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

College Park, MD

Overview

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) is a premier institution of academics, instruction, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Through Terp Young Scholars-Online, students engage in a special opportunity to learn and critically think about human behavior.

Courses:

CCJS105: Introduction to Criminology. Discover the world of Criminology. This course examines criminal behavior and the methods of its study; causation; typologies of criminal acts and offenders; punishment, correction and incapacitation; prevention of crime.

ECON181: Putting a Price on the Environment. How does society balance the benefits of environmental protection and preservation against the costs? Though some might say that the environment is priceless, economists recognize that every action involves trade-offs. This course investigates sustainability through comparing costs and benefits. From this perspective, other questions arise: How can we design policies that incentivize sustainable choices? Why might usual market functioning fail to achieve sustainability? Do we need to put a price on the environment in order to protect it? How do we measure an economy's "success"? This course explores the answers to these and other related questions from an economist's perspective.

GVPT200: International Political Relations. Discover what it takes to be a world leader in this hands-on exploration of the field of international relations. Using the major theories of international relations, you will find out how the international system works in an intensive, interactive exploration. You will 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. Moreover, you will consider how countries react when new issues, threats, risks, and opportunities emerge in the international arena.

PSYC221: Social Psychology. This course looks closely at the influence of social factors on the individual and on interpersonal behavior. Topics such as conformity, attitude change, person perception, interpersonal attraction, and group behavior will be discussed. Students in this class will study the psychology of persons and their relationships with others and with groups and with society as a whole. This class will also look at macrosocial phenomena (e.g. social class) as they relate to the attitudes and behavior of individuals. Of special concern to psychological sociologists is how to explain a variety of demographic, social, and cultural facts in terms of human social interaction. Some of the major topics in this field are social inequality, group dynamics, social change, socialization, and social identity.

PSYC354: Multicultural Psychology. 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 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.

MLAW298M: Mock Trial.

Experience the excitement and reward of arguing, and perhaps winning your client's case in court! Mock Trial is designed to introduce students to the key principles of trial advocacy through a “learn by doing” approach to instruction. While classes will include explanatory lectures, the emphasis will be on learning through student exercises and by students observing and analyzing the performances of others.

While no one should expect to leave this class as a polished advocate ready for trial, everyone can expect to leave with a greater understanding of litigation tactics and courtroom performance.  Irrespective of initial skill levels, students will leave this class with greater confidence in public speaking and advocacy. Should you apply and be admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park, this course will also prepare you to join the national champion UMD Mock Trial team when you enroll.

While no one should expect to leave this class as a polished advocate ready for trial, everyone can expect to leave with a greater understanding of litigation tactics and courtroom performance. Irrespective of initial skill levels, students will leave this class with greater confidence in public speaking and advocacy. As part of the course, students will have the opportunity to engage members of the legal profession both inside and outside of the classroom. In the last week of the program, students will take a field trip to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where they will be given an introduction to the Legal Profession, attend a Mock Law School Class and take a campus tour.

ANTH221: Introduction to Forensic Sciences. Through lectures and hands-on experience, this course will cover: Criminalistics, Digital & Multimedia Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Jurisprudence (lawyers and judges), Odontology (Forensic dentistry), Pathology/Biology, Physical Anthropology, Psychiatry/Behavioral Science, Questioned Documents, Toxicology, General Forensic Sciences. Also covered would be such general topics as evidence, testimony, standards and real world applications of the forensic sciences such as mass disasters or human rights violation.

Technical Requirements: The virtual classroom is a dynamic space. Visit our Technical Requirements page to confirm you have the necessary technology to be successful in this online course.

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