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Lisa Moore Interim, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2007

WGS 345 • 26-AMERICAN DILEMMAS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49915 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
BUR 136
GREEN

Course Description

This course examines critical American social problems that threaten the very fabric of our collective life as a nation. These include problems in the economy and political system, social class and income inequality, racial/ethnic inequality, gender inequality and heterosexism, problems in education, and problems of illness and health care. Special emphasis will be placed on showing how these problems have a disproportionately negative impact on men of color and women. The course has three main objectives. One involves providing students with the theoretical and methodological tools needed to critically analyze these problems from a sociological perspective. A second involves providing students with current data and other information documenting the seriousness of these problems, especially for men of color and women. The final objective focuses on evaluating social policies addressing these problems (e.g., affirmative action, welfare-to-work programs, pay equity legislation), with special reference to questions of social justice, the common good, as well as public and individual responsibility. Class format will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, with an emphasis upon the latter. Guest speakers from the community will be invited where applicable. UPPER-DIVISION STANDING REQUIRED. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. EXAMINATION OF CRITICAL AMERICAN SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND HOW THESE PROBLEMS ARE A NATURAL OUTGROWTH OF THE EXISTING SOCIAL STRUCTURE. INCLUDES CROSS-CULTURAL CONTENT. MEETS WITH SOC 336C, AFR 320 AND URB 354.

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