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Winter Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Sociology

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SOC 100. Principles of Sociology.

Introductory courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lawrence B Radine (radine@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to first- and second-year students. 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. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan. (Introductory course).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2001/winter/lsa/soc/100/001.nsf

Have you ever wondered why there's misery in the world? And whether the individual can really make a difference? Have you thought about what holds a society together and why some fall apart? Or, why are people so ethnocentric? Or another question: Why are people so unequal in society?

Or what does it mean to be human, and if we know so much about what causes human action, are human beings free or is personal freedom an illusion? How much of what we know and believe is illusion?

These are sociology's questions. In this course, you will also find out, through some of the original, path-breaking articles, why sociology has been such an inspiration for new intellectual fields like women's studies, legal realism, and cultural studies, as well as world-changing movements like the ways corporations have been rethinking everything.

This course uses three texts: Ten Questions, by Joel Charon, Sociology, Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life by David M. Newman and The Image, by Daniel Boorstin. (The textbook costs are about $70 if bought new). Coursework includes two exams (20% and 25% of the grade) and two projects (25% and 20%) and participation in the weekly discussion section (10%).

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SOC 100. Principles of Sociology.

Introductory courses

Section 012.

Instructor(s): Karen Sue Honeycutt (khoneyct@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to first- and second-year students. 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. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan. (Introductory course).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Sociology is the systematic study of human behavior, social relationships, and societies. This course will introduce the "sociological perspective" as a tool for understanding the connections between the individual's everyday life and larger-scale processes and structures within society. We will focus particularly on various explanations for social inequality in the U.S. and empirical research about such inequality. Specifically, we will examine how social class, race-ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc., shape our lives and our social institutions.

What you should expect to get out of this course is a critical perspective on social life. You should be prepared to grapple with some issues you've never thought about before (or at least have never thought about sociologically before); be prepared to deal with value judgments, slippery concepts, and some ambiguity. Course requirements include three exams (20% each), two "sociological projects" (20% total), and attendance and participation at the weekly discussion section (20%).

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SOC 101. Person and Society: An Introduction to Sociology Through Social Psychology.

Introductory courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Deborah S Carr (carrds@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to first- and second-year students. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400 or 401. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan. (Introductory course).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces students to the topics in Sociology that lie at the interface with Psychology. Four major themes within social psychology will be examined:

  1. the impact that one individual has on another individual
  2. the impact that a group has on its individual members
  3. the impact that individuals have on the group
  4. the impact that one group has on another group.

The themes, concepts, theoretical approaches, and research methods within social psychology will be presented. Topics to be covered include socialization, the self, perception, cognition, attitudes, interpersonal relationships, group behavior, altruism, aggression, and deviance.

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SOC 102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology.

Introductory courses

Section 001 INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS.

Instructor(s): Charlea Tracey Mc Neal (cmcneal@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to first- and second-year students. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400 or 401. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan. (Introductory course). Credit is granted for a combined total of eight credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides a broad overview of interpersonal relationships, with an emphasis on dating and marital relationships from a sociological social psychological perspective. Topics to be covered include the development of interpersonal relationships, relational dynamics, and the interplay of interpersonal relationships and social phenomena including but not limited to race, gender and class.

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SOC 102. Contemporary Social Issues: An Introduction to Sociology.

Introductory courses

Section 012 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY THROUGH SOCIAL INEQUALITY.

Instructor(s): Dana M Greene (dmgreene@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to first- and second-year students. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400 or 401. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan. (Introductory course). Credit is granted for a combined total of eight credits elected through Soc. 102, 202, 203, and 401, provided that the course topics are different.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Sociology is a social science; that is, it is a set of procedures and a body of knowledge aimed at familiarizing oneself with the social world in which one lives. Sociology helps one to understand a myriad of social phenomena such as the conduct of individuals in institutions like families, churches and sects, workshops, armies, civic and political associations, territorial and national communities; interpersonal relationships and gender; racial and ethnic relations; institutions and organizations; social stratification and issues of social class; and the norms, values, and beliefs that attempt to govern the lives of individuals in society from a wide variety of vantage points. As such, one of the primary aims of this course is to expose the student to the field of sociology through the lens of social inequality. By the end of the course, the student will be able to engage his/ her "sociological imagination" so that s/he may more fully understand the dynamics at work within society. This course will focus on issues of social inequality as they relate to the -isms (racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, anti-Semitism, etc.) and will encourage students to analyze the communities and society in which they live to understand how inequality develops and is sustained. Students will be encouraged to think critically about course concepts and to understand how the concepts, principles, theories, and ideas that we discuss in class are manifested in society and in your own lives, as well as how they serve to perpetuate systems of inequality and influence behavior, thoughts, and actions.

