Oct 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Studies Course Descriptions


Social Studies

Courses

Social Studies

  • SST 115 - Introduction to Statistics

    4 credits (Fall and Spring)
    See MAT 115 .

  • SST 125 - Introduction to Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis

    2 credits (Fall)
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) deals with the analysis and management of geographic information. This course offers an introduction to methods of managing and processing geographic information.  Emphasis will be placed on the nature of geographic information, data models and structures for geographic information, geographic data input, data manipulation and data storage, and spatial analytic and modeling techniques.

    Prerequisite: None.
    Instructor: Brottem
  • SST 140 - Medieval and Renaissance Culture: 1100–1650

    4 credits (Spring)
    See HUM 140 .

  • SST 200 - Creative Careers: Learning from Alumni

    2 credits (Spring)
    Cross-listed as: HUM 200  and SCI 200 .   This course is sponsored by the Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership. Alumni with significant careers in the humanities, social sciences and sciences return to campus to talk about the ways that they shaped their successes and learned from their failures after graduation. Leadership and career-focused readings together with discussions with 18 or more alumni will help students think creatively about their possible futures. The second goal of this course is to help create a multi-generational network or community of Grinnell alumni, faculty, and current students in order to enhance our potential for changing the world to promoting the stewardship of Grinnell College.

    Prerequisite: None.
    Note: Plus-2 option available for Social Studies and Humanities only.
    Instructor: Caulkins
  • SST 201 - Leading Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    4 credits (Fall)
    See ANT 201 .

  • SST 202 - Sustainability and Social Responsibility in Organizations

    4 credits (Spring)
    See ANT 202 .

  • SST 213 - Media and the Middle East

    4 credits (Fall)
    See HUM 213 .

  • SST 221 - Geographical Analysis and Cartography

    4 credits (Fall)
    This course offers an introduction to geographic information systems (GIS) for spatial analysis and mapmaking. Covers topics such as the nature of geographic information, georeferencing, GIS data models, cartographic design, geovisualization, the Global Positioning System, and basic and intermediate spatial analysis skills. Focus on understanding the major underlying theories and concepts of GIS, which students put into practice using GIS software applications in lab exercises and an independent research project.

    Prerequisite: MAT 115 /SST 115  or equivalent.
    Instructor: Staff
  • SST 225 - Applied Geographic Information Systems Analysis (GIS)

    4 credits (Spring)
    This course will represent a continuation of SST 125 by enabling students who took that course to build upon and apply the skills they learned through an independent project of their choice. The course will also include a limited number of advanced labs as well as lectures on GIS conceptualization and project planning. Students will be expected to learn and implement intermediate to advanced GIS methods in their projects.

    Prerequisite: SST 125 . Prerequisite or co-requisite: MAT 115  or SST 115 .
    Instructor: Brottem

Special Topics-Fall

  • SST 195-01 - Introductory Special Topic: The Startup Ecosystem: Entrepreneurs and Investors

    1 credits (Fall)
    This course will expose students to the startup ecosystem by understanding how entrepreneurs and investors behave both on an individual and collective level. Through this course, we will examine the following: growth in startups, startup ideas & team formation, financing entrepreneurial ventures, international startup markets, and more. This course will benefit students who are considering starting a business, joining a startup, and/or are aspiring investors. The course will be taught using a blend of readings/case studies, short lectures, active discussions, and a final project. This course will be taught by Hemant Bhardwaj ‘07 and sponsored by the Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership.

    Prerequisite: None.
    Note: Dates: September 10 to October 3. Short course deadlines apply.
    Instructor: Bhardwaj
  • SST 195-02 - Introductory Special Topic: Women in Leadership

    1 credits (Fall)
    What makes a leader? Is it the title or the person’s effectiveness? How does gender influence leadership success? What about race, ethnicity, culture, and organizational context? This course will consider different theories on leadership and apply these to exploring women - including  Aung San Suu Kyi - in leadership positions in different countries and roles. Each student will select and prepare a report on a female leader. This course will be taught by Grinnell College Trustee, Kathryn Mohrman ‘67, and is sponsored by the Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership.

