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Topics in Social Science

I.     Course Prefix/Number: SSC 290

       Course Name: Topics in Social Science

       Credits: 1-4 (1-3 lecture; 1-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies depending on the specific topic

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course explores major issues currently facing the United States and other nations of the world.  Socioeconomic, political and other social-scientific perspectives are considered in the study of these global topics.  Course has a different focus and/or scope from other courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credits.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Identifications, descriptions, definitions, and comparisons of major concepts, programs and issues related to the topic(s) will be studied.

V.    Academic Integrity

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.

VI.   Sequence of Topics

One major topic or several minor topics relating to an overall theme will be selected for study.  A sample outline is represented below.  The exact outline of topics is contingent on the nature of the course:

    A. Roots of a War:  Vietnam and the outside world up to the end of World War II
    B. The First Vietnam War:  Vietnam vs. the French (1946-1954)
    C. America's Mandarin:  Growing U.S. support for the government of South Vietnam (1954-1963)
    D. L.B.J. Goes to War:  1964-1965
    E. America Takes Charge:  The escalation of U.S. involvement (1965-1967)
    F. America's Enemy:  A view from Vietnam (1954-1967)
    G. Tet:  The turning point in U.S. public opinion (1968)
    H. Vietnamizing the War:  1968-1973
    I. Cambodia and Laos:  The secret war
    J. Peace is at Hand:  1968-1973
    K. Homefront, U.S.A.
    L. The End of the Tunnel:  Getting out of Vietnam (1973-1975)
    M. The Legacies of the War

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Instructional methods vary with the instructor and may involve any of the following:  lectures, discussions, readings, papers, audio-visual resources, group projects, simulation games, guest speakers, case studies, exercises, group interaction, role playing.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand college-level text material.  Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Exams (objective, short answer, essay), analyses of books, research papers, group work, and student presentations are likely strategies to be used in evaluating student learning.

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.