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. (4). (SS).

Section 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (THROUGH EXAMINATION OF CURRENT ISSUES). While this course is designed to fulfill the expectations of those seeking an introductory level survey course which will expose them to a broad range of areas found within Sociology, we will also consider applications of theory and sociological concepts in relation to current pressing social issues. Through the regular examination of a reputable national newspaper, we will attempt to make the connections between research and reality. The reasons for studying Marx, Weber, and Durkheim will daily unfold before us. This course is a "must see" for those with any political interest or social concern. [Cost:2] [WL:4] (O'Hearon)

101. Person and Society: An Introduction to Sociology Through Social Psychology. (4). (SS).
Section 101.
This course will critically examine the individual and the social structure from the unique interdisciplinary perspective of social-psychology. The traditional theoretical boundaries between psychology and sociology will be investigated as students read and discuss such authors as Freud, Goffman, and Marx. Both micro-level questions of individual and interpersonal dynamics, and well as macro-level questions of social movements and economies will be addressed. Substantive topics will include class and class consciousness, race and racism, and sex and gender roles. The importance of discussing these social structures of inequality for a critical social-psychology will be stressed as students are introduced to the theories and methods of the social sciences. Students will be expected to attend four hours of lecture/discussion per week. Readings will be intensive and interesting and will include literary as well as social-psychological texts. Student evaluation will be based on two exams and one research paper as well as classroom participation. Some background in the social sciences is helpful but not required. [Cost:5] [WL:4] (Colman)

102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. (4). (SS). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Section 101 AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY THROUGH MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY. In this introduction to sociology, we will introduce basic sociological concepts and theories using issues in health and medical care as primarily illustrative materials. The course begins with an introduction to the concepts of health as a socially-defined construct. During the first part of the course, we will explore the institutional aspects of medical care, paying special attention to medical care and occupational opportunities in health care. During the second part of the course, the focus will move to consider the social psychological aspects of interpersonal interactions in the health care system, including the doctor-patient and inter-professional relationships. In the final segment we will explore a variety of alternative health care movements and systems. Films, lectures, games, readings, and guest speakers will be used to convey ideas and concepts. Written work will include multiple exercises and one or two exams. (Bogue)

Section 102 THE SOCIOLOGY OF WORK will focus on the economic activity which produces and reproduces our social and material life. The theories and methods of Sociology will be utilized to explain the historical development and contemporary organizations of work in American society. Particular emphasis will be placed on the day to day experiences of work and its consequences for the structuring of life chances in a society divided by ethnicity, gender, age and class. Readings from earlier theorists as well as more recent work in the field will be assigned. Students will be expected to investigate a critical question for the study of work, and present their investigation in a short research paper. A midterm and final will also be given. [Cost:3] [WL:4] (Kozura)

202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (2-4). (Excl). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 202, 203, and 401.

Section 101 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. This course will introduce students to the conflict model of social change by utilizing the Marxist paradigm of structuralism. Radical and violent social movements covering a spectrum of agrarian/peasant movements in Latin America to worker protest in 19th century Europe, will be compared and contrasted with reformist movements in the United States, such as the Black Power/civil rights, feminist and student movements. Our aim is to identify any common and/or dissimilar threads of social and political cleavages which characterize each of these two variants of Sociopolitical movements. We will therefore examine the role of history as explanation for why some groups are more revolutionary than others. Lectures will be augmented by two feature films and one televised interview with President Carter's National Security Advisor discussing revolution and socialism in the Caribbean. Grades will be based upon two brief papers (5-7 pages) discussion, and an end of term examination. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Matthew)

For Undergraduates Only

389. Practicum in Sociology. Permission of instructor. May not be included in a concentration plan in sociology. (2-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Sociology 389 is Project Community. As a service-learning course, Project Community is committed to both service in the community and to student learning. Students choose from over 30 community field settings in the areas of education, health care and criminal justice. Each section includes field work at a community agency or institution, a weekly seminar, and readings and writings. The seminars are participatory and seek to bridge experiences in the community with the theory in the course pack. Sections vary from two to four credits. Field settings include schools, community centers, child care centers, hospitals, crisis centers, senior centers, adult and juvenile correctional facilities. For more information, come to the Project Community Office. in the Michigan Union (2205 Michigan Union). [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Chesler)

393/Hist. 333/Econ. 396/Pol. Sci. 396/Slavic 396/REES 396. Survey of Eastern Europe. (4). (SS).

See REES 396. (J. Fine)

397. Junior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. (3). (Excl).

This is the first in a three-course sequence (Sociology 397, 398, 399) that will guide students through the completion of their Honors thesis. The objective of this course is to prepare junior-year honor students for the research and writing of their Honors thesis. Upon completion of the seminar, there is a strong preference that students should have a completed, and instructor approved, prospectus. In addition, initial overtures should have been made to prospective faculty mentors. Students should be in a position to begin research in earnest upon completion of the seminar. [Cost:2] [WL:3]

398. Senior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. (3-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

This is the second course of a three-course sequence (Sociology 397, 398, 399) designed to guide the students through the completion of their Honors thesis. The focus of this seminar will be on collection and analysis of data for the thesis. Time will be spent every week sharing research experiences and problems, and doing problem-solving. [Cost:1] [WL:5, Call the Sociology Department]

399. Senior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. (3-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT).

This is the third course of a three-course sequence (Sociology 397,398, 399) designed to guide the student through the completion of their Honors thesis. At this point in the sequence, students will be working primarily with their faculty mentors. The seminar will meet periodically to continue to share research experiences and problems and to do problem solving. Towards the end of the term, students will present their research papers to the seminar for feedback. [Cost:1] [WL:5, Call the Sociology Department.]

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. (3). (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). [Cost:2] [WL:4] (Sfeir-Younis)

447/Women's Studies 447. Gender Roles and Status. (3). (SS).

This course will examine the lives of men and women in American society and the unequal relations between them in the spheres of the economy, personal life, culture, and politics. Emphasizing the interplay between the personal and the political ("macro" and "micro"), the course will explore the ways in which social institutions structure and restrict the lives of men and women. (Anspach)

468. Criminology. (3). (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. [Cost:3] [WL:4] (Wallace)

475/MCO 475 (Public Health). Introduction to Medical Sociology. (3). (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)

For Sociology Honors Students, Seniors, and Graduates

597. Special Course. (3 each). (Excl).

Section 101 BIOSOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF FERTILITY. This course examines the biological and social factors that influence human fertility. Emphasis will be placed on how biological factors are determined or mediated by social and behavioral factors. The course will begin with an overview of the biological basis of human reproduction and fertility. The course will cover the components of natural fertility within and among populations. The course will focus on special topics such as the effects of nutrition, disease and exercise on fertility. Readings will include selections from demographic, epidemiological and medical literature. The class will be structured as group discussions. There will be a final exam. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Riley)


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