Social Science 102 General Course II - Introduction to the Scientific Study of Human Behavior
A survey of subject matter and concepts selected from the disciplines of economics, geography, history, and political science. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Prerequisite: Eligibility for English 101, OR grade of C or better in English 100, OR Consent of Department Chairperson.
Required Texts and Materials:
A Handbook for Understanding Global Issues, Ann Kelleher & Laura Klein, Fourth Edition
* Acquaint students with the world’s geography landscape
* Examine global poverty and reasons of economic inequality in parts of the world
* Research, analyze, and interpret international issue and how they affect the global economy
* Explain why some political, economic, and social conflicts result in war
Learning Outcomes: After ACTIVELY participating in this course, students will be able to:
* Interpret concepts and definition of terms
* Explain, discuss, and answer important questions about the modern day world
* Understand traditional, contemporary, and alternative perspectives and concepts which enable the students to understand global conflicts and why they occur
Class Participation and Discussions
This is an interactive course and all students are expected to read the assigned chapters and complete all assignments prior to class as well as contribute to class discussions by presenting current domestic and international events from printed publications, the internet, television, radio, and class assignments. Students will select a foreign country and report on that country EACH Thursday throughout the semester; the research should include but not limited to the type of government, economic conditions, environment, poverty, illiteracy, alcohol/drug abuse and water/food shortages.
All written assignments must be typed and a minimum of two (2) full pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, in 12-point font; separate title page and references must be properly cited(APA Style); well written, clearly addressing the issues and validate your arguments and conclusions. This mean assignment should be a minimum of FOUR (4) pages long. Pictures/maps will enhance your assignments and contribute to your grade but are not included in the page count. All written assignments are due on or before the dates stated in the Course Outline. Students will be randomly selected to present his/her assignment to the class.
If you are unable to make it to class, assignments can be put in my mailbox in the Social Science office (Room 1019) on or before the due date prior to the start of class. Sending assignments by email is STRONGLY DISCOURAGED and is the STUDENT’S responsibility to determine that the assignment was