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Spring 2011
Apr 23,2014
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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 101 - SOCIAL ISSUES
An introduction to the social science sequence of general education. This course examines the major social issues and problems facing modern society. It will focus on contemporary issues of power and inequality that center on divisions of social class, race, and gender. Industrialization, urbanization, and immigration will provide an historical context for discussion.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
GE-BUSI PERSP-SOCIAL ISSUES

SOSC 105 - LEADERSHIP SKILLS I: INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP
This course introduces students to models and practices of effective leadership. Participants will be introduced to concepts which inform leadership practice; such as self knowledge, goal setting, commitment, collaboration, vision, and teambuilding. Students will participate in structured dialogs, share insights from current literature, and complete group projects on key aspects of leadership development. Additionally, students will research effective leaders, past and present, and explore various leadership theories in order to develop or enhance their own leadership skills. This is an ideal course for students seeking or holding leadership positions on campus.
0.000 TO 2.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 2.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

SOSC 188 - AFRICAN AND LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE
This 15-week video lecture series features noted leader, scholars and professionals of Latin and African descent speaking about the concerns of people of color in the Americas. Documentary films on the arts and sciences influencing people of color will also be reviewed. Video lecturers include: Henry Louis Gates, Cornell West, Rosalind Jeffries, Molefi Asante, Marcus Garvey Jr., Paul Robeson, Samuel Betantes, Julia hare, and others.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

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 202 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN STUDIES
This course gives a general overview of sub-Saharan African cultures, societies, and entities before the modern colonial period. The course covers Africa from the early Common Era (200 AD Rise of Ancient Ghana and the decline of Ancient Meroe), to the second half of the 19th century (1880 AD the West scramble for Africa). Students will be introduced to medieval civilizations, such as Mali, Ethiopia, and Great Zimbabwe, but sub-Saharan Africa is diverse and thus the focus on a particular region will depend on the expertise of the instructor. Finally, this course will make the essential cultural and physical connections with black Africa and its African Diaspora to the Americas, Caribbean, and Middle East.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

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: Lecture

Social Science Department

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

SOSC 215 - AFRICAN AMERICANS IN FILM
The course will examine the images of African Americans portrayed in popular film from 1915 to the present. Films viewed will contrast those produced by major Hollywood studios and independent directors such as Oscar Micheaux, Charles Burnett, Julie Dash, and Spike Lee. Particular attention will focus on each film's relationship to the historical time period and cultural milieu in which it was produced. Readings will include film criticism, interviews with film directors, and historical and sociological monographs.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-AMER- African-Amer Studies, 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: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, 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: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
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: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 223 - WOMEN WRITERS: A MEDLEY OF 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: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender Issues, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society

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: Lecture

Social Science Department

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: Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER-Gender Issues, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society

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.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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

Social Science Department

SOSC 308 - AFRICAN AMERICAN SOCIAL AND POLITICAL THOUGHT
An examination of the similarities and differences between the philosophies and ideologies of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, W.E.B. Dubois, B.T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, and other 19th and 20th century African American leaders. Using a socio-political framework of dialects, we will raise questions dealing with: reformism and revolution, non-violence, self-defense and violence, integration and separatism, nationalism and socialism, and other key concepts of the leadership.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Online Course

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-AMER- Amer Thought & Value, MJ-AMER-Advanced Cat Elective, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society

SOSC 310 - AFRICANS IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA
This course is an in-depth study of the ethnic relationships, social status and attitudes among citizens of African and non-African descent in Contemporary Latin American Nations. The cosmology of being black in Latin America and the Caribbean includes the nature of speech, talk, discourse, writing, all other systems of human communication and behaviors, custom, food, music, aspirations, goals, religion, gender and social class. Focus will be placed on how blackness transcents the boundaries imposed for more than five centuries of cultural transformation since the African Diaspora to Latin America.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
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: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
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: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
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: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
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: Lecture

Social Science Department

SOSC 330 - VODOUN AND AFRICAN RELIGION AND THE NEW WORLD
This course focuses on African religions and their transformation in the New World. West Africans who were brought to Cuba and the other lands of the New World were forced to disguise their ancestral religions and to embrace the church of their captors. This course studies this tradition of Yoruba religion from Africa to Latin America, and the Caribbean, and from the Caribbean to the USA. The embodiment of Holy Voodoo, Santeria, Palo Mayombe, Candomble, Dugu, etc. are living expressions of the African heritage brought from Latin America and the Caribbean to the USA.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

SOSC 331 - ITALIAN COLONIAL CULTURE IN AFRICA
This course will explore Italian colonial and postcolonial culture from the preunification period to the present in the light of the new theoretical perspectives. The texts, films and opera will provide a panorama of Italian colonial culture and will illuminate the wealth of material that still needs to be addressed and debated. Specifically, the course will address the Italian campaigns in Africa and it will provide a valuable, full account of the political exchanges to date between the spiritual value to the Ethiopian people. This course will also examine the failures and shortcomings of Italy?s postcolonial history and alternative subjects of investigation including women?s history, oral history and postcolonial writing of Eurocentric viewpoints. This course will revisit the Orientalist discourse within the Egyptian work of Giuseppe Ungaretti and Edward Said?s interpretation of ?Aida?. It will address national identity and imperialism through the emergence of cinema of both the 1920s and 1930s, thus bringing Italian colonialism into the space of today?s most important debates regarding colonialism and multiculturalism.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

SOSC 352 - POLITICAL LEGACY OF MALCOLM X
Malcolm X (1925-1965) in his brief lifetime was one of the most gifted leaders of the 20th century who not only continues to influence the culture, life and thinking of countless African Americans but other thinkers in America and intellectuals internationally. This interdisciplinary course uses Malcolm X's life as a prism through which to view Black popular culture, politics and the moral practices of American society. Malcolm's life is also used to understand the influence of an indigenous Islamic movement that exists in many African American and urban communities. Students will understand this crucial Era in America by examining the values, aesthetics and leadership of Malcolm X through his autobiography, speeches and interviews as well as through selected biographies, monographs, editorials and essays. Guest speakers and video presentations will be utilized to stress his challenges to his Era's global white supremacy and the misuse of Western wealth and power to exploit Africa and African Diasporic people worldwide.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hist & Pol Tht, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

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.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

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 403 - TELLING LIVES: AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY VIA AUTOBIOGRAPHY
This course draws on African American Studies, women's studies, history, literature, and cultural studies. We will be examining African American autobiographies from 1890-1960 through the lenses of history and of literary analysis and cultural studies. There will be a common set of texts (autobiographies and historical texts). Each student, in addition, will lead a class discussion around either one of the assigned texts or a supplemental text drawing on relevant background material (including biographies, criticism, and historical material and developing a packet of additional readings for the class.) The class presentation will be accompanied by a substantial 15-20 page analytical research paper.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Social Science Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, SS-Sch Core-Consc & Society

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: Lecture

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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