Courses in the
Social, Cultural and Behavioral Inquiry domain focus on the mutual impact of
society and culture on individuals, and of individuals on society and culture.
Particular attention is given to human relationships and behavior as they are
influenced by social, economic and political institutions, spatial and
geographical factors, and the events and social and cultural forces at play in
the contemporary world. The domain emphasizes the pursuit of knowledge through
the development of theory and empirical investigation of the contemporary
world. Courses in the domain explore such particular issues as poverty and economic
opportunity, the environment, nationalism, racism, individual alienation,
gender differences, and the bases of conflict and consensus in complex, urban
societies and in global relations.