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 195 or 400. No credit for seniors. (2). (SS).
Section 101.
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 develop their capacities for critical thinking and participate actively in class discussions after preparing daily readings. Student progress may be measured by fieldwork projects, written papers, and testing. WL:1 (Murphy)

101. Person and Society: An Introduction to Sociology Through Social Psychology. Open to freshpersons and sophomores. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400, 401, 452, 463, 464, 465, 470, 481, 482, or 486. No credit for seniors. (2). (SS).

Sociology 101 will introduce the student to understanding and analyzing human thoughts, feelings, and actions from the social psychological perspective. Partially or completely unrecognized social forces powerfully impact social thinking, social influence, and social relations. The course will illuminate how individuals, groups, situations, and social structures interact to influence social thoughts, feelings, and actions. The course will expose students to theory and research in the discipline, and it will enable them to understand the relevance of social psychological analyses and findings in their own lives. Two exams and one paper will be evaluated. WL:1 (DeDen)

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. (2). (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 101.
This course will examine the relationship between culture and identity, and will consider these and many other questions: What is the relationship between culture and identity? What is culture, anyway? Is it part of society, or can it be considered "separate" from society? How do people use culture to form and solidify their identities, and how might our identities shape culture? Do our identities ever conflict with one another? How, and why? How can the shift from asking, "Who am I?" to answering "Who are we?" have important consequences for political and social action? What are the boundaries which we draw in defining who we are? How can a sociological perspective guide us in answering these questions? This course, through discussion, films, and research exercises, will explore these and many other questions. We will explore identity with the themes of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, classes and the professions, and nations and nationalisms. This course, then, approaches identity with a macro-level perspective; however, we will pay attention to how identities affect people in the most personal ways. There will be a midterm and a final, both in essay format, as well as several short research assignments and essays. (Gibson)

Section 102. This course is an introduction to sociology through the study of social movements past and present. It will look at social movements through the dual prisms of sociology and history, creating a context for a broad examination of collective actions through time: the evolution of revolution. Through the use of both theoretical models and case studies, the course will highlight the underlying continuity in the ideas, ideals, and principles which guide revolutions and revolutionaries. The course will also raise the question of whether it is possible to learn how to "make revolutions'" examining how historical precedents have affected contemporary social movements across the globe. Instruction for the course will be a combination of lectures and discussions. Since the case studies covered by the instructor are subject to time limitations and will thus not embrace the full breadth and depth possible in such a subject area, students will be asked to choose a case study of interest to them to research and discuss. A short paper on the case study selected will be required. Additional requirements include weekly readings, class participation, and a final essay examination. (Stukuls)

202. Contemporary Social Issues I. (2). (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 101 The U.S. Family.
In this course we will examine the family in the United States paying particular attention to history, culture, and society as it impacts the family. Given the family is a problematic construct, we will seek to define it and explore the implications of definitions, particularly as it relates to the legal and medical professions. We will then investigate the meaning of such commonplace issues as family values, family violence, family structure, families of choice, immigrants, gender and racial components related to families, and sexuality. Evaluation will be based on class contributions and written assignments. No exams are planned. WL:1 (Spraggins)

Section 102 Social Change and Ecology. We will examine significant indicators of ecosystemic degradation and attempt to trace these problems to relevant social processes and conflicts. This will include a critical inquiry into the rise and expansion of market capitalism and modern society more generally. This will be followed with a special focus on the dual process of (a) market liberalization as an attempt to expand the power of capital and (b) the consequent social conflicts that resist the power of the market over nature and society. This dual process, we will see, is occurring today on a global scale with enormous implications. Specific events and global economic strategies, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the 1992 Rio Conference will be the concluding topics of discussion. WL:1 (Dreiling)

Section 103 The Social Construction of Gender and Sexuality. This course will discuss the social construction of reality through a focus on gender relations, sexuality, and sexual orientation. Among other things, we will examine relations between men and women; masculinity, femininity, and androgyny; lesbians, bisexual people, gay men, and heterosexuals; and sexuality. This will be done through the use of lectures, films, readings and small group discussions. The purpose of this class is for students to explore some of the many elements of our society that are used as forms of stratification and barriers to equality. Historical as well as contemporary readings would be used, including theoretical and experiential subject matter. Class performance will be evaluated through several papers that will require students to relate sociological theories with personal life experiences. WL:1 (Ore)

