SOSC: Social Science (Undergraduate)

SOSC 1996  Special Topics in SOSC  (1-8 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 1998  Individualized Studies in Social Science (SOSC)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Social Science (SOSC). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

SOSC 2005  Schooling in America  (4 Credits)  

This course provides students with the sociological and historical background necessary to understand schooling in America. This course explores the various forms of schooling such as public, private, public schools, and others; education reforms and innovations that are transforming schools; and the role of our educational system in a democratic society. This course was previously SOC-282244 Schooling in America.

Cross-listed with EDST 2005.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 2010  Statistics for the Social Sciences  (4 Credits)  

This course will present a foundation for when, how, and why different statistical techniques are utilized to answer social research questions. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and tools of descriptive and inferential statistics, the practice of data analysis, and the interpretation of results. The course may utilize computer software (in addition to hand calculation) as the basis for statistical analyses. Course content may include: visual depiction of data; the normal distribution and measures of central tendency; probability and hypothesis testing; descriptive and inferential statistics; measurements of association between variables; and the selection of appropriate statistical techniques to answer an array of social science research questions. Prerequisites: Knowledge of Algebra is recommended This course was previously SOC-281424 Social Science Statistics.

Attributes: Mathematics Gen Ed, Liberal

SOSC 2998  Individualized Studies in Social Science (SOSC)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Social Science (SOSC). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

SOSC 3005  Exploration of Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences  (3 Credits)  

This course is an introduction to research methods commonly used to study human behavior with a focus on psychology. It covers guidelines for the formulation of a research problem, hypothesis proposal, selection of operational variables followed by analysis and interpretation of results. The students explore a wide range of research designs and techniques and are exposed to specific details of these methods including history, ethnography, field research, surveys, correlation, and experimental designs. Special attention is given to ethical issues and the advantages and limitations of the various methods. Prerequisites: Statistics and three or more advanced-level courses in psychology and sociology.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 3010  Family Violence: Legal & Social Perspectives  (4 Credits)  

This course will provide a broad overview of the legal and social aspects of family violence. Types of violence and abuse covered in the course include physical and sexual abuse of children, neglect, sibling abuse, dating violence, marital violence, sexual violence against women, and elder abuse. Attention is paid to definitions, historical factors regarding its discovery and identification as a legal and social problem, contributing factors and dynamics, consequences for victims and perpetrators, and social policy and intervention issues. This course was previously HDV-283314 Family Violence and Abuse.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 3015  Great Conversations in Social Thought  (4 Credits)  

Social theorists observe and analyze the social world in order to explain why and how individuals interact with their world. This course is an examination of some of the classical and contemporary social theorists who have contributed to the ‘great conversations in social thought’. This course was previously SOC-283484 Great Conversations in Social Thought.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 3020  Qualitative Social Science Research: Design & Methods  (4 Credits)  

Qualitative social science research utilizes an array of approaches to explore and understand human behaviors, social interactions, and the construction of social reality. This course examines the ways social scientists ethically formulate questions, collect and analyze data, and present their findings. Students will learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of research designs and develop skills to design their own qualitative research project and/or critically evaluate qualitative social science research projects. Prerequisites: At least one introductory course in the discipline of a social science concentration. This course was previously SOC-284534 Qualitative Social Science Research: Design and Methods.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

SOSC 3025  Social Science Research Methods  (4 Credits)  

This course introduces students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research in the social sciences. As students learn how to formulate research questions, identify the strengths and weaknesses of research designs, and explore methods of gathering and analyzing data, they develop skills to design their own research projects and/or critically evaluate social science research projects. Prerequisites: At least one introductory social science or human development course. This course was previously SOC-283424 Survey of Social Science Research Methods.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

SOSC 3122  Native American Art and Culture  (4 Credits)  

This course provides an overview of Indigenous cultures, worldviews, community arts, and teachings from a social science lens. In this course, we will pay particular attention to Indigenous cultures in the Americas, including the use of anthropological case studies of tribes of North America, South America, and the Caribbean. A unique component of this course is the use of OERs (open education resources) to highlight important aspects of native art and culture. We will look at Indigenous cultures and associated arts from an indigenous perspective (i.e., as the living representations of native knowledge.) The foundations of Indigenous Knowledge include origin and other traditional stories, which carry worldviews, cosmology, and philosophy; through these elements, students will become aware of the cultural and spiritual factors that shape indigenous art and culture.

Attributes: Other World Civilization Gn Ed, Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

SOSC 3127  Topics in Security Studies  (3-4 Credits)  

This course provides an overview of two important topics in the security studies: terrorism and counterterrorism. It is divided into three main thematic parts. The first part of the course examines terrorism. We will delve into issues such as: the definition of terrorism, its history and roots, terrorist groups and their structure, states and their relations with terrorism, and how and why some people choose terrorism. In the second part, we will study elements of counterterrorist policies such as diplomacy, criminal law, financial control, covert operations, and military force. We will juxtapose military and nonmilitary force as counterterrorist strategies trying to understand if one is more successful than others depending on contexts. The third part focuses on media and public. Media and public are important elements when studying terrorism, because they are one of the main intermediary targets of terrorism.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 3132  Urban Studies  (4 Credits)  

across the world; urban development and growth in the U.S. urban/suburban life; contemporary world-wide urbanization; urban geography and environment; urban political economy; public works; planning; culture; aesthetics; architecture; and prospects for the future. Gain a sound grasp of contemporary thinking and research on urban society, and the intellectual tools to apply this knowledge to topics in the student's own particular area of scholarly interest. This course was previously HIS-243304 Urban Studies.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 3996  Special Topics in SOSC  (4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

SOSC 3997  Special Topics in SOSC  (4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

SOSC 3998  Individualized Studies in Social Science (SOSC)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Social Science (SOSC). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

SOSC 4005  Research Practicum  (4 Credits)  

This course provides students with the opportunity to design and conduct their own social research project. This research opportunity may be viewed as a capstone study for students with social science concentrations and meets the SUNY Applied Learning Initiative expectations.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

SOSC 4998  Individualized Studies in Social Science (SOSC)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Social Science (SOSC). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.