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Department of Social and Behavioral Science

PSYC437 | COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

Introduces students to the field of community psychology, its history, discipline sources and resources, objectives, orientations and instrumentality. The significance of community psychology in mental health as a preventive mental health primary care by controlling the community environmental factors that lead to mental health problems. Developing the community psychological sense as a preventive measure. Training students in the psychological sense of community as introduced, in at least one case study.

PSYC438 | SEMINAR IN PSYCHOLOGY

Advanced study in a topic choosen by the department. It aims at upgrading and advancing the student understanding in the choosen topic. The course requires writing a research paper in one aspect of the given topic, the paper could include field practices

PSYC439 | PRACTICUM IN MENTAL HEALTH SKILLS 1

These two courses are designed to train students in the necessary skills required for mental health practices of psychologists. Students get their training in the local mental health centers which are authorized in providing psychological help for individuals, groups, families and/or communities. The training program includes observation, practicing and reflecting on these practices in order to acquire the necessary skills relating to diagnosis, evaluation, planning, and therapeutic techniques. The student is expected to develop his or her own skills and abilities as a para-professional psychologist. S/he acquires the skills under the supervision of the trainer on site and in the regular classroom contact hours. The two courses are described as follows:

This course is covered in one contact classroom for two hours weekly and seven field training hours weekly. The field training has to cover visiting four mental health centers during the 16-week semester.

PSYC445 | ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING

The course introduces the student with some counseling models including: the psychoanalytic, the phenomenological, humanistic, gestalt, existentialist models, in addition to the rational emotive model. All these models are given within their own

theoretical and philosophical conceptual perspectives. The student focuses on one model which s/he chooses to for training and practice its therapeutic techniques and

SOCI131 | INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

Introduction to the study of society from a historical and comparative perspective. Overview of major social institutions with an emphasis on the changes they undergo and their impact on the social structure. In addition, the course introduces students to sociological research methods and a review of the major sociological schools and trends. The course aims at equipping students with a conceptual and analytical framework for understanding modern society.

SOCI231 | CRITICAL READINGS IN SOCIOLOGICAL TEXTS

Necessary skills to read and comprehend scientific articles and essays with theoretical and empirical content.  The relation between theory and empirical research. Selected sociological and anthropological texts where students are trained in the basics of theorizing, and the role of evidencein description, explanation and prediction.  Basic skills in searching for sociological literature in electronic databases and indexes. Practical training in proper citation methods. Critical and analytic reading of empirical research in non-specialized media.

 

SOCI232 | CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES

Survey of classical sociological thought, with a focus on the works of Comte, Marx, Spencer, Weber, and Durkheim. Study of various conceptualization of society and its components, the mechanisms of change and stability, the bases of social relationships, and methodological issues in the study of society

SOCI233 | ARAB SOCIETY

Introduction to the major social institutions and structures of modern Arab society (the political, economic, and class systems, in addition to family and religion), with a focus on mechanisms and directions of change within these systems and structures since the beginning of the 20th century. Study of the factors contributing to homogeneity, differentiation, contradiction and crises, especially the relation between state and society and the relation between the Arab majority and ethnic minorities. During the presentation of these topics, major sociological concepts will be explained.

SOCI234 | PALESTINIAN SOCIETY

Introduction to the major social institutions and structures of modern Palestinian society (the political, economic, and class systems, in addition to family and religion), and a review of the major transformations undergone by these institutions and structures under various regimes since the beginning of the twentieth century.   Emphasis on the impact of Zionist colonial settlement and the 1948 Catastrophe on the structure of Palestinian society, and a study of the eviction of Palestinians from their homeland and the situation of the Palestinian communities in the Diaspora. During the presentation of these topics, major sociological concepts will be elaborated.

SOCI235 | ISRAELI SOCIETY

Study of the emergence of the Zionist movement, stages and types of Zionist colonial settlement in Palestine, Zionist institutions in Palestine and their contribution in the establishment of the Jewish State. Israeli society as it developed after 1948, the demographic composition of the population of Israel, ethnic relations, the major social institutions and structures (the political, economic, class, religious and family systems). Study of the differential impact of the major social transformations on Jews and Arabs in Israel.

SOCI237 | METHODS OF QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Study of the main qualitative methods in sociology. The interview, observation, the use of documents and other primary sources.   Stages of research from the formulation of the research problem to the writing of the research report .

