This course introduces students to the topic of social problems. The initial unit helps students develop an understanding of social problems, some of the characteristics common to many of them, and how those problems evolve. Social Problems 1 makes use of labs, discussions, and other learning modalities to maximize effective learning. The course looks closely at the problem of poverty and its root causes, as well as problems in education. It also examines the problem of crime, what has historically succeeded and failed in addressing it, and how to move society forward in effectively mitigating the problem.