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Mar 03,2024
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SOSC 000 - FIELD WORK
This non-credit course serves the administrative and academic purpose of designating the successful completion of an approved field work requirement on a student's transcript. This designation may be used to document partial fulfillment of degree requirements for the Social Science Contract major.
0.000 TO 0.100 Credit hours
0.000 TO 0.100 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Administrative

Social Science Department

SOSC 001 - CAREER PATHWAYS MODULE 1
This non-credit course serves the administrative and academic purpose of designating the successful completion of the career assessment and planning (Focus 2) module and advising session, the first in the Career Pathways sequence. The self-assessment module will encourage critical thinking, reasoning, and reflection on the part of students in the context of career exploration utilizing career assessment software and sessions with advisors to discuss career planning, including graduate school. Students will consider their interests, values, and strengths in alignment with various career options and preferences and receive input on the next steps.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: Undergraduate

Social Science Department

SOSC 002 - CAREER PATHWAYS MODULE 2
This non-credit course serves the administrative and academic purpose of designating the successful completion of the resume/cover letter/personal statement module, the second in the Career Pathways sequence. This module enables students to work with a “pathfinder” who will provide feedback and comments to ensure the student can effectively communicate, in written form, their particular expertise and experiences relative to the job or graduate school.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate

Social Science Department

SOSC 003 - CAREER PATHWAYS MODULE 3
This non-credit course serves the administrative and academic purpose of designating the successful completion of the job/internship search and interview skills module, the third and last in the Career Pathways sequence. This two-pronged approach provides the student support to navigate through the process of looking for jobs, internship opportunities, company presentations, and skill-based workshops. The search is followed by interview preparation utilizing support from the “pathfinder” to help orally articulate career goals, educational background, skills, work interests, and values and communicating them to potential employers.
0.000 Credit hours
0.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate

Social Science Department

SOSC 100 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: SOCIAL SCIENCE
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 110 - SOCIAL SCIENCE INQUIRY
(Formerly SOSC101) This course, an introduction to the social science sequence of general education, familiarizes students to the wide spectrum of social science approaches, methodologies (quantitative, qualitative and combinations between the two) and subject matter. It will use social science methods to examine major problems facing modern society on the local, national, and global levels. Using historical antecedents, it will focus on contemporary issues of inequality and the search for social justice that center on the various forms of social identities and structures of power and domination in society, including, but not limited to racism, ethnocentrism, classism, ableism, sexism, heterosexism, and transphobia. Finally, by including perspectives of “the other,” this course facilitates understanding the experiences of marginalized peoples.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course
All Sections for this Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
GE-BUSI PERSP-SOCIAL INQ, Gen Ed 2018

SOSC 198 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 199 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 200 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: SOCIAL SCIENCE
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study, Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 205 - LEADERSHIP SKILLS II: GROUP DYNAMICS
This course is intended for students who currently hold or have held leadership positions(s) on campus and/or outside the Ramapo community. The course introduces students to concepts of group dynamics such as goals, norms, cooperation, and communication, as well as reviews the main challenges facing teams such as conflict, decision-making, problem- solving, and valuing diversity. Students will work in small groups for discussions, observe groups in action outside class, work together on a campus project, and gain self-awareness about their own style preferences.
0.000 TO 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 209 - IDEOLOGY AND FILM
An examination of Hollywood-produced films from 1930 to the present. Specific attention will be focused on the film's ideological content and its relationship to social, political and economic phenomena occurring simultaneously in the larger society. Readings will include historical monographs, novels, and film criticism. This course meets the Social Science Consciousness and Society requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, OLD GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society

SOSC 217 - MINORITY WOMENS ISSUES
This course is designed to help minority and other women learn about their sexuality. The focus of the course is to discuss the sociological and political position of gender in our society. Issues of power and sexuality will be included. Therefore, some basic biological and psychological knowledge which leads to achieving healthy sexual and emotional intimacy will be provided. Male participation will be encouraged. The relationship of minority women and the women's movement will be explored. Sexuality and minority women's health, domestic violence, and issues of sexual responsibility will be openly discussed.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, MJ-Africana Studies, MN-Africana Studies, MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality, MJ-AMER-Gender Issues

SOSC 219 - DYNAMICS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
This unique course will trace the grass-roots beginnings of the battered women's movement. It will examine the her/history of the first shelter for battered women, the dynamics of the "Battered Woman's Syndrome" and the emotional needs of the battered woman. Guest speakers for this course will include: three former battered women, the director of a batterer's re-education program, an attorney who works with battered women, and a domestic violence police liaison. A Strengthen Our Sisters documentary film will be featured and readings will include a compilation of relevant information and articles. Field Work Option: work/study option at a battered women's shelter in lieu of a final research paper.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality, MJ-LAWS-Law & Society Elective

