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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Tor Academy- Psychology and Sociology

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Location:

Jerusalem and other approved locations.

Length:

Varies; distance learning format. 

Dates:

March 2016- Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this proficiency examination, students will be able to: explore the subject matter of the field of psychology and discuss vocabulary and concepts of the field with some of the research findings upon which knowledge of human thought and behavior is based; develop critical thinking skills and be prepared to be a cautious and analytical consumer of information who is proclaimed to be scientific or to be based on research.After completion of exam, students will have a general knowledge of the major sub fields of psychology and attain a working understanding of some of the major theories in psychology and develop the critical thinking skills used in the field of psychology.

Instruction:

This exam broadly covers the primary subject matter of the field emphasizing a familiarity with the vocabulary and concepts of psychology. The exam focuses on the major subfields of and theories in psychology along with assessing students’ critical thinking skills and knowledge of basic subject matter including: research methodology, genes and the environment, the brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, social behavior, memory, emotion, development, and disorders.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Psychology, General Education, or Social Science (3/16).

Location:

Jerusalem and other approved locations.

Length:

Varies; self study format. 

Dates:

March 2016 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the proficiency examination, students will be able to: identify and describe the concepts, terminology, and major figures in the field of sociology; detail the nature of the sociological inquiry, methods and perspectives; analyze the social behavior of people in other cultures; understand the process of socialization and how humans become social beings; examine various sides of controversial social issues; portray opposing positions on controversial social issues that affect the students’ own lives; analyze the different ways in which people act, feel, think and define their situations based on their sex, social class, age, ethnic group, geographical region, family or nationality; understand the issues of diversity and globalization and their impact on our lives.

Instruction:

Introduction to Sociology broadly covers the primary subject matter of the field emphasizing  familiarity with the vocabulary and concepts of sociology. The exam covers the major subfields of and theories in sociology along with assessing students’ critical thinking skills and knowledge of basic subject matter including: human culture, societies, the socialization process, the various types of stratification of class, gender, race and ethnicity, the concepts of minority groups, deviance and crime, gender, and age.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Social Science, or Behavioral Science (3/16). 

Location:

Jerusalem and other approved locations.

Length:

Varies; self study format.

Dates:

March 2016 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this proficiency examination, students will be able to: define such concepts as assimilation, pluralism, ascribed and achieved statuses, prejudice and discrimination; display basic knowledge of historical, socioeconomic, and political demographics of the United States; demonstrate critical thinking about different theories and perspectives pertaining to race, class, and gender; and apply sociological concepts to the analysis of race and ethnicity to personal and/or family experience.

Instruction:

Instruction focuses on the status of racial, ethnic, and cultural minority groups from historical, economic, and political perspective. The exam is designed to expand knowledge of theory, research, and current events in regards to the relations of race, ethnicity, gender and class in the United States. The exam covers concepts relating to assimilation, pluralism, ascribed and achieved statuses, prejudice and discrimination and assess students’ critical thinking skills and knowledge of basic subject matter including: historical, socioeconomic, and political demographics of the United States, along with the various theories and perspectives pertaining to race, class, and gender. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Social Science, or Behavioral Science (3/16). 

Location:

Jerusalem and other approved locations.

Length:

Varies; self study format. 

Dates:

March 2016 - Present. 

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this proficiency examination, students will be able to: discuss the nature and severity of selected social problems facing society; identify the multiple causes and consequences of social problems; critically evaluate the effectiveness of various social welfare strategies to alleviate the causes and consequences of social problems; explain and critically evaluate studies on a number of pressing social problems; and cultivate a habit of reflecting upon and articulating their own engagement with the social world and grappling with causes and potential solutions to social problems.

Instruction:

This exam is designed to provide a survey of selected contemporary social problems.  Major topics include: poverty, addiction and substance abuse, mental health, violence with a focus on family violence, crime, teen pregnancy, and health care issues. Students analyze the causes, severity, and consequences of the selected social problems in addition to evaluating social welfare strategies for alleviating social problems.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Sociology, Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, or as an elective in Social Work (3/16).

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