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Social Problems
Sociology in Action

Second Edition
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Social Problems

November 2022 | 432 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Wake up your social problems classes! Social Problems: Sociology in Action helps your students learn sociology by doing sociology through real-world activities designed to increase learning, retention, and engagement with course material.

Inspired by the best-selling introductory sociology text 
Sociology in Action, this innovative book immerses students in an active learning experience that emphasizes hands-on work, application, and learning by example as they grapple with the causes and consequences of social problems as well as possible solutions. Each chapter explains key concepts and theories in social problems and pairs that foundational coverage with a series of carefully developed learning activities and thought-provoking questions. The comprehensive Activity Guide that accompanies the text provides everything you need to assign, carry out, and assess the activities that will best engage your students, fit the format of your course, and meet your course goals.

The second edition has been comprehensively updated to address the most pressing social problems today. New and refreshed discussions cover such timely topics as COVID-19 and its impact on a variety of institutions, police violence targeting people of color, growing economic inequality, gender-based discrimination in the workplace, the rise of domestic terrorism in the US, issues facing immigrants and refugees, the causes and consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, the rise of authoritarianism, and more. This edition also includes new ‘Confronting Social Problems’ active learning exercises and new discussion questions to help stimulate classroom and online conversation.

 
Unit I: Inequalities as Social Problems
Kathleen Odell Korgen
Chapter 1: Understanding and Solving Social Problems
Dawn R. Norris
Chapter 2: Analyzing Economic Inequalities
Meghan Burke
Chapter 3: Recognizing Racism and Racial Inequalities
Kris Macomber
Chapter 4: Examining Gender Inequalities
Jason Crockett
Chapter 5: Focusing on Sex and Sexualities
 
Unit II: Global Population Problems
Deborah Lowry
Chapter 6: Preparing for Aging Societies
Daniel Herda
Chapter 7: Making Sense of Migration and Immigration
Lillian MacNell
Chapter 8: Researching Environmental Problems
Bridget Diamond-Welch
Chapter 9: Contesting Crime
Amy Sodaro
Chapter 10: Understanding War and Terrorism
 
Unit III: Institutional Problems
Rena C. Zito
Chapter 11: Identifying Problems in the Criminal Justice System
Rena C. Zito
Chapter 12: Discovering Problems in the Family
Erinn Brooks
Chapter 13: Pursuing Equity in Education
Gregory T. Kordsmeier
Chapter 14: Prioritizing Health and Health Care Inequalities
Kathleen Odell Korgen and Maxine P. Atkinson
Chapter 15: Realizing the Power—and Vulnerability—of Institutions
 
Appendix: Addressing Social Problems Through Service-Learning

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

Instructor Resource Site 
Online resources included with this text 
 
The online resources for your text are available via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site, which offers access to all text-specific resources, including a test bank and editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides. 
 
For additional information, custom options, or to request a personalized walkthrough of these resources, please contact your sales representative. 

Student Resource Site
https://edge.sagepub.com/atkinson2e

The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.
Key features
KEY FEATURES:
  • Each chapter is contributed by an expert in that subject who also uses active learning techniques in his or her classroom.

  • Several "Confronting Social Problems" learning activities in each chapter provide instructors with an abundance of ready-to-use activities for a wide range of instructional settings. 

  • Choose from a variety of activity types including personal reflection, content and data analysis, collaboration and group activities, observations, and short guided-research projects.

  • "Consider This" discussion questions encourage students to think more deeply about concepts for in-class discussions or assignments.

  • “Sociologists in Action” boxes spotlight the work of a student or a professional sociologist to illustrate how students can use sociological tools to make a positive impact on  problems facing society.

  • The concluding chapter, “Realizing the Power—and Vulnerability—of Institutions,” explores an emerging social problem: public loss of faith in institutions like government and the media.

  • A Service Learning appendix provides step-by-step instructions on how to design and implement a service learning feature into a social problems course, including online and large-lecture

  • Chapter Summaries emphasize key chapter content as a quick study reference, helping reinforce material.

  • Check Your Understanding questions help students stop and self-assess whether they comprehend the key points of every section.

  • Key terms and a glossary reinforce and define concepts to encourage on-the-spot comprehension.

  • The Activity Guide for instructors includes the complete text of every activity, along with extensive teaching notes.

  • Assignable SAGE Premium Video (available via the interactive eBook version, linked through SAGE Coursepacks) is curated and produced exclusively for this text to bring concepts to life and appeal to diverse learners.

  • Assignable data analysis activities enable students to access and use statistical information created from more than 400,000 government and non-government datasets.

The second edition has been comprehensively updated to address the most pressing social problems today. New and refreshed discussions cover such timely topics as COVID-19 and its impact on a variety of institutions, police violence targeting people of color, growing economic inequality, gender-based discrimination in the workplace, the rise of domestic terrorism in the U.S., issues facing immigrants and refugees, the causes and consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, the rise of authoritarianism, and more.

 

Each chapter has been fully revised to incorporate the most up-to-date research and data, including new and revised figures and tables. This edition also includes a host of brand-new ‘Confronting Social Problems’ active learning exercises. In addition, new Discussion Questions appear at the end of each chapter to help stimulate classroom and online conversation.