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- This course is about social problems. What is a social problem? How might a social scientist look at social problems differently than most other people? (Hint: one might take a more individualistic perspective, one might look for structural or situational causes). Pick an example of a social problem. How might a sociologist examine this problem differently than most other people?
- Do you regard drug use as a social problem? (You might regard some drugs as problematic, but not others). If so, why? If not, why not? You can focus on just one drug or a small number of them if you wish? If drug use is a problem, what sort of problem is it? What solutions might you suggest for dealing with the problem? How would you evaluate current efforts to deal with the drug problem?
- Do social problems usually have simple solutions? Why or why not? Are there some social problems that we will likely not be able to fully solve? Give an example of a social problem and some of the difficulties in solving or easing that problem.