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Subject Description:

This course is an introduction to the social sciences that provides students with the theoretical tools necessary to make sense of complex issues faced in the modern world. It does this by cultivating an understanding of fundamental concepts, theories, and philosophical stances in the social sciences as well through an exploration of the manner in which the social scientists systematically formulate basic research questions concerning the nature of social life. Classic social science texts and methodologies are given close attention in lecture, discussion and group exercise settings. The course begins with the conceptual foundations of history and political economy and covers theories of capitalism and modernity. Students then consider the intersections of culture, society and lived experience, and including the social and cultural constitution of the person, with examination of race, gender, and sexuality.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the term, students will be able to:

  • Identify and explain key social science concepts and their main components
  • Apply theories introduced in the course to analyze various phenomena from everyday life.

Delivery Format*:

3-0-9

Grading Scheme:

Short Paper 30%
Final Exam 30%
Oral Presentation 20%
Class Participation 20%

*The first number represents the number of hours per week assigned for lectures, recitations and cohort classroom study. The second number represents the number of hours per week assigned for labs, design, or field work. The third number represents the number of hours per week assigned for independent study.