The Individual in Modern Society
I. Course Prefix/Number: SSC 101
Course Name: The Individual in Modern Society
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. define and examine contemporary problems in society and their historical development with the main focus on the United States, comparisons will also be made with the rest of the world.
B. understand various schools of thought in the social sciences, how they relate to each other, and how practitioners in the different disciplines seek to explain current economic, political, social, and cultural developments.
C. develop hypotheses about the source(s) of the problems discussed, become acquainted with various theoretical perspectives.
D. carry out primary research on chosen topics in small groups to determine causality by developing a research protocol and communicating their findings to the instructor and classmates through written and oral presentations.
E. become aware of how trends, forces, and changes in society affect themselves and others and determine how they can impact change.
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. Disciplines of Social Science
C. Human Origins and Western Culture
D. Culture and Cultural Change
E. Individuals' Interaction with Society
F. Social Institutions and Social Problems
H. Political Problems
I. Economic Problems
J. International Relations
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.