2016-2017 WCore Social and Behavioral Sciences Courses

WCSBS 101 Aging Matters (4)
The goal of this course is to prepare students to describe the complexity and diversity of older adults, explore ways to work effectively with older adults and promote healthy aging. Students will examine aspects of aging within historical, cultural, physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, economic and interpersonal contexts. The impact of an increased aging population on society and how society cares for the aging population will be a central theme of the course.
WCSBS 102 Bust That Psych Myth (4)
This course provides a foundation and hands-on experience in the scientific study of human emotion, cognition and behavior. Through this exploration, the course presents students with opportunity to interact with material in ways that help them understand the context of psychology as a behavioral science among other fields that focus on human behavior (both individual and group) culture, and society, and the context of psychology among other sciences. Other issues discussed will be myths about popular psychology, the effect those myths have on the general public, and how broader society’s denial of research findings may be caused by deficits in scientific literacy. This course fulfills the Research Emphasis (RE) requirement.
WCSBS 103 Communicating Across Cultures (4)
Student explore intercultural communication concepts and theories. Students learn to become flexible communicators by: understanding concepts such as cultural value patterns and cultural-ethnic identity; exploring the process of crossing boundaries such as the development of culture shock; knowing how attitudes and beliefs influence behaviors and how cultural values are expressed through language. Cultural boundaries examined in this course include culture, race, and ethnicity.
WCSBS 104 Culture in Anthropology (4)
You will learn about sociocultural anthropology by looking at the different ways groups throughout the world construct their reality. When taught as a Learning Community, the primary focus will be (1.) sexuality and gender, or on (2.) marriage and kinship, depending on which semester you take the course. By comparing the ways that people behave in different cultures, you will begin to understand the abstract concept of culture and how important it is in shaping ideas. This course fulfills the Research Emphasis (RE) requirement.
WCSBS 105 Economics Ethics & Growth (3)
This class explores economic ideas through the effort to enhance economic growth by extending the market, and the counter movement to protect human beings, nature, and productive organizations from market forces. Extending the market involves transforming human beings, nature, and productive organization into commodities. This manifests itself in crises, inequality, environmental degradation, and so on.
WCSBS 106 Explorations in Politics (4)
This course explores contemporary political issues in the context of a diverse and globalized world. Issue areas explored may vary depending on political events at the time. This course fulfills the Writing Emphasis (WE) requirement.
WCSBS 107 Exploring Global Challenges (4)
This course explores the complex interaction among global issues and challenges across multiple fields like ecology, economy, culture, society, politics, and health.
WCSBS 108 Hot Topics in Development (4)
Have you seen a headline or heard a news story about some aspect of human development and wanted to learn more or dig a little deeper? This course will examine contemporary issues in human development. We will explore behavior across the lifespan in order to figure out how psychologists know what they know about birth, dying, and all of the life-changing events in between. Current cross-cultural trends and theories in development will be showcased. This course fulfills the Writing Emphasis (WE) requirement.
WCSBS 109 Imaging (In)Justice (4)
Imaging (In)Justice is an exploratory course: the place where the student will be exposed to concepts, problems, and challenges of the ethics of justice. This will be accomplished by laying a phenomenological foundation to the study of justice. The student becomes familiar with (in)justice problems, critically analyze and challenge materials and images detailing the complexity of social constructions. By using critical analysis, students evaluate the ways in which race, ethnicity, class, (dis)ability, and gender intersect in the social structure. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 110 Immigration, Education, and Equality (4)
This Social and Behavioral Sciences WCore course will explore ways in which environment, race, culture, and social class shape immigrants’ educational experiences. We will read and analyze accounts of immigrants’ experiences in public schools,, and critique perspectives regarding immigrant success in United States society and interact directly with immigrant students at a local school. We will explore differences in the educational outcomes of older and newer immigrants and look at the role of schools and other community organizations in the lives of immigrant youth. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 111 Race, Ethnicity, and Class (4)
This course explores race, ethnicity and social class from a sociological perspective. Many people believe that American society is color blind and equal opportunities exist for all. Challenging this assumption by focusing on the continued significance of race, ethnicity, and class in America, this course examines how historical discrimination has led to large gaps in income, wealth, educational opportunities, and health outcomes, as well as how these disparities continue to be re-created and reproduced in everyday life. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 112 Social Problems (4)
Focusing on various social problems such as poverty, unemployment, crime, substance abuse, racism, discrimination, gender inequality, sexual inequality, and global inequality, this course utilizes sociological analysis to examine how social problems are defined and dealt with within the United States and other parts of the world. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 113 The Nature of Language (4)
Examines ongoing issues concerning cognitive and social aspects of language. In exploring both popular and scientific perspectives on language, students develop skills in critical thinking while exploring elements of linguistic analysis. This course is framed around the following questions: What are the components of the language system? How do we acquire this system? And, how is this system used in society? In short: this course uses the lens of linguistics to examine real-life experiences.