In addition to discussion section attendance and participation, course requirements include two midterm examinations, one final examination, and three short writing assignments.

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SOC 105. First Year Seminar in Sociology.

Section 001 SOCIOLOGY OF COLONIALISM AND IMPERIALISM

Instructor(s): George P Steinmetz (geostein@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar will provide an introduction to the social and cultural dimensions of colonialism, imperialism, and current discussions of globalization. We will explore these topics in their social, cultural, and economic dimensions. The course will begin by discussing the beginnings of modern colonialism with the conquest of America. We will then explore the differing colonial models established by different European powers in Southeast and South Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the European "treaty ports" along the Chinese coast (Hong Kong, Qingdao, etc.). We will compare the development of overseas colonies to the westward expansion of the United States in the 19th century and to the 20th-century U.S. dependencies in the Pacific and the Caribbean. In addition to this comparative and historical overview, the course will deal with the theoretical literature on the causes, development, and effects of colonialism. Other topics include: the effects of colonialism on culture and identity in the colonizing "metropoles"; the differences between European colonies and other "traditional" non-European empires; and the relationship between the concepts of colonialism, imperialism, dependency, and globalization.

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SOC 105. First Year Seminar in Sociology.

Section 002 Women in the Labor Market. Meets with Women's Studies 151.001

Instructor(s): Pamela J Smock (pjsmock@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan.

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar will introduce you to the theoretical and empirical literature on women's experiences in the labor market, with an emphasis on contemporary U.S. society. We will examine a variety of topics including the historical roots of women's paid labor, the gender gap in pay, comparable worth, occupational sex segregation, the intersection of paid work and unpaid family work, and welfare and work. Central themes include the division of labor by gender within families, and social class, racial, and ethnic differences in women's work experiences. The course is organized as a seminar, with emphasis placed on reading, writing, and lively class discussion.

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SOC 111/UC 111/AOSS 172/NR&E 111. Introduction to Global Change II.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.sprl.umich.edu/GCL

See University Courses 111.001.

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SOC 122/Psych. 122. Intergroup Dialogues.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles F Behling, Patricia Y Gurin

Prerequisites & Distribution: Intended primarily for first- and second-year students. May not be used as a prerequisite for a concentration in psychology. (2). (Excl). May not be included in a concentration plan. May be repeated for a total of four credits.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Psychology 122.001.

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SOC 195. Principles in Sociology (Honors).

Introductory courses

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Julia Potter Adams (jpadams@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to first- and second-year students admitted to the Honors Program, or other first- and second-year students with a grade point average of at least 3.2. Juniors are strongly encouraged and seniors must take Soc. 400. Credit is not granted for both Sociology 195 and Sociology 100 or 400. No credit for seniors. (4). (SS). May not be included in a concentration plan. (Introductory course).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

As a discipline, Sociology has an extraordinarily rich canon of classical thought. Major thinkers such as Karl Marx, Émile Durkheim, and Max Weber grappled with the key problems of modernity, including the dramatic rise of capitalism and colonialism; new forms of social inequality; the advent of bureaucracy and democracy; the diminished role of religion and people's fears of what the loss of ultimate meaning might mean for their lives. The legacies of modernity are still very much with us. This course introduces students to the study of modernity and sociology through the lens of its major nineteenth and early twentieth-century thinkers. It also delves into the wide variety of contemporary writings on social life that are informed by the classical sociological tradition.

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SOC 210. Elementary Statistics.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David R Harris (drharris@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sociology Honors students should elect this course prior to beginning the Honors Seminar sequence. Sociology concentrators should elect this course during their third year. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Stat. 100, 250, 265, 311, 402, 405, or 412, or Econ. 404 or 405. (4). (MSA). (BS). (QR/1).

Full QR

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www.psc.lsa.umich.edu/~drharris/soc210.html

This course introduces students to three important aspects of statistics:

  1. data collection-including opinion polls, surveys, experiments, and sampling
  2. data description-graphical and numerical procedures for summarizing data; and
  3. data analysis-using data to make decisions, predictions, and draw inferences.

Problem sets allow hands-on experience in working with data, and provide opportunities to apply and interpret statistical procedures and results.

