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Social Science Courses

20-809-210-00 Topics in Geography  (SOCSCI)
Addresses one or more patterns reflecting peoples' use of the earth. Examples of topics include geography of the United States, geography of national parks, and geography of water resources. Specific topics are indicated in the schedule of classes. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-212-00 Wisconsin  (SOCSCI)
Examines physical and cultural patterns based on the development of physiographic regions. Emphasizes resources, agriculture, climate, economic, and urban development. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-215-00 World Regional Geography  (SOCSCI)
Introduces to regional geography of the world. Emphasizes relationships with, and uses of, the physical and economic world. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-216-00 Human Cultural Geography  (SOCSCI)
Introduces students to tools which geographers use to observe, describe, and analyze the world in which we live, with special emphasis on cultures, people, environments, regions, and their interactions. Emphasis is on using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a social science setting. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-217-00 Intro to Philosophy  (HU)
Introduces fields of philosophy, philosophical reasoning, and the history of philosophy. Developed the ability to think, speak, argue, and write critically about complex and general issues. Topics vary and may include cross-cultural philosophies, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, logic and critical reasoning, as well as clarification about the roles and philosophy, religion, and science. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-220-00 Topics in Philosophy  (HU)
Pursues advanced or specialized philosophy topics in a traditionally structured, independent study, or service-learning format. Depending on the structure, requirements and topics are developed in advance by the instructor or by the student in consultation with the instructor. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-220-02 Intro to World Religions  (HU)
An introduction to world religions including Native American religions, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and others. Studies the historical roots and basic tenets of religion. Students will find commonalities and distinguishing characteristics between religions, and ask, and attempt to find, some answers in scriptures and the writings of adherents to the questions: Why do religions exist? Why have people striven for knowledge that apparently transcends experience and rational thought based on experience? What is the knowledge that religions purport to lead us to? Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-220-03 Philosophy of Religion (HU)
This course surveys several problems of Western theology and examines them from a variety of philosophical perspectives. Major topics include arguments pertaining to God's existence and nature, the relationship between faith and reason, and problem of evil. Class readings will focus on classical formulations and solutions to these traditional problems. Because philosophy is not merely an intellectual exercise, students will be encouraged to contribute their own voices and experiences to these ongoing matters of faith, reason, and religion. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-225-00 Ethics  (HU)
Explores contemporary moral problems including animal rights, capital punishment, environmental ethics, euthanasia, job discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action, reproductive choices, race and ethnicity, world hunger, and poverty. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-226-00 Environmental Ethics  (HU)
An introduction to environmental ethics for students who have had little or no exposure to the philosophical issues surrounding the problems of nature. Some of the problems to be discussed are: endangered species, energy and pollution, wilderness, environmental justice, world hunger, immigration and overpopulation, animal rights, and corporate obligations regarding the natural environment. Covers both theoretical approaches and practical applications, and provides a detailed history and background of the roots and development of our present ecological situation. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-232-00 Abnormal Psychology  (SOCSCI)
Introduces students to the essential features and etiology of various psychological disorders. Students are also introduced to contemporary methods of assessment and treatment using the diagnostic system of the DSM-ITV-TR, and to ways of thinking critically about the diagnosis of psychological disorders from both historical and contemporary perspectives, including socio-cultural considerations of mental illness. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-245-00 Human Sexuality  (SOCSCI)
Surveys the psychology of sexuality including historical, social, and cross-cultural perspectives on sexuality, psychosexual development, the development of intimate relationships across the lifespan, the varieties of sexual experience, attitudes, values, psychological factors in reproduction, reproductive technology (including contraception, conception, pregnancy, and childbirth), sexual problems and treatment, and research methods used to study sexuality. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-250-00 Living with Death  (SOCSCI)
Offers a personal and practical introduction to death awareness founded on the premise that living is incomplete without a full and realistic appraisal of our own dying and of the deaths of those for whom we care. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-251-00 Introduction to Psychology  (SOCSCI)
Surveys the methods, principles, and theories of psychology as they are applied to understanding, predicting, and modifying human behavior. Essential theoretical perspectives, including cognitive, humanistic, socio-cultural, psychodynamic, learning, and biological/evolutionary inform an understanding of key topics in psychology, among which may include the brain and behavior, development, emotion, memory, motivation, personality, psychological disorders, sensation and perception, thinking, and intelligence. Upon completion, students will be well prepared for more advanced study in the field of contemporary psychology. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-252-00 Developmental Psychology (SOCSCI)
Study of human development throughout the lifespan. Explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-254-00 Educational Psychology  (SOCSCI)
Explores the psychological theories of development and learning related to education and teaching. Covers the unique diversity of students that we teach as well as exceptionalities. Students examine learning theory and instructional practice as well as issues of motivation and classroom management. Classroom planning and assessment methods and techniques are evaluated. Prerequisite: 20-809-251. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-255-00 Child Psychology  (SOCSCI)
Covers human development and behavior from conception through adolescence, with emphasis on both theories and applications in parenting and other adult-child settings. General Psychology is advised. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-265-00 Topics in Psychology  (SOCSCI)
Pursues advanced or specialized psychology topics in a traditionally structured, independent study, or service-learning format. Depending on the structure, requirements and topics are developed in advance by the instructor or by the student in consultation with the instructor. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-271-00 Introductory Sociology  (SOCSCI)
Studies of human society, including the individual, culture, society, social inequality, social institutions, and social change in the modern world. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-272-00 Valuing Diversity  (SOCSCI)
Examines the sociology of minorities, race, social class, age, gender, and sexual orientation, with emphasis on common elements among individuals and groups of people. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-275-00 Marriage and Family  (SOCSCI)
Examines marriage and family relationships in current American society: preparation for marriage, potential problem areas, family planning, divorce, and reconstituted family roles. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-277-00 (SOCSCI)
Analyze and evaluate education in U.S., policy of equal educational opportunity, and impact of class, gender, race, and language differences on teaching and learning. Involves lectures, discussions and presentations for pre-service teacher education students on topics mandated for initial certification programs in Wisconsin. (Wis Admin Rule Pl 34.15). Lecture/clinical. 3 credits.

