Chapter Activities

Activity 1: Cost–Benefit Analysis

Have students work in groups of equal number to identify a social problem. Examples are teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, and texting while driving.

Each group should discuss this social problem and consider a cost–benefit analysis to find the least expensive solution. They should present their solutions to the class.

Activity 2: Social Construction of Social Problems

Have students work in groups of equal number. Ask them to identify a social problem and discuss how this problem is socially constructed. They should give examples of how this problem is constructed through symbols, numbers, causes, interests, and decisions.

Activity 3: Identifying Interest Groups

Have students form small groups of three to four. Each group should identify an interest group and discuss the area of interest that the group promotes. They should discuss what new knowledge the people in this community have outlined about the social problem.