WCSBS 114 The Sociological Imagination (4)
Providing a broad overview of sociology, this course employs the “sociological imagination” to explore the social contexts that shape people’s perceptions, actions, interactions, organizations, and opportunities. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 115 The Science of Social Behavior (4)
Social Psychology is the scientific study of how our behaviors, thoughts, and emotions are affected by the real or imagined presence of other people. Social psychology is, in essence, the study of people in social interactions. This course is designed to introduce students to selected areas of research in social psychology, including domains such as social perception (what affects the way we perceive ourselves and others?), social influence (how do we influence each other?), and social relations (what causes us to like, love, help, and hurt others?). Through occasional lectures, assigned readings, class discussions, group activities, and various media presentations, students will learn about the theories and research practices surrounding the study of social psychological phenomena.
WCSBS 116 Apes, Archeology, Evolution (4)
Students explore how the archeological record informs us about different evolved morphology and behaviors of early human types and prehistoric humans through the study of paleoanthropology.  Students also learn about biocultural variation in present day primates, including humans. This course fulfills the Research Emphasis (RE) requirement.
WCSBS 201 Courts, Law, & Social Justice (3)
In this course, students use the tools of social science and legal analysis to understand and analyze the role of law and the courts in American society and politics. Students come away from this course with an appreciation for the role of law in American society, an ability to use the basic tools and principles of legal analysis, and a perspective on US courts that is informed by social science theory.
WCSBS 202 Gender in Society (4)
This course examines gender from institutional, interactional, and individual level perspectives. We will cover a brief history of the women’s movement and its implications in the United States. A sociological perspective will be used to understand contemporary gender issues, including the social construction of gender, the intersection of work and family, the social construction of masculinity and femininity, and gendered relationships. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 203 How We Die in America (4)
This course takes a light hearted, yet in-depth look at what it means in American culture to die and how it is part of an integrated system of meanings and behaviors within a larger socio-cultural environment. Students examine this life experience empirically, with a group, through exploratory ethnographic research. This course fulfills the Research Emphasis (RE) requirement.
WCSBS 204 Myths, Magics, Supernaturals (4)
An introduction to the study of new religious movements and non-ecclesiastical religions from an anthropological perspective. Sometimes religion is specific to certain groups and reflects an integrated system of meanings and behaviors to reflect broader cultural features in a specific social environment. But often when viewed cross-culturally, religions also exhibit some interesting common characteristics with religions from other social environments. This course fulfills the Writing Emphasis (WE) requirement.
WCSBS 205 People, Power, and Protest (4)
This course on social movements investigates key questions such as: How do social movements emerge? What do social movements do? Why do some movements succeed while others fail? To answer these questions, we draw from sociology, inter disciplinary perspectives and cross-national approaches. This course will familiarize students with key concepts of this field – with a special focus on power and resistance while exposing them to case studies of protest and social movements across the Americas and over time. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 206 Social Entrepreneurship (4)
Are you interested in contributing to the greater good through the career you choose? Do you want to do ‘good’ for others without sacrificing your own economic well being? Well, now you can. In this course you will learn about the growing phenomenon known as social entrepreneurship. In this class you will learn the theory behind social entrepreneurship and you will immerse yourself in the local economy of mission driven startups in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. This course fulfills the Writing Emphasis (WE) requirement.
WCSBS 207 Sociology of the Family (4)
This course explores the modern American family, examining the traditions, roles, functions, representations, changes, and controversies surrounding the social institution of the family. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 208 Sociology of the Life Course (4)
This course examines the life course using a sociological perspective. We will examine the social processes associated with the life course, connecting experiences of cohort, generation, and aging to larger social and historical processes. This course fulfills the Diversity Emphasis (DE) requirement.
WCSBS 209 Sustainable Tourism (4)
An in-depth look at tourism and how it generates social, economic and environmental changes, both positive and negative for localities and regions, while at the same time creating transformative experiences for tourists. This course fulfills the Research Emphasis (RE) requirement.
WCSBS  210 Globalization in Anthropology (4)
Students work in groups conducting in-depth research on topics related to globalization. They examine and compare case studies from different parts of the world that suggest policy solutions to assuage differences in power relations, population pressures, wealth distribution, and environmental degradation. Students then are prepared to generate various solutions that might be applied in the form of policy to remediate problems in a chosen region. This course fulfills the Research Emphasis (RE) requirement.
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