2018-19
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (SSC)

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670
Ph: 716-645-2245 x0
F: 716-645-3640
W: sscidp.buffalo.edu
Shelley Kimelberg, PhD
Director

The Learning Environment

Some of the major problems society faces today can be grasped fully only by integrating the specializations of different academic disciplines. The major in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC) offers students an opportunity to focus on a particular thematic area of interdisciplinary studies whose breadth and diversity overlaps several departments. We offer majors in six areas: Cognitive Science, Environmental Studies, Health and Human Services, International Studies, Legal Studies and Urban and Public Policy Studies. Each offers a distinct curriculum. For more information please see the individual pages for each major:

Cognitive Science
Environmental Studies
Health and Human Services
International Studies
Legal Studies
Urban and Public Policy Studies

About Our Facilities

The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs are housed in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Students take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments based on the students’ chosen major areas. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants. 

In addition SSC has approximately 30 adjunct instructors who are working professionals in their fields. They provide a diverse selection of courses related to their areas of expertise. There is one teaching assistant in the program who is responsible for teaching social research methods each semester.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree website for additional information about our faculty.

SSC Courses


  • SSC 100LEC Careers in Human Services
    Lecture

    Explores the range of professional and graduate school opportunities in human services and related fields.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 102LEC Introduction to International Politics
    Lecture

    Introduces contemporary and historical international relations; also examines nationalism, imperialism, power diplomacy, and ideological conflict. This course is the same as PSC 102, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 103SEM Introduction to Health and Human Services
    Seminar

    Studies the health and human service system in the United States and locally, as it has been affected by history, changing values, and changes in the economic and political environment. Particularly emphasizes the gerontological, childhood, and community mental health service systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 118LEC Introduction to Environmental Studies
    Lecture

    Involves an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues. Explores ecological concepts, human environment, air and water pollution, pesticides, solid waste handling, mineral and energy resources, the nuclear fuel cycle, population and food resources, and environmental control.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • SSC 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • SSC 208LEC Intro to Child Dev&Learn
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 209LEC Case Management
    Lecture

    An applied skills course for the delivery of human services. Considers the roles and functions of case management and various vulnerable client groups as target populations. Involves analyzing cases for client needs and comprehensive service planning. Practice competency, quality of care, and ethical standards are major concerns of the course. Small group activities and community-based interviews are important student learning experiences.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 210SEM Skill Development in Human Service
    Seminar

    Introduces specific techniques and skills employed in human services careers.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 212LEC Sociology of Diversity
    Lecture

    What does diversity mean in the contemporary United States? Under what conditions is diversity positive or negative? This course applies a sociological lens to the meaning and experience of diversity, paying particular attention to dimensions of difference such race, ethnicity, religion, class, (dis)ability, sexuality, and gender. This course is the same as SOC 211, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 213LEC Social Research Methods
    Lecture

    Introduces procedures by which social scientists gather, analyze, and interpret information about the social world. Particularly emphasizes the use of campus-based resources for social service research.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 215LEC Law and the Political Process
    Lecture

    This course provides an introduction to the American legal system. A primary focus is the connection between law and politics. To that end, it examines the nature of judging and judicial decision-making, the organization of the state and federal legal systems, judicial selection, the power and role of the Supreme Court, and the relationship between the courts and the other two branches of government. This course is the same as PSC 215 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 217LEC Environmental Chemistry: Principles and Applications
    Lecture

    For Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Environmental Science students; designed to show how chemistry is involved in the identification, analysis, and solution of a large array of environmental problems. Relates basic chemistry to the atmosphere, the ozone layer, global warming, greenhouse gasses, energy production and emissions, water quality and pollution, acid precipitation, nuclear power and waste, nutrition, hydrology, and hazardous wastes.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 218SEM Issues in Mental Health
    Seminar

    Identifies community mental health service components and explores trends and issues in the delivery of mental health services.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 221LEC Writing in the Law
    Lecture

    Examines the legal writing process. Introduces students to the unique organization and structure of the law library, traditional as well as electronic. Requires group research and individual writing assignments.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 225LEC Statistics for Social Sciences
    Lecture