SOSC 222 - GRIEF, CRISIS, AND HOPE
This course looks at both the personal and societal levels of grief and crisis. Personal grief arises as individuals face life transitions (leaving home, graduating, job difficulties, divorce, lost physical abilities, aging) as well as the loss of a loved one. The societal level of grieving can be studied in response to public or political events (Littleton, the Oklahoma bombing, assassinations, or the death of public figures such as JFK Jr., John Lennon, or Princess Diana). In this course we will study the impact of grief on individuals, institutions (such as the school and workplace) and society as well as "mass media mourning," the creation of the mounting societal events with which individuals have no direct connection.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

SOSC 223 - AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS: DIVERSE VOICES
This women's studies course surveys a wide range of American women's voices and feminist literary criticism. We will consider women along many axes including those of race, class, sexual orientation, historical period, age, ability, etc. We will attempt, over the course of the semester, to frame and to answer a variety of questions about women writers in America. The feminist and cultural studies critical and theoretical readings throughout the semester will help set questions and establish tentative frameworks. Students will be expected to produce short responses to the readings each week, a take-home midterm exam, a 5-10 page paper on a longer work (novel or autobiography) from among a list of choices, and an in-class final exam.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality, MJ-AMER-Gender Issues, OLD GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

SOSC 235 - HISTORY OF SOCIAL THOUGHT
A study of the historical development of major ideas about freedom, equality, political participation, the relation between individuals and society, and relations between women and men. The course fulfills the History of Social Thought school core requirement for all Social Science and Human Services students.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course
All Sections for this Course

Social Science Department

SOSC 239 - DEVELOPMENT IN ETHIOPIA
The program will focus on globalization and development issues in Ethiopia. Students will explore the historical, political, economic, and cultural dynamics of Ethiopian society and the specific development issues affecting Ethiopia, including public health, economic development, land and food politics, environment, and education. The instructors will be academics from Addis Ababa University as well as guest community organizers, politicians, diplomats, and NGO administrators. Class lectures will be supplemented with relevant reading and with field trips to historical sites, archeological sites, anthropological and ecological zones, interactions with local population of various ethno cultural communities, observations of families and children in rural communities, service activities, and visits to various NGOs and regional states.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
OLD GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

SOSC 280 - WOMEN IN CONTEMP SOCIETY
An introduction to women's studies, the course will acquaint students with the wealth of recent scholarship about women's situations today and methods of feminist analysis, give students a chance to assess the meaning of this body of knowledge for their own lives, and improve skills in writing and systematic thought.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender & Sexuality, MJ-AMER-Gender Issues, Gen Ed 2018, Gen Ed 18-Values and Ethics, OLD GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

SOSC 290 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. CAREERS FOR PSYC MAJORS: Psychology is such a big field – there are so many things you can do with this degree! However, the broad nature of the field can be intimidating for students; with so many things you can do, how can you decide what you want to do? The goal of this course is for you to learn more about the field of Psychology. Determining a career depends in large part on what the values and goals of the particular subfield are that you want to pursue. Therefore, emphasis in this class will be placed on you exploring the values of the field – as well as your own personal values and goals as a Psychologist, and how they match up! TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY In order to fully understand digital culture, we must examine the economic and social impacts of an ‘information society’ alongside the shifting and emerging cultural forms that have digitized our lives and play an increasing role in mainstream consumer and media cultures. This course examines the social processes affecting technological innovation and the ways in which an innovation is either institutionalized or abandoned. Students explore not only the assessment of technological innovations, but also the impact technology has on social issues such as inequality, consumption, identity, community and belonging.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

SOSC 298 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 299 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 300 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: SOCIAL SCIENCE
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study, Lecture/Online

Social Science Department

SOSC 312 - FEMINIST THEORIES
This course is designed to ground students in the historical foundations of feminist theory and to introduce them to some of the Wide range of current feminist thinking. As no course can claim to cover all of feminist thought in a single semester, priority has been given here to texts and concepts considered truly fundamental in the development of a feminist criticism. Using these texts, we will consider questions such.as: What does it mean to be a feminist, or to read texts in a feminist way? Is there a universal reality to being a particular gender (e. g., a ‘woman‘)? How do our experiences of gender intersect with our experiences of race, class, sexuality, nation, and other social locations? What is the relationship between academic feminist theories and feminist activism? This course is taught by multiple instructors from diverse academic backgrounds, all of which employ an interdisciplinary focus. A common focus will be to examine the mutually influential relationship between feminist thinkers and literary texts. This is a required course for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor. This course is cross-listed as LITR312.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Lecture/Online, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
OLD GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

SOSC 314 - DEATH AND DYING
An investigation of death and dying from various perspectives. The course will consider how cultural change has affected the process of dying, and how new technology and humanistically designed programs affect the medical profession and other areas of society. There will be an attempt to understand the perspective of the dying person, personal attitudes towards death, ethical issues and attitudes towards death in other cultures.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
OLD GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

