Courses in Sociology (Division 482)

Primarily for Underclass Students

100. Principles of Sociology. Open to freshmen and sophomores. Juniors and seniors must elect Soc. 400. No credit granted to those who have completed 400. (SS).

This is an introductory course in sociology. The main objective is to learn basic concepts and terms within the field. We will work towards an understanding and utilization of a sociological perspective as applied to some important social issues of our time. This includes learning how to recognize and define social problems, how to construct and articulate empirically grounded arguments, how to analyze the various arguments of cause and impact, and how to conceive of a change plan in order to address the particular problem. We will begin by discussing various aspects of social life: culture, community, family and socialization. We will then turn to various forms of social inequality present in modern society: class, race, gender, and sexual preference. We will conclude with consideration of some liberation movements that have attempted to address inequalities. A combination of lectures, readings, films, class discussion and guest speakers will be used to explore topics. Evaluation will be based on exams (no more than two), written assignments, and class participation/attendance. (Hyde)

102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. (SS). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Section 101 POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY. This course will introduce sociology from the perspective of that branch of sociology which is at the intersection of the study of society, politics, and economics. We will discuss major topics within the field, read selections from major theoretical works, and seek to apply them to relevant case studies. Each week we will introduce social phenomena that can be explained by political sociology, including topics such as: U.S. inner cities, corporate leveraged buyouts, Central America and the Caribbean Basin, the emergence of Japan as an economic power, and other issues. The object of this course will be to help us understand key elements of changing social, political, and economic relations in our everyday lives. Requirements will consist of brief weekly papers and a final exam or project. (Froehle)

Section 102 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY THROUGH IDEOLOGIES AND BELIEF-SYSTEMS. This course will introduce basic sociological principles through an exploration of ideologies and belief-systems. What we may think of as social reality is actually an interpretation, and this course will focus on how the beliefs which guide such interpretations play a critical role in social life. We will begin by discussing what ideologies and beliefs are and how they develop, drawing on concepts and perspectives from political sociology an social psychology. Then we will look at how ideologies and belief-systems are involved in organizing and maintaining a variety of social phenomena, including social inequality (especially race, class, and gender inequality), movements for social change, norms and deviance, and the political process (especially elections). We will also consider how interpretations affect outcomes. Readings, lectures, and discussion will be designed to address the specific issue of ideologies and belief-systems along with the more general goal of introducing a sociological perspective. There are no prerequisites for this course. Grades will be based on two exams, a short paper or project, and class participation. (Kane)

Section 103 CORPORATE WORLD AND CORPORATE CRIME. Today more than ever, the world of corporate business and the tremendous power it wields, impact on our daily lives in ways we scarcely imagine. How do the practices of companies like General Motors, Dow Chemical, Del Monte Foods, McDonnell Douglas, Westinghouse and ITT (just to name a few) affect us, this nation, and people around the world? This will be the central question behind all the topics and issues addressed by this course. We will first lay a foundation by sorting out who the actors of the corporate world are: who holds the power and makes the decisions, who provides the labor that keeps the whole machine running. Next we will turn to corporate crime and its numerous manifestations: false/explorative advertising, occupational, consumer and community health and safety; ethics in research and development; multinationals and third world countries. We will then think about just why the corporate world functions as it does, and why corporate crime exists. Finally, we will consider solutions to the problems raised regarding the corporate system. Requirements for this course will include small group presentations on particular topics and case studies, film reviews, a newspaper log, and a final exam. Numerous films will be shown including "A Day Without Sunshine," "Eat, Drink, and be Wary", "Factory" and "Controlling Interests". (Hoge)

202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (SS). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 202, 203, and 401.

Section 101 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. The trajectories of political and social change have preoccupied social planners and social scientists for millennia. Is there an inevitable path to sociopolitical change independent of organizational and group activity or do social movements create, shape and direct revolutionary and reformist paths? Aligned with the "inevitability of change" approach is the analysis of universality, whereby the facticity of economic, political and social cleavages, is not viewed as localized processes but another world's global march to progress. On the other hand, a kind of evolutionary determinism spawns a processionary vortex within which structure and organization germinate and on the other, agrarian peasant, nationalist, ethnic and gender entities set the agenda and influence the directionality, yea, the trajectory for social and political change. In this course, the theoretical underpinnings of both approaches will be systematically examined with the Marxian materialist model our primary analytical tool. We take the approach that the "social" is political, is economic and of necessity, must be diagnosed interdisciplinarily. Thus, both functionalist and conflict modalities will be addressed in this course. Our comparative historical methodology will identify major mass movements including 19th century worker protests in Europe, socialist revolution in Latin America, Black Power and student movements in America. Lectures will be augmented with actual television footage of interviews with President Carter's National Security Advisor, Dr. Zbigniew Bzrezinski, on socialist movements in the Caribbean and Latin America. Other documentary material will be used according to time constraints. (Matthew)

Section 102 THE SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION. This course will apply sociological concepts, including the ideas of class, the state, organization, ideology, race and gender to the study of education. The course will examine the process of education in general with an emphasis on the U.S. educational system. (Froehle)

For Undergraduates and Graduates

400. Sociological Principles and Problems. For juniors, seniors, and graduate students with no background in sociology. No credit granted to those who have completed 100. (SS).

This survey of sociological principles and problems has as its main purpose to introduce you (juniors, seniors, grads) to the history, theories, major findings, and central problems of this discipline. Furthermore, it seeks to create the proper conditions for the development of a quality of mind of critical thinking, that we believe would allow you to better understand the complex relationship between yourself and the world around you. The first part of this course (Part I: THE CLASSICAL TRADITION) explores the life and major theoretical contributions of the four major figures in the founding and development of sociology: A.Comte, K.Marx, E.Durkheim and M.Weber. Each one of them provides us with an interpretation of the world we now know as "modern capitalism." They explain how this social system emerged from earlier social forms, and moreover, how they envision its future expansion or demise. The second part of this course (Part II: CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS) examines the legacy of these writers for current sociology and for the understanding of contemporary society. We will address such fundamental social issues as: Why people become criminals? (Social Deviance); Why some people have so much more than others? (Inequality) and What is the nature of prejudice and discrimination? (Racism and Sexism) (Sfeir-Younis)

468. Criminology. (SS).

In this course we explore the systematic study of crime focusing particularly on explanations of crime and societal reactions to crime (including law, police, courts, and correctional institutions). Students are encouraged to combine their study of lectures and the literature with their own exploration of the field to arrive at a better understanding of crime and how we might improve our dealing with it. (Wallace)

475/MCO 475 (Public Health). Introduction to Medical Sociology. (SS).

This course will explore social aspects of health, illness, and the health care system in American society. We will examine such issues as relationships between doctors and patients, the health professions, health care among women and the poor, and the current health care crisis. (Anspach) w


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