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PHIL 491 - Independent Study
Supervised individual research for advanced students. Instructor permission required. (Credit: Variable) (C)(H) Prerequisite: [(HUM 102 with min. grade of D) OR (HUM 104 with min. grade of D) OR (HUM 106 with min. grade of D) OR (HUM 200-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 200 - American Government
Surveys American politics and government. Informal political institutions, such as parties and interest groups, are analyzed and related to formal governmental institutions, such as the presidency and the Congress. Emphasis is placed on how the American political culture shapes these institutions and how public policies are produced. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
PS 202 - Introduction to Political Science
Introduces students to modern political science covering American politics, comparative political science, and research methods. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
PS 214 - State and Local Govenment
Investigates the relationships among federal, state/provincial, metropolitan/regional, and local units of government, examining theories of federalism, constitutional foundations, judicial interpretations, administrative actions, and current trends and debates. The United States and other federal systems serve as case countries. The course also explores how federalism is being shaped by such factors as globalization, environmental challenges, tribal sovereignty, and terrorism. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 230 - International Relations
Examines relations among countries from the perspective of both the international system and the nation-state. Emphasis is placed on the transformation in the international system caused by weapons, production, and communication technologies. Special attention is given to the international policies of the United States toward various regions and its role in international organizations. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
PS 232 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduces students to the most common theories and approaches in contemporary comparative political analysis. Students then employ the tools of comparison developed in an examination of the causes and consequences of political instability and conflict and transitions to stable democracy. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
PS 306 - Politics and Public Policy
Analyzes public policy processes with a primary focus on the United States and a secondary focus on cross-country comparisons involving the U. S. The overarching concern is the effectiveness of government intervention given our market-based system. The student will become familiar with models and determinants of policy making. Beyond theories of policy making, the course also surveys a number of timely policy issues. In this way, a balance is reached between theory and application. There will be an underlying focus on the American political economy and public policy making, but students do not need an extensive background in either economics or policy making. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 312 - Analysis and Evaluation of Public Policy
Explores techniques of policy analysis and program evaluation having practical application in such fields as transportation, education, housing, criminal justice, and environmental quality. The course includes the research and analytical methods most frequently applied in governmental decision making. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 313 - Comparing Public Policy
Considers why policies on issues like social welfare, health care, education, immigration, and others differ from country to country, looking for answers in such factors as political culture, level of economic development and equality, institutional frameworks and actors, social organization, or some mix of those explanations. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 315 - Urban Politics
Examines city and metropolitan politics and government. The course emphasizes how economic and demographic changes influence local politics, how local politics work, and how state and national policies influence local politics. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 317 - Chicago Politics
Studies Chicago's politics and government from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Emphasis is placed on changes that have significantly shaped the direction of Chicago's politics. Special attention is devoted to social class, ethnicity, race, and ideology as factors that have influenced the Democratic political machine and its opponents. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 319 - Comparative Health Systems
Surveys and compares health care systems in a range of developed and developing countries. The course examines why countries facing similar health problems have sometimes developed different policy responses, what has been the nature of those policies, and how (in)effective they have been. Health insurance, payment methods, the role of providers, the relationship between medicine and culture, and recent reforms and innovations in health care policy are among the issues discussed. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 323 - Problems of Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Religious States
Focuses on the political challenges arising in multiethnic, multi-language, and multi-religious societies in which there has been substantial conflict or balkanization. Developed and developing countries receive attention. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 329 - Politics of Global Warming
Reviews politics and policies relating to global warming using a multi-disciplinary approach. Students look at its anthropogenic causes, impacts on human society, potential mitigation strategies, and policy responses. The course also examines the different issue areas connected to global warming: the environment; public safety; national security; economics; and national prestige. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 332 - Politics of Science and Technology
Explores the complex interrelationships among science, technology, and politics, with emphasis on the political issues created by contemporary scientific advances. The course gives roughly equal attention to the politics of scientific discovery; the development of organizations providing scientific advice to government; the impact of industrialized science and advanced technology on the economy and society; and the growing debate over the social implications of science and technology and how they can be predicted, measured, and controlled. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 338 - Energy and Environmental Policy
