Social Change/Social Problems

By Dr. Frank W. Elwell

What I know:

Social Problems

Social problems are usually not the result of some malfunctioning part, but are the consequence of the social system.

Social Problems

In order to understand social problems we must first understand the social system that creates these problems.

Social Problems

Social Problems

If the connections between different elements of the social systems are not made clear, real solutions to social problems become impossible.

Social Problems

For example, you cannot truly reform the educational system in isolation from the family.

You cannot reform politics without looking at our economic system.

Social Problems

While social change and social problems are present in all social systems, many perceive a qualitative difference in the social problems we face today.

Social Problems

Our most severe problem:

Other widespread problems:

A dehumanizing trend associated with the decline of family and the rise of bureaucracy. This trend devalues:

Problems Associated with the Powerless:

Problems that Plague the Individual :

Individual Problems

Many of these individual problems seem to be approaching epidemic levels in many hyper-industrial nations.

Social Problems

The social problems we see around us are interrelated.

Social Problems

Pay special attention. The thesis of this course appears on the next slide.

Main Thesis:

Social change is rooted in the intensification (or growth) of production and population.

Corollary 1:

This intensification causes changes in social structure, which change the value system and norms of the sociocultural system.

Corollary 2, 3 & 4:

Social Problems

Most social problems are not caused by evil men and women, but are the unintended consequence of technological and demographic changes.

Social Problems

By understanding the causes of social problems, we can hope to adequately address them.

This knowledge is essential if we hope to achieve a more just and humane society.

Interrelated trends: