Metropolitan State University

SOC 319 : Politics, Markets and Society

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: WRIT 131 Writing I  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies , Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci , Goal 09 - Ethical/Civic Resp
This course explores the contrasts and inter-relationships between three approaches to organizing our public life: democratic politics, economic markets, and the multiple associations that make up civil society. Students will investigate the basic characteristics and underlying principles of each approach and apply what they learn to an analysis of contemporary public issues. Students will evaluate the basic strengths and limits of each approach to civic engagement and public problem solving, and reflect on the ethical dimensions of their roles as citizens, consumers and members of civil society.
B. Course Effective Dates: 05/07/2013 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Can critically read, interpret and critique a variety of academic texts at an upper division college level.
  2. Can evaluate the strengths and limits of political, social and market- based perspectives at an upper division college level.
  3. Understands and can compare key concepts drawn from economics, sociology and political science to an understanding of contemporary economic issues and processes.
  4. Can synthesize interdisciplinary knowledge in producing essays that are literate, well-argued and consistent with upper division college level writing standards.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
Goal LS - Upper Division Liberal Studies
Goal 05 - Hist/Soc/Behav Sci
  1. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  2. Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  3. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
Goal 09 - Ethical/Civic Resp
  1. Understand and apply core concepts (e.g. politics, rights and obligations, justice, liberty) to specific issues.
  2. Recognize the diversity of political motivations and interests of others.
  3. Identify ways to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
G. Special Information
Overlap: POl 319 Politics, Markets and Society