1997-98 University Bulletin Entry for:

The Program in Social Analysis

S = Objectives

The Program in Social Analysis seeks to engage students with ways the social sciences conceptualize and work toward providing answers to questions concerning human cognition, social interactions, and social institutions. The purpose of such courses is to help students develop their analytic skills and familiarize students with some of the basic empirical findings in the social sciences. Each course in the program is expected to examine one or more substantive areas with an appropriate combination of theory, empirical content, and methods.

By theory is meant the basic concepts and general statements that inform a particular mode of social or cognitive inquiry. By empirical content is meant detailed attention to one or more structural domains such as family and kinship organization, language, political institutions, and the economy. By method is meant several things: research design, techniques for acquiring data, techniques for analyzing data, and the procedures--logical, conceptual, and quantitative--by which theory is related to and illuminates some aspect of social life and human behavior.

The program includes both introductory survey courses that explore the basic foundations of a discipline and more specialized courses that address particular topics in the social science disciplines.

S = Courses of Instruction



Introduction to African and Afro-American Studies

AAAS 80a

Economy and Society in Africa

AAAS 125a

Political Change in Afro-American Communities

AAAS 126b

Political Economy of the Third World

AAAS 167a

African and Caribbean Comparative Political Systems

AAAS 175a

Comparative Politics of North Africa

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AMST 10a

Foundations of American Civilization

AMST 150b

The Family in the United States

AMST 175a

Violence in American Life

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Introduction to the Comparative Study of Human Societies

ANTH 20b

The Development of Human Food Production

ANTH 83b


ANTH 142a

AIDS in the Third World

ANTH 156a

Power and Violence: The Anthropology of Political Systems

ANTH 157a

Families and Households

ANTH 158a

Urban Anthropology

ANTH 175a

Reading Ethnography

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Introduction to Economics

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LING 100a

Introduction to Linguistics

LING 150b

Introduction to Cognitive Science

LING 181b

Language and Human Nature

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POL 10a

History of Political Thought

POL 11b

Introduction to Comparative Government: Europe

POL 14b

Introduction to American Government

POL 15a

Introduction to International Relations

POL 128a

The Politics of Revolution: State Violence and Popular Insurgency in the Third World

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Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 101b

The Psychology of Adult Development and Aging

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SOC 2a

Introduction to Sociological Theory

SOC 6b

American Society: The Democratic Promise

SOC 114b

Modern Capitalism: Society and Economy

SOC 161a

Society, State, and Power: The Problem of Democracy

SOC 177b

Aging in Society