Fall 2004-1 ( August 2004 - December 2004)
Read the following syllabus carefully. If you have questions concerning the policies contact your instructor.
The Social Environment is a 3-credit course that represents a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the Social Sciences. It focuses on the cultural, political, socio-economic and global dimensions of society. The Social Environment is divided into (7) seven modules containing assigned reading, and various other activities which you need to complete and send to your instructor in order to pass the course. The modules are:
Competency 1: THE STUDENT WILL DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ORIGIN OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, ITS CONNECTION WITH THE SOCIAL SCIENCES, AND THE IMPACT OF CULTURE IN DEVELOPING THE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND SOCIETIES BY:
1. analyzing the emergence of the scientific method and the
influence of philosophy and religion in the development of science.
Competency 2: THE STUDENT WILL DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE BASIC ECONOMIC CONCEPTS, THE HISTORICAL IMPACT ON ECONOMIC THEORIES, AND THE CHARACTERISTICS OF DIFFERENT ECONOMIC SYSTEMS, ESPECIALLY THE AMERICAN SYSTEM, BY:
1. defining scarcity, economic system, production,
distribution, and consumption.
Competency 3: THE STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF FUNDAMENTAL POLITICAL CONCEPTS, THE MOST IMPORTANT TYPES OF POLITICAL SYSTEMS, ESPECIALLY THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND ITS FUNCTIONING, AND THE ROLE OF POLITICAL ORIENTATIONS AND IDEOLOGIES BY:
1. defining government, nation, state, nation-state, and
Competency 4: THE STUDENT WILL DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLOBAL DIMENSION OF SOCIETIES AND THEIR RELATIONS AND INTERACTIONS BY:
1. discussing the role of geography in global relations.
Required Textbook and Study Guide
The following textbooks are required.
1. Textbook: Social Science: An Introduction to the Study of Society, 11th ed., by Hunt and Colander.
2. Study Guide for Social Science: An Introduction to the Study of Society, 11th ed., Prepared by Sharon Johnson (Optional).
Computer Resources (EXTRA CREDIT)
Limited to 50 points
If you desire/need extra credit you have several opportunities. In the "Student Resources" section, I have listed several web sites that correspond with each of the chapters. You can choose one or many, read the material and submit a summary essay on its content. Each, if well written and covers the material, will give you 10 additional points. You need to write an essay, title it with the subject matter of the web site, and upload it into "Assignment Drop Box" located under "Projects"
You will be taking a test per module. There are seven modules, so you will be taking seven tests. Each counts for 100 points.
It is expected that you participate in class discussions via the "bulleting board". Your participation will be monitored and you can get up to 100 points.
You will be asked to write a research paper on any topic covered by the class. You can do it individually or in groups. . You must send the instructor the topic of your research by the beginning of February. This topic needs to be approved by your professor before you start writing. You must finish this paper by April 12, 2004 and uploaded it into the "Drop Box" located under the "Projects" icon. The research paper is worth 100 points.
Tests (seven) 700 points
Class participation 100 points
Research Paper 100 points
Total 900 points
TBA - Dependant on availability of students.
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Updated: August 2004