SOCI2027

Social Problems

Prerequisite: SOCI1005 Invitation to Sociology

This course examines contemporary social problems and issues in diverse empirical contexts. It introduces different sociological perspectives and theoretical approaches to analyze social problems such as: poverty, distant suffering and humanitarian crises, isolation and anomie, racism, and precarious labor. In addition to analyzing specific case studies of social problems, it presents a critique of neoliberalism and its role in solving-and amplifying-social problems. It also identifies the media's role in constructing-and constituting-social problems in an age of globalization and digitization.