: Four



: 1

Course Code

: SOCI 41516

Course Title

: Social Problems and Modern Society


: Core

Course Objective


This course introduces basic social problems and remedies which can be identified in the modern society. The primary objective of the course is to provide the knowledge that enables them to apply this conceptual and theoretical knowledge to understand real situations relating to social problems in the modern society, especially related to the Sri Lankan society.

Course Contents


The Nature of Social Problem
Definitions, Conceptual Theoretical Frameworks on Social problems.
Human Poverty
Various Aspects and Perspectives of Poverty, Capability and Livelihood Approaches, Sri Lankan Experience on Poverty Alleviation.
Crime and Delinquency
Theoretical Perspectives on Crime and Delinquency, Prevention, Rehabilitation and other Remedies, New Trends in Crime and Delinquency in Sri Lanka.
Child Abuses
The UN Convention on Child, Legal Background, Sri Lankan Perspective on Child Abuses.
Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
Distinction between Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, Prevention and Rehabilitation, Recent Trends in Sri Lanka.
Conflict, Violence, and War
Religious Conflicts, Domestics Violence, Political Violence, Ethnic War: Sri Lankan Experience.
Divorce and Family Disputes
Marriage and Divorce, Causes for Divorce, Legal Background of Divorce, Sri Lankan Trends of Divorce.
Sociological and Psychological Theories on Suicide, Methods of Suicide, Nature of Attempt to Suicide, Prevention and Reintegration, Sri Lankan Experience.



Lectures and Class Room Works.

System of Evaluation


1. Written Paper: 80%

2. One Compulsory Presentation: 20%