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Social Sciences for Health Professionals Concentration

Division of Natural Sciences

Social Sciences for Health Professionals Concentration

This concentration helps you prepare for health-care related careers in medicine, nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy and many others. Understanding the complexities of human behavior, development and identity is crucial to your career as a health professional. In addition, strengthening your communication skills is critical for effective provider-patient relationships.

Consists of 18 credits including the following courses:

Introduction to psychology as a natural and a social science. Topics include the methods of science biological bases of behavior developmental processes sensation and perception states of consciousness conditioning and learning memory and cognition motivation and emotion theories and assessment of intelligence and personality diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders and social-cultural influences on behavior. General Education Social Sciences

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the sociological imagination with a critical examination of social issues individual experiences and the potential for social change. Topics include the nature and impact of culture and social structure inequality social institutions identity social interaction and the historical context of knowledge and relationships. Methods of sociological investigation and interpretation are also emphasized. This course is offered in a traditional survey and special topics format. Corequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education social sciences

Unit(s): 3

And four courses (at least one from each category) from the following topics list:

Note that no discipline prefix may be used more than three times. For example, after completing PSY 101 and SOC 101, only two more courses in the concentration may be chosen from the PSY or SOC prefixed courses.

Topics in Behavior and Cognition

Introduction to the experimental analysis of behavior. Historical and modern approaches in the scientific study of learning are discussed. Students are required to demonstrate factual knowledge in the major content areas procedures and other advanced issues in regards to simple forms of learning such as habituation and sensitization and more complex forms of associative learning exemplified in classical and operant conditioning. Prerequisite PSY 101 Prerequisites or Co-requisites PSY 210 or 230 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Empirical findings related to the description classification assessment etiology and treatments of various psychological disorders. Specific disorders examined include anxiety disorders mood disorders substance-related disorders personality disorders and schizophrenia. An important emphasis is understanding the impact of mental illness on individuals and their family and friends. Prerequisite PSY 101 or SOC 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

PSY/
Examination of the contribution of neuroscience techniques to the understanding of sensationperception attention learning memory language and consciousness. Lectures and papers involve an analysis of the interdisciplinary methods such as functional neuroimaging electrophysiological methods and the neurological impairments of brain-damaged patients. Prerequisites PSY 101 and 210 or BIOL 110 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Investigation of the major areas of cognitive psychology. Topics include perception and attention representation of knowledge models of memory problem solvingreasoning language and intelligence. Analysis of the validity and reliability of measuring cognitive processes occur through participation in hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Prerequisite PSY 101 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

Survey of theories principles and facts concerning the sensory sciences. Emphasis on the study of physical physiological and psychological principles governing how we acquire information from the environment through the senses and the organization of these sensations into meaningful interpretable experiences. Although the focus is on mechanisms the influence of disease development and aging are also considered. Prerequisite PSY 210 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

Topics in Life Span and Development

Examine issues related to geriatrics with emphasis on issues including historical cultural biological physiological psychological and social contexts. Opportunities for experiential learning in residential and intermediate facilities with appropriate agencies. Prequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

Surveys historical approaches basic issues recent research and current theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology. Emphasis on describing and explaining the changes that characterize physical perceptual cognitive social and emotional development across the lifespan. Prerequisite PSY 101 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Examination of how society supports controls and constrains our arrival into and departure from the world revealing the ways that events often assumed to be natural are in fact conditioned by social and cultural forces. Special emphasis on the communication of cultural norms regarding birth and death the impact of advances in medicine and technology and how birth and death become cultural metaphors for other social phenomena. Prerequisite SOC 101

Unit(s): 3

Topics in Diversity and Identity

Human populations throughout the world differ in their physical appearance behavior customs lifestyles etc. Students learn about the biological basis of human homogeneity and diversity and critically examine the construct of race as a sanctioned method of classifying human species into different groups. Consideration of biological principles that define species and subgroups and discussion of key differences between early and modern techniques that biologists use to classify organisms. Case studies and examples from geographic locations around the world address some of the enormous social implications (health care education law enforcement) of using faulty science to group human beings into distinct racial categories Prerequisites PDP 150 OR 350 ENG 110 MATH 110 or MATH 115 or MATH 118 and BIOL 100 or BIOL 110 General Education 2014 Global dynamics Alternate years offered 2014-2015

