SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
Section: 001 The Making of our Modern World
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
May not be included in a Sociology concentration plan.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Our modern world emerged in four major transitions: a Demographic Transition, from high to low birth and death rates; an Industrial Transition, from agrarian to manufacturing economies; an Urban Transition, from rural to urban living; and an Age transition, from a ”traditional” age structure through a “younging” to an “aging” of the population. These transitions have also brought a massive impact on our global environment. This Freshman seminar will consider all aspects of these transitions and their environmental impact. There will be a special writing project. Students will work in small teams of 3, preparing a comparative analysis of two countries. Usually these will be “developing countries.” Students will learn how to measure all aspects of these transitions with quantitative data, and then link those quantitative analyses with historical and institutional processes. Students will also create their own text, downloading CT materials and adding their papers. The grade will be based on the paper, the text, and class participation; there will be no examinations. The papers will be done in three installments, following the three major parts of the course: quantitative country comparisons, historical processes, and modern institutional processes. In the first few weeks of the course, students will go over quantitative measures of the transitions. They will prepare a one page statistical table showing the past half century of the transitions in their two countries and will write a one or two page description of those transitions. This will identify a problem to be addressed in the rest of the paper. The first installment will be submitted and reported in class in the fourth week of class. Within two days, students will be given detailed written comments on their first installments. The second installment will be due, and reported in class, on the 10th week of class. This will contain a revision of the first installment and a review of the history of the two countries, showing how that history is linked to the current transitions. Again, within two days students will receive detailed comments on the revised first and new second installments. The third installment will examine some specific current aspect of the modern transitions, showing how human ecological forces (geography and political-social-cultural institutions) impact the environment and what policies can be developed to mitigate the environmental impact. As before, the third installment will include revisions of the first two and a linking to the final installment. This will be reported in class in the last full week of the course, April 13 and 15, and will be due on the last day of class, April 20. All materials will be available on Course Tools.

SOC 105 - First Year Seminar in Sociology
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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