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The Science Of Social Issues (SWK-245)

Semester: Fall 2020
Number: 0404-245-023
Instructor: Geoffrey Ream
Days: Thursday 3:40 pm - 6:10 pm
Note: Traditional In-Person Class
Location: Garden City - Performing Arts Center 244
Credits: 3

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Related Syllabi: Geoffrey Ream for Fall 2019*
Geoffrey Ream for Spring 2023*
Geoffrey Ream for Fall 2023*

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Students apply basic concepts in biology and physiology to the investigation of a variety of social issues that are encountered in daily life, including substance abuse, mental illness, human sexuality, and aging. (Distribution Reqs:Natural Sciences)

Learning Goals:   1. Identify the elements of the scientific method and how the method is applied to the scientific study of social issues.2. Understand the interplay between biological, social, and environmental issues in defining common social issues.3. Understand elemental concepts in biology and physiology such as systems of the body and typical physiological functioning.4. Apply Lifecourse Theory in building an understanding of the emergence of social issues over the lifespan.5. Apply biological and physiological concepts to bolster understanding of mental illness, substance abuse, human sexuality, disability, and other issues in the human condition.6. Understand the role of genetics in many social issues.7. Critically think about issues of bioethics.8. Understand how interdisciplinary problem solving can help to address societal issues that affect thousands of people.9. Examine how interventions for addressing common social issues may be addressed at the micro, meso, and macro levels.10. Think about how scientific concepts may apply to everyday life.

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