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).
Section 201 – SOCIOLOGY THROUGH LITERATURE. This course will use poetry, choreopoems, short stories, plays and short novels to explore and elucidate basic sociological concepts. In order to expose students to new authors, this literature was chosen from a broad range of writers. Because it will be impossible to do a broad overview of the field of sociology in this short time, we will primarily focus on the sociological analysis of gender, race and class and how they intersect. Due to the nature and approach of this course, students should expect moderate to heavy amounts of reading. Course grades will be based on written work, class attendance and discussion participation. (Gerschick)
101. Person and Society: An Introduction to Sociology Through Social Psychology. (SS).
Section 201 – AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY THROUGH SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. The aim of this course is to explore conceptual frameworks for thinking about or understanding human behavior. We will attempt to provide answers to such questions as: What is the nature of man? Why and how do we conform to the demands of society? How do we develop notions of masculine or feminine behavior? What are the social dynamics involved as we interact in face to face situations? Is there such a thing as a real attitude? Answers to these and questions of a similar nature are the concerns of Social Psychology. Essentially, the course provides several perspectives for understanding the individual as he relates in a person-to-person encounter or with larger groups, institutions and society. A midterm and a final exam and one short paper will be the basis for your evaluation. (Wilson)
102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. (SS). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
This course will examine "development" and "underdevelopment" in the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America – the Third World. Central issues will include poverty, hunger and the role of multinational corporations. On a theoretical level, the course will treat the relationship between the industrialized capitalist countries and the Third World. Various approaches of political economy-theories of imperialism, unequal exchange and Third World class structures – will receive treatment. (Park)
202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (SS). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 202, 203, and 401.
Section 201 – BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN'S LIBERATION. This course will review basic concepts of the Women's liberation movement in America. It will proceed to analyze the role of Black women within this movement. Specifically, how do Black women view this movement? How does the movement detract or support movements for racial equality? Are the goals of white women similar to those of Black women? Is class or status a variable which mitigates these differences? How have the experiences of Black women differed from those of white women? How do the relationships between Black women and Black men affect the former's view of women's liberation? We will also discuss the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's. What was the role of Black women in this movement? A selection of this course will also be devoted to an international view of Women of Color. Do American Black women, Chicanas, American Indian women, Brazilian women, Asian women and Mexican women share common experiences of oppression? Finally, how can women unite regardless of the differences in their experiences? What can we as individuals do to help alleviate the oppression of women? Course requirements will include: active participation in class discussions, a midterm and a final exam. (Robnett)
Section 202 – POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY. This course will emphasize recent studies in radical political economy, focusing on the United States and its position in the world economy. Some of the fundamental areas of political sociology that will be explored are: state formation and class structures, class conflict, the nature of imperialism and underdevelopment, modern capitalism, and social movements and revolutions. The first part of the course will be devoted to an examination of Marx and contemporary Marxian scholars. Then, special attention will be given to the development of the current U.S. political and economic situation. The final part of the course will consider potential alternatives to current capitalist social relations for both economically developing and developed societies. The course requirements include one midterm and either one final examination or paper. (Wallace)
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