Social Sciences

Social Sciences classes
What's Up with People?

What's Up with People? - FLC 606

Being a person has never been easy, and achieving your goals in life will take some major skill.  In this FLC we will set off to discover what makes people tick.  As a group, we will identify and explore the core dimensions underlying human behavior.  Topics will include human thought and perception, learning, motivation, creativity and intelligence.  We will explore the influences of the nervous system, development, and the social environment on human behavior.   We will contrast normal patterns of human behavior with examples of behaviors that are, well, ‘abnormal’.  With the assistance of our link with English 101, we will use a variety of classroom approaches to actively engage each of these topics in the deepest way possible.  At every point along the way, we will pause to consider how theory and research in psychology relates to the important issues in your life.  You will leave this class with a broad foundation in general psychology, quite prepared to advance your study of psychology through additional coursework, if you choose.  Importantly, we also hope you leave with deeper insight into people, greater self-awareness, and the wisdom to better understand and accomplish your goals. 

Combines: PSY 105ENGL 102
Meets: MWF 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Mitchell Hall 105
MWF 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Ortega Hall 221
CRN: 5021633362
Sociology of Art

Sociology of Art - FLC 608

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the discipline of sociology and to some major issues in the study of society using two methods. First, we will clarify society by recourse to its social scientific terms, using some of the standard concepts and theories in the field of sociology. Second, we shall explore society with the assistance of the artist’s eye. Not only can sociology be considered an art form- that is, through the various social “visions” that come out of the sociological imagination- but also because artists themselves often have a sociological vision in mind, or wish to make a sociological point, in their aesthetic creations. We shall take advantage of the wealth of artistic resources available in Albuquerque and New Mexico. Students will be invited to discover how sociological interpretations are to be found in painting, drawing, muralism, sculpture, photography and cinema. We may as a class take in a local art gallery or explore the many types of artistic production to be found on campus or catch a flick in order to help gain a comprehensive out-line of “society.”

Combines: CJ 130SOC 101
Meets: TR 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
Mitchell Hall 207
TR 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Mitchell Hall 207
CRN: 4685846857
Your Language Questions Answered

Your Language Questions Answered - FLC 614

An introduction to the nature of language that satisfies everyday curiosities about language and that introduces students to the structure of language (sounds, words, sentences, meanings).  Other topics covered include child language acquisition, language change, social dialects, bilingualism, signed languages, animal communication, language and thought, and more.  In this Learning Community, students will work in teams to develop a language system, will learn to think critically about data analysis, and will use their linked English 102 skills to write a report on a final data collection project.  No background in linguistics, grammar, and/or other languages is assumed.

Combines: ENGL 102LING 101
Meets: MWF 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Mitchell Hall 216
MWF 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Mitchell Hall 216
CRN: 4686446865