Unit(s): 3

FCS/
Examination of the human family historically and comparatively in various cultures with major emphasis placed upon the modern American family. Included are such topics as the diversity of family structures the social construction of emotions gender expectations and roles parenting the life cycle and family tensions. Prerequisite SOC 101 and ENG 110 Writing Intensive

Unit(s): 3

Students will examine family and interpersonal relationships from a variety of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to gain understanding of the changes in society relative to marriage and family. Students will engage in critical examination of issues related to families work and their interrelationships. Emphasis placed upon the reciprocal impacts of relationships within the family and a persons relationships to individuals and other institutions such as educational governmental religious and occupational institutions in society.

Unit(s): 3

Overview of the process of parenting in diverse cultural and familial structures. Exploration of issues related to parenting at various stages of development as well as formation of parenting goals and styles. Emphasis placed on parent-child interactions through the child rearing years. Provides an emphasis on evidence-based practices and evaluation of programming. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 Experiential learning

Unit(s): 3

PSCI/
Interdisciplinary exploration of the power and dynamics of human similarities and differences on a global scale. Covers globalization from the perspective of identity and difference and provides opportunities to question contemporary assumptions values and patterns of behavior with the goal of making global interactions more constructive and more peaceful. Prerequisite PDP 150350 General Education Global Dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Overview of the study of how peoples behaviors attitudes and feelings are shaped by other people and the social environment. Topics include attraction prejudice deindividuation persuasion cognitive dissonance social cognition attribution theory and the social self. Emphasis on classic research and the latest studies in the field and their applicability to everyday experiences of the students. Prerequisite PSY 101 or permission of the instructor

Unit(s): 3

Overview of the psychological social and biological aspects of sexuality that will be of use for communicating with romantic partners doctors and family members. Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology sexually transmitted diseases methods of contraception prenatal sexual differentiation sex research attraction and love sexual orientation and sexual dysfunction and sexual ethics. Prerequisite PSY 101 or SOC 101 and junior or senior standing.

Unit(s): 3

Problems of population growth environment and resource depletion alcoholism and drug addiction crime and violence inequity and poverty unemployment alienation and several others will be studies. Development of public awareness role of social movements theoretical approaches value conflicts interest groups ad power struggles and examination of proposed solutions will also be included.

Unit(s): 3

The nature of racial relations and inequalities in American society including their historical origins and relationship to Western capitalist development. The ethnic composition of contemporary American society impact of legal and illegal immigration patterns dynamics of modern structures and institutions the Civil Rights Movement inter-ethnic conflicts and attitudes multiculturalism and status of affirmative action are analyzed in the context of national and global social change. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 and SOC 101 General education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to a variety of conceptual frameworks and theoretical lenses relating to human gender and sexualities including social constructionism political economy and cultural studies. A critical global historical and sociological approach will be emphasized to unpack gendered ad sexualized social structures like patriarchy heterosexism and hegemonic masculinity. Special attention will be paid to social movements and challenges to powerresource inequalities made by gender and sexuality-based minority groups. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 and SOC 101 Offered alternate years 2016-2017 General Education global dynamics

Unit(s): 3

Topics in Communication and Health Fields:

An introduction to the history and influence of communication technology in society. The class will explore the various social political cultural and economic impacts of new communication technology. Major topics include the origins of writing printing photography film the telegraph and telephone radio television and the internet. 2016 Summer Session II offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3

Examines how electronic media industries have changed the way we produce and consume media products. The course will examine how the digital age has impacted notions of interactivity virtual space media production networks and credibility. Particular attention will be paid to the social economic and political implications of these changes. 2015 Summer Session II offered as an online course

Unit(s): 3

Examines issues related to communication within personal and professional relationships. Students will develop theoretical and practical understandings of verbal and nonverbal communication the role of technology in interpersonal communication and how interpersonal communication functions to develop negotiate maintain and terminate relationships.

Unit(s): 3

Theoretical and practical survey of intercultural communication processes. Examines intrapersonal interpersonal organizational and mass media dimensions of intercultural communication. The course specifically focuses on the distinctive cultural behaviors expectations values and power dynamics that affect our abilities to communicate effectively and people from diverse cultures. Prerequisite PDP 150 or PDP 350 General Education global dynamics Alternate years offered 2017-2018

Unit(s): 3

Students will develop theoretical and practical understandings of the role of sex and gender in verbal and nonverbal communication friendships families romantic relationships and professional relationships. This course also examines the issues of technology health power and violence as they related to sex and gender.