 

SOCI238 | SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY

Study of the internal structure of the family: power relations, the sexual division of labor, marriage, role allocation, and socialization. The family in its relation with larger kin groups. The impact of urbanization, industrialization and migration on family size, structure, and function, and on marriage and divorce patterns. Focus on the comparative study of family structures .

SOCI330 | FORCED MIGRATION

Study of the conditions and factors affecting forced migration, the social and psychological dimensions of forced migration, the impact of forced migration on the recipient society, policies for dealing with migrants, comparative study of forced migrations, focus on the Palestinian experience of exile and the formation of the Palestinian Diaspora, strategies and plans for the eviction of Palestinians, the socio-economic and political condition of Palestinian refugees, the extent of their assimilation into host countries, their social and political rights, projects for the resettlement of refugees in host countries. Prerequisite: SOCI131

SOCI331 | WOMEN IN SOCIETY

Introduction to women’s and gender studies, study of women in the production process, the family and kin relations, education, the role of the state and religious legislation in determining women’s social status, participation of women in political life, history of feminist movements including women’s movement within the context of national liberation movements in the third world. Prerequisite: SOCI131

SOCI332 | POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY

Study of the social and economic foundations of the distribution of power in society, relations between political and other institutions in society, political processes, movements and formation, the emergence of the modern state, the relation of the state to civil society, the political behavior of groups and individual in different societal contexts. Prerequisite: SOCI131

SOCI333 | URBAN SOCIOLOGY

Study of the origin and development of cities, focus on contemporary cities in industrialized societies and the third world, rural-urban migration, the ruralization of cities, the spread of urban patterns in peasant and nomadic societies, expansion of the service sector, social relations in the city, patterns of human settlement in the city, urban social and political organization. Prerequisite: SOCI131

SOCI334 | SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

Study of the phenomenon of social stratification and differentiation within different socio-economic formations. Review of the different bases of the processes of social differentiation, class division, and the distribution of social, economic and political resources. These phenomena will be studied from the perspective of the different theoretical orientations in sociology.

SOCI335 | SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

Study of religion in society, popular and formal religion and their respective rites and institutions, the relation between religion and political authority, religion as the foundation of modern ideologies, religiously-inspired social movements in the modern world including modern Islamist movements. Prerequisite: SOCI131

SOCI336 | DEMOGRAPHY

World demographic change, population structure, trends in fertility, mortality, migration, factors affecting population growth, comparative study of the relation between demographic processes on the one hand and the family, class structure, the political system, and the economy on the other hand, comparison between trends in industrialized and third world societies. Prerequisite: SOCI131

SOCI338 | CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGICAL THEORIES

Contemporary perspectives on society and its analysis. Major sociological debates, particularly as they developed in the period after the Second World War. Emphasis on Structural-Functionalism, Neo-Marxism, Structuralism, Phenomenology and Ethnomethodology, and theories of Modernity, Post-Modernity and Development.

SOCI339 | ETHNIC RELATIONS AND MINORITY ISSUES

Study of the formation of ethnic communities through analyzing their solidarity, internal cohesion, border construction, and the formation of ethnic awareness. Emphasis on sociological, cultural and materialist perspectives in examining the ethnic phenomenon. Patterns of ethnic relations such as pluralism, coexistence, integration, assimilation, separation and conflict.   Prejudice, racism, and mechanisms of stability and change in the cohesion of ethnic groups and their relations with other communities.

SOCI340 | PRINCIPLES OF SOCIAL STATISTICS

Study of basic statistical concepts, with emphasis on descriptive statistics, classification of data and the construction of tables and graphs, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, normal distribution, inferential statistics, testing of hypotheses, measures of correlation, and regression analysis. Practical applications using statistical packages such as SPSS.

SOCI341 | METHODS OF FIELD RESEARCH

Study of the major aspects of the social survey: formulation of the research problem, defining the hypothesis, measurement of the variables, measures of reliability and validity. Types of questions, questionnaire construction, types of samples, problems in data collection, analyzing the data, and writing the research report.

SOCI432 | PEASANT SOCIETIES

Study of peasant societies, the social and economic organization of peasants, peasants and their relations with the larger society, peasant movements and social change, contemporary problems of peasants. Prerequisite: SOCI131, third year standing

SOCI433 | SOCIOLOGY OF DEVELOPMENT

Major trends in modern development thought, development strategies in third world countries, development policies and their socio-economic and political consequences and applications at the local level, relations of developing countries with the capitalist and other socio-economic systems, emphasis on theories of “stages of economic growth,” “center and periphery,” “dependency” and theories of “unequal exchange/unequal development”. Prerequisite: SOCI131, third year standing

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