    Provides a foundation in statistical techniques for interpreting quantitative social data, including binomial and normal distributions, the Chi-Square test, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 230LEC Communicating for Health and Human Service Professionals
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: Completion of Communication Literacy 1 or completion of Writing Skills 1 (ENG 101 or placement into ENG 201)
  • SSC 237LEC Medical Ethics: Social & Ethical Values in Medicine
    Lecture

    Examines current ethical positions and their application to ethical and social questions in medicine. This course is the same as PHI 237, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 238LEC Science, Religion, and Nature
    Lecture

    This environmental philosophy course explores the impact of religious traditions and modern science upon our perceptions of nature and how these perceptions ultimately determine our relationship with one another and the world in which we live. Specific areas of focus include nature attunement/magic, mythology, western mysticism, eastern religions, shamanistic traditions, Gaia theory and concepts of Spirit and nature.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 300LEC Sociology of Aging
    Lecture

    Societal aging is accompanied by a host of challenges, including how to provide care, income, and engagement opportunities for a growing population of older people. By examining societal trends related to aging students gain an understanding of how different societies adapt to these new challenges. Other topics may include: work and retirement, health, care work and family, death and dying, and changing patterns of inequality with age. This course is the same as SOC 304, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 301LEC Cases in Civil Liberties
    Lecture

    This course focuses on the opinions of the Supreme Court interpreting the two great clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment: The clauses that prohibit states from denying persons life, liberty or property without due process of law and that compel states to provide the equal protection of the law. The due process and equal protection clauses have given rise to some of the most profound constitutional issues in all of our history. The due process cases touch upon such subjects as economic liberty, and the right to privacy as it relates to abortion, sexual orientation and the right to control the time and manner of one's death. The equal protection cases deal with racial, gender and age discrimination. This course is the same as SSC 301, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 302LEC Protecting Civil Liberties
    Lecture

    Focuses on Supreme Court decisions addressing First Amendment rights and the constitutional rights of criminal suspects. Topics to receive treatment include the freedoms of speech, press, religion; separation of church and state; searches and seizures, confessions, the right to counsel, and cruel and unusual punishment. This course is the same as PSC 302, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 303LEC Constitutional Law
    Lecture

    Surveys Supreme Court decisions on separation of powers and federalism. Receiving special attention are presidential, congressional, and judicial power, as well as the federal government's power relative to that of the states. This course is the same as PSC 303 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 304LEC Legislative Politics
    Lecture

    Studies legislative process in the United States; including organization, internal dynamics, and functioning of legislative bodies; and their relations with the executive and judicial branches and with groups in society. This course is the same as PSC 304 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 305LEC Applied Child Development and Learning
    Lecture

    Integrates theory and current research with practical aspects of child rearing and family health. Explores developmental processes and behavior of young children as individuals and in group settings.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 306LEC Judicial Politics
    Lecture

    This course examines the distinguishing characteristics of the legal process. It treats the adversarial system, the nature of law, the character of legal reasoning, the system of precedent, law school education, judicial policy-making, and the limits and nature of judicial power. It seeks to examine the unique characteristics of the judicial process, contrast those characteristics with those found in the legislative and executive processes, and explores how the process of judicial decision-making influences what courts do and the power they wield. This course is the same as SSC 306, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 307LEC Criminology
    Lecture

    Why do individuals commit crime? This course examines and assesses a variety of theories from each of the three main criminological paradigms classical, positivist, and critical, with special attention to the role of important crime correlates such as class, gender, and race. In addition to theories of crime, the course also turns a critical lens to sources of crime knowledge (including popular media and national data sources), and introduces punishment philosophies and how they relate to theories of criminality. This course is the same as SOC 307, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 311LEC Lives in Time and Place
    Lecture

    This course is an introduction to the theories and research associated with the life course perspective in sociology. This perspective incorporates a life-long perspective on human development, in recognition of the developmental processes undergone by individuals throughout their lives, and emphasizes the continuities that exist between early-life circumstances and later-life outcomes. The life course framework is based on four central themes: the intersection of history and biography, the salience of links to significant others and between different life domains (e.g. work, family), the role of individuals in shaping their own life trajectories within social constraints, and the significance of the timing of events. This course is the same as SOC 308, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 313LEC Sociology of Families
    Lecture

