INS200 - Introduction to the Social Sciences II

Outline info
Semester
School
Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:36:22.894
Last review date 2017-07-17 00:16:10.585


Subject Title
Introduction to the Social Sciences II

Subject Description
This course provides a foundation for further study in the social sciences by introducing students to their basic subject matter and theory, focusing in particular on political science and economics. It is designed for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, forming a basis for upper level social science courses. It will also serve as a Liberal Studies course to introduce social science topics to the broader body of Seneca College students. The course is unified via a focus on central themes relevant to all the social sciences, such as power and human nature. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments both online and in-class, this course offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to these central issues, integrating diverse social science approaches to different topics in social science. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking and writing skills, facilitates the practical application of student learning, and promotes the integration of social science insights into students' broader understanding of themselves and their world. Introduction to the Social Sciences I is not a prerequisite.

Credit Status

Required Social Science course for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree program; also a Liberal Studies Option (LSO) for Seneca degree students.

 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Describe the subject matter and basic theoretical concepts of political science and economics.
  • Explain the research methods employed in political science and economics.
  • Explain the findings and significance of selected pieces of social science research.
  • Apply basic social science theory to contemporary social issues using appropriate vocabulary and concepts.
  • Analyze key issues such as power and human nature using basic theoretical perspectives from political science and economics.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
None

Topic Outline

  • Introduction
  • Political Science Basics
  • Corporations
  • The Financial Crisis
  • Austerity and Aftermath

 

Mode of Instruction
In this course we will employ theory, concepts and research from a variety of social sciences. These will include anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, history, and political science. This approach will allow us to explore the diversity of the social sciences, forming a foundation for further social science studies, and to engage the issues of power and human nature in a comprehensive and integrated way.

Prescribed Texts
Reading will be assigned on a weekly basis. 

Reference Material
Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library APA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (APA Style): http://seneca.libguides.com/apa

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation

Term Work:      50%
Midterm:          25%
Final Exam:     25%    

To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more.  It is expected that students have a sufficient command of the English language to express themselves clearly in both written assignments and class discussions. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood