2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 21, 2020  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

SOC 280 - Service and Social Change

(4 credits; alternate years, consult department)
Some of the most troubling aspects of society are also the most persistent. In fact, social problems frequently seem “too big” to address. Yet, we also know that people are sometimes successful in reducing human suffering and reconciling social injustices. This course examines how they do so. The readings and class discussions will critically examine three questions: What motivates altruism and social engagement? What strategies do groups use to address human needs or to transform cultural and structural patterns? What is the potential of these efforts for creating meaningful, lasting change in society?