The Social Problems II course continues to examine the social problems that affect individuals and societies in the world today. Students learn about the overall structure of the social problem as well as how it impacts their lives. Each unit focuses on a particular social problem, including racial discrimination, drug abuse, the loss of community, and urban sprawl, and discusses possible solutions at both individual and structural levels. Students examine the connections in each issue between societies, individuals, governments, and the global arena.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the effects of modern society on individuals by describing alienation and anomie, explaining issues in developing personal identities in modern society, and evaluating societal pressures on individuals.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of consumption and consumerism problems by explaining characteristics of consumers and consumption, explaining factors contributing to overconsumption, and evaluating the effects of consumerism and overconsumption.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of persons experiencing homelessness by explaining causes of homelessness, differentiating the effects of experiencing homelessness, and comparing solutions to reduce rural and urban homelessness.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of obesity and health problems by explaining the growth of obesity, analyzing causes of obesity, and evaluating health risks and societal consequences of obesity.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of science and technology problems by explaining technology practices contributing to social problems, evaluating social problems that arise from technology, and describing consequences of new technologies and scientific advances.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of problematic groups by describing groups posing moral issues or danger, comparing reasons for membership in problematic groups and explaining the effects of problematic groups on individuals and society.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of alcohol and drug abuse problems by explaining causes of substance abuse for individuals and society, differentiating effects of alcohol and drug abuse on society, and evaluating the reduction of the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on society.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of globalization by explaining the causes for globalization, describing the effects of globalization and explaining the future effects of globalization.