The definition of a social problem

350 words

Book: Social Policy and Social Programs

Read Chapter 1, “Analyzing the Social Problem Background of Social Policies and Programs,” pages 7–26.

Multimedia: Bloom’s Taxonomy

Choose a social problem affecting an oppressed population you are interested in learning about. Research the history of how that issue became a social problem and report your findings. Use this unit’s readings to ensure your understanding of defining a social problem. For this discussion, answer the following questions:

  • What factors led to the definition of this social problem?
  • Who were the key players?

Response Guidelines

Respond to at least one other learner, comparing the findings of your research to those of your colleague’s. How was the trajectory to becoming a social problem similar or different for each issue?


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