Unit(s): 3

Examines the medias role in creating and re-creating our understanding of gender race and class. Includes a historical perspective and traces how these representations have changed over time the forces that have affected representations of gender race and class and the current state of their representation in the media. A field trip to at least one museum in Washington D.C. is planned depending upon exhibits available at the time (e.g. National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonians American History Museum). 2017 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 100

Unit(s): 3

Examines the role of news advocacy scientific analysis decision and policy making risk perception and other factors in the communication of issues related to science environment and health. Provides students with rich theoretical background critical understanding and practical skills to produce investigate and critique communication processes related to the topics. Students in this course are required to conduct field work and original research write and publish news and analytical articles. Alternate years offered 2016-2017

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the multiple determinants of health and wellness from a personal and community perspective. Through service-based learning experiences students critically analyze individual social and environmental factors that influence health. This course requires students to spend time off-campus serving at community agencies in order to successfully fulfill course requirements. Prerequisites PDP 150 or PDP 350 ENG 110 and ES-230 or permission of the instructor Experiential learning and writing intensive

Unit(s): 3

Comparison of the similarities and differences between varied World Health Organization ranked global healthcare systems. Emphasis will be placed on exploring delivery financing and effectiveness of services within various healthcare systems with a special focus on sports medicine and related prevention and intervention resources for athletes. The class will travel to Italy and Hungary for 14 days. Prerequisites
Taught in the style of a seminar a small group of students learn thinking skills through discussion debate peer review and brainstorming. Context varies from section to section. Incoming students rank topic preferences and then are assigned to a section. Focuses specifically on two key areas of personal development (1) intellectual growth is stimulated through systematic critical questioning and (2) a sense of community involvement and responsibility is developed through classroom group work collaborative learning and a class community engagement project. The course also contains success skill exercises and college orientation information including an introduction to the portfolio program. General education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
or
An introduction to the academic community of Bridgewater College to the liberal arts and to the skills of critical thinking and reflective writing specifically designed for transfer students. Transfer students will explore the unique challenges of integrating into a liberal arts educational environment and will begin the process of documenting their experiences and growth in the four dimensions of personal development intellectual growth and discovery citizenship and community responsibility ethical and spiritual growth and emotional maturation and physical health. general education 2014 master core skills

Unit(s): 3
General education world cultures 2016 Interterm Estimated Extra Cost 4000

Unit(s): 3

Development of community based intervention strategies to modify health risk behaviors with emphasis on theoretical foundations and comprehensive program planning strategies.

Unit(s): 3

Introduction to the concepts of pharmacology and counseling as related to healthcare. Prerequisites ES 450

Unit(s): 3

Concepts of administration such as devising policy and procedures record-keeping budgeting facility design risk management and productivity standards for healthcare professionals.

Unit(s): 3

Examination of the mental health benefits of exercise as well as motivational factors involved in exercise and the many variables that influence exercise behavior (e.g. stress emotional states anxiety and depression). Additionally this course explores the psychological antecedents and consequences of injury and illness.

Unit(s): 3

This course is a directed study of cultural and ethical issues associated with varied allied health professionals service delivery. The experience is designed to advance the students knowledge in providing healthcare for diverse cultural groups within the United States healthcare system including discussions related to the following communications family roles high risk behaviors healthcare practices spirituality and death rituals. Concurrently the class will provide insight into the formation and use of various allied healthcare professional organizations code of ethics.

Unit(s): 3

Exposes students to a broad view of public mental health and psychology in the public interest. Stimulates the interest of future researchers clinicians and policy makers toward improvement of public mental health. Specific attention is given to discerning science from pseudoscience in the practice of psychology. Prerequisites PSY 310 or permission of instructor

Unit(s): 3

Basic counseling skills and models are outlined for students who plan to enter a helping profession. Primary focus is placed on current counseling techniques and strategies. Helping skills such as attending reflecting clarifying empathizing supporting examining feedback confronting and facilitating group process are treated. Goal setting decision making self-awareness and referral techniques are also included. Prerequisite SOC 101 2015 Fall Semester Estimated Extra Cost 45

Unit(s): 3

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