Social problems theory, Pedagogy, Social constructionism, Structural sociology, Universal Declaration of Human Rights


This essay proposes a human rights approach to social problems instruction, whereby social problems are defined as conditions in which a group’s human rights are violated due to their position in a social structure. The approach advocated here draws upon the strengths of the values-structure and social constructionist heritages in the teaching of social problems, while also correcting for some of their individual weaknesses and limitations. The essay closes by outlining what such a class might look like and includes a list of possible teaching resources and a sample class syllabus.