    This course evaluates families as social institutions, and examines how social factors such as race, class, and gender shape contemporary families. Additional topics may include historical trends in family formation as well as contemporary public policies. This course is the same as SOC 313, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 314LEC Public Policy Making
    Lecture

    Examines dynamics of the policy process in the United States, including agenda-setting, formulation, and implementation. Case studies in substantive policy areas illustrate these processes. This course is the same as SSC 314 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 315LEC Field Ecology
    Lecture

    This is a field oriented course that explores the interrelationships of life with one another and their relationships with the environment that supports them. Classes are conducted both on and off campus and are focused in the areas of environmental analysis, conservation biology and general ecology. Specific class topics range from Wildlife Ecology, Botanical Surveys and Resource Management to varied Habitat Studies, Field Geology and Herbalism.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 316LEC Sociology of Gender
    Lecture

    This course explores the social and cultural construction of gender, focusing on the ways that femininities and masculinities are constructed from infancy through adulthood in the United States. Includes how gender shapes--and is shaped by--major social institutions such as media, sports, and work, as well as other characteristics such as social class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality. This course is the same as SOC 316, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 317LEC Environmental Politics
    Lecture

    Focuses on the relationship between environmental problems and the political process. Explores definitions of an environmentally sustainable society. Then we attempt to answer the question of "how to get there from here." This involves developing a theory of social change by examining a number of case studies. We study local environmental controversies from a political perspective through firsthand involvement or guest speakers. We also look at national environmental conflicts, such as the backlash against mainstream environmentalism created by the "Wise Use" movement and contemporary political forces championing property rights and states' rights.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 318LEC Criminal Justice Systems
    Lecture

    This course examines the varying functions of criminal justice institutions: police, prosecutors, courts, probation services, and prisons and jails. Students will explore how the structure and practice of the criminal justice system varies across countries and will think critically about changes in the purpose and effectiveness of criminal justice institutions in the U.S. over time. Students will also understand the theoretical and practical role of these institutions in (re)producing or mitigating social inequality. This course is the same as SOC 318 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 319LEC Juvenile Justice
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 320SEM Issues in Dev. Disabilities
    Seminar

    Explores causation, prevention, advocacy, housing, education, employment, and community services. Defines career opportunities in this area.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 322LEC Medical Sociology
    Lecture

    This course explores notions of illness, health, and health care from a sociological perspective. Students examine conceptions of health and wellness, epidemiology and the history of medicine, health disparities within the US (such as by gender, age, race/ethnicity, social class and other characteristics), and access to health care. This course is the same as SOC 322 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 325LEC Race & Ethnicity
    Lecture

    Racial inequality pervades the social history of the United States: From the enslavement of Africans to the Jim Crow laws of the Deep South to the high levels of racial residential segregation in American cities, the inequity associated with skin color remains a powerful force in determining life chances. In this course we will study?the social forces that have formed the experiences of racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., and that have maintained the unequal nature of them. We will also study how issues of immigration and globalization provide a more thorough understanding of?racial and ethnic dynamics in the U.S., and we will touch on whether or not these dynamics are applicable to other geo-political settings.? This course is the same as SOC 321 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 326SEM Great Lakes Ecology
    Seminar

    The Great Lakes hold nearly 20% of all the available fresh water on the planet. They provide drinking water, hydroelectricity, and both economic and recreational opportunities to millions who live around their shores. This class provides an understanding of the Great Lakes, from their formation to the important role they play in the political and ecological systems of North America. Focuses on historical and ecological aspects, as well as current political and policy issues surrounding the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence ecosystem. Students learn about the geology, biota, ecology, management, and social and political aspects of the Great Lakes, especially the lower lakes (Erie and Ontario). The course uses a multi-faceted ecosystem approach to diverse topics involved with understanding these complex ecological systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 329LEC Population Problems
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 335LEC Sociology of Adolescence
    Lecture

