ANTH_135_Greensheet_x2_2009_02_11 - San Jose State...

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1 San Jose State University Department of Anthropology Instructor ANTH 135 Office Hours Dr. William Reckmeyer Behavioral Systems Science W 9:30-2:30 PM Clark 465 Spring 2008 Teaching Assistant 408-924-5342 (V) W 3:00 – 5:45 PM Sarah Gallardo [email protected] CL 204 [email protected] Course Website Course Description This is an upper-division undergraduate course for people who are interested in learning more about a systems approach to understanding individual and collective dimensions of human behavior. Behavioral Science integrates insights and skills from three major social sciences (anthropology, psychology, and sociology) to examine human behavior and appreciate the mix of biological, cognitive, cultural, and societal factors that generate it. Our focus will be on clarifying the systemic nature of human factors, the self-organizing processes that often cause counter-productive human behavior, and the cybernetics of how people regulate their individual and collective actions to act in purposeful ways. We will also examine the nature of leadership in human society and its role in fostering meaningful systemic change in complex social systems. Course Learning Objectives The main goals of this course are to help people think critically about different aspects of human behavior, appreciate multiple perspectives on complicated matters associated with such behavior, develop a solid grounding in the major features of a systems approach to behavioral science, and exercise collaborative leadership to make the world a better place for all to live. Specific objectives include: examining systemic similarities and differences in how human beings behave on an individual and collective basis developing a systems framework for understanding the complex connections that characterize life and link people to an increasingly interconnected world applying systems ideas to understand specific human systems, ranging from small groups and large organizations to communities and nation-states creating a metadisciplinary systems basis for encouraging and supporting more effective life-long learning Our primary focus throughout the course will be on integrating fundamental intellectual and practical matters in order to become more reflective human beings and change agents.
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