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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.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Fall, in Ridgecrest every Spring, and in Lake Isabella in Spring of even years.

Course required for the Anthropology transfer degree. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Lake Isabella in Spring of odd years.

Course required for the Anthropology transfer degree. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Math and Sciences and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

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

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. 72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used as an alternate to ANTH C121 for the Anthropology transfer degree and the Liberal Arts: Math and Sciences and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

Co-requisite: ANTH C121 or ANTH C121H

This laboratory course is offered as a supplement to Physical 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. 54 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall.

Course may be used as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years and online in Fall of odd years.

Course required for the Anthropology transfer degree. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online in Spring of odd years and in Ridgecrest in Spring of even years.

Course may be used for the Anthropology transfer degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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 noneconomics majors. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Tehachapi in Fall of even years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

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

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Fall and in Spring of odd years, in Ridgecrest in Spring of even years, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes in Spring of odd years.

Course required for the Business Administration transfer degree. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

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

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Fall and in Spring of even years, and in Ridgecrest in Spring of odd years.

Course required for the Business Administration transfer degree. Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall, online every Spring, and in Lake Isabella in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

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

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. 72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used as an alternate to HIST C103 for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring, online every Fall, and in Lake Isabella in Spring of even years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

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

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.72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used as an alternate to HIST C104 for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

The course covers the political, economic, social and cultural development of California from prehistory to the present. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Fall.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of theed 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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes every Fall, and in Lake Isabella and Tehachapi in Fall of even years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

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

This course examines the social, political, economic and cultural history of theed 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. 72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring and in Bishop in Spring of even years.

Course may be used as an alternate to HIST C131 for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of theed 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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Mammoth Lakes every Spring, in Bishop and Tehachapi in Spring of odd years, and in Lake Isabella in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

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

The course examines the social, political, economic, and cultural history of theed 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. 72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Spring.

Course may be used as an alternate to HIST C132 for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Course may be used for the Anthropology transfer degree and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester, in Ridgecrest every Fall, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes every Spring.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every semester and in Ridgecrest every Spring.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Fall, in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes in Fall of even years, and in Tehachapi in Spring of even years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Spring, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes every Fall, in Lake Isabella every Spring, and in Tehachapi in Spring of even years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

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

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. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non- honors class. 72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest every Fall.

Course may be used as an alternate to POLS C101 for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of odd years and online in Spring of even years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of even years and online in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Bishop, Lake Isabella, and Mammoth Lakes every Fall, and in Tehachapi in Fall of odd years.

Course required for Psychology transfer degree and as a pre-requisite to the Vocational Nursing certificate and degree. Course may be used for the Administration of Justice transfer degree, the Human Services certificate and degree, and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors program or eligibility for this Honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL C070. Advisory: ENGL C101.

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. 72 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years.

Course may be used as an alternate to PSYC C101 for Psychology transfer degree, the Administration of Justice transfer degree, the Human Services certificate and degree, the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree, as an alternate pre-requisite to the Vocational Nursing certificate and degree, and as an alternate general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Fall and in Lake Isabella in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used for the Human Services certificate or degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Spring and in Fall of even years, in Ridgecrest in Fall of odd years, and in Bishop and Mammoth Lakes every Spring.

Course may be used for the Psychology transfer degree and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Fall, in Ridgecrest, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes every Spring, and in Lake Isabella and Tehachapi in Spring of even years.

Course may be used for the Psychology transfer degree, the Human Services certificate and degree, and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Course may be used for the Psychology transfer degree and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070, PSYC C101

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online every Spring and in Fall of odd years, in Ridgecrest and Lake Isabella in Fall of even years, and in Tehachapi in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used for the Psychology transfer degree, the Human Services certificate and degree, and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Prerequisite: PSYC C101, MATH C121

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 quasiexperimental), the interpretation of behavioral data using descriptive and inferential statistics, and research ethics. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online only every Spring.

Course required for Psychology transfer degree. Course may be used for the Anthropology transfer degree and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered online and in Ridgecrest every semester, and in Tehachapi in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Administration of Justice and Psychology transfer degrees and the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

This course is an examination of gender roles in the modern world, particularly in theed States, and includes historical, cross-cultural, psychological, sociological and political aspects. The focus of this course is analysis and discussion of gender relations in the home, family and the work place, politics, law, the mass media and health care systems. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of odd years, online in Spring of even years, and in Lake Isabella in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degree and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

In this class, students apply critical reasoning skills to the analysis of race, ethnicity, and racism. The class 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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of odd years, online in Fall of even years, and in Lake Isabella every Spring.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Spring of even years and online in Spring of odd years.

Course may be used as a general education course.

Advisory: ENGL C070.

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. 54 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest in Fall of even years and online in Fall of odd years.

Course may be used for the Liberal Arts: Arts and Humanities and Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences degrees and as a general education course.

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