B CUSP 107
Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.
Course Title - INTRODUCTION TO MODERN SOCIAL THOUGHT: DARWIN, MARX AND FREUD This course serves as an interdisciplinary introduction to modern social thought. Examining the theories of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud we explore how human beings think of themselves and relate with each other. The course touches upon elements in anthropology, biology, history, linguistics, political science, religion and sociology to understand important changes in modern secular thought. By the end of the class, students will be able to relate these abstract theories and their impact to their daily lives. The course also introduces students to the scientific method as it relates to the social sciences, and to college level research and writing. Students will be able to use assignments for their e-learning portfolios.
Student learning goals
1. Understand and articulate the basic principles of modern social thought
2. Articulate and critically analyze basic theories of Charles Darwin, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud
3. Understand the basics of the scientific method in social sciences
4. Be familiar with good practices in college level research writing
5. Develop basic critical analysis skills and learn to apply them to real world situations
General method of instruction
Lecture, group activities, class presentation
Class assignments and grading
Weekly homework, group project, in class mid-term and final exam
Familiarity with material, critical analysis