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Jordan Hall
Core Curriculum

The Social World

Course Structure

A menu of three-hour courses to be taken from the first year onward.

Learning Objectives

  • To study selected questions about human beings and the social, cultural, economic and political world in which they are embedded.
  • To develop an understanding of the variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods social scientists use to study the social world.
  • To develop the ability to discern the social, scientific and ethical dimensions of issues in the social world, and to understand the interaction between a society's values and its definition of social problems.

Learning Outcomes used for Assessment

  • Students will study selected questions about human beings in the social, cultural, economic and/or political world in which they are embedded.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the variety of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods social scientists use to study the social world.
  • Students will develop the ability to discern the social, scientific and ethical dimensions of issues in the social world.
  • Students will understand the interaction between a society’s values and its definitions of social problems.