The Socialsense blog has been created to support the SACE Society and Culture classes at Thebarton Senior College (TSC )in South Australia. It contains resources, thoughts and learning materials for the courses. SACE Society and Culture courses have been designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore, analyse, consider and discuss the complexities and interconnections of our societies and cultures in the Australian and Global context.
The Stage 2 Social Ethics and Stage 1 Social Issues topics raises the issue of what is an issue
The study of social issues raises the question as to what actually is an issue. It can be said that at the local, national or global level, an issue involves considering the following:
• Dispute is the essence of any issue.
• Issues often involve contending groups of people with conflicting opinions.
The hardest part of any study is selecting an appropriate issue. Issues
selected for investigation must show clearly conflicting elements and
involve choices decided from a range of alternatives.
investigation of an issue must consider the roles and perceptions of
stakeholders (various groups in those places and other significant
groups elsewhere) that have a vested interest in the issue.
An example of an issue is:
'Should the age of drinking alcohol be increased.'
In the Society and Cultures classes at both Stage 1 and 2 you are required to develop and conduct an investigation of a social issue.
To help you with the investigation here are some websites dedicated to exploring and providing
information on issues. It would be a useful exercise for you to look at as many issue as possible before deciding on the final topic to conduct your investigation.