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Social Sciences Department Courses

Please note that college course and program curriculum is a process of continual change. Every effort is made to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the information below, but students should consult a counselor or the faculty chair for the most current details regarding course descriptions, course applicability to programs, and patterns of course offerings at each Cerro Coso Community College campus location. That a course does not showing a pattern of offerings does not mean it is not offered, only that it may be offered irregularly. Consult counseling or the faculty chair for more information.

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Advisory: ENGL C070.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course analyzes social and cultural factors of human behavior in the recent past and present. Students compare and contrast cultural traditions, practices and beliefs, and discuss the associated environmental and social factors that shape human cultures. Approved for IGETC Area 4A, CSU GE Area D1, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course examines humans as biological organisms from an evolutionary perspective. Areas covered include concepts, methods, findings, and issues in the study of the order primates, including relationships between fossil monkeys, apes and humans, and the significance of genetic diversity among modern populations. Approved for IGETC Area 4A or 5B, CSU GE Area B2 or D1, Local GE Area 1 or 2.

Pre-requisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. This course examines humans as biological organisms from an evolutionary perspective. Areas covered include concepts, methods, findings, and issues in the study of the order primates, including relationships between fossil monkeys, apes and humans, and the significance of genetic diversity among modern populations. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4A or 5B, CSU GE Area B2 or D1, Local GE Area 1 or 2.

Co-requisite: ANTH C121 or ANTH C121H

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours laboratory. This laboratory course is offered as a supplement to Biological Anthropology and must be taken concurrently with ANTH C121. Laboratory exercises are designed to introduce students to the scientific method, and explore genetics, human variation, human and non-human primate anatomy and behavior, the primate/hominin fossil record, and other resources to investigate processes that affect human evolution. Approved for IGETC Area 5C, CSU GE Area B3, Local GE Area 1.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is an introduction to the study of archaeology. The course includes a discussion of the nature of scientific inquiry, the history and interdisciplinary nature of archaeological research, dating techniques, methods of survey, excavation, analysis, and interpretation, cultural resource management, professional ethics, and selected cultural sequences. Approved for IGETC Area 4A, CSU GE Area D1, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is an anthropological survey of the peoples and cultures of North America. It emphasizes native ecological adaptations, languages, social organizations, religion, world view, and artistic representations. Students critically examine the impact of tribal nations on each other, as well as the interactions with other groups of people. This course examines the roots of present-day conditions of Native communities and the contributions of Native Americans to the cultures of the Americas. Approved for IGETC Area 4A or 4C, CSU GE Area D1 or D3, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C101

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is a cross-cultural study of religion, magic, and witchcraft, using the methodology and theories of anthropology. The course emphasizes the role of supernatural beliefs, rituals, magic, symbolism, syncretism, altered states of consciousness, and religious change on cultural belief structures and institutions in order to provide insight into the general functions of belief in human life. Approved for IGETC Area 4A, CSU GE Area D1, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course covers macro and micro economic concepts as they apply to current economic problems for the non-economics and non-business major. Students analyze the market forces of supply and demand, evaluate economic issues, and examine the efficiency of resource allocation. Economics C101 is a survey of economics for non-economics majors. Approved for IGETC Area 4B, CSU GE Area D2, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This is an introductory course focusing on aggregate economic analysis. Topics include: market systems, aggregate measures of economic activity, macroeconomic equilibrium, money and financial institutions, monetary and fiscal policy, international economics, and economic growth. Approved for IGETC Area 4B, CSU GE Area D2, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: MATH C050. Advisory: ENGL C070, MATH C055