Traces the economic and political implications of dependence on fossil fuels and the attempt to develop alternate energy sources and promote conservation. Assessed are the environmental effects of resource consumption and the effort to control these effects through increased efficiency and regulation of pollution. The course explores such problems as nuclear waste, acid rain, global warming, and deforestation, and examines national and international attempts at economic, political, and technological solutions. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 351 - Public Administration
Examines the nature of administrative organization, decision-making in organization, and organizational structures and processes: division of work, authority, communications, and planning. The course considers the role of the government executive and analyzes the relationship between fiscal procedures and personnel management in organizations. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 354 - Urban Policy
Explores major dilemmas facing cities today, including changing economic and tax bases, fiscal stresses, immigration, marginalized populations, new forms of consumption, and adaptation to structural change. Responses of politicians to pressures to develop new policies and leverage the productive capacity of the city and the impact of citizen preferences are analyzed. Same as SOC 354. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 360 - Globalization: Global Political Economy
Examines the economic, socio-political, and cultural aspects of globalization within the context of both contemporary discussions about the phenomenon and wider debates in the field of political economy. The course also covers aspects of international development, both economic and political. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 372 - Government and Politics in Africa
Surveys contemporary African politics in its historical, economic, and cultural context. Both individual country cases and regional issues are examined, and approaches to comparative political analysis are used to understand the causes and consequences of observed patterns of political similarities and differences. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 373 - Politics of East Asia
Surveys contemporary East Asian politics in its historical, economic, and cultural context. Both individual country cases and regional issues are examined, and approaches to comparative political analysis are used to understand the causes and consequences of observed patterns of political similarities and differences. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 374 - Politics of Europe
Surveys contemporary European politics in its historical, economic, and cultural context. Both individual country cases and regional issues are examined, and approaches to comparative political analysis are used to understand the causes and consequences of observed patterns of political similarities and differences. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 375 - Politics of Latin America
Surveys contemporary Latin American politics in its historical, economic, and cultural context. Both individual country cases and regional issues are examined, and approaches to comparative political analysis are used to understand the causes and consequences of observed patterns of political similarities and differences. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 376 - Politics of Global Migration
Explores the economic, political, and humanitarian forces that are driving the complex phenomenon of contemporary global migration. The course examines the causes, lived experiences, and consequences of migration, working to acquire a sound understanding of its social, political, legal, and cultural dimensions. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 210 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 221 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 385 - Topics in Political Science
Investigates a topic of current interest in Political Science, which will be announced by the instructor when the course is scheduled. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 408 - Methods of Policy Analysis
Introduces students to the field of policy analysis and acquaints them with basic methods of policy analysis and urban planning. Emphasis is on these methods and problem solving rather than on politics or the political process. Topics include decision theory, benefit/cost analysis, problem simulation, population projection, and problem definition and formulation. This seminar serves as the required capstone course for the Policy Analysis/Technology specialization. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D and PS 300-399 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 480 - Introduction to Survey Methodology
This course will introduce advanced undergraduate students to the set of principles of survey research design that are the basis of standard practices in the social sciences. The course will discuss how to formulate research questions and develop hypotheses suitable for testing. Same as SOC 480. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(BUS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PSYC 203 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 490 - Senior Seminar
This is the capstone course for political science majors. It is intended to bring together a number of concepts, methodological approaches, and research skills while exploring a particular topic of current significance within the discipline. (3-3-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D and PS 300-399 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 491 - Undergraduate Research in Political Science
Working with a member of the political science faculty, students will choose a topic, conduct research, and complete an original, independent research project. (3-0-3) (C) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D and PS 300-399 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
PS 497 - Directed Readings in Political Science
Consists of independent reading and analysis, centered on particular problems and supervised by a member of the Political Science faculty. (Credit: Variable; maximum 3 credit hours) (Credit: Variable) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D and PS 300-399 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 200 - Introduction to Sociology
Introduces students to the structure and operation of society. The course analyzes individual behavior and emphasizes social problems. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 203 - Engaging Sociology
A more visual and performative, communication-intensive alternative to SOC 200. Students read and take short quizzes on chapters from a standard text and prepare weekly assignments that apply the associated concepts and insights. Assignments vary, from reviewing scholarly articles and identifying and exploring sociological databases to taking photographs to bringing in music and film clips illustrating political and social cartoons and designing and/or identifying spaces, devices, and clothing that illustrate the topics at hand. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 208 - Social Psychology and Society
