Courses in Sociology (Division 482)

Primarily for Underclass Students

102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. Open to freshmen and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 302, 303, 400, 401, 423, 444, 450, 460, or 461. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401.
Section 101.
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY THROUGH STUDY OF SOCIAL INEQUALITY. In this introduction to sociology, we will explore the pervasive influence of social, political, and economic inequality in the United States. We will investigate inequality in the areas of race and ethnicity, class, sex/gender, handicapping characteristics, and sexual orientation. Emphasis will be placed on how these different forms of inequality intersect. Students will be expected to become critical thinkers as they evaluate theories of why inequality exists. Finally, we will look at the ramifications of being privileged or under-privileged in our society. Films, lectures, guest speakers and exercises will be used to convey ideas and concepts. Course work will include multiple written exercises and a final exam. Cost:1 WL:4 (Gerschick)

Section 102 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY THROUGH LITERATURE. In this introduction to sociology, we will use poetry, novels, autobiographies, plays, and short stories to introduce the sociological perspective. In addition to exploring the social conditions that shape the content of good literature, we will examine a series of contemporary social issues: Why do people conform? Why do some people have more wealth than others? What is the nature of prejudice and discrimination? How is political power structured? Why and how do people rebel? What alternative futures do we face? While the amount of reading will range from moderate to heavy, the majority of the readings will be literary rather than academic. Some of the authors we will read are Jean Paul Sartre, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Albert Camus, Arthur Miller, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda, Carolyn Chute, John Dos Passos, Omar Cabezas, and Maya Angelou. Grades will be determined by written work and class participation. [Cost:2] [WL:4] (Wallace)

Section 103. RACE AND ETHNICITY. This course will critically examine the concepts of race and ethnicity in contemporary society. While we will focus mainly on race and ethnic relations, conflict, and coexistence in the United States, a cross-cultural perspective will be utilized throughout the course so as to connect the experience within the US to that of the larger world. The course will begin by exploring the various definitions and operationalizations of these concepts which have been used in research, public policy, and general discourse. Conditions of and relationships between various "minority" groups in the US, including Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, as well as varying White ethnic groups will be presented and discussed, and we will attempt to take a historical perspective when exploring the "reality" of these groups. In addition, critical attention will be paid to the general dearth within sociology and sociological theory of the experiences and voices of people of color. The relationship between race/ethnicity and contemporary issues such as work, health, education, and the family will be explored, especially in the context of contemporary capitalist society. Issues of cultural diversity, assimilation, and pluralism will be explored and made relevant to today's society. This course will combine lectures and discussion, and the voicing of students' own experiences will be encouraged. Grading will be based on two short (3-5 pages) reflective pieces, a final exam, and class participation. Cost:2 WL:4 (Billings)

Section 104. SOCIOLOGY OF SOCIAL DEVIANCE. Sociology of Social Deviance will examine how people become deviant and how social institutions contribute to the creation of deviance. The theories and methods of Sociology will be introduced and then employed to explain the origins and perpetuation of deviance. First, the course will focus on the legal, enforcement, judicial, and corrections systems which determine who will be designated deviant and with what consequences. The emphasis will then shift to consider particular forms of deviance (e.g., delinquency, violent crime, fraud) with the goal of understanding and evaluating relevant sociological theories of deviance. The assigned readings will include a recent text on social deviance and a number of short additional selections. Cost:2 WL:2 (Kozura)

202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (2-4). (Excl). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401.
Section 101.
MEN AND MASCULINITY This contemporary social issues course has numerous objectives: 1) To get students to reflect on the consequences for men of being male and the consequences of internalizing the social construct of masculinity. 2) To elucidate and demystify men and masculinity. 3) To open up dialogue on this issue and link it to other contemporary social problems such as racism, sexism, homophobia; specifically looking at how men and masculinity exacerbate them. 4) To discuss the ways in which the construction of masculinity inhibits meaningful relationships. This course will be taught on three levels. Conceptually, it will explore ways of thinking about masculinity in the abstract. Statistically, it will investigate the scope of the phenomena under discussion. Experientially, it will investigate how men feel about their masculinity and how other people are affected by it. We will continually struggle against over-intellectualizing the phenomena while moving beyond the "men can't cry" level of analysis. Students will be expected to critically think about the issues (e.g., review the assumptions, positions, and evidence before making up one's own mind). Films, lectures, guest speakers, course pack readings, and exercises will be used to convey ideas and concepts. Course work will include several written exercises and a take-home final exam. (Gerschick)

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 known as "Project Community" and "Trained Volunteer Corps". Students combine 4 to 6 hours of weekly service in community settings, with weekly student-led seminars. Seminars are interactive, focus on related sociological issues, and provide a time for mutual support, planning and problem-solving. For more information, come to the Office of Community Service Learning, in the Michigan Union, Room 2205.

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

See REES 396.

397. Junior Honors in Sociology. Honors standing in sociology. Soc. 210 or permission of instructor. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Soc. 310 or 512. (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. Soc. 210 and 310, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

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. Soc. 210 and 310, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

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

450. Political Sociology. (3). (SS).

During this course we will examine the relationship between economy and government in a historical and international perspective. We will look at the historical development and political effects of the core economic, military, and cultural institutions on the modern world including the large multinational corporations. We will explore the rise of the capitalist world economy and its impact on third world societies through colonialism and political expansion. Other selected topics include: the cause and effect of the oppression of women in modern civilization; the impact of wealth and poverty on governmental decision- making, social welfare policy, and political participation; the origins, development, types, and purposes of governments; the cause of war including the war in the Persian Gulf. The course requirements are one midterm and one final exam. (Burke)

486/Psych. 486. Attitudes and Social Behavior. Introductory psychology; or senior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

See Psychology 486. (Ezekiel)


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