Hillyer College Social Sciences Department Course Offerings

ECB 110 Principles of Economics - Macro
This course examines the operation of modern economic society, including production, exchanges, and prices.

ECB 111 Principles of Economics - Micro
 This course examines the operation of modern economic society from the viewpoint of economic decision-making by individuals and firms in a market setting.

GVB 110 American National Government
 As the course title implies, American National Government is a course which introduces the student to the governmental structure and political process associated with the national government of the United States.  State and local governments are touched upon, but only incidental to the course's focus upon national government and politics.  The Constitution, the major institutions of our national government, the dynamics of group political participation activities, the pursuit and preservation of those essential freedoms and liberties that Americans deem to be most important --- these are all features of this course.  How and why people or groups of people seek power and use power once they have achieved it; how people within our society use power to implement decisions that have been made about "who gets what, when, and how" are all central concerns to our study of our nation's national government and its political process.

GVB 120 The American Judicial System: Process and Issues
 This, an introductory course, takes as its focus the role and power of our national judiciary, particularly the United States Supreme Court, in the shaping of the private and civic life that Americans have come to live under today.  The national judiciary's emergence as a major political force has raised certain questions about the scope and legitimacy of its decision-making activities.  It will be this controversy that will serve as the underlying thread of the course's examination of the American national judicial system --- its process and the issues raised by that system.

PSB 110 General Psychology I
 This course introduces psychology as a scientific study of human behavior with an emphasis on the interaction of mind and body.  Topics examined include learning, motivation, emotions, and abnormal behavior.

PSB 111 General Psychology II
Personality theory and psychotherapy, perception and consciousness, child development, intelligence and IQ testing, and some aspects of social psychology are considered.

PSB 210 Personality Psychology
An examination of the factors such as heredity and family socioeconomicand cultural influences on personality. Covering the period from the timeof Freud to the present, the course will consider some of the major theoriesconcerning personality development.

SYB 110 Introductory Sociology
This course provides an introduction to the study of society from the sociological perspective.  Sociology is the study of human social behavior; sociologists attempt to understand why "people do what they do"--whether we are examining individuals at a family dinner table or wars between nations.  Students are encouraged to develop a "sociological imagination"--to understand how their own lives are shaped by the social world around them--and to apply sociological methods and ideas to understand both everyday social situations and larger social problems.  Topics covered in this course include:  culture, the sociology of everyday life, groups and organizations, socialization, deviance and social control, sex roles and gender stratification, race and ethnic relations, social inequality, social institutions (religion, family, education), population, and social change.

SYB 111 Social Problems
Examination of the tensions, maladjustments, and aspects of societal disorganization in contemporary society as these problems are related to the behavior of individuals, the family, the community, and the nation. Analysis of the possible effects certain solutions to social problems may have on public policy.

SYB 120 Sociology of Marriage and the Family
This course is a general survey of the area of marriageand the family with special emphasis upon current sociological implicationsin American culture.  Foundational factors, including biological determinants,cultural variation, and historical perspectives are discussed and evaluated.

SYB 222 Familial Aspects of Aging
A sociological examination of gerontology as it relates to the contemporary American family. Particular emphasis is geiven to the familial roles in the socialization of the aged, the psychological and physical adaptation to aging, and the functionalism of extended, consanguine relationships.