Course Descriptions – Social Sciences

Course Descriptions – Social Sciences 2017-09-27T12:09:03+00:00

WATC offers many transferable general education courses. Here is a list of course descriptions – social sciences classes, many offered in class or online by WATC.

*Course has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for transfer as a direct equivalent at all public postsecondary institutions in Kansas.

CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Cr Hrs*

Provides an introduction to the historical development and the internal and external issues of the various components of the criminal justice system including police, corrections and the courts. The student will illustrate how these interrelated components result in the administration of justice today.

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ECO 105 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Cr Hrs*

This course explores the fundamental aspects of the United States economy, including growth, fiscal and monetary policy, unemployment, inflation, national debt, money and the Federal Reserve System.  National and international policy topics will be discussed.

ECO 110 Principles of Microeconomics 3 Cr Hrs*

Attention will be given to the methods of producing the goods and services that the economy provides. The following areas are explored: supply, demand, pricing, scarcity, business firms and business anti-trust and public interest, incomes, wages and salaries, income distribution, taxes and tax reform.

EDU 120 Introduction to Teaching 3 Cr Hrs*

This is a preparation course introducing students to the field of teaching. Topics include current learning standards, lesson plan components, the realities of teaching as a career, certification requirements, professional expectations, and an introduction to teaching strategies. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore the field of teaching, reflect on their interest in education, create and present an instructional lesson, and develop connections with other future educators. This course must be taken in conjunction with EDU 121.

EDU 121 Introduction to Teaching – Field Experience 1 Cr Hr*

This is an extension of EDU 120 Introduction to Teaching and provides an opportunity for hands-on experiences in a PreK-12 classroom. Students are required to complete 25 hours in the field during the semester and reflect upon topics and issues presented in the EDU 120 Introduction to Teaching course.

POL 101 American Government 3 Cr Hrs*

A general study of the development, structure and functions of the American National Government. Topics to be studied include an introduction to government, principles of constitutionalism and federalism, political parties and political behavior, the Presidency, congress, the judiciary and the federal bureaucracy, Of specific emphasis is an analysis of decision-making in government, public participation and influence in government as well as a study of specific problems concerning the operation of the federal government.

PSY 101 General Psychology 3 Cr Hrs*

A general introduction to the scientific study of behavior and mental processes to enable students to apply the knowledge they gain about the history of psychology, psychological perspectives, biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation, development, personality, psychological disorders and treatments of disorders, social psychology and critical thinking skills to enhance the quality of his/her life as he/she interacts with others and the environment.

PSY 110 Child Psychology 3 Cr Hrs*

This course is a scientific study of child behavior and development from the prenatal period through adolescence. This includes special emphasis in topics of physical development, cognitive and language development, social-emotional development and attachment, socialization, and practical applications of discipline and child rearing.

PSY 120 Developmental Psychology 3 Cr Hrs*

A study of individual development from conception through death to enable students to apply the knowledge they gain about the general areas of biological, neurological, physical, cognitive, social, emotional and personality development at each stage of life to enhance more meaningful interactions with others and better understanding of his/herself.

SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 Cr Hrs*

An introductory study of human society to acquaint students with the influence and patterns of individual and group interaction by exploring the development, characteristics, and functioning of human groups; the relationships between groups, and group influences on individual behavior.

SOC 115 Social Problems 3 Cr Hrs*

This course will examine the major problems of contemporary society, the social causes, potential solutions, and impact on public policy utilizing sociological theories and perspectives.  Students will acquire an understanding of unique issues such as, inequality, crime, deviance, violence, substance abuse, and problems within socialization institutions.

*Course has been approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for transfer as a direct equivalent at all public postsecondary institutions in Kansas.

Online Classes

There is a growing list of courses approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions. Click here for more information.

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