12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW
Horizon Hall 3012
Section Information for Fall 2022
At a time of great social instability and change, you may be wondering how we collectively got to this point, and how we might find our way into something better. This course analyzes a variety of social problems from a sociological perspective. Utilizing sociological theories and empirical research, we will examine the structural, ideological, economic, political, and social causes of certain social problems, and how a variety of bodies (including activists, reformers, politicians, and others) aim to address or “solve” these problems. Topics may include policing and mass incarceration, homelessness, food insecurity, the climate crisis, student debt, the crisis of democracy, authoritarianism, global poverty and/or other issues. In this class, we will approach these social problems from a perspective that considers what a different kind of world could look like. This course fulfills the Mason Core Requirement for Social and Behavioral Sciences.