As a broad field the social sciences and humanities covers a variety of subjects involving human activity. As a general understanding the study of social studies looks at humans' interactions with each other and their communities, and then how those groups impact them in return. The study of psychology examines the development of the mind and the importance of development and learning. Sociology looks specifically at the role of people in wider groups. And the study of economics evaluates the way that scarce resources are distributed between members of a society. All together, these three disciplines give deeper insight into peoples' place in this world.
Behavioral Science incorporates the ideas of the social sciences, specifically the principles of sociology and psychology, to better understand the ideas of group dynamics, and individual behaviors. Students will utilize scientific theory and methods to examine the principles of behavior, socialization, and the incorporation of individuals, in the context of a single individual, or as part of a larger whole. By planning and conducting studies, to be complete around the local community, students will gain a better understanding of the types of interactions and learned behaviors that take place around them, and come up with methods to improve a social experience. A large emphasis will be placed on the usage of scientific theory and methods, to design and conduct social experiments with the goal of increasing awareness of social forces, and improving an experience. In doing so, students will improve their understanding of scientific research and research methods.
The goal of this one semester Economics course is for the student to demonstrate an understanding of basic economic concepts. Students become familiar with the economic systems of the world, with a focus on the economic system of the United States, and how they operate. By examining different economic systems students will be finding out how different economic systems operate and what impact they have on the people. Students will examine their roles as consumer, worker, investor and voting citizen. Topics of discussion include the Stock Market, comparative economic systems, and the impact of political and social decisions on the economy.
Sociology is essentially the study of Human behavior and Social Structures. In this one semester class we will examine social phenomenon from an academic perspective looking for patterns of social interaction and how those interactions influence human behavior. Through a variety of methods students will explore different sociological ideas from an educative perspective in order to develop their own social perspectives and critical thinking skills.
"The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden."
- Pierre Bourdieu
Psychology looks at the way that human's minds operate and how our minds perceive the world around them. Psychology seeks to build an understanding of how the mind builds its own perception of itself, constructs the identity of an individual, and helps place the individual within the conscious and unconscious world. In this semester long online course students will be working through an examination of how Psychologists study the role of the individual and group dynamics, how individuals learn and develop, how individuals work as part of a larger whole, and finally how the mind seeks to interpret its own reality. Through studying Psychology students will have a better understanding of the way the mind works and develop their ability to think critically.