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Social Analysis (FSSA)

Social analysis is the systematic study of individual and social human behavior. This field of study involves a systematic theoretical and empirical examination of the patterns of human behavior within or across various societies and cultures.

Courses satisfying this requirement focus on human behavior. They teach students to analyze individual and group behavior by utilizing a variety of theoretical and empirical frameworks. All courses in this field of study must include the reading of or involve students in research on patterns of human behavior. Courses that employ social contextual analysis for purposes of providing a frame of reference for the study of other phenomena, such as literary texts, works of art, etc., do not fulfill this requirement.


Social Analysis Learning Objectives

  1. Students will be able to identify and describe major theories of social behavior.
  2. Students will be able to identify and describe empirical methods used to answer research questions about individual behavior.
  3. Students will be able to identify and describe empirical methods used to answer research questions about group behavior.