    Prerequisite: None.
    Note: Dates: September 18 to October 4. Short course deadlines apply.
    Instructor: Mohrman
  • SST 295-01 - Special Topic: Political Polling: Analyzing the Grinnell College National Poll

    2 credits (Fall)
    This short course, taught by visiting professor Ron Rapoport (The College of William and Mary), will analyze soon-to-be-released data from the inaugural Grinnell College National Poll, a pilot project which pollster Ann Selzer is overseeing. Students will assess public opinion data on key political figures and policy issues with an aim of understanding the political landscape of the 2018 midterm elections. The course will lay the foundation for this analysis by focusing on the formulation, implementation and analysis of political and public policy surveys. Topics include the psychology of survey response, question formulation and testing, sampling, index construction, hypothesis formulation/testing and data analysis.

    Prerequisite: MAT 115 SST 115 STA 209  (previously offered as MAT 209).
    Instructor: Trish

Special Topics-Spring

  • SST 195-02 - Introductory Special Topic: Ethical Leadership in an Interconnected World

    1 credits (Spring)
    Ethical Leadership in an Interconnected World. This course addresses ethical issues from the perspective of disparate stakeholders related to the growing use of big data and the internet. Students will frequently discuss case studies, engage in group work, and prepare memos. Taught by Steve Weiss ‘77, retired general counsel and senior VP of MidAmerican Energy Company, and retired administrative law judge at Illinois Commerce Commission. Sponsored by the Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership.

    Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
    Note: Dates: April 1 to April 29. Short course deadlines apply.
    Instructor: Staff
  • SST 195-03 - Introductory Special Topic: Entrepreneurship: How to Build a Business

    1 credits (Spring)
    Students will gain insights into business realities and pitfalls. They will learn the how to establiish a company as an entrepreneur, and how to improve a business segment within an existing company as an intrapreneur. Through examination of real-life  scenarios, students will become familiar with common sense approaches to business, with thinking-outside-the-box, and with the  lowest-common-denominator method of thinking. This is a Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership sponsored alumni short course; taught by Sanjay Khanna ‘85.

    Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
    Note: Dates: April 8 to April 24
    Instructor: Khana
  • SST 295-01 - Special Topic: Journal Publishing: Building Community in the Prairie Region

    4 credits (Spring)
    See HUM 295-01 .

  • SST 295-02 - Special Topic: Multi-Media Workshop through a Virtual Global Grinnell

    1 credits (Spring)
    This online course uses multi-media methods to foster engagement with peoples and places where students are studying, especially off-campus. Drawing inspiration from the tradition of ethnographic film and its concerns with styles and forms of representation, as well as with current scholarship about cross-cultural engagement through technology, the course pursues three objectives. First, students will develop skills with tools of representation including still images, audio, and short videos. Second, students will use their multi-media assignments and comparative discussion with Grinnellians in other locations to deepen ties with different peoples and places. Third, the course provides an online workshop space that experiments with a new form of global Grinnell learning community.

    Prerequisite: None.
    Note: Dates: April 1 to May 17. 1/2 semester deadlines apply.
    Instructor: Larson
  • SST 295-03 - Special Topic: Radical Activism, Effective Leadership

    2 credits (Spring)
    How do you translate your passion for making change in the world into concrete actions? This course is a how-to on college campus activism for students, situated in a historical context and grounded in the social change model of student leadership. Consistent with a course on taking action, the main assignment for the semester will require developing and executing a specific project of campus change. In this way, we aim to explore through discussion and practice Grinnell’s social justice mission.

    Prerequisite: None.
    Instructor: Levandoski, Smith-Benanti

Special Topic - Fall and Spring

  • SST 195-01 & 03 - Introductory Special Topic: SPARK Social Innovation Challenge

    1 credits (Fall and Spring)
    This course provides a series of workshops to support participants in the SPARK Community-Based Social Innovation Challenge and others who are looking to build  their skills in researching and effectively presenting solutions to social problems. Fall and spring versions have distinct content. The SPARK challenge pairs Grinnell organizations and students to address poverty related challenges faced by the larger Grinnell community. The  challenge concludes in the spring with a pitch contest in which one proposal can earn up to $15,000 in implementation funding.  SPARK is  sponsored by the Wilson Center for Innovation and  Leadership and the CLS.  

    Prerequisite: None.
    Note: Section -03 Fall Dates: October 1 to December 10.
    Section - 01 Spring Dates: January 28 to April 22 S/D/F only.
    Instructor: Roper