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This is an introductory course focusing on choices of individual economic decision-makers. Topics include scarcity, specialization and trade, market equilibrium, elasticity, production and cost theory, market structures, factor markets, and market failure. Approved for IGETC Area 4B, CSU GE Area D2, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course covers the growth of European civilization. Social, political, and cultural developments are integrated with the introduction of ideas and institutions basic to the understanding of one’s own heritage. This course also covers the development of Western Civilization from the earliest times to the close of the Middle Ages. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area D6, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. This course covers the growth of European civilization. Social, political, and cultural developments are integrated with the introduction of ideas and institutions basic to the understanding of one’s own heritage. This course also covers the development of Western Civilization from the earliest times to the close of the Middle Ages. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area D6, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course covers the growth and development of European Civilization from the Renaissance to the present, integrating social, political, and cultural developments of European and the Western heritage. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area D6, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. This course covers the growth and development of European Civilization from the Renaissance to the present, integrating social, political, and cultural developments of European and the Western heritage. Honors students meet one extra hour weekly to discuss and evaluate selected primary source materials. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area D6, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. The course covers the political, economic, social and cultural development of California from prehistory to the present. Approved for IGETC Area 4F, CSU GE Area D6, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of the United States from the establishment of European colonies in the New World through Reconstruction. Special attention is given to the study of select topics, such as the development of American ideologies, institutions, and legal structures. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of the United States from the establishment of European colonies in the New World through Reconstruction. Special attention is given to the study of select topics, such as the development of American ideologies, institutions, and legal structures. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Special attention will be paid to the study of selected topics, such as American institutions, ideologies, and Constitutional development. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4F & US History, CSU GE Area D6 & US History, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. The course covers Mexican history from Pre-Columbian period to the present. It includes an analysis of the social, cultural, political, and economic aspects of the Mexican past. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area D3 or D6, Local GEArea 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces philosophical ideas and methods concerning knowledge, reality and values. Topics of instruction include the sources and limits of knowledge, and the nature of reality. The course also covers the philosophical perspective of the nature of the self, truth, ethics, religion, science, language, beauty and art, political theory, and mind. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces students to the principles of inductive and deductive inference and their practical applications in everyday situations, such as problem solving and evaluation of arguments. The course examines the uses of language, formal and informal fallacies, syllogistic argument forms, and scientific method. This course also develops the ability to integrate the principles of critical thinking with the techniques of effective written argument. Approved for CSU Area A3, Local GE Area 3.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. Students learn a variety of philosophical approaches to moral reasoning and decision making in different cultural and historical contents. Students analyze how philosophers throughout history have considered ethical issues and they apply philosophical reasoning to contemporary issues related to ethical problems. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course explores and explains the historical role of religion in human life across cultures and examines the place of religion in the global culture of the 21st century. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. The course includes the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. Approved for IGETC Area 4H & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, CSU GE Area D8 & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. This course covers the study of American government with an emphasis on national, state, and local government. In addition, students undertake a comprehensive analysis of government structure, functions, principles, and problems. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4H & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, CSU GE Area D8 & CONSTITUTION AND GOVERNMENT, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces students to the comparative analysis of government and politics. A number of key political concepts are discussed, which include statehood, democracy and democratization, governmental institutions and political systems, and the development of parties and interest groups. Course concepts are applied to a variety of modern nations to illustrate different political systems. Approved for IGETC Area 4H, CSU GE Area D8, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is an examination of various theoretical approaches to politics, as well as basic political problems and their proposed solutions. The course also covers analysis of selected political theories and the relevance of theory to contemporary problems. Students are introduced to long standing debates over the nature of justice, the proper use of power, and the meanings of equality and freedom and their implications for the contemporary state and state policies. Approved for IGETC Area 4H, CSU GE Area D8, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course offers the student an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes focusing on exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior and mental processes, perceptions, consciousness, memory, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, development, intelligence, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) format is taught and applied to written assignments and papers. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area D9, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C101 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