Computers will be used for some assignments. Students are not assumed to have any prior experience with computers or any mathematical training beyond basic algebra. Grading is based on problem sets and three exams. Attendance at all lectures and discussion sections is essential.

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SOC 212. Sports and Society.

Section 001 Sports and Culture in Advanced Industrial Democracies. Meets with German 449.001.

Instructor(s): Andrei S Markovits (andymark@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See German 449.001.

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SOC 303/AAS 303. Race and Ethnic Relations.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Prudence L Carter (plcarter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: An introductory course in sociology or AAS. AAS 201 recommended. (4). (SS). (R&E).

R&E

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course combines a macro-historical inquiry into the idea of race with an examination of how individuals and groups have interpreted, contested, negotiated and transformed racial and ethnic identities. Our investigation will have a broad historic reach, extending from 16th century English attacks on the Irish "race" to contemporary debates about affirmative action, and we will draw on diverse materials on the experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Whites. Using past and contemporary sociological theory, we will examine several sociological concerns: How have concepts like "race" and "ethnicity" been defined over time, and how have they been institutionalized in law, government, and social policy? How is individual racial or ethnic identity shaped through social interactions? All course participants are expected to complete required readings, attend class and discussion sections regularly, participate in discussions and complete assigned work.

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SOC 310. Introduction to Research Methods.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ann E Biddlecom (abiddle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology; or completion of one social science course in economics, anthropology, political science, psychology or other sociology course; Sociology concentrators are strongly encouraged to elect this course in the Junior year. Sociology Honors students should elect this course concurrently with Soc. 397. (4). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).

Upper-Level Writing Full QR

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objectives of this course are to address the logic of reasoning in social science research and to introduce a range of research methods used by sociologists. During classroom lectures and the weekly discussion sections led by the GSIs, important methodological issues in sociology will be discussed and applications of methods examined. Substantial emphasis will be placed on writing research papers and performing critical written analysis via take-home exercises.

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SOC 320/Psych. 310. Training in Processes of Intergroup Dialogues.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Ruby Lee Beale (rubeale@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. Open to juniors and seniors. (3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Psychology 310.001.

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SOC 321/Psych. 311. Practicum in Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles F Behling (cbehling@umich.edu), Patricia Y Gurin

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sociology 320 and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). A combined total of 8 credits of Sociology 321, 389, and 395 may be counted toward a concentration in Sociology. (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Psychology 311.001.

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SOC 389. Practicum in Sociology.

Instructor(s): Mark Chesler (mchesler@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (2-4). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. Up to four credits of 389 may be included in a concentration plan in sociology. A combined total of eight credits of Sociology 321, 389, and 395 may be counted toward a concentration in sociology. Laboratory fee ($40) required. (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated four times, for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (2-4).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($40) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~mserve/ProjectCommunity/

Sociology 389 is known as "Project Community." Students combine four to six 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. Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in the weekly seminar as well as regular participation at the designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Over 35 community service settings are available. They include schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, a domestic violence shelter, advocacy agencies, and care organizations that provide mental health counseling and drug-abuse treatment.

Transportation to off-campus service sites is available through Project Community.

If a particular section is full, please e-mail Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) to be added to the waitlist.

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Section 006 ELEMENTARY ENRICHMENT (3 CREDITS)


Section 007 CRITICAL ISSUES IN LITERACY (FOR WORK STUDY TUTORS ONLY). 2 CREDITS.

This section is intended for students earning work-study as America Reads tutors. The class will explore the current dilemmas facing the U.S. educational system, teach students to critically reflect on their regular interactions with elementary youth, and relate site experiences to the text material. The tutors will be asked to assess what they observe in their community work, what could be improved to create more effective learning environments, and how these changes could be made.

Students enrolled in this section of SOC 389 are responsible for regular attendance in the weekly seminar as well as full participation as an America Reads tutor. For this class, students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project.

NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Site Requirements: Students in this section must be America Reads tutors for work-study.

Additional Information and Links: An override must be acquired from Albert Wat, the America Reads program director. His office is located on the second floor of the Center for Community Service and Learning (1024 Hill St). You may also e-mail him at alwat@umich.edu if you are interested in participating.


Section 008 KCP: COMMUNITY OUTREACH (4 CREDITS)


Section 009 KCP: NORTH MAPLE. 3 CREDITS.

