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. (3).
(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 Families. This course is designed to be an introductory level overview of contemporary research and theory about families. The course focuses on family structures and processes in the United States, but attempts to include a broad spectrum of family arrangements. The goal of the course is to provide students with an accurate portrayal of the conditions of families in the contemporary United States as well as the analytical tools with which to examine sociological trends in families. Students completing the course should be able to deal effectively with many of the core concepts and conceptual frameworks in the field. Students will also gain skills in analyzing both individual and social change as it applies to families. Topics to be covered include marriage, divorce, dating, domestic partnerships, childbearing practices, violence in families, gender relations in families, and the debate over "family values." (Cunningham)
203. Contemporary Social Issues II. (3).
(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 – Sexual Politics, Sexual Community-Sexual Histories: The Transformation of Hetero- and Queer Sexualities. "Sexuality" is as much about words, public images, community rituals and individual fantasies as it is about the body, and "its" desires: the way we think about and socially organize sex fashions and the way we live it. We give supreme importance to sex in our individual and social lives today because of a history that has ascribed particular meanings and a central significance to the sexual. It has not always been so; and need not always be so. We currently live, as the British feminist Sue Cartledge once suggested, between worlds, between a world of habits, expectations and beliefs that are no longer viable and a future that has yet to be constructed. This gives to modern sexuality a curiously unsettled and troubling status: source of pain as much as pleasure, anxiety as much as affirmation, identity crisis as much as stability of self. This course will investigate how the U.S. society, and select communities and individuals within it, conceptualized, organized, and practiced various forms of sexuality, from the World War II era to the present. (Adwere-Boamah)
415. Organizations, Industries and the State. One
of the following: introductory economics, psychology, or political
science. (3). (Excl).
Section 201 – Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Greed, avarice, and lust; enlightened self-interest; coordinated class action - how do we explain organizational and industrial behavior? Through brief tours of organizational studies, political sociology, and economic sociology, this course will explore key factors that shape organization and industry and the effects that variation in the two have on society. Coursework involves two take-home essay exams and participation in class discussion. (Bush)
461. Social Movements. One of the following:
Soc. 100, 101, 102, 195, 202, 203, 400, or 401; or permission
of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Section 201 – Making Social Change Happen. Social movements and collective action have been a distinctive feature of American political culture. Many of the great changes in our society have come as a result of social movement activity. Why does change happen, and how does it occur? What can account for the early victories of the Civil Rights Movement, Labor Movement, or Women's Movement? Have social movements lost their ability to create change in today's political structure? The purpose of this course is to examine why certain social movements have met with success, while others have not. The course will be broken up into three sections. The first section will explore sociological social movement theories that attempt to explain collective action and collective behavior. The next section will use these theories to analyze current and past social movements. The last section of the course will drop to a more microanalytic level and explore questions of individual participation in social movement activity and social change, i.e., what is our responsibility as citizens of this country to promote social change? (Penney)
463. Mass Communication and Public Opinion. (3). (SS).
What is the mass media? In what ways does the contemporary American media influence the way in which we (as individuals) interpret and understand our society? How does the way in which the way events are portrayed in the media differ from what we know to be "true," sociologically? In what ways does the media (television, magazines, radio, music, and the like) perpetuate racial and ethnic stereotypes and prejudices? What contribution does the media play in continuing the racist, sexist, ethnocentric, ablest, ageist, and classist attitudes and beliefs that are held by so many in contemporary US society? This course will aim to demystify the realm of the mass media through an examination of the production, consumption, construction, and meaning – making processes by which media imagery or messages help shape our personal, social, and political worlds. Students will be evaluated on the basis of one midterm, intellectual journal, class participation, one 8-10 page paper, and final examination. All examinations will be subjective in format. (Greene)
465/Psych. 488. Sociological Analysis of Deviant Behavior. (3). (SS).
The course will examine how people become social deviants and how relevant social institutions contribute to this process. Early portions will examine the legal enforcement, judicial and corrections systems which together determine who will be designated deviant and with what consequences. Later portions will focus on particular forms of deviance (e.g., delinquency, theft, fraud, rape) with a view to understanding and evaluating the several theoretical perspectives that have been proposed to explain their genesis and perpetuation. (Mueller)
475/MCO 475 (Public Health). Introduction to Medical Sociology. (3). (SS).
This course will explore social aspects of health, and the health care system in American society. We will examine such issues as the social causation of disease, relationships between doctors and patients, the health professions, health care among women and the poor, and the current health care crisis. (Murphy)
561/Psych. 513. Survey Research Design. One elementary statistics course. (3). (Excl). (BS).
See Psychology 513 (Spring Term). (Yeaton)
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