Leadership Education

SOC221: Social Problems

As a part of my LAS protocol, I was required to either take PSC105 (Introduction to American Government and Politics) or SOC221 (Social Problems). Because I was interested in the issues and events that occur in our society, I took SOC. Going into this class, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never taken a sociology class, nor did I ever have a burning desire to, so I was intrigued as to what would come.

In the beginning of the semester, I wasn’t the biggest fan of how the class was set up. It was mostly lecture-based, but I learn better with hands-on activities, group work, and class interactive discussions. As the class continued, we dug deeper into some of the issues and started doing activities and quizzes to test our knowledge.

Some of the topics we covered in SOC included:

  • Values we care about in society
  • Poverty rates
  • Political ideologies
  • Grounds, warrants, claimsmaking
  • The news/media and the effects it has on stories
  • Trends in jobs
  • Substance abuse

At the end of the semester, we had to present an infographic about an issue that impacts our society as a whole. This was my favorite assignment of the semester, because I was able to choose a topic that I am passionate about and use my creative side to design an infographic to present to the class. The topic I worked on was how plastic/plastic water bottles have negative effects on our society. I really believe in using a refillable water bottle and avoiding the use of plastic to help our environment, so it was fun to present my views on the issue to the class.

I enjoyed the class overall, and I found the powerpoints really helpful when staying up to date with issues in our society. I was able to work with my classmates on different activities and see their views on issues, and it was interesting to learn about different ways of thinking.

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