Social Problems

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Social Problems

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Social Policy, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description: 

    This course provides an overview of some of the most significant problems in the United States and elsewhere in the world.  Throughout the course a number of social problems will be discussed, inclusive of but not limited to: poverty, racial/ethnic inequality, crime, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and inadequate educational opportunities.  During this course the student will become familiar with a number of problematic phenomena and a variety of perspectives of how such problems evolved and proposed reforms for handling the problems.

    Course Objectives: 

    This course has been designed to help the student achieve the following:

    1.)  A basic understanding of several social problems such as economic inequality, racial/ethnic inequality, crime, and inadequate education opportunities.  The focus of the course will be on problems and policies in the United States, but problems and policies in other nations will be discussed as well. 

    2.)  A basic understanding of different perspectives on the evolution of the social problems discussed. 

    3.)  A basic understanding of different proposals for handling the social problems discussed. 

    4.)  A rudimentary understanding of the manner in which many of the problems (e.g., economic inequality and racial/ethnic inequality) may be related. 

    5.)  An awareness of the power struggles between various interests in society and how different demographics compete to define and deal with social problems.

    Student Expectations: 

    As a student enrolled in this course there are a number of expectations made of you.  Specifically, throughout the duration of this course you are expected to:

    1.)  Attend class on a regular basis and in a punctual manner (i.e., be on time). 

    2.)  Read the assigned chapter(s) from the text prior to the class period during which they will be covered.  You will also be expected to be prepared to ask and answer questions pertaining to the assigned chapter(s) and discuss the views and information presented in the chapter(s).

    3.)  Critically examine, compare, and contrast the information and views presented in lecture and in the text. 

    4.)  Develop your own understanding of the social problems covered in class and your own views on the best means of handling such problems. 

    5.)  Turn all cell phones/smart phones off (or to silence) prior to entering the classroom. 

    6.)  Ask Questions.  If something is covered in lecture or discussion which you do not adequately understand, ask a question.  Chances are, if you do not understand something, there are several of your fellow students who are in the same situation.  The grade you receive in this course will be determined largely by your mastering of the information presented.  If something is covered in class which you do not understand, it is in your best interest to ask about.  

    Class Participation: 

    As a student enrolled in this course you are expected to actively engage in the class.  This means asking relevant questions, making relevant comments, and, of course, being on time and attending class on a regular basis.  The instructor of this course reserves the right to call on students individually to ask questions pertaining to the materials covered. 

    Attendance Policy: 

    Class attendance will be taken regularly for a few reasons: (1) To help the professor learn the names of the students, (2) To help determine the students’ attendance/participation score, and (3) To determine whether a student is eligible for credit for the class.  As per the Academic Policy of Korea University, a student must attend at least 70% of all class sessions to receive a passing grade for the class

    Class attendance is an essential element of the educational process.  Missing classes may put the student at risk as the exams will cover materials from lecture which are not included in the text.  Emergencies do occur, however, and in order to compensate for this fact each student is entitled to miss up to two class sessions without a reduction in the attendance/participation score.  As each student is allowed to miss up to two class sessions, no excuses are necessary: any absences beyond those will result in a reduced attendance/participation score.  The allowance of two missed classes does not affect the minimum attendance required to receive credit for the class. 

    Students should also be aware that

    1.)  Excessive tardiness may result in a reduced final grade. 

    2.)  Sleeping in class may result in a reduced final grade. 

    3.)  Refusal to participate in class discussions/debates may result in a reduced final grade. 

    4.)  Inappropriate talking/behaviors during class may result in a reduced final grade. 

    5.)  Having a cell/smart phone which frequently rings in class can result in a reduced final grade. 


    Each exam will cover materials presented in LECTURE and in the TEXTS.  Throughout the course a variety of materials NOT found in the text will be presented in lecture.  You are responsible for knowing these materials and will be tested on them.  Also, throughout the course you will be expected to read materials NOT covered in lecture and will be responsible for knowing these materials as well (and will similarly be tested on them). 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.