Looking for a friend? Well, wait no longer. The North Maple Community Center has an array of young students interested in keeping you busy. Find a friend to tutor and mentor. Three hours a week you'll have the opportunity to help with school work, play games, take small field trips and develop a relationship with a teenage resident of the North Maple Housing Project. OR....

Work with younger students as a public school elementary tutor. You'll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a student who is looking for some special attention. As a mentor, you're not only helping with school work, but you're also a positive role model. For this site, you pick a three hour block during the school day (9am-3:20pm)... Recess is included!

This 3-credit section is open to students who participate in the King/Chavez/Parks program through the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives. If you are interested in more information and/or participating, please contact Gloria Taylor (gtz@umich.edu) and refer to SOC 389, Section 009.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.


Section 010 DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 3 CREDITS.


Section 011 Ozone House/Student Advocacy Center. (3 credits).


Section 012 AMERICA READS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

In this section, you will be working with children from Mark Twain Elementary School in southwest Detroit. You will generally work one-on-one tutoring with children to aid in the development of their reading and writing skills. Work-study is NOT required for this section.

You are required to go to site once a week, but have the option to go twice. You have a choice to participate at site on Tuesday and/or Thursday from 3-7:15 P.M. (this includes the driving time). Transportation is provided by Project Community.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 012.


Section 013 LATINO/A YOUTH MENTORS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students in this section will work with youth at Ceasar Chavez Academy Middle School (grades 6-8) in Detroit. The Academy was opened in Fall 1997 and the student population is approximately 50 percent Latino and 50 percent African-American. Students in this section will work with small groups of children on homework after school. There will also be the opportunity for playing learning games and doing other creative, lively activities with the youth. Spanish fluency is not required for this section, but may be helpful.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 013.


Section 014 ELEMENTARY CLASSROOMS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

In this section, you will work with children at Pittsfield Elementary in Ann Arbor. You will be placed in a classroom and be under the direction of that room's teacher. Your responsibilities may include: running reading groups, working with groups of children on class projects, math tutoring, and one-on-one instruction with children experiencing difficulty with the classwork.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 014.


Section 015 MIDDLE SCHOOL TUTORS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students in this section will work with 6th through 8th graders at either Scarlett Middle School or Forsythe Middle School, both part of the Ann Arbor public school system.

Scarlett Middle School, located on the south side of Ann Arbor, is the most racially and socioeconomically diverse. Students will work one-on-one in a Special Education classroom, working on various assignments while helping at-risk youth develop study skills and build relationships. Scarlett site time: Approximately 4 hours per week, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Forsythe Middle School is located on the west side of Ann Arbor. Students will volunteer in an after-school "Homework Club," which provides support to youth in completing assignments, particularly to those having difficulty keeping up with their work. Students may work with an individual middle-schooler or with a group of students during any given day. Forsythe site time: M, T, and Th 3-4:30 p.m.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 015.


Section 016 HIGH SCHOOL TUTORS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students will be assisting 9th-12th graders 2-3 times per week for a total of 4-6 hours (must be between 8am and 3pm), depending on your schedule and the site.

Community High School is an alternative public high school of 300 students that builds on the open school philosophy. There is some structure, but more flexibility than in traditional high schools. The school appeals to creative and independent students whose needs are not met in the traditional format, as well as to students who want a smaller, more intimate school.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 016.


Section 017 Ann Arbor High Schools. (3 credits).


Section 018 Community Sustainability and the Environment. (3 credits).


Section 020 FEMINIST MENTORS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

In this section, undergraduate women volunteer as feminist mentors ("femtors") to 6th and 7th grade girls at one of 2 middle schools, one in Ypsilanti (Th 1:15-5:15pm) and one in Ann Arbor (F 9:30am-1:30pm). The "It's Great to Be a Girl" program was designed by Carole Lapidos and Sally Wisotzkey as a continuance of their "Raising Strong and Confident Daughters" workshop for parents. The co-founders' hope was to provide adolescent girls with positive women role models to help them through their tumultuous middle school years. Chosen femtors organize and facilitate workshops over the course of ten weeks to build the confidence and expand the knowledge of the girls. The four major areas addressed are friendship, teasing and harassment, body image, and dream building.

Note that the required site time at a middle school will be once a week for the mentoring session. In addition, femtors will schedule one hour per week for a supervision session to discuss site and work on skill-building for mentoring.

For more information about the screening process or any other aspect of the program, contact Carole Lapidos at Carolelap@aol.com or 668-7491.


