Social and Behavioural Sciences
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): General Arts and Science, General Education
Program Coordinator(s): Jessica Pulis, Sarah Sinclair
Course Leader or Contact: Anna Boshnakova
Version: 20190107_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
This course is designed to provide students with opportunities to examine the relationship between individuals and their societies. This includes the fundamental principles of social science disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, political science, and the behavioural science discipline of psychology. Students will learn the nature of the various disciplines, specific topics within the disciplines, and the methodologies used to collect data and develop conclusions. Learning will be facilitated through the use of Interactive Lectures, Audio and Video Clips, Demonstrations, Role Plays, Individual and Group Activities, Presentations, and Discussions.

Program Context

General Arts and Science Program Coordinator(s): Jessica Pulis
This is a core course for General Arts and Science - College Profile. The curriculum is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work.

General Education Program Coordinator(s): Sarah Sinclair
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated the ability to explain the main principles of the social and behavioural sciences, and apply those principles to their personal behaviour and the behaviour of others.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explain the fundamental principles of physical and cultural anthropology, sociology, political science and psychology.
  2. Describe the methods used by social and behavioural scientists to conduct their research and draw conclusions from that research.
  3. Outline the history of evolutionary thought as it relates to physical anthropology.
  4. Summarize the history of social and behavioural sciences in Canada.
  5. Relate the individual's behaviour to the culture in which he/she lives.
  6. Discuss the stress response, its consequences, and the reduction of stress.
  7. Summarize the evolution of the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  8. Describe Canadian political culture and values.
  9. Assess the required text material to identify themes that are shared across all social and behavioural sciences.
  10. Generate oral and written work and research according to the required style guides and using appropriate academic sources.
  11. Collaborate effectively and respectfully with peers allowing for differing opinions and perspectives.
  12. Produce work assignments that reflect an understanding of the significant impact of social and behavioural sciences on how we view society.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Tests (4 x 15%)60.0%
 Discipline Specific Assignments (2 x 15%)30.0%
 In-class activities and Assignments (2 x 5%)10.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
TEST AND ASSIGNMENT PROTOCOL To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 1. Students are responsible for staying abreast of test dates and times, as well as due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments and projects as supplied to the class by the professor. 2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are awarded a mark of zero. If an extension or make-up opportunity is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero may be revised by subsequent performance. The penalty for late submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business days include any day that the college is open for business, whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not. 3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance of the class whenever possible. A make-up test may be supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a subsequent test count for the additional marks. Exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due dates for assignments. 4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be submitted at the beginning of class. 5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort unless, the professor specifies otherwise. 6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been finalized. 7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical lab and field components in order to pass the course.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

  • Social and Cultural Understanding

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
  • Portfolio
  • Interview

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
RequiredTextbookSocial and Behavioural Sciences: Exploring the Human Behavior and the Environment, J. Pulis and P. Angelini (Eds.), Nelson, 2017

Applicable student group(s): General Education Electives
Course Details:
Unit 1 - Course introduction and introduction to the Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Course Overview
- Overview of the Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Origins of the social sciences in Canada
- Social Science Research
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
Unit 2 - Introduction to Anthropology
- Subfields of anthropology
- Anthropological research methods
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
Unit 3 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology
- History of evolutionary thought
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
* In Class Assignment (5%)
Unit 4 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- The nature of culture
- Studying culture
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
TEST #1 (15%)
Unit 5 - Culture, Society and the Individual
Social Structure
- Social structure
- Elements of social structure
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
Unit 6 - Introduction to Sociology (Part I)
- The Sociological imagination
- Perspectives in Sociology
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
Unit 7 - Introduction to Sociology (Part II)
- Application of Perspectives in Sociology
- Research methods in sociology
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
TEST #2 (15%)
Unit 8 - Introduction to Psychology (Part I)
- Subfields of Psychology
- Early psychological thought
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
Unit 9 - Introduction to Psychology (Part II)
- Contemporary psychological perspectives
- Research in Psychology
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
Unit 10 - Stress and Health
- The Stress Response
- Stress management
- Facilitating a healthy lifestyle
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
* In class assignment (5%)
Unit 11 - Introduction to the Canadian Political System
- Interest Groups
- Political Parties
- Federalism and Power
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
TEST #3 (15%)
Unit 12 - The Canadian Constitution
- Pre-confederation Canadian constitution documents
- Basic principles of the Canadian constitution
- Protecting Rights and Freedoms
- The Charter's effect on the judiciary
Reading:  Text, pages assigned in class
Unit 13 - Political Culture and Participation
- A comparison of Canadian and American political values
- Electoral and non-electoral political participation
- Agents of political socialization
Readings:  Text, pages assigned in class
Week 14
* TEST #4 (15%)

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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