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Literature, History, Geography, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology & People Skills


SBI Introduction to Philosophy

This course is an introduction into the basic issues of philosophy: Being, G-d, Knowledge, Meaning, Self, Reality, Evil, and Death as they are found and presented in the history of Western Philosophy. Course Objectives: Develop argument construction and argument evaluation skills, and Learn the history and relevance of Western philosophy. Course Outcomes: Gain a basic understanding of philosophy’s timeline; Develop an intermediate understanding of basic logical concepts; Construct and assess philosophical arguments.

PHIL 130 Introduction to Sociology_Dimensions of Diversity

Course Objectives:  By the end of this course students should have a clear understanding of the concept of social construction and socially constructed reality; how cultures emerge, are vitalised, evolve and disappear; the process of socialisation and be able to differentiate primary and secondary socialisation; Students should be able to identify major social groups and institutions within their own culture and in the cultures of others; understand key sociological notions; and be able to discuss intelligently issues related to diversity, including controversial issues in their own society.

Contents: Introduction to Sociology; Sociological Research; Culture; Society and Social Interaction; Socialization; Groups and Organisations; Deviance, Crime and Social Control; Media and Technology; Class; Race and Ethnicity; Gender; Sexuality; Religion; Education; Government and Politics; Work and the Economy; Health and Medicine; Population, Urbanization and the Environment; Social Movements and Social Change.

PHIL 240 Ethics Introduction*

This course provides an introduction to ethical thinking with an emphasis on the contextual nature of ethical decisions. It includes an historical survey of philosophical ethics focusing on the American context, the critique of traditional ethical philosophizing, the relation of science to ethical thinking, and the relation of the ethical perspective to self-understanding in today’s pluralistic environment. The relevance and application of ethical theories to the solution of pressing contemporary moral problems is emphasized. Students will gain the ability to form coherent ethical perspectives on current social, political, and business issues.

PHIL160 Introduction to Ethics

Course description and objectives: This course is an introduction to the philosophical study of morality, including the theory of right and wrong behavior, the theory of value (goodness and badness), and the theory of virtue and vice. Besides providing familiarity with the primary questions addressed within moral philosophy and the most influential answers given by well-known philosophers, this course is designed to help students develop their abilities to read, explicate, analyze, and evaluate philosophical literature, write and express themselves well about their own ethical positions, and think critically and analytically about ethical issues.

SOCI 233 Cross-Cultural Communications*

This course introduces students to basic concepts in cross-cultural communications and increases one’s awareness of how culture plays a role in our dealings with others. It examines the ways in which misunderstandings arise in both verbal and non-verbal communication processes. The course also looks at the multicultural issues within a single culture, such as those relating to gender or geography. Cultural values and styles related to difference settings will be discussed in an attempt to increase awareness of how expectations play a part in understanding persons of differing cultures.

PSYC 201 Principles of Psychology*

This course provides a survey of psychology as both a social and a biological science and covers the general principles and basic methods and facts of general psychology. An emphasis in the course is on the development of critical thinking skills and the analysis of controversial issues in the field. Topics include: research methods and fields, the biological basis of behavior, sensation and perception, drug use and abuse, developmental psychology, social psychology, cognitive psychology, learning and memory, personality theory, psychological assessment, abnormal behavior, and therapy. May be replaced by SOCI 201

PSYCH 4073 Cross-Cultural Psychology

This course is designed so students learn to recognize cultural and societal differences and similarities as they manifest themselves behaviorally.  Students analyze the factors of gender, race, and class as they relate to behavior.  In addition the student develops an awareness and understanding of individual and group variation in terms of development, individual relationships, and social functioning. The objectives are to introduce the field of cultural psychology and to examine the concepts and processes necessary for cross-cultural research. It encourages an appreciation for the diversity of cultures and how culture influences behavior. Students are invited to think culturally about psychology and everyday behavior. Through this course, students can understand the dynamics of cross-cultural experiences and their own cultural backgrounds and the ways that cultural perspectives relate to their lives. By completion for the course, students get an understanding of fundamental concepts and theoretical perspectives pertinent to the study of culture and human behavior and to the study of intercultural relations and communication. Student will gain more knowledge of the findings of classic and contemporary empirical studies of culture and psychology and be familiar with methodological issues pertaining to psychological study of culture.

BUS 520 Human Resources and Organizational Behavior

This course explores human dynamics by examining the role of management and learning styles in the effective functioning of organizations. Topics include personality types, motivation, cognition and learning, communication, team development, and leadership.


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