2024-25 Academic Catalog
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Social Science Courses (SOC SCI)


SOC SCI 1020. Women, Men, and Society — 3 hrs.

Examination of key issues of gender. Attention to variety of topics including ethical issues and gender roles, gender-role stereotyping, male and female roles, sexuality, gender roles in non-western and minority cultures, and gender roles in United States institutions (e.g., in the nuclear family, religion, and the work place). (Fall and Spring)

SOC SCI 1041. Social Welfare: A World View — 3 hrs.

Comparative study of social welfare (social insurance, public welfare, charity and philanthropy, social services, and mutual aid) in the United States, and selected nations from five regions of the world as defined by the International Congress of Schools of Social Work (African, Asian, European, Latin American, and North American regions). (Fall and Spring)

SOC SCI 1045. American Racial and Ethnic Minorities — 3 hrs.

This course will be a survey of cultural American minorities, with attention to minority groups in Iowa. It will involve a multi-disciplinary approach with particular emphasis on geographic origins, linguistic traditions and current modes of economic subsistence. Introduction to folkways and mores of each group will be covered. (Fall and Spring)

SOC SCI 2020. Social Sciences Statistics — 3 hrs.

This course provides an introduction to a variety of statistical methods used in quantitative data analysis particularly in the social sciences. These statistical methods are used in quantitative data analysis, levels of measurement, frequency distribution, graphic representations, measures of average and dispersion, cross-tabulations and measures of association, probability and hypothesis testing, bivariate analyses, statistical inference using single and multiple samples and analysis of variance. General topics include research methodologies and statistical tests, including measures of central tendency and variability, Z-scores, Hypothesis testing, T-tests, ANOVA, Chi-square, correlation, Bivariate regression and Confidence intervals. (Fall and Spring)

SOC SCI 2300. Analyzing Ethics, Personal Decision-Making, and Social Responsibility — 3 hrs.

In this course we learn and then apply a framework for the ethical decision-making we face in our everyday lives. Ethical decision-making is influenced by various factors, including our own personal sense of responsibility to ourselves, our family, our workplace, and the community at large as a global citizen. In order to develop the intellectual skills needed for ethical decision making in our personal and social lives, one must first achieve greater awareness of self. A process of ethical reasoning will be applied to a variety of personal and social issues. Topics may include cheating, school vouchers, parenting practices, opioid epidemic, climate change, same-sex marriage, food laws (e.g., GMO, chemicals, recalls, etc.), and others. (Variable)

SOC SCI 4090. CSBS International Experience: (topic) — 1-4 hrs.

This course is designed to facilitate international experiences for UNI students. The overall goal is to engage students with global cultures and ideas through a variety of academic lenses. Topics will vary according to student interest. This course can encompass different experiences aimed at meeting student needs for international engagement. It has variable credit hours to facilitate flexibility in the duration of the international experience. It can be taken by any UNI student and may be repeated on different topics. Projects must be approved before the international experience takes place. Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor. (Variable)

SOC SCI 6297. Practicum.


SOC SCI 6299. Research.

Prerequisite(s): consent of department. (Variable)