Individual and Society
I. BASIC COURSE INFORMATION
- Course Title:
Individual and Society
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- Credit Hours:
- Semesters Offered:
COM 051 Basics of College Writing, COM 061 Advanced Reading
II. COURSE DESCRIPTION
This is a course designed to help students cope with life as well as to acquaint them with the basic theory and knowledge of the social sciences. This information from psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and economics is integrated to help students comprehend the operation of both their own and other social systems. The course emphasizes the relationship of individuals to these systems. It also encourages the development of attitudes and skills which will result in greater self-determination of lifestyle for individuals in contemporary society.
III. RATIONALE OF COURSE
This course is designed to provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes for individuals to function effectively in society. It also provides a basis for further development in advanced courses in the specific fields surveyed.
IV. COURSE COMPETENCIES
- Define and use identified social scientific concepts in appropriate contexts.
- Explain the scientific method and use it to analyze various human social activities.
- Differentiate among the sciences that explain human behavior.
- Analyze social phenomena using systems theory.
- Assess the value of conflict theory and functional theory in social science.
- Explore the relationship of humankind to other forms of life utilizing the theory of evolution as developed by earlier and modem scholars using evidence from such disciplines as anthropology, biology, and molecular biochemistry.
- Formulate reasons for the existence and persistence of human biological and social differences.
- Identify ethnocentric attitudes and behavior and discuss the concept of cultural relativity.
- Explain the formal and informal methods of social control in our society and other societies.
- Utilize various analytic schemes which delineate cross-cultural differences in family, religion, education, economics, and politics.
- Summarize the value of maintaining biological and behavioral differences in both human society and the surrounding natural world.
- Discuss socialization and personality development.
- Derive the origins of human social systems from species survival conditions.
- Identify and explain inequalities in power, status, and wealth in human societies.
- Describe the universal functions of the family and explain differences in family structures and behaviors.
- Define religion and describe the theories that have been used to explain the origins and functions/dysfunctions of religious beliefs.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of universals and variations in education.
- Define and identify different economic systems, including the U.S. system.
- Define and identify the major political systems, including the U.S. system.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of the origins of war, illustrate the negative effects of modem military technology, and identify ways to lesson/prevent future wars.