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This seminar provides a foundation and overview for students in the Honors in the Social Sciences Program. It introduces students to theories and methods from several social scientific disciplines, emphasizing the diversity of approaches through which knowledge about “society” is produced in the academy today. Specific topics include the rise of the social sciences in Europe and the United States from the late 19th century to the present, the connection between abstract theory and empirical research, and the contributions to knowledge production of different social scientific methods, such as archival research, ethnography, household surveys and statistics. Over the course of the semester, we will make an effort to place the development of major disciplinary paradigms, schools of thought and scholarly debates in their wider social and political contexts. Faculty from across the Queens College Division of Social Sciences will give guest lectures.
General Education Requirements: This course fulfills two general education requirements. Through its discussion of social science theories and methods, it fulfills the “Analyzing Social Structures” Area requirement. Because it discusses the rise of the social sciences as a distinct intellectual tradition of the so-called “West,” it fulfills the “European Traditions” Context of Experience requirement.
Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Analyzing Social Structures (SS) Context of Experience: European Traditions (ET) Extended Requirement: Not Applicable
Credits: 3 Prerequisites: none Existing Course: Existing Existing Course Number: 200 Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester Other (if specified): Number of Sections: 1 Number of Seats: 15
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