RCSSCI 301 - Social Science Theory I: From Social Contract to Oedipus Complex
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: RC Social Sciences (RCSSCI)
Department: LSA Residential College
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one 200-level social science course.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

American society faces many profound challenges, including climate change, stagnant or declining real wages for most working people, the increasing indebtedness of younger people, and the erosion of democratic control of our political institutions. How well we address these challenges over the next decade will have huge impacts on the well-being of current and future generations. Social science theory, and empirical research based on it, can help us to understand the underlying causes of these challenges. Comparative and historical methods can be employed to assess different possible policy responses to them. Finally, theory and research on social movement organizing can be used to assess strategies for building the political power to bring about social change in the face of intense resistance from entrenched economic and political interests. This course will examine three such challenges – one of them determined by the class – and apply all three types of social science analysis to each challenge.

Intended Audience:

This course is required of all students pursuing the RC Social Theory and Practice major; it is open to interested students in the RC and the LSA.

RCSSCI 301 - Social Science Theory I: From Social Contract to Oedipus Complex
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
6RC Ugrd
WF 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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