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Area D:The Individual and Society

Area D - la Foundations in Social and Behavioral Sciences

1. Constitutes an introduction to a social or behavioral science. [The term "introduction" does not categorically exclude upper-division courses; however if upper division courses are accepted in this category, they may not require prerequisites nor consent of the instructor for enrollment, and shall be explicitly introductory in their course and catalog description.]

2. Communicates the unique perspective of one or more social or behavioral science disciplines in furthering our understanding of a broad range of human behavior.

3. Develops an understanding of at least one of the methodologies of the social or behavioral sciences. [Students should become aware of the ways in which source materials are used in the behavioral or social sciences and the sense in which objective knowledge may or may not be attained in these disciplines.]

4.  Broadly focuses on the larger context of society and/or human behavior rather than on an individual institution, social process, or segment of the population.

5. Develops an understanding of and appreciation for the diversity of the human community.

6. Presents the contributions and perspectives of women; persons from various ethnic, socio-economic, and religious groups, gays and lesbians; and persons with disabilities. [At least two of these groups should be included in the course.]

Student will:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the unique perspective taken by at least one social or behavioral science discipline in its study of society and human behavior.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the inquiry methods used by at least one of the social or behavioral science disciplines

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity that exists in human societies.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the contributions to human society of at least two of the following groups: women, ethnic, religious, socio-economic, gays and lesbians and persons with disabilities