Understanding Societies and Institutions

Short Name: Societies and Institutions | User Code: SI

Students study and practice social science, historical, and/or literary methods of inquiry and theories in order to understand human behavior and cultural, social, political, and economic institutions, systems, and processes. They learn theories of social behavior as they relate to phenomena such as globalization, social change, and civic sustainability.

Learning Goals: By the end of the course, students should be able to

  1. Describe current theories of how social, political, or economic institutions, systems, and processes work.
  2. Explain the historical and cultural contingency of many descriptions and explanations of human behavior, institutions, systems, and processes.
  3. Evaluate social, political, or economic theories by applying them to local and global phenomena.