26-28: Ideologies & social problems; revisting the construction of social problems; the institutionalisation of discourses, power & social problems
Learning and teaching
The teaching and learning strategies are situated around the acquisition by students of analytical tools that can help them unpack social problems in the context of policy responses. To do this teaching takes places along the lines of examining and evaluating social problems in terms of relevant modes of explanation, research and policy analysis. The module is delivered using a strategy of blended learning i.e. a mixture of traditional and online methods are used. Basic content is typically delivered via lectures, but students are expected to read relevant material before and/or after the lecture which is available via Weblearn.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
(1) Discuss social problems using the methodology of social construction.
(2) Use qualitative and quantitative material in an appropriate way to research social problems.
(3) Compare and evaluate key social problems associated with the restructuring of contemporary society
(4) Discuss the policy implications of various government solutions to the social problems that you have studied.
1. Learning Reflection for course and module.
2. 1,500 word chapter review of key text.
3. 2,000 word essay on a social problem using extended research.
Isaacs, S., et.al. (2014) Social Problems in the UK: an introduction, Routledge.