2 Social Issue"A social problem is a social condition (such as poverty) or a pattern of behavior (such as substance abuse) that harms some individuals or all people in a society and that a sufficient number of people believe warrants public concern and collective action to bring about change"(Kendall, D. Social Problems in a Diverse Society (4th ed). Boston: Pearson, 2007, p. 4.
3 Social Issue"A social problem exists when people subjectively perceive and have empirical evidence to show that social conditions combine at a local, societal, or global level to cause personal problems"(Crone, J. How Can We Solve Our Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press, 2007, p. 2)
4 Is making art about social issues risky? What factors prevent or encourage people to take creative risks?
5 Ai Weiwei Chinese Artist Political and Cultural Themes Secretly Detained81 DaysApril- June 2011
9 What risks are you willing to take and for what purpose or cause?
10 Social Issues Abortion Affirmative Action Ageism / Age Discrimination Pro ChoicePro LifeAffirmative ActionAgeism / Age DiscriminationAirport Screening ProceduresAirport SecurityAlcoholismAnimal RightsAnti-Muslim DiscriminationBinge DrinkingBirth ControlBullyingCampus CrimeCapital Punishment / Death PenaltyChemical WeaponsChild LaborClassismCloningColorisimCorporate DownsizingDisaster ReliefDomestic ViolenceDream ActDrinking and DrivingDriving While Black
11 Drug Abuse / Drug Addiction Eating Disorders Embryonic Stem Cell ResearchEnvironmental PollutionEnvironmental RacismEqual PayEuthanasia / Assisted SuicideFelony DisenfranchisementGang ViolenceGay RightsGenetic EngineeringGentrificationGlobal WarmingGun ControlGun RightsHate CrimesHazingHealth Care DisparitiesHIV / AIDSHomelessnessHonor KillingsPBSHuman TraffickingHungerIllegal ImmigrationLegalization of Marijuana
12 Mall ShootingsMass MurderMinimum WageNational Rifle AssociationObesityOutsourcing JobsPhoto bombsPovertyPrayer in SchoolsRacial Disparities in Health CareRacial Disparities in SentencingRacial ProfilingRacismRetail ProfilingRecycling and ConservationRight to WorkSame-Sex MarriageSexismSexual HarassmentSexting
13 Shopping While BlackTexting While DrivingSingle ParentingTexting While WalkingSmoking / Tobacco UseUnemploymentSocial Networking and PrivacyUnion BustingViolence in SchoolsStand Your Ground LawsViolence in Music VideosSteroid Use in SportsViolence in Video GamesStereotypingVoter DisenfranchisementSweat ShopsVoting Rights RestrictionsTeen PregnancyTerrorism