Penn State University

United States of America

Available Courses

Introductory Sociology provides perspectives and information useful in understanding all societies. The major theories (functionalism, conflict, and symbolic interactionism) and concepts provide the foundation upon which the course material rests. Students will learn how sociologists do research and explore tools for understanding the production of knowledge and for evaluating the validity of sociological assertions. Students will employ critical reasoning skills as they explore the nature and reality of culture and social structure, the formation of the social self and the salience of group identities and norms, social stratification and inequality (in the specific contexts of race, ethnicity, gender, and age), and the complexity of human social life and behavior. Sections of this course may include group research projects, debates, and library or internet-based research.

Race, Ethnicity and Culture focuses on historical patterns and current status of racial, ethnic and cultural groups and issues locally, nationally, and internationally. SOC 119 has three objectives. The course will introduce students to new ways of thinking about race, ethnicity and culture from the perspectives of the social sciences and humanities. Students will be able to compare and contrast differences between race, ethnicity and culture. They will be able to understand the extent and pervasiveness of racial, ethnic and cultural inequality and discrimination in the U.S. and explain how unequal systems impact different ancestry groups. Students will be able to compare historical causes and consequences of sociological processes such as immigration, assimilation and multiculturalism, and they will develop new ways of understanding how these processes are expressed in popular culture (e.g., art, music, literature) and intergroup dynamics.
Students will also learn the intellectual tools for having more thoughtful conversations about the issues address in the class. By acquiring these tools, students will be able to formulate more thoughtful questions and responses when they engage others in everyday discussions about the many racial, ethnic and cultural factors and forces that pull people and groups together and push them apart. Finally, students will be able to more clearly explain how their identity reflects and shapes their life experiences as well as others in their racial and ethnic group(s).

This course explores mass communications in the United States in the context of organization, role, content, and the effects of newspapers, magazines, television, radio, books, and films. This course offers an overview of the interaction between mass media and society. By drawing from selected topics, the course pays particular attention to the social influences (e.g., economics, politics, technology, law and culture) that shape media messages. Among others, the course examines the nature of media controllers as well as the character of users and consumers of media products. By so doing, students are informed about the overall structure and scope of the mass media and led to understand the power and influences associated with media messages and practices.

This course opens an intellectual journey through the ideas and challenges that IT professionals face in the world. It will address major questions such as: How can we use technology to organize and integrate human enterprises? How can technology help people and organizations adapt rapidly and creatively? What can we do about information overload? Three perspectives (or facets) address the core issues: information or the basic science of data encoding, transmission and storage; people or the interactions among technologies, institutions, regulations and users; and technology or the design and operation of basic information technology devices. Students will become confident users and consumers of information technology while developing research and analytical skills to evaluate specific devices and understand how those devices function in larger socio-technical systems. Students will also learn to predict and anticipate the impact of new technologies on human institutions as well as understand the potential impact of institutions on the use and design of information technologies. This course focuses on team learning, problem-solving, and hands-on experience.
Classification(s): Social and Behavioral Sciences

This course serves as an introductory university-level course in computer systems literacy. The history, architecture and operation of computing systems and underlying computing theory are covered. The intent of this course is to ensure that students with diverse backgrounds can gain the information technology fundamental skills and understanding to succeed with subsequent in-depth courses in the Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations curriculum. At the same time, the general nature of the introduction may make it useful for other programs that involve education in concepts and skills relating to information and computing systems.

This course focuses on economy-wide factors such as inflation, unemployment, and overall economic growth and offers an introduction to macroeconomic analysis and policy. The principal objective of the course is to enable students to analyze major macroeconomic issues clearly and critically. Students will be introduced to the methods and tools of economic analysis, and these analytical tools will be applied to questions of current policy interest. Broadly, the course focuses on the determination of national income, on unemployment, inflation, and economic growth in the context of a global economy, and on how monetary and fiscal policy, in particular, influence the economy.

This course is designed to introduce students to issues surrounding the development and maintenance of human civilization on Earth. This includes developing an understanding of how human population has grown over time, the resources required by humans and how this has changed over time, and the by-products of activities related to resource extraction on the environment and, hence, on human health and the cost of maintaining human civilization. A considerable focus is placed on developing critical thinking skills by using scientific data to describe, and evaluate the relative importance of, environmental issues. Accordingly, the course presents, and explains, scientific data in formats that students are likely to find in scientific journals, mass media, and websites.

Energy and the Environment course explores energy utilization and technological development, energy resources, conversion and consequences on the local and global environment, and future energy alternatives. The information and principles presented in this course will allow the students to make sound judgments in the area of ‘personal energy choices’. Students will acquire knowledge, which will enable them to critically evaluate any energy-related concerns of the society. The main objectives of this course are to: provide basic understanding and appreciation of energy and environmental concepts and interconnectedness; analyze energy consumption patterns; discuss various energy resources that power the modern society; examine the energy conversion processes; explore interrelationships between energy use and industrial progress and environmental consequences; discuss future energy alternatives.

Introduction to Biostatistics course is a standard first course in statistics, with an emphasis on applications and statistical techniques of particular relevance to the biological sciences. This course focuses on statistical analysis and interpretation of data in the biological sciences; probability; distributions; and statistical inference for one- and two-sample problems. Students will learn the basic concepts of probability and statistical inference, including common graphical and numerical data summaries; notions of sampling from a population of interest, including the sampling distribution of a statistic; construction and interpretation of confidence intervals, test statistics, and p-values; and connections between probabilistic concepts such as normal distributions and statistical inference. They will recognize various types of data, appropriate statistical methods to analyze them, and assumptions that underlie these methods. Students will use statistical software to analyze real data.

This course is a beginning level course in Web Design, with emphasis on designing with standards to assure accessibility and effective communication. The course teaches students how to create web sites using XHTML and recommended government standards. This emphasis is central so that the work the students do will reach the broadest audience, including people with disabilities, through the use of a broad range of software and hardware. This course will teach students how to meet the present government standards for accessibility by the disabled and the technical and accessibility standards recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The course will introduce topics such as: clarity of art and design, ease of use (navigability), and in creating art and graphics for web delivery (optimization).

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