    Adolescence is a unique stage of the life course. This course explores social processes and the socialization of children and adolescents, including patterns of parent/teenager/peer relationships, generational succession, and age stratification and the status system, self-identity, adolescent sexuality, and youth subcultures. This course is the same as SOC 335, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 338LEC Law and Morality
    Lecture

    Explores the moral status of legality and the legal status of morality, the status of unjust laws, and the role of moral judgments of lawmakers. Is a good law one that does good? This course is the same as PHI 338, and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 343LEC Violence and the Family
    Lecture

    Addresses issues in violence and violence prevention with sections on theoretical definitions and historical context. Topics include the social context of violent behavior in families, child abuse and neglect, abusive parenting, violence against women, abuse of the elderly, violence in communities of color, and the media's influence on the development of antisocial behavior. Explores special problems of child protection services and the justice system's approach toward domestic violence.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 347LEC Urban Sociology
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 348SEM Local Environmental Problems
    Seminar

    Overview of major environmental problems , with emphasis on the Western New York area. Examples of problems and solutions are explored.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 360SEM Environmental Impact Statements and Resource Management
    Seminar

    Examines the objectives, development, and preparation, of EIS in response to federal/state laws and regulations. Explores the environmental impact assessment process as it relates to the protection and potential impact of natural, cultural and economic resources.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 363LEC The Aging Process
    Lecture

    Introduces the aging process. Explores physiological and clinical aspects.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 365LEC The Family Process
    Lecture

    Considers the family: What is it? How does it work? How does it fail to work? Provides both United States and cross-cultural perspectives. Explores the theoretical foundation of family therapies.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 373LEC Law & Society
    Lecture

    This course introduces law as a social institution, with a focus on how some of its central features (lawyers, disputes, rules, etc.) are related to wider historical and social characteristics. Students will explore theoretical approaches to understanding the relationship between law and society, the role of law in everyday life, the social organization of the legal profession, and the relationship between law and social change.This course is the same as SOC 373 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 385LEC Energy, Environment, and Society
    Lecture

    Focuses on the relationship between energy use and the associated impact on the environment and society. Explores our dependence upon traditional energy resources such as oil, coal, nuclear and natural gas as well as renewable energy resources such as geothermal, wind, solar, etc. Examines solutions to the difficult process of changing current energy consumption trends.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 390SEM Human Services Administration
    Seminar

    Examines the practical aspects of managing a human services organization. Discusses the basic functions of management, including planning, budgeting, personnel, and organizational development. Presents these themes around such functions as team management, the consumer as customer, innovation, and creativity in attaining excellence.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 391LEC Cognitive Science Colloquium
    Lecture

    Acquaints students with ongoing research in the range of disciplines affiliated with cognitive science. Primarily requires attendance at the weekly colloquium and symposium series of the Center for Cognitive Science. Requires students to read any relevant literature that has been publicly announced prior to the upcoming colloquium or symposium.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 405LEC Sociology of Deviance
    Lecture

    This course acquaints students with a sociological understanding of the causes, consequences, and treatment of social deviance. Students will critically evaluate definitions of deviance and analyze various social psychological and social structural explanations for deviant behavior, making special note of the policy implications of each theoretical perspective. The course covers specific acts of deviance, from violent behavior and mental illness to the deviant behavior of corporate elites and the police. Theories of deviant behavior will be deployed to explore issues related to the treatment/punishment of social deviants. This course is the same as SOC 345 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 406LEC Law and the Environment
    Lecture

    Studies statutory and case law relating to pollution control, natural resources management, government regulation of land use, and the process and logic of decision making in governmental and legal institutions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 407SEM Health Care and the Elderly
    Seminar

    Provides students an opportunity to explore relevant issues in dealing with an elderly population in the health-care arena. Special focus on the frail elderly and aged with chronic medical conditions. Points of interest include incapacitation, consents, confidentiality, ancillary and other services, rites of passage, the health-care team, managing the difficult patient, lethality assessments, family/professional relationships, health-care settings and intercultural communication.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 408LEC Alzheimer's & Dementia
    Lecture

