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Introduction to Social Evolution   (ANT-250)   3.00 s.h.  
Principles underlying social evolution with special emphasis on humans: natural selection, kinship, parent-offspring conflict, parental investment, parasites, sexual selection, cooperation, deceit and self-deception. 
Social Organization   (ANT-332)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Principles of social organization studied cross-culturally: locality, age, sex, kinship and marriage, comradeship. Institutional bases: household organization, kinship, religion, law, production, and distribution.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Identify principles applied in social organization in various cultures
  • Discuss bases behind social organization, notably age, sex, marriage and comradeship
  • Identify institutional determinants of group organization with reference to household, kinship, religion, and law
  • Present economic considerations at work in production and distribution of goods and services
  • Suggest practical applications of findings and means of information sharing

 
Social and Cultural Change   (ANT-346)   3.00 s.h.  
Language and communication in social life. Class, ethnic, and sex-role differences in language use. Bilingualism and linguistic diversity studied cross-culturally. 
Food and Culture   (ANT-430)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Culinary customs studied cross-culturally. Food in relation to sex, kinship, politics, economics, religion. Visual, olfactory, textural, and gastronomic food preferences. Values and nutrition. World nutritional systems.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Discuss how culture and food define each other; its social identity and symbolic expression
  • Describe food acquisition, choices, preparation, consumption, etiquette, and social stratification
  • Demonstrate how food influences aspects of sex, love, marriage, family and kinship
  • Analyze the role of food in economics, politics, power, freedom, religion, purity and taboo
  • Identify peculiarities relative to visual, olfactory, textural, and gastronomic preferences
  • Compare and contrast food values, nutrition standards, healthy body and esthetics
  • Suggest practical applications of findings and means of information sharing

 
Sex Crimes and the Law   (AOJ-352)   3.00 s.h.  
Sexual behavior, like all other behavior, is subject to norms and laws. This course will examine, along with acceptable and 'normative' sexual behavior, those forms of sexual behavior that are unacceptable and illegal. Detailed examination will be conducted of various forms of illegal and reprehensible sexual behavior, the effects on the victim, the nature of the offender, and the law enforcement response. 
Victimology and Criminal Behavior   (AOJ-381)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
This course will focus on the criminal event from both the perspective of victims and the motives of offenders. It will examine victimization patterns, typologies, lifestyles, causal factors, consequences and the treatment of victims by the criminal justice system. Students will identify pre-incident warning signs, learn about techniques used to defuse immediate danger and learn about strategies used to prevent future harm.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Explain the nature of the victim through history.
  • Analyze the victim movement.
  • Assess the impact of the victim movement.
  • Analyze the concerns with restitution.
  • Identify the cost of being a victim.
  • Assess the concept of victim rights
  • Assess the significance of sex offender registration
  • Analyze the nature of violence and criminal behavior.
  • Explain the concept of victimology in terms of the history, theories, typologies, and factors relating to the emergence of the victim movement.
  • Utilize crime data to identify the extent, trends, and patterns of crime victimization.
  • Identify the emotional, psychological, financial, physical, productivity, and social consequences related to crime victimization.
  • Discuss sexual assault and stalking as they relate to the concept of victimization.
  • Evaluate the issue of family violence, particularly the area of spouse abuse.
  • In their relation to victimization, analyze two forms of extreme violence: homicide and workplace violence.
  • Identify and explain ways to recognize threats of violence and to prevent violence.

 
Human Sexuality   (BIO-201)   3.00 s.h.  
The anatomical and physiological bases of human sexuality; biological and cultural aspects of sexual differentiation and psychosexual development, contraception, venereal disease, and sexual life-styles. 
American Sign Language IV   (DES-212)   3.00 s.h.  
This course teaches students advanced conversational and discourse skills in American Sign Language and advanced and fine aspects of American Deaf Culture. Styles/Registers in ASL will be discussed on an advanced level. Development of advanced signing skills include topicalization of drug use, medical and sexual behavior, legal current events, dialogues, sign variants/differences, etc. An introduction to wit and poetry, folklore, storytelling and linguistic play in ASL. Text and discourse analysis are also incorporated throughout the course. 
Psychological and Sociological Aspects: Deaf and Disabled   (DES-302)   3.00 s.h.  
An investigation of psychological and sociological aspects of growth and development among major disability groups. Includes an in-depth analysis of adaptive and maladaptive behaviors of deaf individuals and their implications for mental health. Areas of adjustment include the family, school, social, vocational, leisure, sexual, marital, old age and interpersonal relations. Emphasis is given to compensatory techniques and intervening measures utilized in achieving adjustment. 
Women and the Economy   (ECO-383)   3.00 s.h.  
Description and analysis of women's economic status. Theories of discrimination against women in the labor market, including neoclassical, institutional, and Marxian. Women's work in the home analyzed form three different perspectives: household utility maximization, patriarchy, and a sex-gender system. Application of theories to case studies. 
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