week 6

Forum Questions:
Choose ONE of the following questions:  
1)    What is the nature and scope of the alcohol and/or drug abuse problem in the United States today? For example, is this problem more significant today than it was in the past? What are some data you can find to support whether rates have gone down or up over time?
2)    Which sociological perspective (for example conflict theory, functionalism, interactionism, feminist theory) would you choose in order to best understand how race, class, and gender impact the rates of crime in the United States? Defend your response with current data on crime rates.

Course Objectives:
The Week Six forum will help develop your ability to do the following:
Course Objective One
Identify specific social problems and their cause-effect patterns.
Course Objective Four
Apply class concepts to support opinions about social problems.
Course Objective Five
Illustrate how the sociological process enables us to identify various social concerns.
Course Objective Seven
Apply sociological theories to explain the occurrence and scope of these problems.
Instructions for all Forums:
Each week, learners will post one initial post per week.  This post must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world.  Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week.  To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week.  All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required.  Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly.  If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided.0p

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