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C - L - H
3 - 0 - 3
This course traces the growth of Western civilization from its roots in the Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman traditions to the 20th century. Among the major themes covered are the emergence and influence of key intellectual currents, social and political revolution, the development of industrial society, the birth of the nation state, imperialism, totalitarianism, and the two world wars. Students are introduced to basic concepts such as historical cause and social change, race, class and gender, as well as to the major political ideologies.
Introduction to Economics
3 - 0 - 3
The course introduces students to economic systems, the great economic thinkers, the different schools of thought, and the basic concepts and theories of economics. Students will become familiar with introductory tools, methods, and models of economic analysis, as well as recognize their limitations. Applying different perspectives and relying on current and historical data, the course exposes students to Canada's and Quebec's major macroeconomic problems such as unemployment, recessions, inflation, and the public debt. Students will learn how governments can use fiscal, monetary, and trade policies to reduce domestic economic problems. The course prepares students to critically assess government economic policies and economic information in the news media. For students in the Social Science program, this course is a pre-requisite to all other Economics courses.
Introduction to Business
3 - 0 - 3
The Introduction to Business course provides an opportunity to explore the ways in which business activities are organized so that the various factors of production (raw materials, capital, assets and human resources) can be successfully combined to produce goods and services desired by customers. The course provides an essential understanding of the conditions necessary to the development and survival of businesses.
This is the first of the three (3) methodology courses and is normally taken in the student's second term of the program. The goal of the course is to apply the scientific approach to the various social science disciplines. Students identify a research problem and follow the steps to select a research method appropriate to the problem, produce a data collection tool, collect, analyze and interpret the data. The culmination of the process is a research report that presents the research steps in the context of a brief literature review of the topic.
2 - 1 - 3
This is the first course in the discipline for most students and a requirement for all students in the Social Science program. It is also necessary for admission to most university psychology programs. The course is designed to acquaint students with the principles and methods of psychology and to expose them to the various areas encompassed by the field.
3 - 0 - 3
The International Business course offers a small window to the expanded world of international business. International business has undergone dramatic changes in the past decade, and the academic discipline has evolved in response to these changes. The course aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of international trade and investment and to expose students to the complexities of the international business environment (economic, legal, political, cultural and technological). It will also familiarize students with the influential players on the international business scene (multinational corporations, governments and international organizations) and develop an international perspective.
This is the second of the three (3) methodology courses. It builds on the introduction to social science research covered in Research Methods. This course teaches the student to apply statistical tools to the interpretation of data related to contexts of study in the field of social science. The focus of the course is on the analysis of quantitative data as part of the scientific approach. Areas examined are identification of variables, presentation of data, analysis of data using various forms of measurement, determining the nature and link between variables, and estimating the parameters of a given population based on the corresponding statistics obtained from a sample.