Program Details

American Social Problems

Luis Fleischman
Current Events / Politics
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This course explores significant social problems in our contemporary society, examines the process of how these social problems arise in society, and considers possible solutions. The course will focus on understanding how and why social problems develop and the controversies that accompany them. Fleischman will also present the different views and perspectives on these social problems.


  1. What is a social problem? The question of poverty and class stratification. Different perspectives on the question of inequality.
  2. Race and Ethnicity: What is race and ethnicity? Race and social stratification; discrimination and racism; the question of affirmative action; immigration and its challenges.
  3. Gender and Sexual Orientation: Women’s progress in America and gender inequality; women’s challenges. Sexual orientation: progress and inequality.
  4. The Problem of Drugs and Alcohol: Why is this a social problem? Effects of substance abuse on the family and the nation. How is it being handled?
  5. Crime and Criminal Justice: Criminal justice and its discontents. Types of crime. Why people commit crimes? Government responses to crime.
  6. School and Education: Why education is so important in our times? The quality of public schools. Schooling, stratification and race; proposed solutions.

About the Instructor

  • Luis Fleischman, Ph.D., earned his master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City and a bachelor's degree in political science from Tel Aviv University. He is currently a professor of sociology at Palm Beach State College. Previously he worked for the Jewish Federations of Palm Beach County as Vice President for Community and Political Relations, where he worked on issues related to the Middle East, U.S. national security, and domestic issues. Fleischman is the author of “Latin America in the Post-Chavez Era: The Threat to the U.S. Security”; and “The Middle East Riddle: A Study of the Middle East Peace Process and Israeli-Arab Relations in Changing Times”, (2021). He is the founding co-president of the Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research. 

Upcoming programs presented by Luis Fleischman.

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6wk F563 Luis Fleischman American Social Problems
Fris., October 29; November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm