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Social Sciences (SSCI)

SSCI 5000 -  19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

A seminar on key problems and thinkers in the nineteenth & twentieth century continental philosophical traditions and their contemporary significance. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. PHIL 3002 or PHIL 3022 are strongly recommended preparation for optimal student success. Cross-listed with PHIL 4000/5000 and HUMN 5000. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5013 -  Methods and Practices of Graduate Interdisciplinary Humanities  (3 Credits)  

The second of three required Master of Humanities core courses, this course introduces beginning graduate students to methodologies and intellectual frameworks for gathering, organizing, and developing interdisciplinary research. Focus is on the application of theories and methods of research, interpretation and analysis in humanistic research through readings that explore philosophical and cultural discourses have altered theory and method. Course note: Students must repeat this course if they earn a C+ or lower and must have permission from the instructor to repeat the course. Students will only earn 3 credits for this course, even if they must repeat it. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with HUMN/PHIL 5013. Term offered: spring. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

Typically Offered: Spring.

SSCI 5020 -  Foundations and Theories of Interdisciplinary Social Science  (3 Credits)  

The first of the Master of Social Science core courses, this course exposes beginning graduate student to critical , key analytic models, and their application in disciplines that comprise the social sciences (classical anthropology, sociology, sociology of religion, philosophy of history, political theory, classical psychology, etc.) for the purpose of graduate-level interdisciplinary social science research. Course note: Students must repeat this course if they earn a C+ or lower and must have permission from the instructor to repeat the course. Students will only earn 3 credits for this course, even if they must repeat it. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors (NDGR-NHL and NDGR-NLA). Cross-listed with HUMN 5020 and PHIL 5020. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5023 -  Research Perspectives in Social Science  (3 Credits)  

Introduces interdisciplinary social research through a critical examination of various methodological approaches. Each student formulates a research proposal which includes a research question, a review of the literature, and methods of study. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors (NDGR-NHL and NDGR-NLA). Term offered: spring, fall. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

SSCI 5025 -  Foundations and Theories of Interdisciplinary Humanities  (3 Credits)  

Exposes the beginning graduate student to exemplary works and methodologies of disciplines oriented to humanities and social sciences, such as philosophy, sociology, history, communication, fine arts, and literature. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with HUMN 5025. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5050 -  Topics in Social Science  (1-3 Credits)  

These topic seminars are concerned with specialized aspects of the social sciences from various theoretical and research perspectives. These courses are interdisciplinary and serve as a forum for discussion of individual projects and theses. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors (NDGR-NHL and NDGR-NLA). Term offered: fall, spring. Repeatable. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 3.

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5101 -  Pragmatism: Classical American Philosophy  (3 Credits)  

The most significant philosophical tradition born in the United States is pragmatism. Examines several of the most important classical works of this tradition, the influence of thinkers who have helped pragmatism, and the contemporary relevance of this tradition. Figures who may be included in this course are: Emerson, Pierce, Royce, James, Dewey, Mead, Rorty. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. An introductory course in philosophy is strongly recommended for optimal success. Cross-listed with PHIL 4101, 5101, HUMN 5101. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5242 -  Bioethics  (3 Credits)  

Examines some of the major moral issues confronting the nation's health care system. The class will search for solutions to such problems as financing health care for those unable to do so on their own, determining the extent of a patient's right to both refuse and demand certain types of medical treatment, and allocating scarce medical resources such as life-saving vital organs. The springboard for examining these issues will be the doctor or patient relationship framed by the moral principles of respect for persons and beneficence. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with PHIL 4242, PHIL 5242, HUMN 5242. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5251 -  Introduction to Legal Studies  (3 Credits)  

A survey of the United States legal system, including lawmaking powers, jurisdiction, court procedures, professional ethics and major principles of business law, contracts, estates and probate, family law, property and torts. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with SSCI 4251/HUMN 4251/HUMN 5251. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5325 -  First Amendment: Theory and Context  (3 Credits)  

First Amendment jurisprudence including free speech/responsibility, sedition/seditious libel/dissent, prior restraints, time/place/manner restrictions, hate/intimidating speech, defamation, privacy/security tensions, intellectual property/public good, advertising, corporate speech, sexual expression, and public status of religion. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with HUMN 4325, HUMN 5325, SSCI 4325, PSCI 4325 and PSCI 5325. Term offered: spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5530 -  Social Construction of the Self  (3 Credits)  

Investigates theories that address the construction of self and how that construction is constrained by culture, politics, society and historical moment. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5540 -  Law, Diversity and Community in United States History  (3 Credits)  

Engaging extensive primary and secondary source material, course applies an interdisciplinary approach to diversity and conflict that often surrounds the quest for economic, moral and social inclusion in the United States. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with HUMN 5540. Term offered: fall. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5600 -  Philosophy of Religion  (3 Credits)  

Nature of religion and methods of studying it. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with HUMN 5600, PHIL 4600, 5600, RLST 4060, and 5060. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5650 -  Reflections on Modernity  (3 Credits)  

Explores modernity as a historical epoch and a theoretical space, looking at the commentaries and reflections of influential 20th century thinkers including Adorno, Arendt, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, Habermas and Foucault. Examines how the theoretical inclinations of modernity were influenced by politics, art, literature and culture. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with HUMN 5650 and PHIL 5650. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5720 -  Sexuality, Gender and Their Visual Representation  (3 Credits)  

Studies sexuality, gender and identity representation from classical antiquity through the present in the visual arts. Uses the literature of visuality, feminism, race and queer theory. Explores representations of femininity, masculinity and androgyny and their reinforcement and challenge to gender-identity norms. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross- listed with HUMN 5720 and WGST 5720. Term offered: fall, spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5770 -  Imperialism, Post-Colonial Theory, Visual Discourse  (3 Credits)  

Western empires disseminate political, social, economic & cultural practices through complex interplay of cultural practices. Visual production is a complex site for meaning making within imperialism. Examines how visual discourses operated to create meaning for audiences, through focus on postcolonial critique. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with HUMN 5770. Term offered: fall, spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5833 -  Existentialism  (3 Credits)  

Examines one of the most influential movements in recent European thought, beginning with existentialism's 19th century roots, and continuing on to the existentialist philosophers of the 20th century. Figures covered may include Dostoyevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre and de Beauvoir. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with PHIL 4833/5833 and HUMN 5833. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5840 -  Independent Study: SSCI  (1-3 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the Graduate School for approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

SSCI 5880 -  Directed Research  (1-6 Credits)  

Students will engage in original research projects supervised and mentored by faculty. Students must work with faculty prior to registration to develop a proposal for their project and receive permission to take this course. Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the Graduate School for approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max Hours: 6 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 6.

SSCI 5920 -  Philosophy of Media and Technology  (3 Credits)  

A philosophical examination of interrelationships between contemporary media, technology, and their impacts upon character of contemporary life and values. Topics may include ethics, epistemology, democracy, advertising, media literacy and criticism. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with PHIL 4920, 5920, HUMN 5920. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5933 -  Philosophy of Eros  (3 Credits)  

What does it mean to understand philosophy as an erotic activity? This question will be examined, first by studying Plato's dialogues-such as Lysis, Symposium and Republic-and then by reading texts from Sigmund Freud, Michael Foucault and others. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with PHIL 4933, WGST 4933/5933 and HUMN 5933. Max Hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 5939 -  Internship  (1-6 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the Graduate School for approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max Hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

SSCI 6010 -  Methods and Theories of Feminism and Gender Studies  (3 Credits)  

Provides graduate-level interdisciplinary study in historiography, methodologies and theories of women's, gender and sexuality studies and considers how culture is constructed around these categories. Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree majors. Cross-listed with WGST 6010 and HUMN 6010. Term offered: fall, spring. Max hours: 3 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade

Restriction: Restricted to Graduate and Graduate Non-Degree Majors

SSCI 6950 -  Master's Thesis  (1-8 Credits)  

Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the Graduate School for approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max hours: 8 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade with IP

Repeatable. Max Credits: 8.

Additional Information: Report as Full Time.

SSCI 6960 -  Master's Project or Report  (1-6 Credits)  

Research which may be based on field work. Note: Students must submit a special processing form completely filled out and signed by the student and faculty member, describing the course expectations, assignments and outcomes, to the Graduate School for approval. Term offered: fall, spring, summer. Repeatable. Max hours: 9 Credits.

Grading Basis: Letter Grade with IP

Repeatable. Max Credits: 9.

Additional Information: Report as Full Time.