SOC 195 - Principles in Sociology (Honors)
Section: 001
Term: FA 2009
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Credit is not granted for both SOC 195 and SOC 100, 202, or 300. No credit for seniors.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Open to first- and second-year students admitted to the Honors Program, or other first- and second-year students with a grade point average of at least 3.2. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take SOC 202 or 300.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a Sociology concentration plan. (Introductory course).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Through this course you will learn some of the fundamentals of sociological theory, analysis, methods, and research through studying children and childhood. We will ask what does it mean to be a child in the contemporary United States? How are children’s lives shaped by the social worlds that they live in? How do children as social actors shape the worlds in which they live? We will pay particular attention throughout the course to how race, class, and gender shape experiences of childhood. We will look at children’s media, schools, families, and friendships and ask questions like: How do children create their own social worlds and peer cultures? How does corporate consumer culture shape childhood? How is children’s free time (playing, watching tv, sports involvement) shaped by class? What happens to children who grow up in divorced families, single-parent families, gay or lesbian families? Is daycare good for children or harmful? How do preschoolers learn about race and racism? Assignments will include readings in the sociology of childhood and several short writing assignments analyzing aspects of children’s social contexts, children’s culture, and the construction of social problems around childhood.

SOC 195 - Principles in Sociology (Honors)
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
1LSA Hnrs
MW 9:00AM - 11:00AM
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All other readings will all be available on electronic reserves. If students prefer, coursepack arrangements can be made on the first day of class.
ISBN: 9780813519227
Gender play : girls and boys in school, Author: Thorne, Barrie., Publisher: Rutgers University Press 1993
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