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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

Identification of Gangs   (AOJ-122)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
History, philosophy identification of prison organized gangs & revolutionary groups in the United States. Includes types of gangs, philosophy underlying gang behavior, beliefs & philosophies of individual organizations, & techniques for identifying gang members.

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

  • Understand the historical development of gang culture in America.
  • Define gangs and gang membership.
  • Develop a sense of how gangs have evolved into large networks of organized crime in our society.
  • Evaluate and discuss theories explaining the social factors leading to gang membership and activity.
  • Examine the role of law enforcement, the legal system, and the prison system regarding gang membership and activity.

Police Behavior and Organization   (AOJ-201)   3.00 s.h.  
The effect upon police behavior of occupational role definitions, the social and legal frameworks in which it takes place, the imperatives of police organization, jurisdiction and philosophy. Special attention to decretion as a characteristic of police work. 
Police Role in Community   (AOJ-302)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Focuses on the nature and responsibilities of the policeman's role. Topics include the following: police work as a profession; image of the police; and tensions, conflicts and cooperation between the police and the community.

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

  • Define community and police functions in a macro setting.
  • Define the development of relationships between law enforcement organizations and community groups and social agencies.
  • Define the key stages of the police agency's unique functions in community support organizations
  • Explain the community's response to various police actions and practices.
  • Describe the attributes of a successful police-community relations program.
  • Identifying and managing conflict and stress in developing community and social agency support
  • Describe personal competencies necessary for a police officer in a community policing environment.
  • Analyze the framework for community policing.
  • Define techniques for working with diverse populations.
  • Define the process for building police-community partnerships.
  • Identify effective police-community partnerships.

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.

Architectural Design III   (ARH-321)   3.00 s.h.  
Study of complex architectural problems with emphasis on theory, planning, construction, social concern, and other forces which shape design. Programming and research. Alternate design and working drawings. 
History of Western Art I   (ART-166)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
The History of Western Art I course examines the greatest works of the Western visual tradition, highlighting issues of social content, form, and iconography. The course is a survey of Western European art and architecture from antiquity to 1600 CE. The course provides an excellent introduction and general overview of the seminal works of Western art. The social, political, and philosophical influences on the art and architecture are also examined. Students will gain a knowledge and appreciation of the great works, their artists, and the cultures that produced them.

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

  • Identify and discuss works of art that represent the greatest achievements of Western civilization and define the Western visual tradition from antiquity to 1600 CE.
  • Identify key periods or movements and summarize their essential visual features.
  • Identify important artists and political figures and associate them with their works.
  • Discuss the social, political, and historical events that influenced art history.
  • Discuss the technological advances that influenced art history.
  • Compare and contrast artists, artworks, and styles.
  • Analyze the qualities that distinguish the great works, great artists, and styles.

Available by DSST exam. 
History of Western Art II   (ART-167)   3.00 s.h.  
History of Western Art II is a survey of Western art and architecture from the 1600s to the present day. Students will learn about the artists, architects, and social, political and historical events and figures that formed the history of European and American art and architecture of this period. Various trends and art periods, from Baroque through Pop art, are examined and discussed. The great masterworks, from Night Watch to the Guernica, are studied and compared. This course is an excellent introduction to modern art and a good complement to the History of Western Art I (ART-166). 
Graphic Design III   (ART-333)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Basic introduction to the principles of layout including grid systems and their use. Introduction to methods used to turn a design into a finished printed piece including basic understanding of printing and beginning past-up and mechanicals.

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

  • Document the use of Typography and design in publications of any type of size.
  • Explain the use of a grid system for page layout.
  • Explain the characteristics, classification and applications of advanced type in such uses as custom spacing kerning and tracking.
  • Explain a thorough knowledge of type styles, fonts, families and characteristic; ligatures and white space, visual hierarchy.
  • Document the creation of art in publications.
  • Explain the preparation of words and art for publication.
  • Document and explain color printing, separations, bleeds, varnishes die cuts, and other special effects.
  • Document and explain electronic prepress file preparations.
  • Document how to organize words and images in design layouts using typographic structural systems, alignments and grids.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages. Relevant tools and technologies include drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design history, theory and criticism from a variety of perspectives including those of art history, linguistics, communication and information theory, technology, and the social and cultural use of design objects.

Through the portfolio assessment process, student will articulate and provide evidence of the following learning outcomes: 10-12 works are appropriate for this level. Most students will have a good deal more than that. In other cases, there may be less works, but the deeper conceptual/historic content of the works are to be revealed in the narrative about those works.

Man's Best Friend: The Biology and Behavior of Dogs   (BIO-310)   3.00 s.h.  

Course Description
Dogs and humans have been working and playing together for as long as 30,000 years. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the most critical components of a successful human-animal relationship, and requires students to synthesize what they learn about biology and behavior. This is accomplished by first examining the origin of the relationship between humans and dogs, and follows the development of the dog from the first stages of domestication through present day by including the dog's physiology, structure, reproduction and genetics. Next, developmental behavior of the dog is examined from birth to adulthood, as well as breed specific behaviors. Learning process and principles of training are also investigated through several common behavior problems and their solutions. Health, disease, and nutrition are also discussed.

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

  • Explain the role of genetics related to reproduction and breeding management, and the interaction of genetics and behavior.
  • Analyze anatomy and physiology.
  • Assess the coevolution of man and dog along with its relationship to domestication.
  • Describe developmental behavior.
  • Analyze learning processes and training principles, including: habituation and sensitization, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social learning.
  • Explain common behavioral problems and solutions.
  • Identify infectious diseases and common noninfectious disorders.
  • Discuss common nutrient requirements and nutritionally responsive disorders.

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