Provides students with an opportunity to produce a major research paper. Through lecture and discussion students will be introduced to social and global issues from a social science perspective. Research skills such as identification of problems and solutions, use of data, and research paper writing will be covered.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Develop ability to produce a major research paper;
2. Discuss social and global issues in a critical manner;
3. Identify causes of social and global issues and present viable approaches to cope with them;
4. Employ data appropriate to their research;
5. Identify and develop their academic interests.
Course topics will include the following:
1. A series of lectures which cover basic social science methodology, social science philosophy, major concepts in social science, and major social and global issues.
Method of Instruction:
2. Group Discussion
3. Research Progress Presentations
4. On-site Library Research
Types of Assignments:
1. Course Readings
2. Research or Reading Progress Reports
3. Final Research Paper
4. Oral Presentation
1. Finsterbusch, Kurt. Taking Sides, Clashing Views on Controversial Social Issues. 13th ed. Guilford, Connecticut: McGraw Hill, 2005.
2. Harf, James and Mark Lombardi. Taking Sides, Clashing Views on Controversial Global Issues. 3rd ed. Guilford, Connecticut: McGraw Hill, 2005.