Section 104 Social Change in Latin America. For much of the past fifteen years, violence and revolution have dominated news from Latin America. Today, many Central American rebel groups have disbanded, while a new one emerges in Mexico. As social inequality and an uncertain future remain for many, other forms of social struggle come to the fore. In this course we will study the recent social history of Latin America, looking first at the 1980's revolutions, and then at the contemporary aftermath. Topics include: the struggle for indigenous rights, environmental and population problems, migration to the United States, and North American free trade. Students should feel comfortable writing analytic essays, doing library research, and making class presentations. WL:1 (Kobrak)

203. Contemporary Social Issues II. (2). (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 101 Globalization, Democratization, and Neonationalisms.
For Spring Term, 1994, this section is offered jointly with Anthropology 398.001. (Dashti)

For Undergraduates Only

303/CAAS 303. Race and Ethnic Relations. 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. (3). (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)

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. Laboratory fee ($23) required. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
Section 101 Playing to Grow: A Creative Intervention with Migrant Worker Children in Michigan.
This class will offer students a unique opportunity to integrate theory and practice as they learn the theory and methods of an innovative psychological intervention called Playing to Grow which we will implement with children of Mexican and Mexican-American migrant labor workers in nearby Michigan communities. During the Spring Term, half of our class time will be spent on discussions of psychological and sociological readings focused on the social, political, historical, and psychological experiences of migrant, immigrant, and refugee populations; in addition, there will be an emphasis on theories of child development and creative approaches to clinical intervention with children. The second half of each class during the Spring Term will be spent learning experientially the various activities and techniques of the Playing to Grow intervention. We will use methods of dramatization such as role plays and sociodrama, different art techniques such as individual and collective drawings as well as collage, collective story making, and a variety of fun, trust-building group games and activities. Considerable time will be spent reflecting on the purpose and method of each activity. During the Summer Term, students will lead Playing to Grow workshops with groups of children in migrant worker camps. There will be opportunities to learn basic research skills required to evaluate the effects of an intervention of this type. Requirements include a weekly journal, two papers, and a strong commitment to actively participate in all class discussions and activities.

For Undergraduates and Graduates

423/Am. Cult. 421. Social Stratification. (2). (Excl).

Why do some people get ahead while others do not? What are the effects of education, class background, race, and gender on one's occupational prestige? Why do some people make more money than others, even those with the same education and skills? Social inequality is a ubiquitous feature of modern societies and the study of social inequality is a central concern of sociology. This course deals with the sources and consequences of social inequality. We begin with a consideration of the models of social class proposed by Marx and Weber. We then examine the major form of stratification research in contemporary American sociology: the status-attainment approach. Following a critical evaluation of this work, we discuss recent alternatives to it, including network analysis and the new theories of class, race, and gender inequality. The focus will be on the United States, but references to other countries will be made where appropriate. WL:1 (Mizruchi)

468. Criminology. (3 in IIIa; 2 in IIIb). (SS).

In this course we explore the causes, consequences, and treatment of crime focusing primarily on the sociological theories and literature but drawing in material from other sources where appropriate. We aim at an improved understanding and along with a survey of the best research we include case studies and outside speakers from various points along the processing "chain" including victims, offenders, police, lawyers, and correctional personnel. WL:1 (Wallace)

472/Psych 381. Advanced Laboratory in Social Psychology. Stat. 402 and Psych. 380. (3). (Excl). Satisfies a Psychology research-based laboratory requirement.

See Psych. 381.

495. Special Course. One of the following: Soc. 100, 101, 102, 195, 202, 203, 400, or 401; or permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.
Section 101 Work, Technology, and Organizations.
The content of work invariably involves the use of skills and technology. The advent of computers and information technology in recent decades have transformed not only the content of work, but also the conditions under which work is carried out. The social implications of new technology have been a concern of sociologists. This course explores the effects of increasing reliance on information systems, multimedia and computerized manufacturing processes on the content and conditions of work. We shall also examine the differential effects of new technology on workers, and their implications for social and community life. "Are these technological and organizational changes inevitable?" and "In what ways can we direct the ways in which they effect us?" These are some of the issues that will be discussed. WL:1 (Ngin)


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