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The focus of this course is not the process of social change, but rather its effects in the U.S., both positive and negative. In post-World War II America, we are healthier, more affluent, more comfortable and more free than perhaps in any society in history. But we are not happier. In fact, there is considerable nostalgia for "The Good Old Days." Whenever they were.
Students will look at the increasing differences in life changes between the upper twenty percent in American society and the other four-fifths; while at the same time, noting that most Americans live better than their parents. They just don't feel as though they do. Students will explore some of the reasons why the goalposts keep getting moved.
Note: this course presumes a basic understanding of the dynamics of social change. Although Social Change: Individual and Society, is not a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended. Most important is the ability of students to do advanced college-level work.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Theory, Structure & Change
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full
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