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Social Problems

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Social Problems (common course-id SOCI 115), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

CID Number: SOCI 115

General Course Description: SOCI 115

An identification and analysis of contemporary social problems including (1) the role of power and ideology in the definition of social problems, (2) their causes and consequences, (3) evaluations of proposed solutions, and (4) methods of intervention.  Topics will vary.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of major social problems concerning the U.S.;
  • place local, regional, and national social problems in global context;
  • identify, and distinguish between, causes and consequences of social problems;
  • analyze social problems using sociological approaches and concepts;
  • analyze and interpret qualitative and quantitative information about social problems;
  • identify and evaluate policies that address social problems and assess the policies’ impact on society.


May include: 

  • Objective exams
  • Written assignments
  • Application exercises
  • Research project
  • Field Journal
  • Oral Presentations
  • Reflection and discussion
  • Small group activities
  • Out-of-class activities

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Social Problems: Continuity and Change
    Social Problems: Continuity and Change (Open (Access) Textbook)
    These stories provide an interesting starting point for the chapter’s discussion and show its relevance for real-life... More
  • Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World
    PEDAGOGICAL FEATURES SOCIAL ISSUES IN THE NEWS: Almost every chapter starts with recent media coverage recounting... More
  • Sociology
    Sociology (Open (Access) Textbook)
    The Boundless Sociology textbook is a college-level, introductory textbook that covers the compelling and complex... More