Explores different aspects of everyday judgments and their sometimes undesirable social consequences, especially the Fundamental Attribution Error. Other topics include various types of group influences on individual judgment and behavior, as well as persuasion, "brainwashing," helping behavior, and prejudice. Formerly called SOC 308. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 209 - Research Methods for Social and Political Science
Introduces students to explanation in the social sciences and both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Topics covered include the formulation of research questions, measurement, data collection, survey research, significance tests, experimental and quasi-experimental design, sampling, and various techniques of qualitative research. Same as PS 209. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 210 - Social and Political Thought
Examines central social and political theories and their ideas concerning such things as the relationship between individual and society, social harmony and conflict, social equality, and the role of the state. Same as PS 210. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 211 - Introduction to the Sociology of Space
This introductory sociology course deals with people's general experience of space and how space and spatial arrangements affect people, social interaction, and the sense of community. It is designed to develop knowledge and understanding as well as analytical and perceptive skills. Our experiences of the spatial dimension of reality will be examined from various perspectives: emotional; cognitive; functional; symbolic; and cross-cultural. Our study objects range from everyday experiences to questions of community and city planning. Basic sociological concepts and research methods will be introduced and related to the topics covered. This course is required for SOC 311 (Social Use of Space). (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 212 - Contemporary Social Problems
Investigates various "social problems" and how they came to be defined as problematic. The course covers such general sociological concepts and theoretical perspectives as symbolic interactionism, conflict theory, structural functionalism, and constructionism. Students also examine the role of state advocates and the media in defining social problems. Case studies illustrate how different theoretical perspectives lead to different "solutions" and policy recommendations. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 221 - Social Inequality
Evaluates the patterns and dimensions of social, economic, and political inequality in American society and how these compare with other societies, who gets ahead and why, the relationship of social class to other features of society, some consequences of social stratification, and outlooks for the future of inequality in developed countries like the United States. Formerly known as SOC 321. Same as PS 221. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 285 - Introductory Special Topics in Sociology
Investigates a topic of current interest at an introductory level. Topic will be announced by instructor at scheduling time. There are no prerequisites for this course. Course may be taken multiple times, provided the topic is different each time. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 301 - The Social Dimension of Science
Examines how social and psychological factors influence the reasoning and behavior of scientists. By contrasting traditional views of science with actual scientific practice, the course aims to understand such phenomena as "hype," resistance to scientific discovery, controversy, vicious competition, error, self-deception, and fraud. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 210 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 302 - Science and Belief
Explores the relationship between science and belief by comparing Western science with other belief systems, science with religion, and science with pseudo-science. The course also examines cultural and ideological influences on scientific knowledge and public faith in science. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 210 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 303 - Science in Society
Examines the role of the institution of science, scientific knowledge, and scientists in society. The course focuses on areas where science significantly influences and is influenced by political, economic, and cultural institutions and contexts. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 210 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 305 - Social Communication
Studies the variety of subtle ways, verbal and nonverbal, in which humans communicate in personal, professional, and public life, and how to identify and solve problems and misunderstandings that typically arise. Topics include the social nature of humans, interpersonal communication, interaction within and between groups, teamwork, leadership, and intercultural communication. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 210 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 311 - Social Use of Space
Gives students basic insights into people's experience of space and the effect of spatial arrangements on people's behavior. The course explores the differences in conceptions between planners and users and the need to take the user into account in spatial design. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(SOC 211 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 340 - Social Organization and Control
Surveys theories explaining the organization and structure of complex societies. The problem of social control, or the capacity of a society to regulate itself formally and informally according to its desired principles, is viewed as a central problem of social organization. Same as PS 340. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 348 - Deviant Behavior and Conformity
Analyzes the definition, development, and control of deviant behavior in relation to social processes. Societal reaction to and the amount, distribution, and behavioral systems of various forms of deviance (drug addiction, suicide, crime, alcoholism, illegitimacy, etc.) are examined. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 210 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 351 - Sociology of Work
Begins with a brief comparison of the nature, role, and meaning of work across time and space. The course continues with a survey of some of today's most important topics in the study of work, primarily looking at the United States and other developed countries. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 210 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 362 - Technology and Social Change
