SOST 040 - Advanced Social Studies

Provides an analytic and critical approach to social sciences topics. The overall purpose is to encourage learners to explore society from many perspectives. It provides learners with a variety of conceptual tools to analyze and assess these perspectives. It also allows learners to assemble these perspectives and articulate a point of view. Finally, it enables learners to revise their points of view through experiencing the different values and cultures of other people.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 6)


Total Weeks: 20


SOST 030 Intermediate Social Studies or equivalent,

OR permission of instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:
Grade 11 reading level




Course Content:
People and Their Environment
- Energy use and abuse
- Food production
- Quality of life
- Industrialization
-Global Citizenship
- Geopolitics
- Migrations
- Population studies
- Energy use and abuse
-Levels of Economic Development
- Food production
- Energy use and abuse
- Industrialization
- Economic systems
-Locally Developed Unit
- Anthropology
- Sociology
- History
- Geography

- Psychology


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of some past and present forces shaping society
- Express different perspectives on these shaping forces: cultural, economic, gender, geographic, historic, legal, political, psychological, radical, spiritual, etc.
- Analyze and assess specific issue perspectives to build a point -of-view
- Express their point-of-view and identify changes in their views as a result of experiencing other social and cultural perspectives
- Identify sources of information from resource books, texts, periodicals, computers (internet, etc.), video and audio materials, and direct sources (such as interviews, surveys and observation)
- Extract, summarize and report information from regional, national and global maps; contour and relief maps; artifacts and documents; historical and contemporary media, art, literature, cartoons, etc.; and electronic media (internet resources, software)
- Interpret and describe details of latitude and longitude, scale and distance
- Organize information into notes, outlines, reviews, maps, graphs, tables, and research summaries
- Analyze information by finding main idea asking evocative questions, comparing main ideas with other material and sources of information
- Demonstrate communication through written summaries, short essays, papers, and presentation methods (graphs, tables, tape, drawings, posters, computer-based presentations, etc.)
- Clarify and discuss personal values with respect to social issues
- Identify avenues for democratic participation
- Establish hypotheses concerning values and bias
- Distinguish between fact and opinion
- Demonstrate the ability to comment on and question the material
- Identify statements that reflect consistent or contradictory views

- Demonstrate the ability to generate inferences from any sources


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade:  D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.