SYLLABUS-ISS_210-F07 - Dr. Cyrus S. Stewart ISS 210...

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Dr. Cyrus S. Stewart Fall 2007 ISS 210 (Sections 1, 2 and 5) 5I Berkey Hall (basement) Society and the Individual Phone: 3-6775 Office Hours:M W 8-9:45 am COURSE OUTLINE PRINCIPLES AND CRITERIA FOR ISS COURSES To assist students in becoming effective citizens of a diverse and interdependent world, the Social Science General Education or Integrative Studies core curriculum provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the body of knowledge, theory, practice and methods that the social sciences bring to an understanding of the human condition. These sciences form a vital and integral part of a liberal education. According to Paul D. Bagwell et al. ( The Basic College of Michigan State , East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1955: Pg. 70.), the overall goals of general education are to: (1) provide the knowledge and tools whereby the individual may achieve their personal and social goals (2) contribute to the maintenance of society in which objective inquiry is possible (3) contribute to American society’s expectations of the outcomes of a university education by a. understanding of the relationship between society and the individual b. recognizing a concern for the welfare of others c. recognizing individual dignity and the right to societal growth and personal expression The General Education Triad consists of a(n) (1) Focus on societal problems of a significant and enduring nature (2) Approach to knowledge that integrates the common concerns the separate social sciences (3) Goal of producing critical analysis and synthesis by citizens as they participate in a free, civil and democratic society ISS COURSE OPTIONS: 200 LEVEL All 200-level course options serve as a gateway to the study of behavioral, cultural, psychological and social phenomena by acquainting students with diversity in interpersonal relationships. These courses share a common concern with the origins, methods and limits of knowledge through which such notions as critical thought about society and individual behavior; interpersonal and group relations; cultural values and individual beliefs; and the dynamics of societal change can be examined. Course Description (ISS 210 [Society and the Individual]). Human behavior with an emphasis on the individual and society: family and kinship, social organization, societal types, personality and the life cycle. During this semester, our focus will be on the role of group persuasion and interpersonal influence in the origin, maintenance and dissolution of cults. Along with the related concern of the impact of stable attachment relations on health promoting attitudes, behavior and interaction styles.
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ISS 210 COURSE DESIGN Objectives. As a result of taking this section of ISS 210, the student will be able to: (1) assess the interplay of individualizing and collective forces as they impact on one’s life; (2) identify the central structural and group process factors in cults; (3) recognize the social and psychological factors that enhance successful recruitment to and
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SYLLABUS-ISS_210-F07 - Dr. Cyrus S. Stewart ISS 210...

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