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COURSE NUMBER: SSCI 495
COURSE TITLE: Senior Social Science Seminar
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Randolph Haluza-DeLay
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 3 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: All students with Sociology as a first subject of concentration in the BA program are required to take this course. The seminar is designed to engage students in clarifying the common ground of traditionally distinct social science disciplines. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary concerns.

Prerequisites: Six credits in a designated social science at the 300-level.

THE THEME: Given what I know, how do I situate myself in the world?
(as a social scientifically minded person, a person of belief, and a community citizen/ member of the human species).
REQUIRED TEXT:
  • Woodley, Randy. 2012. Shalom and the Community of Creation: An Indigenous Vision. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • Additional Readings (Course reader to be available in Bookstore). 
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Research Project - Proposal for RFP 10%
Research Project - Class Presentation 15%
Research Project - Final Paper 30%
Course Contributions & Discussion Leading & Additional Reflections 20%
Reflections - Initial reflection 5%
Response to Woodley 20%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • 1) Summarize and synthesize your university career (provide an interdisciplinary and unifying capstone experience to students' social science course work).
    • Via looking at your courses, and applying them.
    • Via reflections on course material.
  • 2) To work at articulating your own approach at drawing together faith/discipleship and your professional discipline.
    • Via consideration of “Christ & culture” (faith and society).
  • 3) To develop skills in organizational analysis, research methods and techniques useful for future endeavours in the professional world.
    • Via investigation of “community development”
    • Respond to an RFP (Request for Proposals)
    • Via an organizational analysis. 
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction.  What do you know? Thinking through your degree. Randy’s approach to Sociology
  • Being Faith-full…  Community Development Case Study work Functional skills from Sociology
  • Faith in the World I Studying faith-shaped organizations (faith-based=FBO);  Asset-based CmtyDev, not needs deficiency
  • Movie: I am Sam QUESTION: How does this represent what McKnight is describing?
  • Faith in the World II Intro Culture, Christendom; Models of Faith and Society (Intro Christ & Culture)
  • Christendom #2; Models of Faith;  More cultural analysis: Shalom as community (whither our games?)
  • Faith in the World III: Cultural & Religious Analysis I
  • Faith in the World III: Cultural & Religious Analysis II
  • Faith in the World III: Cultural & Religious Analysis III
  • Faith in the World III: wrapup
  • Project Presentations


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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