SOSC 316 - FACING DEATH AND LOSS IN LATER LIFE
This course will offer an interdisciplinary examination of issues of health and illness, crisis and loss, and end-of-life care for older adults and those involved with caring for them professionally and through family/friend caregiving. Through readings, a/v materials, experiential activities, discussion and research, we will examine together resources, strategies, and adaptations to address the physical, mental, emotional, and financial needs of our oldest population. A further emphasis will be on ways to tap into and draw upon the wealth of social and intellectual resources represented by the older generation.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
OLD GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

SOSC 320 - ILLNESS AND LOSS: CHILDREN ADOLESCENT & YOUTH
Illness and Loss: Children, Adolescents, and Youth will examine the complex topic of the impact of illness, crisis, and bereavement in the lives of children, adolescents, and young adults. The course is interdisciplinary drawing on the lenses of developmental psychology, social sciences, health care professions, and the humanities to address both how children, adolescents and youth understand, experience, a and cope with life-altering illness and loss and how professionals and families can support and provide care for young people as they undergo physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual challenges. Students will explore the class theme through readings in key texts, articles and a/v material, experiential activities, field trips, guest speakers, and group work. The course will be web-enhanced. Students will process and share their learning through a multi-draft research paper, an oral report, and a regularly maintained reflection journal which will culminate in a reflective essay. The course is open to all interested students and is particularly recommended for students in health fields, psychology, social work, teacher education and other helping professions. It satisfies the Gen Ed Topics in Social Sciences category.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
OLD GE TOPICS SOCIAL SCIENCE

SOSC 325 - ADVANCED WRITING MULTICULTURALLY
Students must be or plan to be active in a campus or community organization concerned with an aspect of race, class, gender, physical challenge, or some social issue. Students engage in writing activities grounded in personal and community experience placed within context through primary and secondary research. Students conduct in-class presentations of completed projects and are encouraged to conduct presentations in other college functions. Small group work and collaborative learning are primary learning approaches.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

SOSC 388 - CO-OP/INTERNSHIP SOCIAL SCIENCE
An academic program in which students are placed in work positions relevant to their academic majors and career goals. The program integrates academic work on-campus with supervised off-campus work experience in both the public and private sectors. Students may take up to two Co-ops in their academic career at Ramapo College. Students must be at least a Sophomore and have a 2.0 or better average to be eligible. Transfer students must have completed at least 16 credits at Ramapo.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Co-Op

Social Science Department

SOSC 390 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course vary from semester-to-semester as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisites: varies with the topic offered. GENDER AND SEXUALITY: This course involves a multifaceted and critical look at lived experiences of gender and sexuality. In the past 50 years, research on gender and sexuality has expanded beyond simple gender differences and similarities to include the social construction of gender, the gendered nature of social institutions, and the way that gender intersects with race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, and other social categories. These will be themes throughout this course as we explore current issues related to media constructions of femininity and masculinity, sexual orientation, violence and trauma, transgender identities, and contemporary legal issues. RESEARCH METHODS SOCIAL SCIENCE: An analysis of the logic of scientific inquiry as applied in the social sciences and related professions through a critical examination of the methodological practices of social scientists and the design and execution of research related to the social sciences. Students are introduced to the use of packaged computer programs for data analysis. Lab Fee. TRAUMA:
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

SOSC 398 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 399 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 400 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: SOCIAL SCIENCE
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Social Science Department

SOSC 410 - SCOPE & METHODS IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
This course will look at some of the ways in which theoretical paradigms in the Social Sciences and Humanities emerge, evolve, or become transformed. In doing so, the course will draw on the cumulative knowledge acquired in previous courses and synthesize this body of knowledge into a systematic typology. We will start by looking at how specialists in these fields approach theory construction and the distinctive methodologies that they use, i.e., qualitative vs. quantitative or inductive vs. deductive. Next, we will try to understand some of the conceptual approaches that theorists in these fields rely on when they build their theories. For example, we will ask: Do the theorist's ideas rely on a particular worldview, ideology, discourse, or frame? What are the assumptions behind his or her worldview, discourse or frame? In a third section, we will provide a historical context for some of the major theoretical perspectives that are being used in the arts, politics, and economics today and synthesize the controversies that surround them.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

SOSC 490 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course vary from semester-to-semester as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisites: varies with the topic offered. SOSC 490 AFRICANA STUDIES. This special seminar is designed to provide students/co-learners concentrating in Africana Studies an opportunity to discuss and debate selected issues within the field such as Afrocentrism, Multiculturalism, Affirmative Action, Black Feminism and reparations for African Americans. Students will be responsible for producing a major research paper on a topic of concern within the field of Africana Studies as referenced above.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Hybrid, Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

SOSC 498 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo college course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 499 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department


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