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POLI 101 Introduction to Politics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Provides an overview of how politics and political systems in different countries work. Links analytical concepts, theories and methods in politics to the realities of the political world. Covers topics like power, political ideologies, states, rights and regimes, political culture, public opinion, interest groups, elections, political institutions and violence.

POLI 131 Politics of Kuwait (3-0-3)

Presents survey of political systems and governments and explores Kuwait's history and politics. It provides an overview of its major political institutions and groups that shape current events. Particular attention is paid to the influence of interest groups and key political institutions and actors. Students will examine the context of Kuwait's political culture, political economy, and international political influence.  

POLI 190 Universal Human Rights: Ideals & Realities 3.00

Aims to defend the position that human rights are universal rights by unpacking the concept of universal human rights: it is historical beginnings, its possible religious and cultural influences and conflicts, and the ongoing contentions that surround it. Addresses ongoing local, regional, and global rights issues and violations and discusses the transformative power of education for human rights. This course equips students with the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to contribute to the worldwide human rights dialogue.

POLI 210 International Relations

Prerequisite: POLI 101.

Surveys the key concepts, theories, actors, issues, and processes in world politics. Analyzes the linkages between theories and complex realities in the world, the impacts of globalization, war, information technology revolution, transnational actors and regimes, international law and organizations on international relations.

POLI 250 Comparative Politics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: POLI 101.

Introduces students to western and non-western political systems. It examines similarities and differences in the basic political ideologies, structures, economies, social institutions and governmental processes of developed and developing countries. It also provides frameworks for understanding the cultures of the world that are the basis for formal economic and political institutions. In addition, the course examines the role of non-state institutions, including trans-national ones, in shaping national policies. It uses case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America, as well as Europe, to enhance student understanding of comparative politics.

POLI 252 Middle Eastern Politics (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: POLI 101.

Provides a broad survey of political movements, governments, international conflicts in the Middle East.  It explores also the region's history and examines the context of selected countries’ politics including: political culture, political economy, and international influence.

PSYC 103 General Psychology (3-0-3)

Introduces the general principles of psychology and human behavior. Topics include: development, basic principles of learning, memory, intelligence, motivation, emotions, approaches to dealing with various personalities, abnormal behavior, health and social influence. The role and importance of psychology in everyday life is presented. Evolutionary perspectives and new trends in psychology are also presented.

PSYC 130 – Introduction to Community Psychology (3-0-3) *

Introduces the field of community psychology, its key concepts such as diversity, citizen participation, and the interrelationships between individuals and the communities in which they live. Applies psychological principles to understand and address social issues that affect communities through the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions

PSYC 216 Social Psychology (3-0-3)

Studies interaction between individuals and their social environment. Topics include: the social self, person perception and impression formation, attribution and confirmation biases, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, attitudes, conformity, group processes, close relationships, helping others, aggression, and health. A reason for such an approach is that an understanding of theory and research findings enriches comprehension of the other aspects.

PSYC 221 Psychology of Personality (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: PSYC 103

Promotes an understanding of the different perspectives in psychology of personality and synthesizes them within a framework of what personality is and how it functions. Answers why do we behave the way we do across contexts and situations? How are we different from others? Theories examined are: psychodynamic, trait, cognitive, behavioral/learning, biological and phenomenological/existential.

PYSC 223 Cross-Cultural Psychology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: PYSC 103, General Psychology.

Studies the coming together of culture and psychology, Seeks to explain the role of culture in shaping human development and psychological processes. Foci include the three main approaches to understanding how culture affects human psychological development: cross-cultural psychology, cultural psychology, and indigenous psychology.

PSYC 224 Political Psychology (3-0-3) *

Prerequisite: PSYC 103

Uses psychological theories and concepts to describe and explain various political phenomena. It applies disciplinary knowledge to real world problems and situations in order to shed light on the mysteries of what drives individual actors or group to think, feel and behave in particular ways in a political context.

