Undergraduate Bulletin

Fall 2022

Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and Societal Constructs (SBS)

Humans are social creatures. Examining a list of human behaviors and experiences including forms of communication and expression reveals the important meaning that takes place in the context of human interaction, either between individuals or among small and large groups. Our need for social connection and community, or shared experiences, often leads to the construction of societies and to a social interdependence that is both essential and inevitable. Further, the social sciences find ways to understand the important relationships among all humans that can range from the very intimate to the larger political and economic connections we have to one another and to the larger groups to which we belong. The study of these kinds of behaviors—in such fields as anthropology, economics, history, linguistics, political science, sociology and psychology, among others—invariably includes the necessary ways that groups assign values to its members, to their behaviors, and to the symbolic outcomes of these interactions. Finally, it is the ever-changing nature of the social world that makes its study at once uniquely complex and utterly fascinating. 

Learning Outcomes for ”Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and Societal Constructs”  

1. Understand the major concepts and phenomena that form the basis of knowledge in the social sciences. 
2. Understand methods of inquiry into the social world and the methods social and behavioral scientists use to explore social phenomena including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation, and the evaluation and application of evidence. 
3. Understand various types of theory (e.g., behavioral, political, economic, linguistic) that organize predictions and evidence in the social sciences. 
4. Skillfully interpret and form educated opinions on social science issues. 

Standards for ”Understand, Observe, and Analyze Human Behavior and Societal Constructs”

1. Certified social science courses shall fulfill any two of the above outcomes and have a broad content in a specific area of social sciences. 

For a list of Stony Brook courses that satisfy these learning objectives and standards, complete a course search at this link.