Social Sciences

BAAS Course Block in Social Sciences

About the Social Sciences course block

Social sciences include a variety of academic disciplines that study the communities or societies in which people live, including anthropology, criminology, economics, linguistics, political science, social history, and sociology. The Social Sciences course block provides methods, tools, and concepts to help you understand human behavior and social interaction in a broad range of contexts, from interpersonal communication to cultural identification to global patterns. In these courses, you learn to think critically about how culture and group identities are created, maintained, and changed; how social structures and institutions affect the lives of individual people; and how social problems are defined and addressed by different groups.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree courses in the Social Sciences course block are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. Courses in the block are largely asynchronous with some optional synchronous sessions to be scheduled by the instructors.

All Penn LPS Online courses offer academic credit.*

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

The Social Sciences course block prepares you to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and analytical tools used in social sciences
  • Learn conceptual frameworks to enable you to make connections between courses in different fields
  • Introduce key concepts and theories to contextual global studies
  • Think critically about social behavior in a wide range of contexts and at different scales, from interpersonal to global
  • Understand current sociological research on social problems, intercultural communication, globalization, and more
  • Study complex issues incorporating ideas from multiple disciplines, including history, economics, and politics as well as sociological research
  • Explore and examine the underlying social and cultural influences on diverse cultural perspectives

Meet the Faculty

Jerry A. Jacobs, PhD Professor of Sociology

Jerry A. Jacobs, PhD

Professor of Sociology

Course Registration

Fall 2019 registration is now open

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