TAS 1.OSS Optional Module Social Sciences

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Brief course description:

Social studies and cultural studies theories and methodologies will be discussed while debating on the evolution of European and American political and social processes and institutions.  References will be made to the legacy of social science theories and methodologies that will allow for interdisciplinary analyses of the different study areas.The courses are envisaged to develop and familiarise students with analytical tools facilitating cultural dialogue and comparison, as well as understanding of how communication processes differ among cultures to identify challenges that arise from these differences in intercultural interactions and learn ways to creatively address them.

Aims:

Having passed four courses from the module, students shall acquire information about the fundamental concepts and regulations of the intellectual property law as well as their ramifications for the industries and activities industries in the United States and Europe.
Courses attempt to help students develop the critical thinking analytical skills, and the historical perspective necessary, to examine own deeply held assumptions regarding the social world and to apply sociological inquiry in an attempt to provide explanations for social and political phenomena.

Content:

The Social sciences module provides and strengthens an overview of the conceptual and philosophical basis of modern social science. It explores trends and processes of the transatlantic space  with a particular emphasis on political science, international and security studies perspectives.
Students shall understand the concepts of research  project planning and organization, as well as develop skills enabling them to  organize concepts, hypotheses, and to apply theories in order to design different research models, especially  in the political and international studies area. Different courses are designed to explore globalization studies, and in particular, to survey the distinct themes sub-areas that make up the sociology of globalization. They illustrate the relevance of  globalization processes to the study of social problems and issues in the United States and Europe, e.g. crime, poverty, health as well as particular social groups women and ethnic minorities.

Reading list:

Specifically defined for the individual course.