Section 021 U OF M HOSPITAL/MOTT OR WOMEN'S. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students in this section will work with Mott Children's Hospital or the Women's Hospital, both part of the University Hospitals Complex located on campus. Children with whom students spend time may be in the units for a range of health issues, and are usually separated by age rather than by illness. Possible placement options include the Women's Health Resource Center, recreation rooms, physical therapy, the siblings program, tutoring, cancer treatment, and bedside visiting and comfort. No medical experience is necessary. The hospital staff is very supportive of the program and will provide orientation sessions to help you learn more about your individual placement. An important asset is a sense of ease and warmth with children as well as the ability to initiate games and laughter. In addition, students should be prepared to observe and think critically about the experiences of women and children within this health care system.

Students in this section should contact Volunteer Services Office at the hospital as soon as possible to submit the necessary paperwork and schedule an interview. The paperwork (which can be found on-line at http://www.med.umich.edu/chs/vol/volserve.html) MUST be accompanied by documentation of measles and rubella vaccinations. Hospital placements fill up very quickly, so the sooner you complete your paperwork and have an interview, the more selection you will have.

Students will be responsible for 40 hours of service over the course of the term (4 hours per week for 10 weeks) as well as attending the necessary orientation(s) at the beginning of the academic term.

To schedule your interview (as well as turn in your paperwork with proof of vaccinations), call 734-936-4327. Questions about the paperwork and/or placements can be sent to UMHS.Volunteer@umich.edu.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 021.


Section 022 UM HOSPITAL: ADULT SERVICES. 3 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a full description.


Section 023 SAFE HOUSE: WOMEN. 4 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students in this section will work with SAFE-House, a shelter operated by the Domestic Violence Project for battered women and their children. Students will have the opportunity to work with the women of the shelter and/or to be on call. This work may include staffing the 24-hour crisis line; providing transportation, attention and support; providing on-call services; and serving as overnight shelter staff. Experience with domestic violence issues is not necessary. Interested students must arrange an interview (973-0242 or 995-5444). Be persistent and do not delay- you must complete the interview and participate in 40 hours of training (Fri 6-10pm; Sat 9am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm) during consecutive weekends in the beginning of the academic term.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 023.


Section 024 SAFE-HOUSE: CHILDREN. 4 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 025 UHS: MEDIA AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. 3 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 026 Center for Empowerment and Economic Development. (3 credits).

No Description Provided.


Section 027 HIV/AIDS EDUCATION. (3 CREDITS).

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 028 Youth and Disabilities. (3 credits).

No Description Provided.


Section 030 YOUTH ASSISTANCE MENTORS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students in this section will work with Growth Works, a non-profit United Way agency dedicated to comprehensive community based youth services in Wayne county. With offices in Plymouth and Canton, Growth Works operates both a juvenile justice Youth Assistance Program and an Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency Program.

Students who choose to enroll in this section will be given the opportunity to be mentors. Each mentor participates in weekly small group meetings with youth, which are facilitated by a licensed counselor. Mentors are trained to assist the youth to reflect on their lives, options, and changes. Their goal is to help facilitate a reduction in risk factors that contribute to delinquency and to help build protective factors that contribute to success. Mentors must complete a training program that is supervised by staff.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 030.


Section 031 DETENTION CENTER: WRITING TUTORS. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students in this section will work at the Washtenaw Detention Center, a facility for juvenile boys and girls awaiting placement or release. Students will work with the English teacher to develop communication skills through creative writing exercises or one-on-one tutoring. While the teacher provides guidance throughout the term, the students are ultimately responsible for creating fun and useful exercises that teach the youth how to better express themselves on paper. Creative writing and strong English skills are very helpful, but are not necessary.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 031.


Section 032 DETENTION CENTER: RECREATION. 3 CREDITS.

Students enrolled in Sociology 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site. Students will be asked to complete reflective journal assignments, a short midterm written assignment, and a final paper/project. NOTE: All sections of Sociology 389 will commence in the first week of class. There will NOT be a delayed start.

Students in this section will work at the Washtenaw Detention Center, a facility for juvenile boys and girls awaiting placement or release. Students will provide structured leisure time through both educational and recreational activities. Theater, music, dance, and/or art activities may be incorporated. In the past, we have also held debates, health and nutrition seminars, and sessions on job seeking skills. Students in this section provide positive role models and interactions for the youth, much like a Big Brother or Big Sister.

