|Undergraduate Catalog 2004-2006: Courses|
SBS1100 Introduction to Social Sciences (4 semester hours)
The course focuses on the social scientific understanding of society. Students learn the conditions that limit our lives and the opportunities open to us for improving the human condition, for developing societies in which human beings can live happy, meaningful, and satisfying lives. Because all expressions of human culture are related and interdependent, to gain a real understanding of human society, students study society from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, history, geography, economics, political science, and psychology. They become familiar with methodology and methods of social sciences, with social scientific approaches to problems, and appreciate the multidisciplinary approach to human society.
Meets General Education "Knowing Ourselves and Others" Group A
SBS2320 General Statistics (3 semester hours)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics will include: measures of central tendency, variability, probability, standard scores, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression analysis.
Prerequisite: MTH1100 or MTH1110.
SBS3320 Social Scientific Inquiry (3 semester hours)
The course is designed to acquaint students with the basic paradigms and methods of inquiry in the social sciences. Topics include: the scientific method, ethical issues in research, the uses and misuses of research, types of research methodology (i.e. surveys, interview, observational, focus groups), and sampling. Students will be expected to design a research project. So, just as students would hesitate to teach themselves tennis, ballet, or painting only by reading about them, we encourage them to get out and practice the techniques of social scientific research. The course is designed to fit the needs of students majoring in the social sciences - psychology, political science, criminal justice, anthropology, sociology, etc. However, students majoring in business, social work, nursing, and education are also encouraged to enroll. Social scientific research methods can help professionals in many fields explore, describe, explain, and critique various aspects of the social world and help them engage in action oriented research.
Prerequisites: Any 1000 level-course in social and behavioral sciences.
31 December 2003
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