Sociological issues are issues that a large part of society feel are wrong or problematic. Examples include issues that everyone view as a problem, like murder, and those that some may disagree on, like smoking in public places.
Social problems are conditions or situations that at least one group in a society feel are wrong. While people agree on certain situations being problematic for society, many are objective. Examples of such social issues include:
- Environmental decline
- Workplace discrimination
- Corporate corruption
- Poverty, unemployment and homelessness
- Health care and aging
- The decline of religion
In order for a social issue to be classed as such, it must meet certain criteria:
- There must be some public outcry identifying it as a social issue. People must actively discuss the condition, which then attracts attention from the public.
- The issue must run contrary to society's ideals. For example, of society determines that it is not ideal to commit adultery and a lot of people are, it fulfills this criteria.
- A significant portion of the population must define it as a social issue. If only a small number of people are speaking out against it, then it is not a social issue.
- There must be a way for society to correct the condition. If there is no way of changing what is happening, it is not a social issue.