    According to the World Alzheimer?s Report (2013) 35.6 million individuals suffer from dementia globally and the costs related to their care exceed $604 billion per year. With the number of cases estimated to triple in the next 40 years, dementia and Alzheimer?s is a healthcare crisis that will affect us all in some way, especially those working in healthcare and human services. This course will prepare students to work in various health and community settings and address the unique needs and concerns of dementia care.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 413LEC Addictions Treatment
    Lecture

    This course provides a comprehensive view of the addictions treatment process. It identifies and develops skills necessary to assess and treat individuals in addiction treatment programs. It emphasizes common treatment practices, requirements and regulations expected of treatment programs and professionals.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 414LEC Grant Writing for Non-Profits
    Lecture

    Prepares student in human services, environmental studies, and urban and public policy for grant development. Overview of fundraising among non-profits, development of grant-writing strategies, and how to research and create grant proposals in a competitive market. Extensive proposal writing and composition. Integrated with current, ongoing internships if students simultaneously pursue a practicum in Health and Human Service (SSC 496) or and Environmental Internship (SSC 496). Students not pursuing a practicum or internship will adopt and research a non-profit organization appropriate to their field of study.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 416LEC Early Childhood Ed Th& Pr
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 417DIS Clinical Approaches to Multicultural Clients
    Discussion

    What are the skills, aptitudes and attitudes necessary to deal effectively and helpfully with clients whose culture is very different from what the provider is familiar with? How can the human service provider respond effectively to clients who have experienced extreme events, including war, dislocation, forced emigration? These questions will be explored by (1) examining the multiple issues affecting refugees and international immigrants to the U.S., to include human trafficking, genital mutilation, rape, war crimes, PTSD, legal issues around refugee status, language and cultural barriers (2) clarifying and examining the student/potential human service provider's existing social and cultural biases (3) employing the concepts of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder to understand the experience and respond effectively to the human service needs of returning US armed services personnel, examining military members, veterans and their families in a "sub-culture" context and understanding the differences, as well as similarities, in symptoms and approach between personal trauma, sexual trauma, combat trauma and vicarious trauma, to encourage more effective intervention, and (4) reapplying the understanding of the problems, concepts and approaches in 3 above to the service response to multi-cultural clients.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 419SEM Wilderness
    Seminar

    Focuses on wilderness and biocentrism. Explores the idea of wilderness along three pathways. Part 1 deals with the history of biological wilderness and philosophical wilderness from Spinoza to Leopold to Snyder. Part 2 covers biological and other wilderness qualities. Part 3 examines the social movements related to wilderness and biocentrism. Also explores environmental ethics and morals. Investigates proposals for wilderness restoration, preservation, and expansion. A close examination of indigenous cultures' wilderness beliefs accompanies our study.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 420SEM Child Mental Health
    Seminar

    Examines the human service system as it affects the mental health needs of children; also addresses specific needs of special groups.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • SSC 421LEC Interventions and Play
    Lecture

    This course is designed to introduce students to Play Therapy techniques and help students determine how they can be applied as treatment modalities for Children with Mental Health Issues and Disabilities. Students will review major mental health issues in childhood, explore play therapy as a modality appropriate for children's developmental stage, identify therapeutic strategies, and develop a plan for implementing an appropriate program of treatment

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Prerequisites: SSC 103 and PSY 101
  • SSC 428SEM Health Law
    Seminar

    Explores legal aspects of human services focusing on the constitutional right to privacy, the right to die, involuntary hospitalization and treatment of the mentally disabled, and entitlements. Covers family law, the rights of the elderly and the disabled, and laws concerned with special education.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 430LEC Human Rights
    Lecture

    Examines the development, primarily since World War II, of international systems for the promotion and protection of human rights. This course is the same as PSC 430 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 431SEM Topics in Human Services
    Seminar

    Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 432SEM Topics in Legal Studies
    Seminar

    Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 433SEM Topics in Environmental Studies
    Seminar

    Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 434SEM Topics in Urban and Public Policy
    Seminar