If this section is full and you would like to participate, contact Amy Knife Gould (akgould@umich.edu) in Project Community to be added to the waitlist. Please refer to Sociology 389, Section 032.


Section 033 TRAINING SCHOOL: RECREATION. 3 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 034 JAIL CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR. 3 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 035 JAIL HIV/AIDS EDUCATION SEMINAR. 3 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 036 PRISON CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR. 4 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 037 PRISON DEBATE CLUB. 3 CREDITS.

Please see the Project Community webpage for a description.


Section 038 (3 credits).

No Description Provided.


SOC 393/REES 396/Hist. 333/Poli. Sci. 396/Slavic 396. Survey of East Central Europe.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Herbert J Eagle (hjeagle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in REES 397. (4). (SS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Russian and East European Studies (REES) 396.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

SOC 395. Directed Reading or Research.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of concentration advisor and supervising staff member. (1-4). (Excl). A combined total of eight credits of Sociology 321, 389, and 395 may be counted toward a concentration in Sociology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. May be elected for credit in the same term.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

For undergraduate students interested in work not available within the framework of regular Departmental offerings (either work beyond the scope of present course offerings for students who have completed available courses with at least a grade of B or work in areas not available through existing course work for students with a 3.0 grade point average). Student should contact faculty member with whom they want to work to arrange topic and workload.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: "5, Permission of Instructor"

SOC 397. Junior Honors in Sociology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Karin A Martin (kamartin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Soc. 210; prior or concurrent enrollment in Soc. 310 or 512; and Honors standing in sociology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar is the first in a three course sequence designed to help students to write an Honors thesis in sociology. All three academic terms are very work-intensive, but particularly this first one. In this class students will

  1. review the literature in their area of interest
  2. construct a sociological research question about their topic
  3. design a methodology to collect data toward answering that question
  4. write a prospectus that outlines the project
  5. find a faculty member who will mentor them throughout the project.

This course is organized primarily as a workshop to help students accomplish all of these tasks. This course is also meant to help students improve their social science writing skills and to become comfortable with the process of writing. Finally, the course requires students to do a lot of work independently.

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SOC 399. Senior Honors in Sociology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alford A Young Jr (ayoun@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Honors standing in sociology. Soc. 210 and 310, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objective is preparation of a significant research paper. Possible projects are canvassed in fall seminar meetings; students then do research under a faculty member until March; papers are presented to the seminar for criticism in the Spring.

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SOC 405. Theory in Sociology.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 305. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided.

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SOC 410. The American Jewish Community.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Schoem (dschoem@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl).

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will examine current issues and ongoing controversies within the American Jewish Community as it reviews broadly the sociological literature on American Jewry. Students will study topics such as Jewish identity, intergroup and intragroup relations, group survival and community structure and organization as the class explores the efforts, conflicts, and struggles of American Jews as they strive to maintain themselves in a pluralistic society. The course will be conducted in seminar style with an expectation of active student participation and presentations on book reviews and research papers.

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SOC 423/Amer. Cult. 421. Social Stratification.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Markku Kivinen (mkivinen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Why middle class kids get middle class jobs? Why some people are alienated in modern societies or are they? What are the causes of social inequality? Are social classes based on division of labor, exploitation or domination?

Social inequality, stratification and class are a central concern in sociological research. On the other hand class concepts are also used in more practical terms in everyday classifications or in political debates. In the United States many politicians tend to refer to the interests of the middle class. In the European welfare states the working class and the peasantry seem to have played a major role. In the Soviet Union class was much more than just an abstract category of sociological analysis. Class membership was a profoundly moral issue, often a matter of life and death none more so than after Dzherzhinsky issued his ukase that all class enemies were to be liquidated even in the absence of any hard evidence of subversion. People could now be executed on the grounds of their class background. The idea was for the revolution to dispose the exploiting classes; once they were out of the way, all other social problems would sort out themselves.

If classes served as an explanation and justification for everything in Soviet ideology, in the United States the major stream of stratification research was status attainment approach. Social inequalities were seen to be grounded in a functional division of labor. People who have the most demanding jobs and positions in society were to be paid more so that the best people could be recruited in these jobs. There is not supposed to be any class conflicts in society, just different kinds of jobs and different kinds of privileges attached to different positions.