PSYC 251 Health Psychology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Discusses theories and research results on health and health behavior. Applies health behavior to different aspects of social, personal and professional life.

SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Introduces the scientific study of human society, culture, and social interactions and draws upon the main sociological theories and concepts, supported by relevant empirical research.  Students will explore social, political, and economic phenomena in terms of social structures, social forces, and group relations through analyzing important sociological topics, including socialization, culture, the social construction of knowledge, inequality, race and ethnic relations, poverty, and political sociology. 

SOC 120 Gender role (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Provides a sociological analysis of the status of women in society, including their work, family, and political roles. Socialization, education, and the women’s movement are also considered, as these affect the position and participation of women in a variety of social arenas. Specific thematic areas include socialization, education, language, violence, the family, health, and globalization.  Particular attention is given to gender as it relates to popular forms of culture and everyday life.  First, second and third wave feminism are drawn upon to reflect and explore questions concerning the role of women, locally and globally.

SOC 121 Introduction to Gender Studies (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Introduces students to cultural, political and historical issues that shape gender. Examines key concepts and debates in gender studies, including global and cultural gender issues. Introduces students to diverse experiences and gendered power relationships.

SOC 140 Social Problems (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Examines social problems, their causes and consequences, within a local and global context.  Main sociological perspectives are applied to provide an understanding of important social problems including poverty and wealth, gender inequality, crime and criminal justice, violence, work and the workplace, divorce, and family life.  Potential solutions to these problems are evaluated and students are encouraged to explore how their individual lives are connected with larger social realities. 

SOC 141 Intro to Criminology & Criminal Justice (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110

Introduction to the basic concepts and approaches in the study of criminology and criminal justice. The major components of the criminal justice systems are examined.

SOC 150 Food and Globalization (3-0-3)

Provides an introduction into globalization through the prism of agro-food relations. It will explore global structures of production and transportation of common food items from source to your plate, and how these structures relate to human oppression and liberation, health and dignity, and sustainability of life in our interconnected world.

SOC 204 Criminology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 140.

Explores the key concepts and theoretical approaches to criminology and criminal justice. It combines core criminological theory with justice, focusing on relations between the police and the public, and the role of imprisonment, including notions of justice and the social effects of the use of imprisonment. It considers social diversity, inequality, deviance, and crime control while examining the nature of social relationships between individuals, groups and institutions of criminal justice.

SOC 205 Urban Sociology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Any Sociology course

Investigates the development and functions of cities from a sociological perspective, exploring explanations of urban growth and change, and the consequences of social change for neighborhoods and cities. Beginning with a history of urbanization, the course considers central theories of urban sociology including ecological, political/economic, cultural, and experiential perspectives. Contemporary research is used to examine how individuals, social interactions, and institutions shape, and are shaped by, characteristics of urban space. Topics explored include poverty, race and ethnicity, residential degradation, housing, crime and victimization, health, social isolation, culture and global cities.

SOC 271 Society in the Information Age (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 110 & SOC 110 or SOC 140

Focuses on topics not addressed by other sociology courses, such as, technology, social media, family, aging, gender, social economy, consumerism, criminology, and others. Students read and analyze selected materials from different pertaining to the topic of the course in a given semester. This course is offered based on student demand and instructor availability.

SOC 300 Special Topics in Sociology (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Any SOC 200 Level Course

Uses conceptual and applied social science skills to explore selected topics, such as economic sociology, environment sociology, development sociology, and sociology of family. The course will introduce key concepts and debates on the selected topic, and discuss their practical application. Students will be required to connect learned material to a region and subtopic of their choice with independent research.

SOC 301 Population, Society and Development in the GCC (3-0-3)

Prerequisite: Any course in HIST, POLI or SOC

Introduces the concepts and issues surrounding population, demographics, and their relationship to development studies in the GCC. The course aims to enrich students on the main concepts and theories in population and development studies, as well as to make the students better acquainted with the relevant issues in the region.