Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary - Courses

SSC 100 Careers in Human Services
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Explores the range of professional and graduate school opportunities in human services and related fields.

Credits: 2
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 103 Introduction to Health and Human Services
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Studies the health and human service system in the United States and locally, as it has been affected by history, changing values, and changes in the economic and political environment. Particularly emphasizes the gerontological, childhood, and community mental health service systems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 118 Introduction to Environmental Studies
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Involves an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues. Explores ecological concepts, human environment, air and water pollution, pesticides, solid waste handling, mineral and energy resources, the nuclear fuel cycle, population and food resources, and environmental control.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 209 Case Management
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

An applied skills course for the delivery of human services. Considers the roles and functions of case management and various vulnerable client groups as target populations. Involves analyzing cases for client needs and comprehensive service planning. Practice competency, quality of care, and ethical standards are major concerns of the course. Small group activities and community-based interviews are important student learning experiences.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 210 Skill Development in Human Service
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Introduces specific techniques and skills employed in human services careers.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 213 Social Research Methods
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Introduces procedures by which social scientists gather, analyze, and interpret information about the social world. Particularly emphasizes the use of campus-based resources for social service research.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 217 Environmental Chemistry: Principles and Applications
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

For Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Science students; designed to show how chemistry is involved in the identification, analysis, and solution of a large array of environmental problems. Relates basic chemistry to the atmosphere, the ozone layer, global warming, greenhouse gasses, energy production and emissions, water quality and pollution, acid precipitation, nuclear power and waste, nutrition, hydrology, and hazardous wastes.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: SSC 118


SSC 218 Issues in Mental Health
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Identifies community mental health service components and explores trends and issues in the delivery of mental health services.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 225 Statistics for Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Provides a foundation in statistical techniques for interpreting quantitative social data, including binomial and normal distributions, the Chi-Square test, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 238 Science, Religion, and Nature
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

This environmental philosophy course explores the impact of religious traditions and modern science upon our perceptions of nature and how these perceptions ultimately determine our relationship with one another and the world in which we live. Specific areas of focus include nature attunement/magic, mythology, western mysticism, eastern religions, shamanistic traditions, Gaia theory and concepts of Spirit and nature.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 305 Applied Child Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Integrates theory and current research with practical aspects of child rearing and family health. Explores developmental processes and behavior of young children as individuals and in group settings.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 315 Field Ecology
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

This is a field oriented course that explores the interrelationships of life with one another and their relationships with the environment that supports them. Classes are conducted both on and off campus and are focused in the areas of environmental analysis, conservation biology and general ecology. Specific class topics range from Wildlife Ecology, Botanical Surveys and Resource Management to varied Habitat Studies, Field Geology and Herbalism.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 317 Environmental Politics
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Focuses on the relationship between environmental problems and the political process. Explores definitions of an environmentally sustainable society. Then we attempt to answer the question of "how to get there from here." This involves developing a theory of social change by examining a number of case studies. We study local environmental controversies from a political perspective through firsthand involvement or guest speakers. We also look at national environmental conflicts, such as the backlash against mainstream environmentalism created by the "Wise Use" movement and contemporary political forces championing property rights and states' rights.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 320 Issues in Dev. Disabilities
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Explores causation, prevention, advocacy, housing, education, employment, and community services. Defines career opportunities in this area.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 326 Great Lakes Ecology
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

The Great Lakes hold nearly 20% of all the available fresh water on the planet. They provide drinking water, hydroelectricity, and both economic and recreational opportunities to millions who live around their shores. This class provides an understanding of the Great Lakes, from their formation to the important role they play in the political and ecological systems of North America. Focuses on historical and ecological aspects, as well as current political and policy issues surrounding the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence ecosystem. Students learn about the geology, biota, ecology, management, and social and political aspects of the Great Lakes, especially the lower lakes (Erie and Ontario). The course uses a multi-faceted ecosystem approach to diverse topics involved with understanding these complex ecological systems.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 343 Violence and the Family
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Addresses issues in violence and violence prevention with sections on theoretical definitions and historical context. Topics include the social context of violent behavior in families, child abuse and neglect, abusive parenting, violence against women, abuse of the elderly, violence in communities of color, and the media's influence on the development of antisocial behavior. Explores special problems of child protection services and the justice system's approach toward domestic violence.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 360 Environmental Impact Statements and Resource Management
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Examines the objectives, development, and preparation, of EIS in response to federal/state laws and regulations. Explores the environmental impact assessment process as it relates to the protection and potential impact of natural, cultural and economic resources.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 363 The Aging Process
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Introduces the aging process. Explores physiological and clinical aspects.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 365 The Family Process
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Considers the family: What is it? How does it work? How does it fail to work? Provides both United States and cross-cultural perspectives. Explores the theoretical foundation of family therapies.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 385 Energy, Environment, and Society
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Focuses on the relationship between energy use and the associated impact on the environment and society. Explores our dependence upon traditional energy resources such as oil, coal, nuclear and natural gas as well as renewable energy resources such as geothermal, wind, solar, etc. Examines solutions to the difficult process of changing current energy consumption trends.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 390 Human Services Administration
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Examines the practical aspects of managing a human services organization. Discusses the basic functions of management, including planning, budgeting, personnel, and organizational development. Presents these themes around such functions as team management, the consumer as customer, innovation, and creativity in attaining excellence.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 391 Cognitive Science Colloquium
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Acquaints students with ongoing research in the range of disciplines affiliated with cognitive science. Primarily requires attendance at the weekly colloquium and symposium series of the Center for Cognitive Science. Requires students to read any relevant literature that has been publicly announced prior to the upcoming colloquium or symposium.