20-809-278-00 Topics in Sociology  (SOCSCI)
Pursues advanced or specialized sociology topics in a traditionally structured, independent study or service-learning format. Depending on the structure, requirements and topics are developed in advance by the instructor or by the student in consultation with the instructor. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-278-04 Peace Studies  (SOCSCI)
Discussion based course covering the fundamentals of non-violence, including: Gandhi's ideas on non-violence; the ideas on compassion and intentional living of Dorothy Day, Albert Schweitzer, the Dalai Lama; local and global non-violence resistance and action; women in the peace-making process; and solutions to violence. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-278-05 Tribal Community Development Planning  (SOCSCI)
Students learn how planning contributes to Native Nation community development and how strategic planning is a tool for expression of a Nation's vision, values, and hope; effective practice of self-determination; and strengthening sovereignty. Students learn strategic planning methods, identifying community assets and needs, and strategies for implementation. Students utilize indigenous knowledge in community development planning. Concepts and skills are applied to the current Tribal planning processes. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-279-00 Social Problems  (SOCSCI)
Surveys the major social problems confronting America today, including deviant behavior, inequality, and global social problems. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-282-00 American Indian Law  (SOCSCI)
With an emphasis on First Nation sovereignty, students explore the development of American Indian law and the relationship between tribes, the states, and the federal government. Students examine the jurisdictional complexities and issues of PL 280, crime, civil litigation, taxation, and regulation, including Indian gaming, business contracts, and economic development. Students address the rights of people in Indian Country, and child welfare; the unique rights of tribes including federal trust responsibility, tax issues, water rights, and hunting and fishing privileges. Students distinguish the special status of Indian Country land, including allotment and trust lands, and the effect on jurisdiction. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-283-00 Cultural Anthropology  (SOCSCI)
Studies the function of culture in satisfying human needs. Addresses basic anthropological principles and methods. Emphasizes non-western cultures. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-284-00 First Nations Governance Administration  (SOCSCI)
Students study the governance and administration of contemporary Native Nations. They examine legislative, executive and judicial structures and functions, as they relate to nation rebuilding. Students study a Nation's major executive/administrative functions recognizing that effective administration is a key to self-determination and sovereignty. The course places contemporary challenges in a historical context related to Federal Indian policy and traditional practices. Systems or functions examined include constitutions, courts, and economic development, and may include enrollment, community development, natural resources, cultural preservation, education, protective services, and health and human services. Students pursue an area of special interest. (Pol Sci) Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-287-00 Principles of Macroeconomics  (SOCSCI)
Introduces, describes, and analyzes factors which affect the overall performance of the economy. Describes and analyzes the causes and consequences of unemployment, inflation, economic growth, and international trade. Analyzes the role of financial institutions and the Federal Reserve System. Examines current topics, including the U.S. budget deficit, the U.S. trade deficit, monetary policy, fiscal policy, trade policy, and economic development through analysis and critique of the private market and public policy. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-288-00 Topics in Economics  (SOCSCI)
Pursues advanced or specialized economics topics in a traditionally structured, independent study, or service-learning format. Depending on the structure, requirements and credit value, topics are developed in advance by the instructor or by the student in consultation with the instructor. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-288-01 History of Economic Thought  (SOCSCI)
An advanced course focusing on the development of economic theory over the history of the discipline. Significant contributors to economic thought included in this study will be Adam Smith, John Maynard Keynes, Karl Marx, Milton Friedman, and other by selection of the instructor and students. Changes in economic reasoning and the reasons for those changes will be a major portion of the course. Relation of economic thought to significant historic events will be emphasized. Lecture. 3 credits.

20-809-291-00 Principles of Microeconomics  (SOCSCI)
Introduces, describes, and analyzes how markets work, emphasizing what they do well, how they fail, and how individuals, businesses, and governments choose to use scarce resource. Includes descriptions, analyses, and critiques of various methods of government intervention within the economy. Analyzes business decisions with regard to cost analysis, output determinations, the price system, and resource markets. Analyzes current issues using economic concepts such as income distribution, monopoly, and efficiency. Discusses current topics such as the environment, international markets, and trade. Lecture. 3 credits.