This course focuses on the major troubles and concerns of our time. The nation and the world face incredible challenges, such as crime, poverty, political instability, environmental crises, racial and gender issues, technology and privacy, and others. Students in this class will examine, research, and debate these vital issues. This class will prepare students to work with others to solve these problems. This course will also address the ways these issues are discussed by the media, elected officials, experts, and others, which will help students to build their analytical skills and to deepen student interest and knowledge of these critical social and political issues.