Courses in SOCIOLOGY (DIVISION 482)

Primarily for Underclass Students

100. Principles of Sociology. Open to freshpersons and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged to enroll in Soc. 400. Seniors must elect Soc. 400. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 400. No credit for seniors. (SS).
Section 201. (2 credits).
This course is an introduction to Sociology, the scientific study of social life. We will study sociological concepts and methods in a variety of contexts, focusing on issues of gender, race and class. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussions, do daily readings, fieldwork projects, papers and testing. No seniors. (Murphy)

102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology. Open to freshpersons and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 302, 303, 400, 401, 423, 444, 447, 450, 460, or 461. No credit for seniors. (SS). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 201 Introduction to Sociology through Political Sociology.
Political sociology is concerned with the development, use, and consequences of power in its social context. The course will awaken students' "sociological imaginations" by using theoretical perspectives and empirical studies that demonstrate how larger events in the political, economic, and social spheres influence the daily lives of individuals. Class, elite, pluralist, and feminist perspectives will be used to study power and interests, forms of inequality, the formation and impact of states, states and economies, and collective action. Instruction will be conducted through lecture and discussion, and student participation will be strongly encouraged. Grade requirements are not yet finalized, but will most likely consist of a combination of exams and a number of abstracts and questions on the course readings. An introductory course in sociology would be useful background, but is not mandatory. (Webb)

Section 202 Introduction to Sociology through Gender. This course provides an introduction to Sociology by comparing and contrasting various possible explanations for gender roles and inequality. Sociological perspectives will be contrasted briefly with those of other disciplines, and then differing sociological explanations (for example, those which emphasize culture, economics, or politics) will be compared and contrasted among themselves. Within the larger theme of "gender," some of the topics on which we will focus include women and work, family, sexuality, and the Men's Movement. Requirements for the course include keeping a journal in which students are expected to respond to readings and lectures; grades will be based, to a large extent, on these journals and the student's level of engagement with the material. (Harris)

Section 203 Introduction to Sociology through Social Inequality. This course will present an introduction to sociology through the study of social inequalities, primarily but not exclusively, in American society. We will examine historical and descriptive evidence documenting the extent of social inequality in our society. We will develop a comparative and theoretical framework for the study of social inequities; and through this comparative lens, we will consider contrasting analyses of enduring patterns of social inequalities: those based on social class, race or ethnicity, and gender. We will build on these discussions by looking at how patterns of social inequality extend to the environment (for example, by environmental racism), and to the global community (women and international development). And, in each area, we will explore ways that people try to change enduring processes of discrimination. Course readings are included in a required course pack. Classes will be divided into lecture, discussion, and group work sessions. Course grades will rest on short papers, two in-class examinations, and participation in class activities. Course work is intended for first or second-year students. (Wellin)

202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (Excl). Credit is granted for a combined total of 8 credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 201.
This course will explore many of the inter-connected issues, problems and explanatory models of social organization and human-ecosystem interaction. Critical concerns associated with global ecosystemic degradation will launch a more general analysis of human social organization (i.e., of the state, economy, culture, population, etc.) and the institutional regulation of 'nature'/ natural resources. We will then consider more specific instances of human attempts to control and manage their environment and how these attempts are influenced by markets, work, community, gender, race/ethnicity, and class relations. Finally, we will examine social movements as one medium through which human groups attempt to: (a) regulate and defend nature from market and state socio-ecological dislocations; and, (b) redefine relationships with both socio-political structures and nature, consequently expanding the content and meaning of socialecological interaction. (Dreiling)

For Undergraduates Only

303. Racial and Cultural Contacts. One of the following: Soc. 100, 101, 102, 195, 202, 203, 400, or 401; or permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 503. (SS).

This course covers a segment of the history of racial and ethnic relations in the Western world from a variety of social science perspectives. Its goal is to look at racial and ethnic relations in a variety of historical settings and to examine the multiple ways in which these relations can be understood. Because of the time limitations and the need to provide a focus, topics will generally be limited to the United States, although some outside material will also be considered),. There is a large amount of reading involved which expects a rudimentary understanding of major social science perspectives (e.g., Marxism, Liberal Feminism, functionalism, etc.) and an elementary knowledge of social statistics. (Bettinger)

For Undergraduates and Graduates

463/Comm. 463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion. (SS).
Section 201.
In this course we will examine public opinion polling in the United States with particular emphasis on the development over the last fifty years of commercial polling organizations; the role of the media in reporting and interpreting poll results; the effect surveys have had upon the conduct of politics and the enactment of public policies; the problems of predicting the outcomes of elections; and the differences in methods employed by commercial and academic survey organizations. (Steeh)


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