Metropolitan State University

SSCI 501 : Great Ideas: Classics of Social Science

A. Course Description
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: SSCI 300 Seeing Like a Social Scientist AND
SSCI 311 Research Methods in Social Science AND
WRIT 231 Writing II  
Lab Hours/ Weeks: Corequisites: None
Lecture Hours/ Week :  
MnTC Goals: None
The social sciences have been shaping views of the human condition for more than 150 years. This seminar explores those ideas that continue to engage and perplex thoughtful observers of social life. Students become acquainted with writing by major thinkers like Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Georg Simmel, Sigmund Freud, Ruth Benedict, Frantz Fanon and Hannah Arendt. The course addresses the social and historical roots of the great ideas as well as the moral aspirations and creative impulses of these social scientists.
B. Course Effective Dates: 08/01/1999 - 09/05/1999 09/06/1999 - 05/04/2002 05/04/2002 - 08/16/2004 08/17/2004 - 12/16/2006 12/17/2006 - 05/06/2014 05/07/2014 - Present
C. Outline of Major Content Areas:
See Course Description for major content areas.
D. Learning Outcomes (General)
  1. Can demonstrate oral communication skills through active participation in the seminar process.
  2. Can demonstrate the critical thinking and skills necessary to assess and compare theoretical texts at the senior undergraduate level.
  3. Can do analytic writing that is informed and well- reasoned and demonstrates higher level understanding of central foundational concepts of the social sciences.
  4. Can understand, compare, evaluate and critique the theories of such seminal social science thinkers at Marx, Freud, Weber, Durkheim, Benedict, Arendt, and others.
E. Learning Outcomes (MN Transfer Curriculum)
This contains no goal areas.
G. Special Information
Overlap: SSCI 501G Great Ideas: Classics of Social Science. Note: Senior status required.