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University of California, Irvine School of Social Sciences Social Science H1F (Social Ecology H20B): Critical Issues in Social Sciences

Fall 2010 Class Time: Tues. and Thurs., 12:30-1:50 p.m. Class Location: SSPA 1100 Instructors: Professor William Schonfeld (SSPA 4187) Office Hours: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Thursday & by Appointment Tel: (949) 824-2191 Section Leaders: Tom McEnroe (SST 640A) [email protected] Jared Olesen (SST 619) [email protected] Ather Zia (SST 643) [email protected]

Professor Michael Scavio (SST 365) Office Hours: Tues. & Thur. 11:20 am - 12:20 pm e-mail: [email protected]

Required Readings: There are two categories of required readings: 1. Books which are available for purchase at the bookstore: John Locke, Second Treatise of Government. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Rousseau's Political Writings. Sigmund Freud, An Outline of Psycho-analysis. B. F. Skinner, About Behaviorism. Jan T. Gross, Neighbors. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, The Black Swan. 2. Articles included in a Reader to be purchased at the bookstore: Overskeid, "Looking for Skinner and Finding Freud" Fish, "Condemnation without Absolutes" Gray, "Pluralism" Dirie, "Becoming a Woman" Schweder, "What about Female Genital Mutilation?" Putnam, "E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century"


Course Grade will be based on the following: 10% Active and informed participation in weekly discussion section meetings. 30% Paper 1 30% Paper 2 Each paper should include a title page, 8 to 10 pages of text, double spaced with 12 inch font and one-inch margins. The text of the paper should also be divided into sections with headings for each section. The paper must also include a complete bibliography which does not count as text. 30% Final Exam, which may include both specific terms to be identified and broad integrative question(s).

Lecturer Week 1 Sept 23 Scavio & Schonfeld

Topic Intro to Course; Intro to Individualism and Corporatism The Idea of Individualism: I The Idea of Individualism: II The Idea of Corporatism: I The Idea of Corporatism: II The Idea of Corporatism: III The Idea of Corporatism: IV

Readings Begin Locke's Second Treatise. Begin Taleb's The Black Swan.

Week 2

Sept 28


Continue Locke's Second Treatise. Finish Locke's Second Treatise. Rousseau's, "Discourse on the Origin of Inequality". Begin Rousseau's, "The Social Contract". Continue, "The Social Contract". Finish "The Social Contract".

Sept 30


Week 3 Oct






Week 4

Oct 12


Oct 14



Week 5 Oct 19


Freud I

Begin Freud's Outline of Psycho-analysis. Continue Outline.

Oct 21


Freud II

Week 6 Oct 26


Freud III

Continue Outline.

Oct 28


Freud IV

Finish Outline.

Week 7

Nov 2


Skinner I

Begin Skinner's About Behaviorism. Continue About Behaviorism. Finish About Behaviorism; Overskeid, "Looking for Skinner and Finding Freud" (Reader).

Nov 4


Skinner II

Week 8

Nov 9


Skinner III

November 9, 2010, Paper 1 due at the beginning of class TOPIC: Compare and contrast the views of Locke and Rousseau concerning the factors which lead people to leave the state of nature and establish a civil society. Using Freud's conception of human nature, who has a more accurate view of people ­ Locke or Rousseau? Why?

Nov 11

Veterans Day Holiday: No Lecture

Week 9

Nov 16


Cultural Relativism

Dirie "Becoming a Woman" (Reader); Shweder "Female Genital Mutilation?" (Reader). Fish "Condemnation without Absolutes" (Reader); Gray "Pluralism" (Reader).

Nov 18




Week 10 Nov 23


Discussion of The Black Swan

Complete The Black Swan

Nov 25

Thanksgiving Holiday: No Lecture

Week 11 Nov 30



Putnam "E Pluribus Unum" (Reader); and Gross, "Neighbors".



Scavio & Schonfeld

Course Discussion

December 2, 2010, Paper 2 due at the beginning of class. TOPIC: Briefly summarize Skinner's position known as Radical Behaviorism. Also, what did Skinner mean when he contended that environmental and survival contingencies are in total control of human behavior? Please state and explicate at least one reason for agreement or disagreement with this contention. Finally, Talub has argued that so-called "Black Swans" have major impact upon human history. From a Skinnerian perspective, how is it possible to prepare behaviorally for the occurrence of "Black Swans"?

FINAL EXAM DATE: Friday, December 10, 2010, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

The on-line course evaluation system will be available to students from Sunday, November 28th until Sunday, December 5th. Please submit evaluations for Professors Scavio and Schonfeld as well as for your TA.


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