Credits: 1
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)



SSC 406 Law and the Environment
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Studies statutory and case law relating to pollution control, natural resources management, government regulation of land use, and the process and logic of decision making in governmental and legal institutions.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 407 Health Care and the Elderly
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Provides students an opportunity to explore relevant issues in dealing with an elderly population in the health-care arena. Special focus on the frail elderly and aged with chronic medical conditions. Points of interest include incapacitaion, consents, confidentiality, ancillary and other services, rites of passage, the health-care team, managing the difficult patient, lethality assessments, family/professional relationships, health-care settings and intercultural communication.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 413 Addictions Treatment
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 414 Grant Writing for Non-Profits
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Prepares student in human services, environmental studies, and urban and public policy for grant development. Overview of fundraising among non-profits, development of grant-writing strategies, and how to research and create grant proposals in a competitive market. Extensive proposal writing and composition. Integrated with current, ongoing internships if students simultaneously pursue a practicum in Health and Human Service ( SSC 496) or and Environmental Internship (SSC 496). Students not pursuing a practicum or internship will adopt and research a non-profit organization appropriate to their field of study.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 419 Wilderness
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Focuses on wilderness and biocentrism. Explores the idea of wilderness along three pathways. Part 1 deals with the history of biological wilderness and philosophical wilderness from Spinoza to Leopold to Snyder. Part 2 covers biological and other wilderness qualities. Part 3 examines the social movements related to wilderness and biocentrism. Also explores environmental ethics and morals. Investigates proposals for wilderness restoration, preservation, and expansion. A close examination of indigenous cultures' wilderness beliefs accompanies our study.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 420 Child Mental Health
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Examines the human service system as it affects the mental health needs of children; also addresses specific needs of special groups.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 421 Interventions and Play
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

This course is designed to introduce students to Play Therapy techniques and help students determine how they can be applied as treatment modalities for Children with Mental Health Issues and Disabilities. Students will review major mental health issues in childhood, explore play therapy as a modality appropriate for childrens developmental stage, identify therapeutic strategies, and develop a plan for implementing an appropriate program of treatment

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)
Pre-Requisites: SSC 103 and PSY 101


SSC 428 Health Law
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Explores legal aspects of human services focusing on the constitutional right to privacy, the right to die, involuntary hospitalization and treatment of the mentally disabled, and entitlements. Covers family law, the rights of the elderly and the disabled, and laws concerned with special education.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 431 Topics in Human Services
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 432 Topics in Legal Studies
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 433 Topics in Environmental Studies
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 434 Topics in Urban and Public Policy
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Data not available
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Wildlife and Wildlands Management will focus on the application of ecological principles to studying and managing wildlife populations with emphasis on habitat management. This course serves as an introduction to wildlife ecology and management and focuses on the wildlife of North America. The course begins with a brief examination of the history of wildlife management and wildlife policy in North America. The majority of the class will focus on important wildlife species, wildlife ecology, population biology, and other subjects of importance to wildlife management. Special problems such as endangered species preservation, genetic diversity conservation, predator management, control of nuisance and alien species, and other non-game species will be covered. We will discuss case histories and current issues of wildlife management on public and private lands. Science, of which wildlife conservation is a part, allows us to understand how living systems functon. This knowledge further allows us to determine our role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. We also consider the attitudes of humans toward wildlife and their demands and impacts on North America's wildlife resources.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 442 Environmental Movements
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Provides a comprehensive analysis of the environmental movement in the United States. Rather than focusing on whether the protection of the environment is "right" or "wrong" the course critically examines the past, present and future of the environmental movement including Conservation, Preservation, Deep Ecology, Environmental Justice, Ecofeminism and Ecotheology. The course will examine the methods used by grassroots, environmental organizations. Throughout the course what is discussed will be applied to several local environmental concerns.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 448 Animals, Zoos, and Ecology
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Introduces the study of animal behavior. Explores natural behaviors and the factors affecting those behaviors by covering such topics as the evolution of behavior, the nervous and endocrine systems, biological rhythms, social systems, reproductive behavior, and more. Course participants examine and understand animal behavior through lectures, readings, short projects, and direct observation of the animal populations on zoo grounds.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 479 Environmental Education Field Studies
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

This course is designed to prepare students as environmental educators and field ecologists. Students will experience a series of lectures and fieldwork in the areas of environmental education teaching strategies and techniques, outdoor games and activities, curriculum development and field ecology studies. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a teacher training program through a variety of youth ecology camps with a local environmental education organization.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)



SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

This course is focused upon week-long field ecology studies at unique and threatened environments throughout the United States. Participants will experience a wide variety of interpretive programs regarding the history, ecology and politics of these environments. At present, these expeditions are conducted during the Winter in the Florida Everglades and in the Summer to either the Adirondack Mountains of New York or Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Credits: 3
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
Grading: Graded (GRD)


SSC 496 Internship
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Community internship, health and human services internship, or environmental studies internship. See the appropriate SSC advisor for details.

Credits: 1-6
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)



SSC 499 Independent Study
Interdisciplinary Social Sci

Various instructors offer independent study. Check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs each semester.

Credits: 1-4
Semester(s) Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Grading: Graded (GRD)



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