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Prof. Hohl - Soc. 103 - Social Problems: Topic Selection

Examples of Social Problems

Listed below are examples of contemporary social problems. To make your topic manageable, narrow your topic or focus as you locate information.

  • Abortion
  • Affirmative Action
  • Ageism / Age Discrimination
  • Airport Screening Procedures
  • Alcoholism
  • Animal Rights
  • Anti-Muslim Discrimination
  • Binge Drinking
  • Birth Control
  • Bullying
  • Campus Crime
  • Capital Punishment / Death Penalty
  • Child Labor
  • Classism
  • Cloning
  • Corporate Downsizing
  • Date Rape
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Drug Abuse / Drug Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Embryonic Stem Cell Research
  • Environmental Pollution
  • Environmental Racism
  • Euthanasia / Assisted Suicide
  • Gang Violence
  • Gay Rights
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Gentrification
  • Global Warming
  • Gun Control
  • Hate Crimes
  • Health Care Reform
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Home Forclosures
  • Homelessness
  • Human Trafficking
  • Hunger
  • Identify Theft
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Legalization of Marijuana
  • Legalization of Prostitution
  • Obesity
  • Organ and Body Donation
  • Outsourcing Jobs
  • Polygamy
  • Pornography
  • Poverty
  • Prayer in Schools
  • Prison Rape
  • Racial Disparities in Health Care
  • Racial Disparities in Sentencing
  • Racial Profiling
  • Racism
  • Recycline and Conservation
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Sex Trade
  • Sexism
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexting
  • Single Parenting
  • Smoking / Tobacco Use
  • Social Networking and Privacy
  • Steroid Use in Sports
  • Stereotyping
  • Sweat Shops
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Terrorism
  • Unemployment
  • Violence in Schools
  • Violence in Music Videos
  • Violence in Video Games

Databases for Topic Selection

The following databases specialize in current/social problems and issues, and may also help you to select a topic. 

These databases will also help you to NARROW the focus of your broad topics.

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This research guide was created by Professor Beth Seelick (1955-2019).
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