2022-2023 Course Catalog – Humanities: Social Studies

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Humanities: Social Studies

CL College Level

CP College Prep

DC Dual Credit

XC Exploratory Course

Required Courses

. Normally taken junior year.

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SOC203
American History, 1492-1876 (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

This course surveys the American historical experience through 1876. Students will examine key events, ideas, personalities and movements from before European exploration to the end of Reconstruction.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours in HIST 201 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SOC204
American History, 1877-Present (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course surveys the American historical experience since 1877. Students will examine key events, ideas, personalities and movements since the end of Reconstruction.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours in HIST 202 to students who complete this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

Electives: Topics in History

SOC05101
Indiana History (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course will examine the history of Indiana through the present day. Major personalities and important events in the political, economic, literary, philosophical, intellectual, educational, and social realms will be explored. Hoosier hospitality will be the norm for discussion—even when asking the age-old question: what exactly is a “hoosier?”

SOC05109
A Social History of Architecture and Urban Design (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

An introduction to the history of architecture and urban design, stressing the relationship between built forms and social functions. The course will provide a historical survey of significant cities and buildings. Urban examples may include Cusco and Cahokia in pre-Columbian America, ancient Babylon, Athens, and Rome, Cistercian medieval communities, and modern Venice, London, Manchester, New York, and Los Angeles. Example buildings may include the walls and ziggurat of Babylon, the Parthenon and Pantheon, Hagia Sophia and the the Great Mosque of Aleppo, the monastery of St. Gall and Basilica of St. Denis, the fortress designs of Vauban and panopticon prisons, and modern architectural monuments including the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, and the Bilbao Guggenheim museum. This will be a hands-on class that will include drawing and model-making as techniques for understanding design.

SOC05130
The West in the World (DC)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

The West in the World is a survey of the development of Western Civilization since its origins emphasizing key problems, turning points, and recurring themes, especially in the past two centuries. The course emphasizes the civilization that emerged and developed in Europe and spread to the Americas during the past two millennia. The West in the World also focuses on the way peoples around the globe helped to shape Western Civilization and how they felt its influence. Non-Western civilizations have exercised a powerful influence on Western Civilization, and the West has interacted with the rest of the world throughout its history.

* Ball State University offers 3 college credit hours to students in HIST 150 upon completion of this course. Refer to the Dual Credit section for details on enrollment and fees.

SOC05138
Workers in America (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course will explore the major issues and historical transformations of the American working class. Particular focus will fall on the institution of slavery as a labor system, the early attempts at solidarity, the rise of corporate capitalism, the emergence of labor organizations during the industrial period, the ideologies of the working class, and the impact of downsizing on workers. Specific attention will be given to the roles of gender, race, ethnicity, and technological changes in defining the experiences of the working class.

SOC05140
History of World Religions (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall

This course will explore the development of religions around the world from prehistoric to modern times. The major world religions will be studied, along with religions of the ancient world and of non-literate peoples. Primary sources will be emphasized to understand the key components of various religions. Special emphasis will also be placed on early developments, exploring the interaction between different religions, as well as the relation of religions to the historical time periods through which they develop.

SOC05147
The Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln (CL)

Prerequisite: SOC201
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course examines the life of Abraham Lincoln primarily through the lens of his own writings. Students will see how ambition and personal tragedies of his youth impacted his life and mature beliefs; how the tenets of the Whig party shaped his career in Illinois state politics and as a one-term U.S. congressman; how an autodidact established a successful law career; how a commitment to antislavery principles brought national prominence during the sectional crisis and facilitated his rise to the presidency as a Republican; and how a president committed to the preservation of the Union ended up waging a war against American slavery.

SOC05150
Themes in Ethnic Studies (CL)

Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

This course will explore the historical development, lifestyles, and cultural patterns of ethnic groups in the United States and the world. Course themes may include a focus on a particular ethnic group or groups, or may use a comparative approach to study the cultural development, political trends, and economic impact of various ethnic or cultural groups, as well as issues of immigration and assimilation. Literary works emanating from the various ethnic groups may also be subject to scrutiny and discussion.

Electives: Topics in Social Science

SOC301
Exploring United States Government: Political Theory and Practice (CL)

Prerequisite: Two credits of American History or Senior status
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall or Spring

An exploration of United States government, with particular reference to past and present political theory. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of thinkers and ideas, as both the sources of American law and government and as comparative examples. Connections will be made between theory and practice, and students will be encouraged to think creatively about the nature, history, and present course of American government and politics. Critical thinking and productive civil discourse will be consistently emphasized. (Only one credit can be earned from the Exploring United States Government course series.)

SOC303
Exploring United States Government: The Constitution (CL)

Prerequisite: Two credits of American History or Senior status
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

An exploration of United States government, with particular attention to the history and role of the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States is not only the law of the land, it is also the fundamental political mechanism under which the nation has achieved unprecedented freedom and prosperity. This course will provide students with both a historical background and a modern working knowledge of the Constitution and the American political system. Discussions will regularly consider how the Constitution applies to current issues. Critical thinking and productive civil discourse will also be consistently emphasized. (Only one credit can be earned from the Exploring United States Government course series.)

Economics

ECON201
Elementary Microeconomics (CL)

Prerequisite: Two credits of American History or Senior status
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Spring

A study of why people specialize as producers and exchange what they produce with others. Includes analysis of how market structure affects prices. Discusses the issue of whether self-interested economic behavior promotes or hinders society. Recommended for students interested in pursuing economics, business or related studies in college.

ECON116
Survey of Economics (CL)

Prerequisite: Two credits of American History or Senior status
Credit: 1 credit
Offered: Fall or Spring

An introduction to important and influential economic theories and circumstances, with specific examples chosen by the instructor. Course topics will include the study of scarcity and economic reasoning, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national economic performance, the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade.

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