Critical Issues in the Social Sciences (Social Sciences H1E, H1F, H1G)
Usually taken Second year
This sequence is often team-taught by professors from the Schools of Social Sciences and Social Ecology. The topics presented are studies from the perspectives of the various social sciences disciplines, namely: anthropology, cognitive sciences, economics, linguistics, political science, psychology, social ecology, and sociology. Sample topics have included human vision & perception; authority, (dis) obedience and human society; decisions and compromises and their rewards and penalties; human language and its disablement, and exotic societies (including our own). This course satisfies all of General Education Category III (Social and Behavioral Sciences).
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The Idiom and Practice of Science (offered as Biology, Chemistry, Earth Systems Science, or Physics H90)
Usually taken Second or Third year
This sequence is an interdisciplinary science course that gives students an understanding of the role science plays in addressing socially significant problems. Students develop the ability to understand scientific models and to judge the content, merit, and limitations of many issues of science in the modern world. Emphasis is placed upon the development of analytical and writing skills. Topics have included earthquakes, chemistry in the environment, radiation/radioactivity, evolution/aging, the mathematics of power, biodiversity/conservation, genetic plant engineering, calculus, and the physics of music. This course satisfies all of General Education Category II (Science and Technology), up to two courses of General Education Category V (Quantitative, Symbolic, and Computational Reasoning) and is required for CHP students who do not have majors in the biological or physical sciences, or engineering.
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