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SOC 305 Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 300 or the equivalent

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course examines the definitional and contextual nature of social issues. It develops a "critical thinking" approach which integrates interdisciplinary principles and incorporates a comparative framework utilizing literary criticism, logic, argumentation, and persuasion to analyze and compare the content and validity of social problems. This course specifically explores how the media and scientific community collect, interpret, and report social data. Combining critical thinking techniques with the sociological perspective will help students to question the "taken-for-granted" assumptions that surround social phenomena and influence human behavior.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate an ability to identify and apply the principles and logic of social science research methods (SLO1).