ISS 225 Syllabus Summer 2012

Provides a broad introduction to the social sciences

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provides a broad introduction to the social sciences and the core paradigms and areas of study within various social science disciplines utilizing the overarching theme of power, authority, and exchange. We will explore power, authority, and exchange in organizing societies; costs and limitations of power; institutionalization of authority; systems of exchange; and planned v. market economies. The course will consist of three parts. Part one will briefly explore social science methods and areas of study. Part two will utilize the themes of power, authority, and exchange to examine each of several social science disciplines. Part three will take our knowledge of methods and the social science disciplines and explore how the social sciences study societal and public policy issues such as crime, poverty, inequality, and international relations. Again, emphasis will be put on the themes of power, authority, and exchange. This is an online course. Traditional methods, such as readings and lecture notes, as well as certain active learning methods, including discussion boards, will be used. Course Requirements: Readings: Students are expected to thoroughly read and understand the weekly assigned chapters in the textbooks as well as the Internet links. Lecture Notes: Lecture notes will be posted each week under the “Lessons” link in Angel. Lectures are designed to supplement and enhance the textbook readings. They are not a substitute for thoroughly reading the textbook. Lectures will introduce new material and reinforce important points made in the textbooks. Exams: There will be three exams in this course. The exams are not cumulative. Exams will include material covered in the class lectures and the assigned readings. Exams will consist primarily of multiple-choice questions. There will be fifty questions on each exam. You will have one hour to complete the exam. Due dates for the exams will be as follows: 2
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Power, Authority, and Exchange – ISS 225 Syllabus Exam 1: July 22 Exam 2: August 5 Exam 3: August 18 Quizzes: There will be four short quizzes in this course. Each quiz will consist of ten multiple-choice questions from the week’s readings and lecture notes. You will be given twenty minutes to complete each quiz. Due dates for the quizzes will be as follows: Quiz 1: July 7 Quiz 2: July 14 Quiz 3: July 28 Quiz 4: August 11 Written Assignments: There will be two short written assignments during the semester. For each assignment you will be choosing an issue from the Finsterbusch ( Taking Sides ) textbook and write a short reflection on the issue. There should be three parts to the paper. The first part will briefly summarize the main arguments given by the two authors. The second part will critique the author’s arguments. The third part will consist of your opinion on which author you agree with and why. The papers will be submitted
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