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Social problems: Who makes them?
Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This free course, Social problems: Who makes them?, will help you to discover how these issues are identified, defined, given meaning and acted upon. You will also look at the conflicts within social science in this area.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- illustrate what is social about social science
- demonstrate how certain social constructions become dominant
- distinguish how labelling something can create expectations about behaviour and actions
- give examples of inequalities that result from particular social constructions.
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 The social construction of social problems
- 2 ‘What everybody knows’
- 3 Tracing the deposits
- 4 Mapping the field: competing constructions
- 5 Scepticism and social construction
- 6 The question of ideology: social interests and social constructions
- 7 Norms, truth and power: discourses of social problems
- 8 Conclusion: the view from social constructionism
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Level 2: Intermediate
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