SOC122 - Introduction to Social Sciences

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Subject Title
Introduction to Social Sciences

Subject Description

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts, concerns, and approaches of the social sciences and helps them develop critical skills necessary for understanding and analyzing them.   After an introduction to science as a distinct form of knowledge and a briefing on scientific methodologies and social research, the course undertakes more comprehensive inquiries into sociology, psychology, anthropology. economics, geography and political science.    Through these disciplines concepts of Cultural Relativism, Good Citizenship, Social Stratification and Identity Politics, including concepts of Gender and Class will be highlighted.  Finally, the course looks at the relationship between social science and social values, as well as the place and function of social science within contemporary society.

Credit Status

This is a required course for the General Arts Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

By the end of the course, successful students will be able to:

  • Describe the steps involved in the process of scientific and social scientific inquiry.
  • Apply a method used by social science to a social problem.
  • Explain the purpose of the social sciences.
  • Question the limits of the social sciences in generating social knowledge.
  • Outline the historical origins of the social sciences.
  • Define and correctly use terms and concepts from the social sciences studied.
  • Identify the power nexus of social relations and develop relevant questions for problem-solving.
  • Develop critical writing skills, interpret, critically analyze, and discuss central aspects and theories of anthropology, economics, and political science.
  • Apply quantitative methods and interpret statistics.
  • Develop argumentation and argument evaluation skills.
  • Discuss various aspects of the social sciences in relation to various social values.

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