72 hours lecture. This course offers the student an introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes focusing on exploration of major psychological theories and concepts, methods, and research findings in psychology. Topics include the biological bases of behavior and mental processes, perceptions, consciousness, memory, cognition, learning, motivation, emotion, development, intelligence, personality, social psychology, psychological disorders and therapeutic approaches, and applied psychology. The American Psychological Association (APA) format is taught and applied to written assignments and papers. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area D9, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course provides an overview of the history and theories related to substance abuse, including alcoholism, drug abuse, and chemical dependency. The course addresses cultural, religious, and political influences, as well as public policy issues, prevention, and treatment, including recovery, relapse and self-help models. Approved for Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course covers the complex and diverse psychological, biological, socio-cultural, and historical aspects of human sexuality. Discussions include evaluation of prominent theories, examination of academic research and exploration of current issues pertaining to human sexuality. Students are encouraged to become aware of their own sexual attitudes, values, and to evaluate the consistency of their behaviors within their own moral frameworks. Current sex norms and various aspects of interpersonal and individual sexual adjustment are explored. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area E, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course provides an overview, from a psychological perspective, of human development from conception through death, including biological and environmental influences. Theories and research of physical, cognitive, personality, and social development are examined, as well as attention to developmental problems. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area D9 or E, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces the scientific study of the biological bases of behavior and its fundamental role in the neurosciences. Physiological, hormonal, and neurochemical mechanisms, and brain-behavior relationships underlying the psychological phenomena of sensation, perception, regulatory processes, emotion, learning, memory, and psychological disorders are addressed. The course also notes historical scientific contributions and current research principles for studying brain-behavior relationships and mental processes. Ethical standards for human and animal research are discussed in the context of both invasive and non-invasive experimental research. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area D9, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces the scientific study of psychopathology and atypical behaviors, broadly defined. Students investigate abnormal behavior from a variety of perspectives including biological, psychological, and sociocultural approaches. An integrative survey of theory and research in abnormal behavior, and intervention and prevention strategies for psychological disorders are also introduced. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area D9, Local GE Area 2.

Prerequisite: MATH C121

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course covers research methods in the social and behavioral sciences, as well as proper reporting of results in American Psychological Association (APA) style. These methods include research design (experimental, non-experimental, and quasi-experimental), the interpretation of behavioral data using descriptive and inferential statistics, and research ethics. Approved for IGETC Area 4I, CSU GE Area D7, Local GE Area 2.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course introduces concepts and research findings of contemporary sociology; this includes analyzing human groups such as the family, the peer group, the work group, social class, institutions, mass behavior, and culture. Discussion is centered on the effects of social change in an industrial society. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU GE Area D10, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course is an examination of sex, gender, and sexuality in the modern world, particularly in the United States, and includes historical, cross-cultural, psychological, sociological, and political aspects. The focus of this course is analysis and discussion of sex and gender relations in the home, family, and the work place, politics, law, the mass media, and health care systems. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU GE Area D4, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. In this course, students apply critical reasoning skills to the analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism. The course covers the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism, racial and ethnic inequalities, and the patterns of interaction among various racial and ethnic groups. Through multiple and varied readings and classroom discussion, students discover the interrelatedness of concepts such as race, class, and gender, and the roots and future of our “melting pot” society. Approved for IGETC Area 4C or 4D, CSU GE Area D3 or D4, Local GE Area 2 or 3, & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C101, LIBR C100

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. This course provides a sociological analysis of crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system. It explores the history and social construction of crime and criminality and examines the definition of crime and its violations as well as the laws and methods used to control criminal behavior. Students discuss social research of crime and basic theoretical explanations of criminal behavior. Approved for IGETC Area 4J, CSU Area D10, Local GE Area 2 & 6.

Advisory: ENGL C070

Repeat Status: Not repeatable

54 hours lecture. Through the use of films, documentaries and analytical essays students use critical reasoning skills to discover how the structures of race, class, gender and similar constructs have shaped and formed our society and our culture. There is analysis, discussion, and written critique of selected films and readings. Approved for IGETC Area 4C or 4J, CSU GE Area D3 or D10, Local GE Area 2 or 3, & 6.

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