This course provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.
Provides instruction about critical and creative thinking that is in high demand in all occupations. Models, theories, and processes provide the foundation for learning logical thinking strategies. Students will apply a systematic approach to problem solving by analyzing the problem, assessing possible solutions, and making effective decisions. In addition, students will generate ideas and analyze complex issues. This course assists students with developing a critical thinking mindset which is essential at every level of personal and professional life.
Developmental Psychology is the study of human development throughout the lifespan. This course explores developmental theory and research with an emphasis on the interactive nature of the biological, cognitive and psychosocial changes that affect the individual from conception to death. Application activities and critical thinking skills will enable students to gain an increased knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.
This introductory course in psychology is a survey of the multiple aspects of human behavior. It involves a survey of the theoretical foundations of human functioning in such areas as learning, motivation, emotions, personality, deviance and pathology, physiological factors and social influences. It directs the student to an insightful understanding of the complexities of human relationships in personal, social and vocational settings.
Introduces students to the basic concepts of sociology: culture, socialization, social stratification, multiculturalism and the five institutions, including family, government, economics, religion and education. Other topics include demography, deviance, technology, environment, social issues, social change, social organization and workplace issues.
Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relationships in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability and religion are explored.
Examines the behavior of individual decision makers, primarily consumers and firms. Topics include choices of how much to consume and to produce, the functioning of perfectly and imperfectly competitive markets, the conditions under which markets may fail, and arguments for and against government intervention. The student applies the fundamental tools of economics to real world
Explores the relationship between the general principles of psychology and our everyday lives. Students are given the opportunity to achieve a deepened sense of awareness of themselves and others. This understanding enables students to improve their relationships with others at work, in the family and in society.
The course addresses the foundations of abnormal psychology and psychological disorders, including their characteristics, possible causes, assessments, diagnostic processes, and treatments. The course includes examination of major historical and theoretical perspectives, research, sociocultural considerations, and elements of psychological wellness.
Introduces American political processes and Institutions. Focuses on rights and responsibilities of citizens and the process of participatory democracy. Learners examine the complexity of the separation of powers and checks and balances. Explores the role of the media, interest groups, political parties and public opinion in the political process. Also explores the role of state and national government in our federal system.
Explore the diversity of exceptional individuals. Learners will develop an understanding of intellectual disability, giftedness, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, visual impairments, hearing loss and various physical disabilities. Learning activities will focus on educational, legal and personal life issues.
Economic Skills is a practical study of consumer problems and consumer choice. This course is designed in an individualized, self-paced format with emphasis on developing the skill of consumer decision-making. Selected topics include: budgeting and family resource management, sources of consumer information, help in solving consumer problems and consumer decision-making in such areas as transportation, insurance, financial institutions, consumer goods and services, housing and credit.
This course introduces the student to the sociological aspects of marriage and family life in contemporary American society. Emphasis is on the study of cognitive, emotional and behavioral patterns associated with courtship, love, mate selection, sexuality and marriage. Moreover, it discusses the life span development in the family life cycle, balancing work and family and parenting. This course is based on the premise that human attitudes, feelings and behaviors are largely shaped and influenced by philosophy, gender, communication and personal beliefs. Therefore, success in the institutions of marriage and family require knowledge and skills in the roles of spouse and parent and ways to apply concepts to daily life.
Examines ethnic, racial, religious and cultural origins of Americans. The course focuses on social interactions that contribute to the understanding of different groups in diverse settings. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, social class and gender will also be analyzed as systems of inequality and sources of cultural difference.
Investigates the issue of tolerance through the examination of genocide. The learner applies psychological principles to real-world examples such as the Holocaust, Rwanda, Armenia, and the Trail of Tears. Through case studies, film, and artifacts, the learner examines the impact of intolerance individually and in the community.