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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2009

SOC 366C • American Dilemmas

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46575 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
GRG 424
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. 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. The final objective focuses on evaluating social policies addressing these problems (e.g., 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 a strong emphasis upon the latter.

Grading Policy

Five Short Papers (2-3 pages) 60%
Class Participation 20%
Pop Quizzes 20%

Texts

A packet of readings to be purchased from Paradigm at 407 W. 24th St.
Additional readings will be made available on Blackboard

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