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Rucha Ambikar
B CUSP 107
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core I: Individuals and Society

Through collaborative and interdisciplinary learning, students develop a knowledge base, skills, habits of inquiry, and imaginative vision. Focuses on individuals, society. Offered: A.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

Weekly homework, group project, in class mid-term and final exam

Familiarity with material, critical analysis


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Rucha Ambikar
Date: 07/05/2013