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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Rechtschaffen Institute of Judaic Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

Studying Social Problems (SOC 330)


Varies; self study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

March 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: discuss the nature and severity of selected social problems facing society; identify the multiple causes and consequences of social problems; critically evaluate the effectiveness of various social welfare strategies to alleviate the causes and consequences of social problems; explain and critically evaluate studies on a number of pressing social problems; and cultivate a habit of reflecting upon and articulating their own engagement with the social world and grappling with causes and potential solutions to social problems.


This self-study course is designed to provide a survey of selected contemporary social problems. Major topics include: poverty, addiction and substance abuse, mental health, violence with a focus on family violence, crime, teen pregnancy, and health care issues. Students analyze the causes, severity, and consequences of the selected social problems in addition to evaluating social welfare strategies for alleviating social problems.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, or as an elective in Social Work (3/16) (8/21 revalidation).