    Allows students to explore up-to-date information and current debates in their chosen field. Topic titles and offerings vary from semester to semester. Students should check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs to determine how the course may be used to fulfill major requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 441LEC Wildlife and Wildlands Management
    Lecture

    Wildlife and Wildlands Management will focus on the application of ecological principles to studying and managing wildlife populations with emphasis on habitat management. This course serves as an introduction to wildlife ecology and management and focuses on the wildlife of North America. The course begins with a brief examination of the history of wildlife management and wildlife policy in North America. The majority of the class will focus on important wildlife species, wildlife ecology, population biology, and other subjects of importance to wildlife management. Special problems such as endangered species preservation, genetic diversity conservation, predator management, control of nuisance and alien species, and other non-game species will be covered. We will discuss case histories and current issues of wildlife management on public and private lands. Science, of which wildlife conservation is a part, allows us to understand how living systems function. This knowledge further allows us to determine our role in maintaining healthy ecosystems. We also consider the attitudes of humans toward wildlife and their demands and impacts on North America's wildlife resources.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 442SEM Environmental Movements
    Seminar

    Provides a comprehensive analysis of the environmental movement in the United States. Rather than focusing on whether the protection of the environment is "right" or "wrong" the course critically examines the past, present and future of the environmental movement including Conservation, Preservation, Deep Ecology, Environmental Justice, Ecofeminism and Ecotheology. The course will examine the methods used by grassroots, environmental organizations. Throughout the course what is discussed will be applied to several local environmental concerns.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • SSC 443SEM Law, Legal Writing and Advocacy
    Seminar

    Law, Legal Writing and Advocacy introduces undergraduates to the practical written and oral application of legal principles by giving them basic tasks a lawyer would perform. Students gain a basic knowledge of the legal system and the lawyers' role in it. They are given hypothetical factual situations that involve legal issues. They are asked to analyze the factual situation and to present the legal issues involved from different perspectives: the defense, the plaintiff/prosecutor, the judge, and law enforcement.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 446SEM Advanced Topics in Environmental Sociology
    Seminar

    This is an advanced seminar that builds on topics introduced in SOC 341: Environment & Society (recommended, but not required). The focus of the course will change depending on the instructor, but it will be organized so to provide students the opportunity to pursue comprehensive, in-depth sociological knowledge on a topic or theme related to the environment or environmental change. This course is the same as SOC 446 and course repeat rules will apply. Students should consult with their major department regarding any restrictions on their degree requirements.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • SSC 448LEC Animals, Zoos, and Ecology
    Lecture

    Introduces the study of animal behavior. Explores natural behaviors and the factors affecting those behaviors by covering such topics as the evolution of behavior, the nervous and endocrine systems, biological rhythms, social systems, reproductive behavior, and more. Course participants examine and understand animal behavior through lectures, readings, short projects, and direct observation of the animal populations on zoo grounds.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • SSC 479LAB Environmental Education Field Studies
    Laboratory

    This course is designed to prepare students as environmental educators and field ecologists. Students will experience a series of lectures and fieldwork in the areas of environmental education teaching strategies and techniques, outdoor games and activities, curriculum development and field ecology studies. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in a teacher training program through a variety of youth ecology camps with a local environmental education organization.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
  • SSC 493LAB Ecology of Unique Environments
    Laboratory

    This course is focused upon week-long field ecology studies at unique and threatened environments throughout the United States. Participants will experience a wide variety of interpretive programs regarding the history, ecology and politics of these environments. At present, these expeditions are conducted during the Winter in the Florida Everglades and in the Summer to either the Adirondack Mountains of New York or Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring, Summer
  • SSC 496TUT Internship
    Tutorial

    Community internship, health and human services internship, or environmental studies internship. See the appropriate SSC advisor for details.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Pass/Not Pass (PNP)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • SSC 499TUT Independent Study
    Tutorial

    Various instructors offer independent study. Check with the Office of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs each semester.

    Credits: 1 - 4
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

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Shelley Kimelberg, PhD
Director
Published: May 25, 2018 08:14:46 AM