In this course the American stratification research is put in a broad comparative perspective. We start with different traditions of stratification research. Elements of class theorizing proposed by Marx and Weber are linked with contemporary theories. Neo-Marxist theories on exploitation are confronted with Weberian conceptual starting points, based on market capacities, domination or cultural capital. Parsons view on professions is shown to be fundamentally relevant for later American theories of middle class formation. Different modern approaches are analyzed as scientific research programs with their basic assumptions and strategies for empirical work. The open questions and anomalies of each theoretical system are also discussed.

In the second part of the course we analyze several empirical studies on class and stratification in the United States. Labor market segmentation, social networks as well as issues of ethnic and racial stratification are studied by using paradigmatic empirical research examples as starting points. A special session is devoted to the relationship between gender and class.

In the third part of the course American stratification and class system is compared with other kinds of social realities. We analyze the class hierarchy in state socialist societies as well as the different class systems in European welfare states. We also ask the specificity of Indian caste system and the reasons for its inertia until modern times. Especially we make an effort to understand the stratification processes in East European societies in transition.

Course requirements: This course should give the student the ability to follow theoretical discussion and evaluate empirical analysis on social inequality. The course is divided into three sections. For each of the sections students are supposed to concentrate their writing and comments on some specific problem which are introduced in the very beginning of the course. The students are required to keep a course diary which ends up in proposing conclusions or indicating open issues. The dates for which diaries are due to be submitted are indicated for each section. Students will be given an opportunity to choose which particular problem they will concentrate their work. Consequently, they are expected not only to repeat the readings but also present own arguments and ideas. Once during the academic term, each group of three students will lead a discussion on their topic.

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SOC 426/Poli. Sci. 428/Asian Studies 428/Phil. 428. China's Evolution Under Communism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Mary Gallagher (metg@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Upperclass standing. (4). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Political Science 428.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 4

SOC 444. The American Family.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lisa D Pearce (lisapear@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines past and present forms of families in America from a sociological perspective. Changes over time in definitions of family structure, roles, and relationships will be considered. The course will analyze how American families are influenced by other social dynamics such as race/ethnicity, gender, work, and religion. Some of the specific components of family life covered in this course will be romantic partner choice, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, and childbearing.

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SOC 445. Comparative Family Systems.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hiromi Ono (hono@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Sociology 445 explores union (i.e., marriage and cohabitation) formation and dissolution from a cross-national comparative perspective. It focuses on the relationship between unions and men and women's work and family roles. The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of the gendered processes underlying union formation and dissolution. Classes will be run in a research seminar format. Class time will be devoted to discussions surrounding assigned readings and video viewing, with some presentations. The questions raised in the course will include: 1) do men have to be good breadwinners, and do women have to be good housekeepers, in order for marriages to form and continue?; 2) can we compare marriage and divorce across countries?; and 3) are societies moving in the direction of becoming marriage-free?

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SOC 447/WS 447. Sociology of Gender.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Dana M Greene (dmgreene@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Who are we as men, women, boys, and girls?
What is gender?
How do we identify ourselves as gendered beings?
How do we become socialized as male or female?
How are femininity and masculinity constructed?
How do men and women "experience" gender differently?
How is gender conceptualized differently in non-Western societies?
How do race, class, sexuality, religion, and nationality interact with gender?

This course will take an global (international) perspective to examine the realm of gender relations, androcentrism, gender polarization, multicultural feminist thought, the influx of gay, lesbian, and transgender studies, and the rise and critiques of postmodernism and identity politics in international perspective. More specifically, this course will challenge the student to critically examine the theoretical and empirical issues relevant to the sociological study of gender-work-family intersections, the feminization of poverty, and gender inequality, among others. Attention will be given to historical and cultural context, empirical research findings, and theoretical developments in studying issues relevant to gendered life in contemporary Western and non-Western societies.

Course requirements include a take-home midterm examination, two writing assignments, and a final project.

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SOC 450. Political Sociology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Jeffery M Paige (jpaige@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided.

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SOC 454. Law and Social Organization.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Daniel H Sharphorn (dsharphn@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to examine the organization of law in society and the relationships between law and society. The approach will be primarily from a sociological perspective; however, we will also explore the views of legal scholars, anthropologists, political scientists, philosophers, and others. While the course will be a survey of "law and social organization" in general, we will focus on current topics of special interest as a device for our study: the death penalty, rape laws, affirmative action and anti-discrimination laws, university rules and regulations, and others. Students will be expected to gain an understanding of the extent of the study of law and social organization and the leading theories and ideas about it, and will be asked to think critically and independently about legal systems and the role of law in society.

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SOC 455/Rel. 455. Religion and Society.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Terence James McGinn

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided.

