Social Sciences

The social sciences consist of anthropology, economics, geography, political science and sociology. Courses listed under social sciences are department interdisciplinary courses.

SS 111 Contemporary Cultures and Societies of Latin America 3 SH
This course deals with contemporary people, cultures and societies of Latin America, including the Caribbean. The approach is interdisciplinary within the social sciences. Countries will be selected in a regional perspective. The focus will be problems of modernization, urbanization, social change and ethnic relations. Listed as social and behavioral sciences general education elective. Offered periodically.  General Education: Social Sciences.

SS 201 Researching Social Issues 3 SH
This course introduces elementary concepts of research as an integral part of the study of one or more selected contemporary social issues. The research methods and skills to be introduced include discerning fact from opinion, the logic of hypothesis testing and the use of library and computer reference tools. Students will be required to write a bibliography, research hypothesis and a statement of the appropriate methodology for the selected social issue topic. SS 201 is required of anthropology-sociology, economics, political science and social sciences majors. Every semester. Prerequisite: completion of any introductory course in ANT, ECO, PS or SOC and completion of either MAT 120 or both MAT 105 and 106. It is highly recommended that students take MAT 120 and that students have completed their general education English requirement. General Education: Social Sciences.

SS/ENV 250 Society and the Environment 3 SH
Solutions to environmental problems will have to come from analysis and understanding of historical trends and currently competing forces within the social system. The international aspects of the problems will be stressed. Lectures and field trips. Not open to freshmen. Offered periodically.  General Education: Social Sciences.

SS 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

SS 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

SS 301 Guided Reading in the Social Sciences 3 SH
Reading prepared for the individual student in terms of background, interests and the specific discipline in which the student is concentrating. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser. An examination in the area of concentrated reading is required. Offered periodically. General Education: Social Sciences.

SS 400 Social Sciences Research Seminar 3 SH
Designed to acquaint majors in the social sciences with the range of research methods available in the social sciences, along with a consideration of the fundamental elements of scientific method upon which specific research techniques are based. The student will write an original research paper as the central activity of this seminar. Every semester. Prerequisite: SS 201 or advanced standing in the major. Course requires registration permission from the dept. chair and also requires that the student inform the dept. chair of intent to register one semester before registration. General Education: Social Sciences.

SS 401 Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution 3 SH
This course examines the two basic models of conflict resolution: the competitive and the collaborative models. Variations of that theme include third party intervention and negotiation paradigms. Conflict resolution styles, strategies, and skills, as well as the theory of managing conflicts in values and needs, are presented, discussed and applied to everyday interpersonal and group differences and disputes. Also explored are ethical, cultural, gender and racial implications of conflict resolution. The goal of the course is to enhance the student’s understanding of and skills in conflict resolution in order to interact more effectively and to solve problems creatively.  Fall semester of even numbered year. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. With prior advisor approval, course may be take for graduate credit. General Education: Social Sciences.

SS 402 Mediation: Theory and Practice 3 SH
This course examines the spectrum of third party intervention, with an emphasis on the theory and practice of mediation. Professional ethics, neutrality and bias are discussed in the context of mediation specifically, and third party intervention, generally. Negotiation paradigms, collective bargaining and mutual gains are presented, discussed and applied to the mediation process. Current theoretical approaches to mediation are discussed, as well as various applications of mediation, which include these topics (among others) of neighborhood, court sanctioned, victim offender, divorce, child custody and housing. Skills and processes used by mediators are illustrated through class role-playing exercises. Learning approaches of this course include lecture, simulations, modeling and practicing mediation. Spring semester of even numbered year. Prerequisite: SS 401 or permission of the instructor. With prior advisor approval, course may be taken for graduate credit. General Education: Social Sciences.

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