Social Science Course Offerings

Please see the section on "Course Description Symbols and Terms" in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Career Investigation
2.0 Fa/Spr

For students seeking assistance in formalizing and implementing educational/career goals. Stresses understanding the relationship between education and work. Open to all students regardless of class level, and emphasizes independent study, small group work, and open interpersonal communication. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. Credit/no credit grading only. (009055)

Career and Life Planning: The Re-Entry Experience
2.0 Fa/Spr

This career- and life-planning class focuses on personal, academic, and career issues facing re-entry and other adult students in transition. Open to all students regardless of class level and emphasizes independent study, small group work, and open interpersonal communication. Credit/no credit grading only. (009056)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (009058)

Survival Skills for a Digital Age
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: completion of General Education Area A4 (mathematics)

In this skills-based course, students learn the basics of computer hardware and software. They learn to use research and analytic tools needed to meet the demands of upper-division course work and to create professional presentations and Web content using electronic and conventional source materials in a safe and responsible manner. In addition to basic skills, through extensive use of the Internet this course puts the social world at the student's fingertips with the retrieval and analysis of survey data, exploration of the world using the latest in GIS technology, and participation in online collaborative communities appropriate to the social sciences. Formerly SOSC 110. (009054)

Spatial Concepts: Geographical Patterns and Processes
3.0 Fa/Spr

This course covers the five themes of geography (location, place, human-environmental interaction, movement, and region) for use in the K-12 classroom. The impact of these themes on physical geography, human culture, and economic development is also emphasized. Skills include mapping of data, using appropriate geographical software, creating charts and diagrams, and interpreting information contained in an atlas. This course is required for Liberal Studies majors and History-Social Science single subject credential students. (009059)

Temporal Concepts: California Ethnic History
3.0 Fa/Spr

This course focuses on the immigration and subsequent history of California's different ethnic groups. It explores their interactions and the effects on the social, political, and economic development of the state. The course is required for Liberal Studies majors. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009060)

Cultural Concepts: Human Social Evolution
3.0 Fa/Spr

This is an exploration of the fundamental concepts of human biological, social, and cultural evolution. It is a comparative study of adaptation, social organization, religious and other ideological systems in contemporary non-Western societies. With a multidisciplinary approach, the course covers the biological basis of human social behavior, fossil evidence for human evolution, and relevant ethnographic and archaeological evidence of human social evolution. This course is required for Liberal Studies majors. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (009062)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (009069)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (009070)

Family Relations Capstone Seminar
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This capstone seminar integrates interdisciplinary approaches to family studies through the examination of topics such as cohabitation, marriage, alternative family forms, parenting, sexuality, child development, personality, gender, and aging. Family policy issues are also emphasized. (009078)

Social Science Internship
1.0-15.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Junior standing, the approval of the Social Science Program Coordinator, faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered for 3.0-15.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. The internship experience is designed to supplement academic work in social science and to provide students with occupational experience. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (009084)

Portfolio Assessment for the Social Science Credential
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Senior status.

This course uses a portfolio format to assess student competence in the Social Science credential. Credit/no credit grading only. (009086)

Portfolio Assessment for the Social Science Breadth Pattern
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Senior status.

This course uses a portfolio format to assess student competence in the Social Science breadth pattern. Credit/no credit grading only. (009087)

Portfolio Assessment for the Social Science Depth Pattern
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Senior status.

This course uses a portfolio format to assess student competence in the Social Science depth pattern. Credit/no credit grading only. (009088)

Capstone Seminar: Social Science
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, 12 units in social sciences.

Analysis of the basic philosophical foundations of the social sciences, focusing on the nature of man, the nature of society, social science as a science, and the role of the social scientist. Various paradigms which deal with these issues will be studied. Required for all Social Science majors. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (009090)

Senior Honors Research Seminar
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher and faculty permission.

This course provides an opportunity for students accepted for "Honors in the Major" to prepare and write an Honors research paper on a topic germane to their interests. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (009091)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (009092)

Honors in Behavioral and Social Sciences
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: Students must have completed one 499H in a Behavioral and Social Science department prior to enrollment. Open only by invitation to students with 3.5 GPA or higher in the major and faculty permission.

Revision of a research paper into publishable form. Student will be required to make a public presentation of the paper. (009094)

Tests and Measurements for Career Guidance
3.0 Spring

This is a course in career assessment. Students will explore the foundational issues in psychometrics, including the nature and uses of tests, ethical considerations, and concerns in test administration. Classes of vocational assessments and their exemplars will be presented. Assessment batteries for special needs clients will also be examined. Students will consider issues which are of specific concern when using formal assessment tools in decision making in career interventions. Interpretations of specific instruments and the relationship of formal assessments to other modes of information gathering will be discussed. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (009074)

Principles and Techniques of Career Guidance
3.0 Fall

Development of techniques for comprehensive career counseling, including goal setting and decision making; career exploration; career and life-role integration; ethnicity, race, and gender problems. (009077)

Career/Life Planning Seminar
3.0 Fall

This course focuses on the application of career development theories, issues, and resources for diverse clientele in education, public and private agencies. Topics include occupational databases, career investigation, decision making, job search skills, program development, and ethical concerns. The course is useful for teachers and social service agency personnel. (009081)

Topics in International Studies for Teachers Grades K-12
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

AAdvanced study in topics reflecting K-12 social science curriculum. Topics relate to the California Academic Content Standards. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009096)

Supervised Teaching of Career Guidance and Development
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in Social Science, faculty permission.

Weekly seminars and supervision for those students who plan to prepare themselves to teach career guidance and development at the college level. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009097)

Labor Market Data and Evaluation
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ECON 103 and introductory statistics, or faculty permission.

Calculation and interpretation of labor market statistics. Computer applications with time-series, cross-sectional, and longitudinal data sets. Issues in program evaluation using labor market data. (009098)

Social Science Internship
1.0-15.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Graduate standing, approval of Social Science Graduate Coordinator, faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered for 3.0-15.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. The internship experience is designed to supplement academic work in Social Science and to provide students with occupational experience. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (009099)

Independent Study
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009101)

Advanced Topics in Social Science
1.0-3.0 Inquire

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009100)

Master's Project
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. A terminal project is equal in scope and quality to a thesis but differs in form or content to such an extent that the strict University standards for these would not be appropriate. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009107)

Master's Thesis
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009105)