Examines the social implications of selected emerging and cutting-edge technologies with an emphasis on recent developments and events. The course investigates the consequences of those technologies for society using both short-term and long-term perspectives and including moral, ethical, socioeconomic, and educational considerations. Same as PS 362. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 385 - Topics in Sociology
Investigates a topic of current interest in Sociology which will be announced by the instructor when the course is scheduled. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 425 - Privacy
This course explores current conceptualizations of and behaviors about privacy. It is a reading-intensive, film-based, senior-level seminar on the design and engineering of privacy, the case law and policy aspects of privacy, professions deeply engaged in issues of privacy, the commercial business of privacy, and the cultural and cross-cultural cognitive, personal, and interpersonal behaviors of privacy. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D and SOC 300-399 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 490 - Senior Seminar
This is the capstone course for sociology majors. It is intended to bring together a number of concepts, methodological approaches, and research skills while exploring a particular topic of current significance within the discipline. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SOC 491 - Undergraduate Research in Sociology
Working with a member of the sociology faculty, students will choose a topic, conduct research, and complete an original, independent research project. (Credit: Variable) (C) Prerequisite: [(SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D and SOC 300-399 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 497 - Directed Readings
Consists of independent reading or analysis, centered on particular problems and supervised by a member of the Sociology faculty. Credit: Variable; maximum 3 credit hours. (Credit: Variable) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D and SOC 300-399 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SOC 498 - Exercises in Behavioral Observation
Provides students with an opportunity to acquire better field-work skills by providing a forum for discussing and practicing the craft. This is a seminar in advanced ethnographic methods. Permission of instructor is required. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SSCI 100 - Introduction to the Profession
The course introduces students to social science professions, career possibilities, and the range of skill sets utilized by professionals in the field (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SSCI 210 - Social and Political Thought
Examines central social and political theories and their ideas concerning such things as the relationship between individual and society, social harmony and conflict, social equality, and the role of the state. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SSCI 220 - Global Chicago
Through readings, lectures, and field trips to local neighborhoods, this course will look at the ways that Chicago has become a global city and what that means for local government, businesses, educators, and the non-profit sector. We will explore the extent to which Chicago has become and continues to be connected to the global economy, its history as a gateway to immigrants from all over the world, and how the local non-profit community is engaged in international development across the globe. Some key questions we will study include: In what ways and to what extent is Chicago a global city? What forces have driven Chicago's development as a global city? What are the broad consequences of Chicago being a global city? (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SSCI 354 - Urban Policy
Explores major dilemmas facing cities today, including changing economic and tax bases, fiscal stresses, immigration, marginalized populations, new forms of consumption, and adaptation to structural change. Responses of politicians to pressures to develop new policies and leverage the productive capacity of the city and the impact of citizen preferences are analyzed. Same as SOC 354. (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SSCI 378 - The Triple Helix
This course explores government-led research and development (R&D) collaborations across government research institutes, private firms, and universities. This “triple helix” model originated in the 1980x in Japan under the technocratic model, which was quickly taken up by Germany, the UK, and the US, and is responsible for the success of innovations ranging from the integrated circuit to household hydrogen production. But, why does it work, and is it always an ideal policy choice? In other words, should private firms be left alone to innovate or should they be coupled with the public sector? (3-0-3) (C) (S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SSCI 378 - The Triple Helix
This course explores government-led research and development (R&D) collaborations across government research institutes, private firms, and universities. This “triple helix” model originated in the 1980x in Japan under the technocratic model, which was quickly taken up by Germany, the UK, and the US, and is responsible for the success of innovations ranging from the integrated circuit to household hydrogen production. But, why does it work, and is it always an ideal policy choice? In other words, should private firms be left alone to innovate or should they be coupled with the public sector? (3-0-3) (C) (S) Prerequisite: None Corequisite: None
SSCI 380 - Technology for Development
This course explores meaningful ways to use advanced technologies to support development from a social sciences perspective. Students will review the history and politics of development over the last century and explore the economic and social contexts in which development work takes place. Students will also explore a variety of advanced technologies and their potential for new applications in the context of global development. This course requires an interest in understanding and evaluating information and communication technologies and how they are and could be employed around the world (3-0-3) (C)(S) Prerequisite: [(PS 190-299 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 190-299 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None
SSCI 480 - Introduction to Survey Methodology
This course will introduce advanced undergraduate students to the set of principles of survey research design that are the basis of standard practices in the social sciences. The course will discuss how to formulate research questions and develop hypotheses suitable for testing. Same as PS 480. (3-0-3) (S) Prerequisite: [(BUS 221 with min. grade of D) OR (PS 209 with min. grade of D) OR (PSYC 203 with min. grade of D) OR (SOC 209 with min. grade of D)] Corequisite: None