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SOC 460. Social Change.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Edward Ian Robinson (eian@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~eian/Soc460syllabus.pdf

This course explores the relationship between labor movements and fundamental social change through the lens of the North American experience. It compares the ways in which organized labor contributed to, and was affected by, fundamental changes in the political economies of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico in the 20th century. Particular attention is paid to the nature and causes of the economic and political transformations of the last quarter century. This entails an exploration of the meaning and significance of economic "globalization," the "neoliberal" policy paradigm, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A central concern is the significance of these changes for worker rights, union power, and trends in wages and working conditions in three economic sectors: autos, apparel, and agriculture. The course considers debates over proposals to link core worker rights to trade agreements and corporate codes of conduct, to raise minimum wages, and to increase restrictions on child labor. This is a three credit course, but students will receive extra credit if they choose to participate in a one week field trip to the Mexican border region during Spring Break. This trip will be organized and led by the instructor, in cooperation with Border Links.

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SOC 463/Comm. Studies 485. Mass Communication and Public Opinion.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Nojin Kwak (kwak@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Comm. Studies 361 or 381 strongly recommended. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Communication Studies 463.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

SOC 465/Psych. 488. Sociological Analysis of Deviant Behavior.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Andre Modigliani (modigli@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Introductory sociology or introductory psychology as a social science. (3). (SS).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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SOC 472/Psych. 381. Advanced Laboratory in Social Psychology.

Section 001, 002.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Stat. 250 (or 402) and Psych. 380. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~psycours/381/

See Psychology 381.001.

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SOC 495. Special Course.

Section 003 Sex/Gender/Sexualities: Sex, Gender, and the Body. Meets with Women's Studies 483.???

Instructor(s): Karen Sue Honeycutt (khoneyct@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Are there more than two "genders"?
What is the significance of the "Naked Mile" for studies of gender & the body?
How are children's bodies "gendered," both by themselves and by others?
What is the significance of games children play on schoolyards?
Are children sexual beings?
Why are so many women on diets?
How are our notions about beauty constructed?
Can you be a feminist if you are concerned about your appearance?
How is masculinity constructed within the men's movement?
How do men and women's experiences of their aging bodies differ?
Is sexuality biologically determined or "socially constructed"?
How does socialization affect sexuality and male/female relationships?
What constitutes "sexual harassment"?
What does "rape" mean?
Is prostitution degrading to women or empowering?
How do new reproductive technologies construct women's bodies in new ways?

We will explore these and/or similar questions this term in Soc. 495, Sex/Gender/Sexualities: Gender and the Body. Throughout the term, we will ask how gender is constructed, what the main causes and consequences are of gender inequality with regard to issues about the body, how issues of power come into play, and how various social identities such as social class race, sexuality, age, and others intersect with gender in "embodying" lived experiences. Course requirements include attendance & participation (25%), writing assignment choice of options including keeping an "intellectual journal" or completing sociological projects (25%), and two exams (25% each). (25%), and two exams (25% each). NOTE: if this class is full, please email the instructor to be placed on her waiting list.

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SOC 495. Special Course.

Section 004 CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN THE US FAMILY. Prerequisites: two sociology courses and one statistics course.

Instructor(s): Pamela J Smock (pjsmock@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar grapples with issues surrounding U.S. families and social change. We review the scholarly research as well as popular writings on topics that are critical to understanding contemporary family patterns as well as the future of the family. These topics include: the rise of divorce, cohabitation, and single parenthood; gay and lesbian families; racial and ethnic differences in family patterns; dual-earner couples; the gender division of unpaid labor within families; and the "family values" debate. The central objectives of this course are for students to: (1) be able to evaluate the popular and academic discourse surrounding family change; and, (2) attain a comprehensive understanding of U.S. family patterns and the ways these patterns are embedded in society. The course is organized as a seminar and active involvement of all class participants is expected.

Prerequisites: two sociology courses and one statistics course

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SOC 495. Special Course.

Section 005 Race & Racialization In The U.S. MEETS WITH AMERICAN CULTURE 401.001

Instructor(s): Silvia Pedraza (spedraza@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See American Culture 401.001.

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SOC 495. Special Course.

Section 007 The Politics of Fascism and Right-Wing Movements. Meets with German 499.001 and Political Science 489.004.

Instructor(s): Andrei S Markovits (andymark@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One introductory course in sociology. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit, provided that the course topics are different.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See German 499.001.

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