BEHS Course Listing

Technology in Contemporary Society (BEHS 103, 3 Credits)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the role of technology in contemporary society. The aim is to apply principles and concepts from a variety of social science disciplines (e.g., anthropology, sociology, psychology and gerontology) to explore the influence of technology on society and the effect of technological change on our social lives, including our interpersonal relationships, work, culture, and society. Topics include how technology changes relationships, the cumulative advantages and disadvantages associated with technology, digital natives versus digital immigrants, the pace of technological change, changes to the nature of how people learn and think, and the meaning of technology in society.

Introduction to Social Sciences (BEHS 210, 3 Credits)

Recommended: WRTG 101 or WRTG 101S. An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of society that addresses the issue of what it is to be a social scientist from a variety of social science perspectives. The objective is to use the empirical and theoretical contributions of the different social science disciplines to better understand the nature of society. Topics include research methods in the social science disciplines and the relationships among the different social science disciplines. Discussion surveys the various social sciences, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and gerontology. A historical overview of the development of the social sciences is provided, and an analysis of social phenomena that integrates insights from the social sciences is presented. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 201 or BEHS 210.

Diversity Awareness (BEHS 220, 3 Credits)

An examination of the many dimensions of diversity within the framework of modern culture and principles of social justice. The aim is to interact and communicate effectively and appropriately within a diverse society. Emphasis is on raising consciousness of diversity and using critical thinking with respect to stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. Discussion covers issues related to age, disability, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and socioeconomic status, as well as current issues in diversity studies.

Research Methods in the Social Sciences (BEHS 300, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: BEHS 210. Recommended: STAT 200. An introduction to the core concepts, research methods, and skills that apply to work in the social sciences. The goal is to begin the process of conducting social science research. Discussion covers the scientific method, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods specific to the social science disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, and gerontology. Topics also include reliability and validity of data, correlation versus causality, research ethics, institutional review boards, proposal writing, and the unique contribution of "interdisciplinarity" in social science research.

Disability Studies (BEHS 320, 3 Credits)

An interdisciplinary study of disability issues that focuses on understanding and evaluating traditional and current interpretations of the meaning of disability. The goal is to interact and communicate effectively and appropriately in situations relevant to issues of disability. Topics include the construction of images of people with disabilities; attitudes and actions toward those with disabilities; approaches taken by major social institutions (e.g., law, education, religion, the arts) toward disability; distinctions between different models of disability; and current issues in disability studies.

Parenting Today (BEHS 343, 3 Credits)

An overview of critical issues of parenthood in the United States today using an interdisciplinary perspective. The objective is to apply research and theory in family development to practical decision making. Topics include characteristics of effective parenting styles, disciplinary strategies, the role of diverse family structures, and the social forces that cause changes in parent/child relationships.

Alcohol in U.S. Society (BEHS 364, 3 Credits)

An interdisciplinary examination of the use and abuse of the drug alcohol from the perspectives of psychology, physiology, sociology, medicine, counseling, law, and public health. The aim is to examine current research and trends in the treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence (including prevention, assessment, and intervention) and to explore the history, etiology, effects, and current treatment practices. The effects of alcohol throughout the lifespan are explored in relation to gender, families, race, age, the workplace, and public safety.

End of Life: Issues and Perspectives (BEHS 380, 3 Credits)

(Formerly GERO 380.) An exploration of death, dying, and bereavement from social, cultural, psychological, biomedical, economic, and historical perspectives. The objective is to clarify one's personal perspective on death and dying, based on a better understanding of end-of-life planning issues, stages of death, and models of care for the dying. Topics include definitions of death, needs of the dying and their support systems, pain management, palliative and hospice care, end-of-life decision making, cultural meanings and rituals, suicide, euthanasia, homicide, natural disaster, the economics of death and life-sustaining care, family conflict and coping, bereavement, and grieving. Students may earn credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 380 or GERO 380.

Independent Study in Behavioral and Social Science (BEHS 399HS, 1 Credits)

Directed independent study of topics of special interest not covered by regularly scheduled courses in biology. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits when topics differ.

Domestic Violence (BEHS 453, 3 Credits)

An examination of the complex phenomenon of domestic violence from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates individual, social, political, cultural/ethnic, economic, legal, and medical viewpoints. The aim is to evaluate research and theoretical models of domestic violence; assess institutional, community, and individual responses to domestic violence; and locate effective resources. Topics include neglect and the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of children, partners, and the elderly. Discussion also covers response systems and mechanisms to prevent and treat violence. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: BEHS 453 or BEHS 454.

Advanced Seminar in Social Sciences (BEHS 495, 3 Credits)

Prerequisite: BEHS 300. A study of the social sciences that integrates perspectives from various disciplines in the field. The aim is to apply theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence to address complex contemporary social problems and become better consumers and purveyors of knowledge and research. Topics include ethical and professional issues inherent in working in the social sciences and the role of advocacy in promoting social change.