Social Sciences (SOSC)

SOSC 221 - PROFESSIONAL EXCELENCE FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES MAJORS

Short Title: PROF EXCELLENCE FOR SS MAJORS

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Guided professional internship course for social sciences majors. Instructor Permission Required.

SOSC 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

SOSC 250 - THINKING DIFFERENTLY: NEW APPROACHES TO IDEAS, PEOPLE, SOLUTIONS AND PROBLEMS

Short Title: THINKING DIFFERENTLY

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This class meets select Wednesdays from 4-5 PM followed by small group discussion. The class explores changes in the economy and information technology that give rise to questions about the future of ideas, work and careers, identity and relationships, and solutions and problems. Repeatable for Credit.

Course URL: freestylerice.org

SOSC 300 - BAKER INSTITUTE INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group II

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Taught by Baker Institute Fellow, this course is designed to introduce students to the field of public policy as well as to important policy issues. Topic areas include the Middle East, China, Mexico, energy security, environmental challenges, globalization, health policy, tax policy, and Texas and Houston politics.

SOSC 301 - POLICY ANALYSIS

Short Title: POLICY ANALYSIS

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group II

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Familiarizes students with the analytical tools necessary for evaluating and analyzing public policies. Cross-list: POLI 338. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for SOSC 301 and POST 338.

SOSC 322 - GATEWAY STUDY OF LEADERSHIP I

Short Title: GATEWAY STUDY OF LEADERSHIP I

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Research

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The Gateway Study of Leadership is a student-led research cohort based in the School of Social Sciences that focuses on leadership and power dynamics within academia as well as common themes in the professional development of faculty members. Students enrolled in the program will perform qualitative research through conducting and transcribing interviews with faculty members. Students will also develop their own leadership skills by attending breakfasts and lunches with prominent leaders in the Rice community and participating in retreats and workshops. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

SOSC 323 - GATEWAY STUDY OF LEADERSHIP II

Short Title: GATEWAY OF LEADERSHIP II

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Course Type: Research

Credit Hour: 1

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Continuation of the Gateway of Leadership from the fall semester. Students will continue to develop their own leadership skills by attending breakfasts and lunches with prominent leaders in the Rice community. After having conducted and transcribed interviews in the fall, students will code these interviews for common themes. Compiled research will be published as the "Turning Points" booklet series by the School of Social Sciences. Students will further produce a research paper and a poster to be presented the rice Undergraduate Research Symposium. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

SOSC 330 - HEALTH CARE REFORM IN THE 50 STATES

Short Title: HEALTH CARE REFORM IN U.S.

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Examination of those states that have undertaken comprehensive health system reform, have carried out more limited revisions, or have failed to even begin the process, assessing successes and failures. Includes general theories of state-federal relationships and the role of the federal government in state health reform.

SOSC 405 - LAW PRACTICUM

Short Title: LAW PRACTICUM

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Students will participate in a semester-long "practicum" with a sitting judge (federal, or Texas appellate) in Houston. This program is designed to give select Rice undergraduates a broad and practical introduction to what lawyers do in court and how judges and the law clerks who work with them think about the questions they are asked to resolve. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

SOSC 406 - JUDICIAL PRACTICUM

Short Title: JUDICIAL PRACTICUM

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Students will participate in a semester-long “practicum” with a sitting judge (federal, or Texas appellate) in Houston. This program is designed to give select Rice undergraduates a broad and practical introduction to what lawyers do in course and how judges and the law clerks who work with them think about the questions they are asked to resolve. Instructor Permission Required.

SOSC 423 - FALL MEDICAL RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

Short Title: FALL MEDICAL RESEARCH INTERN

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Internship with a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) centering on a medical research topic involving the Social Sciences. Student-interns will spend up to 10 hours/week at BCM and will be required to submit a written report, evaluations and an example of research products (research posters, abstracts, paper drafts, manuscripts, etc.) both to their supervisor and the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences. Enrollment is limited to Rice undergraduate students who have declared a major within the School of Social Sciences and have been approved for participation in the internship partnership between Rice and BCM. Written approval of the research supervisor and the Dean of Undergraduates must be received by the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences at least 2 weeks prior to the start of classes. Instructor Permission Required.

SOSC 424 - SPRING MEDICAL RESEARCH INTERNSHIP

Short Title: SPRING MEDICAL RESEARCH INTERN

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Internship with a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) centering on a medical research topic involving the Social Sciences. Student-interns will spend up to 10 hours/week at BCM and will be required to submit a written report, evaluations and an example of research products (research posters, abstracts, paper drafts, manuscripts, etc.) both to their supervisor and the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences. Enrollment is limited to Rice undergraduate students who have declared a major within the School of Social Sciences and have been approved for participation in the internship partnership between Rice and BCM. Written approval of the research supervisor and the Dean of Undergraduates must be received by the Office of the Dean of Social Sciences at least 2 weeks prior to the start of classes. Department Permission Required.

SOSC 444 - CONSULTING PRACTICUM

Short Title: CONSULTING PRACTICUM

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Students in the Applied Innovation Lab learn the elements of problem solving in the business environment. Project teams interact with businesses or non-profit organizations seeking creative solutions to challenges they face. The course offers experiential learning on all project phases from investigation and analysis through presentation of recommendations designed to meet real-world needs. Department Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

SOSC 464 - SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Short Title: SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group II

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course introduces students to contemporary concepts, debates, and contexts necessary for analyzing and engaging in the sphere of social entrepreneurship. The course has five distinct parts: 1. social entrepreneurship overview; 2. social context and stakeholders; 3. private sector roles and motivations; 4. organizational forms and collaborations; and 5. measurement and impacts (private and public). Students will be exposed to various forms of social entrepreneurship, such as base of the pyramid/microenterprises, private-public partnerships, private-governmental partnerships, voluntary social codes, corporate social responsibility, and ethical consumerism. From this introductory foundation, students will undertake a social entrepreneurship project about a contemporary social problem in Houston: the urban food desert (https://apps.ams.usda.gov/fooddeserts/fooddeserts.aspx). Students will learn a range of research methods (e.g. quantitative data analysis, ethnography, focus groups). With these research tools and building from perspectives offered by earlier by readings, guest speakers, and field visits, students will problematize, propose, develop, and present competing solutions to the social problem during the final course meetings. Cross-list: BUSI 464, GLHT 464.

SOSC 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Social Sciences Division

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Lecture, Laboratory, Seminar

Credit Hours: 1-4

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours may vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.