Social Problems

Office hours:
Bill Grigsby; Dept. of Anthropology/Sociology
M 11:00-noon (email); Th 11-noon (Zoom); or by appt.
Course catalog description: This is a writing intensive course. The focus is on providing a sociological framework for students to identify and analyze social problems, their causes and consequences, and to explore approaches to their resolution (link to course syllabus).
Prerequisites (None, but college level reading and writing ability is expected)
General Education SSC (human behavior and culture)
  • George Ritzer. 2019. The McDonaldization of Society (9th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.
  • George Orwell. 1961. Nineteen Eighty-Four. New York: Signet (choose an edition that includes Eric Fromm’s afterword, but be carefulthere are counterfeit editions afoot). ISBN: 978-0451524935
  • Various online readings and lecture pages, accessible either from the course website or Canvas.