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    University of Maryland: Terp Young Scholars | College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

    University of Maryland: Terp Young Scholars | College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Three Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Academic
    • Sub-Categories: Forensic Science, Law, History, Biology, Geology, Psychology
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) is a premier institution of academics, instruction, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Through Terp Young Scholars, students engage in a special opportunity to learn and critically think about human behavior.

    2024 course offerings:

    PSYC221: Social Psychology

    Welcome to Social Psychology!  This course explores people's thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and how all these things are influenced and shaped by social factors and contexts. We will investigate and explore how we interact with ourselves, others, and the world around us. We will ponder the following questions: Who are we in groups? How does an individual function due to social factors and influences? How much of an individual's functioning is based upon that social influence? We will also ponder whether general differences exist, whether power always corrupts, and if violent media makes us violent.  This course is also about how social psychologists think, what they do, and what the results of their research mean.  This course will help you become a better critical thinker, writer, and consumer of science, so that when you see a social media post, advertisement, or an article purporting some promise, phenomenon, or fact, you're motivated to pause and question, perhaps find scholarly research, and learn that there's more to the story.

    CCJS105: Introduction to Criminology (online)

    Discover the world of Criminology. This 100% online course examines criminal behavior and the methods of its study; causation; typologies of criminal acts and offenders; punishment, correction and incapacitation; and the prevention of crime. This course is offered through the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

    GEOG172: Earth From Space (online)

    Earth observations from space enable the mapping and monitoring of our changing planet. Drivers and outcomes of key global environmental change dynamics will be illustrated and discussed, including sea and continental ice loss, deforestation, ocean warming, urbanization, agricultural expansion and intensification, and vegetation response to climate change. This introductory survey course will focus on the big question: Why are Earth observations from space critical for monitoring our changing planet?  Students will gain an understanding of the capabilities offered by current Earth-observing satellite missions including how satellites view the Earth, what they can observe, and what significant problems can they solve.

    GVPT200: International Political Relations (online)

    Discover what it takes to be a world leader in this hands-on exploration of the field of international relations with this in-person course. Using the major theories of international relations, find out how the international system works in an intensive, interactive exploration. Learn why nations go to war and why they make peace and whether the nature of the international system is inherently hostile or inherently collaborative. Finally, consider how countries react when new issues, threats, risks, and opportunities emerge in the international arena. This course is offered through the Department of Government and Politics in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

    PSYC354: Multicultural Psychology in the U.S. (online)

    What are the psychological implications of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other structures of inequality in the United States? How do socio-cultural privilege and oppression influence individual and group thoughts, feelings, and behaviors? This 100% online course will take a current events focus to understanding multicultural and social justice issues in psychology with an emphasis on self-reflection, mental health, cross-cultural communication, and strategies for social change. This course is offered through the Department of Psychology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.