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Courses - Fall 2018
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Playing the Market: Managing Risk and Using Technical Analysis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Through readings, class discussion, guest lecturers, anda simulated portfolio construction and class trading competition, this course will introduce students to investing and trading, with special emphasis on the field of technical analysis. The technical approach to the markets focuses largelly on the analysis of price and volume patterns as indicators of stock trends. Students will learn how to evaluate companies using internet sources and a technical analysis program. Each student will be expected to use a set of trading rules to apply to theirtrading ofa virtual $100,000 margin portfolio and to manage risk. Students will develop an accurate view of the risks of benefits of trading stocks and an appreciation of the complexities involved in the technical approach to trading stocks. The course assumes no prior knowledge of the stock market.
Programming for the Social Sciences: Statistical Computing using R
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Students must have completed a least one college-level statistics course.
Restriction: Must be enrolled in a BSOS major; or permission of instructor.
R is an open-source programming language, specialized for statistical computing, and provides a variety of statistical and graphical techniques that might be relevant for any BSOS program, such descriptive statistics, linear and non-linear regression, text mining, image processing. The R language is increasingly often employed in advanced statistics and data analytics, offering a wide range of application packages for effective programming. This course introduces the R language and several powerful packages in form of lectures, worked-out examples, and group exercises.
Non-BSOS majors should contact fklein@umd.edu for permission to register.
(Perm Req)
Social Sciences Internship Practicum
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Restriction: Must have earned a minimum of 60 credits; and minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; and must have completed at least 1 semester at UMD.
Credit only granted for: BSOS388I or BSOS355.
Formerly: BSOS388I.
BSOS 355 is an internship course open to all majors. It will enable students to articulate and apply the scholarship from the discipline related to their specific internship placement into a real-work environment.
Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics; Innovation and Social Change: Do Good Now
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Open to BSOS majors only.

Learn about the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship through this dynamic and unique class. Explore social change by studying leadersin the field, case studies and popular text. Engage with small teams of like-minded students to create and implement projects that benefit society. Combine the imagination and creativity of transformative actionfor social good with the pragmatic approach of entrepreneurship and innovation, providing you an opportunity to make animpact for a cause or issue of your choice. Course projects include participation in a social impact prize competition where teams have the chance to win moneyfor the solutions they develop.
(Perm Req)
Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics; Innovation in the Public Sector
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PSYC100, GVPT100 or ECON200. Also offered as GVPT388B. Credit will be granted for BSOS388f or GVPT 388B.

How does innovation occur in the public sector? How can government serve as a catalyst for problem-solving? Using the tools of innovation and entrepreneurship, this laboratory course engages students in a semester-long project to innovate change around a specific public sector issue or industry in our local or regional community. Some examples might include: public broadband access, sustainability infrastructure, transportation improvements, or health care access in the College Park, Prince George's, or Maryland communities. Lead instructor Ken Ulman,'97 is the former Howard County Executive who now heads the University's efforts to transform College Park into one of the most innovative university towns in the country.

For permission to register, email bsos-ugdean@umd.edu with your name, UID and brief statement of why this course is of interest of you.
Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Topics; BSOS Sustainability Task Force
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: BSOS Majors Only.